New research has found that wine and spirit sales in UK pubs has reached almost £6bn with the beverages making up 36% of all Uk pub sales.
The research by CGA Strategy on the behalf of the Wine and Spirit Trade association also found that spirits and wine made up 36% of all alcoholic drinks sales in UK pubs. Spirit sales in pubs were found to be up by £190m over the previous year, the rise is blamed on sales of gin doubling in the past five years with total gin sales making up £620m of the £6bn figure.
Rises in gin sales are attributed by CGA to gin-specific menus, with 36 different brands now sold in the average pub.
The Wine and Spirit Trade Association took aim at the government following the release of the research, speaking out against pub duty bills, citing CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) figures which show that 18 pubs close every week. It also also found total duty collected from British pubs in the past 21 months was £2.1bn.
Miles Beale, CEO of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said: “The chancellor can once again show his support for the great British pub by scrapping his plans to raise already punitive duty rate. Wine and spirits are increasingly vital to the prosperity of our historic British pubs with wine and spirit duty accounting for more than a third of annual pub sales.
“We are calling on Philip Hammond to recognise the importance of wine and spirit industry and help save our British pubs by freezing duty, allowing them to reinvest and stay in business. It is proven that freezing alcohol duty has brought in more revenue for the Treasury coffers, not less. So a duty freeze makes sense for everyone – from the Chancellor, to pub and bar owners, and consumers.”