Industry sales amounted to 4.2 billion British pounds, while consumer spending reached 6.1 billion British pounds in 2019. There were 577 enterprises in 2018. About 4.3 million hectoliters of spirits were produced that same year.
Spirits and liqueurs (which do contain additives such as sugar as sweetener) had a combined export volume of 6.2 billion British pounds and an import value of 788 million British pounds in 2019. The leading country of origin for spirits imported to the UK in 2019 was France, with 153 million British pounds worth of imports, while the leading destination for exports of spirits was the U.S.
Liqueurs reach a much wider audience than spirits. The brand most popular among UK consumers was Jägermeister. The most popular spirit was Jose Cuervo Tequila, which reached less than a third of the consumers that Jägermeister reached. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant. Considering at home and out of home consumption, on average, a person buys 59 milliliters of spirits per week in the UK.