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Spirits and liqueur market in the UK - Statistics & Facts

A spirit or hard liquor is an alcoholic beverage that is produced by distilling already fermented plant products such as grains. Furthermore, a spirit is not sweetened by adding sugar and contains at least 20 percent alcohol by volume. A repeated separation of components via distillation is called rectification. The highly purified rectified spirit is used, among other purposes, in blending. Blending describes the process of mixing whiskeys and other alcoholic beverages. This industry generated 5.5 billion British pounds worth of revenue in the UK in 2018. Quarterly revenues generated with spirits show highs during the last quarter of the year, which coincides with Christmas and regular, although less pronounced, dips during the first quarter.

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.

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Spirits and liqueur market in the UK - Statistics & Facts

A spirit or hard liquor is an alcoholic beverage that is produced by distilling already fermented plant products such as grains. Furthermore, a spirit is not sweetened by adding sugar and contains at least 20 percent alcohol by volume. A repeated separation of components via distillation is called rectification. The highly purified rectified spirit is used, among other purposes, in blending. Blending describes the process of mixing whiskeys and other alcoholic beverages. This industry generated 5.5 billion British pounds worth of revenue in the UK in 2018. Quarterly revenues generated with spirits show highs during the last quarter of the year, which coincides with Christmas and regular, although less pronounced, dips during the first quarter.

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.

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