UK Spirits Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing

 Breaking News
  • British Brewers Decrease Their CO2 Emissions by 42% Total CO2 emissions from the UK’s brewing industry have fallen by 42% in the last decade (2008 to 2018) – a reduction of 202,952 tonnes – according to new research conducted by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The research also found that the energy used to brew a pint of beer in the [...]...
  • Small Irish Snack Manufacturer Secures Major Contract With Tesco Pinkfinch, a County Down-based fruit snacks supplier, has secured a major contract with Tesco Ireland, which will see an estimated 100,000 bags sold annually. From launching his business in his parent’s spare bedroom five years ago,  Pinkfinch founder Michael Heaslip (pictured) has grown his innovative product line across Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the Middle East,  with [...]...
  • UK Supermarkets are Struggling to Grow The latest grocery market share figures, published by Kantar, show year-on-year supermarket sales were flat during the 12 weeks to 11 August 2019 as the tough comparisons with 2018’s strong summer continue. The memory of last year still looms large for retailers and this summer’s comparatively poor weather, combined with low levels of like-for-like price [...]...
  • Tickets Still Available For 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards Some tickets are still available for the 2019 Irish Food & Drink Business Awards presentation ceremony and gala dinner to be held at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin on the evening of Thursday, 5 September 2019. The winners of the 2019 Awards will be named at the event. The prestigious awards programme, which was first introduced [...]...
  • Nestlé UK Launches New On-trend Flavours Nestlé has introduced two new on-trend flavours to its much-loved Munchies brand in the UK and Ireland. Available in 101g sharing bags, new Munchies Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Munchies Cookie Dough are the first new Munchies products since 1996. The new flavours were created at Nestlé’s confectionery sites in York and Fawdon, Newcastle. Munchies Brand Manager [...]...

UK Spirits Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing

UK Spirits Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing
July 19
09:52 2019

Spirits producers across the UK are gearing up to dramatically increase production over the next 12 months amid signs that the boom in UK spirits is set to continue, according to research conducted by a campaigning alliance that has just been launched. A poll by Survation for the newly-established UK Spirits Alliance has found that 65 per cent of the nation’s distillers report increased sales of spirits since chancellor Philip Hammond froze duty in the 2018 Budget.

The findings, which will provide cheer for Mr Hammond’s successor as they look to build on the success that has seen the number of distilleries in the UK double in the last five years, include:

  • news that 84 per cent of distillers plan to increase production over the next 12 months
  • nearly a third of producers are planning to more than double their production over the next five years
  • 70 per cent expect to increase exports in the next 12 months
  • 60 per cent of producers plan to hire additional staff.

However, the industry also used the survey to send a warning to the Government that any increase in excise duty on spirits in this year’s Budget would have a chilling effect on growth. One third of respondents warned that they could be forced to delay or cancel plans to increase production, expressing fears that increased duty could put the brakes on the industry. More than a quarter of respondents fear they would be forced to decrease the number of staff they employ.

A spokesperson for the UK Spirits Alliance says: “This survey of spirits producers across the UK makes it clear – the Chancellor’s decision to freeze spirits duty in 2018 provided a boost for our industry, sparking growth that will deliver more money than expected for the Treasury. But distillers large and small fear that an increase this year would undo this good work, potentially putting a great British success story at risk.

“The UK Spirits Alliance has been formed to speak with one voice when it sends a simple message from the spirits industry to the new Prime Minister – back growth, back jobs, back a UK success story. Support spirits by freezing duty for the length of this parliament, while reforming it to give the industry the security and confidence it needs.”

The UK Spirits Alliance has been launched in response to the boom in Britain’s iconic national drinks – including whisky and gin – with new craft distilleries opening in every part of the UK, innovative new products responding to changing consumer demands, and a wider spirits ecosystem that supports premium mixers and the pubs, bars and restaurants at the heart of communities across the country.

The new coalition – which brings together giants of the industry with many of the smaller and newer distilleries from across the country – is writing to distilleries, producers, politicians and businesses inviting them to join the campaign.

The UK Spirits Alliance can be found at www.spiritsuk.co.uk and on Twitter @spiritsalliance.

About Author



Related Articles

Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • September 11, 2019Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging London 2019
  • October 1, 2019PPMA Total Show
  • October 17, 2019Future Food-Tech
  • November 18, 2019Plastics Caps and Closures Conference 2019
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here