1 Smirnoff

05 September, 2008

Value

growth Aug 08 v Aug 07: +16%

Key date in history: 1941 - the Cock & Bull bar in LA invents the Moscow Mule to clear out stocks of the slow-selling brand, unwittingly fashioning its future as a mixable spirit

Famous friends:

James Bond drank the brand in many films, including 2006's Casino Royale

Strengths: Robust marketing; iconic packaging

Challenges: Increasingly crowded

product category; complacency

The year gone: A new ad campaign and a renewed interest in flavours

The year ahead: Bracing itself for the

Absolut challenge




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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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