Gin sales have more than doubled in value in just five years

The amount of gin sold in the UK has hit another record high, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report.

The data, which was revealed on World Gin Day, shows that the quarterly combined value sales of gin (in supermarkets, shops, pubs, bars and restaurants) has grown by more than 40% for the first time ever – with sales increasing by 44% compared to the same three months the year before.

The report also shows that gin sales in the UK have beaten all records both annually and quarterly.

In the 12 months to the end of March 2018 almost 55 million bottles of gin – worth £1.5 billion – were sold in the UK, up 28% in volume and 33% in value.

In comparison, during the same 12-month period ending March 2013, gin sales were worth just £696 million, meaning gin sales in the UK have more than double in value in just five years.

Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA, said: “Britain’s thirst for gin shows no sign of waning as we can see from yet another round of record breaking gin sales. Hats off to our skillful and innovative British distillers who keep coming up with interesting botanical blends to create new award-winning gins that are proving very attractive to consumers who have increasingly sophisticated palates.”

This year there were also more events than ever before, which took place across Britain to celebrate World Gin Day on June 9. On the day gin fans could attend a Gin & Jazz party in Staines, learn to make gin-infused hand-raised game pie in Sheffield, visit the Ginchester Fete in Winchester, ride on a gin train in Yorkshire Dales and a Gin & Swing evening in Derby.

Last year an IWSR Forecast Report projected that gin is expected to grow by 37.2% by 2021, hitting £530 million in value sales.

Britain now boasts 315 distilleries in the UK, more than double the number that was operating across the country five years ago.

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