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Control States Spirits Volume Accelerates In March, Posting 2.8% Rise For The First Quarter

April 25, 2018

Control states spirits case sales were up 2.8% in the first quarter of the year, bolstered by a 4.4% increase in March, according to the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA). Dollar sales in control states grew 5.6% in the year-to-date compared to 3.8% during the same period last year. Irish whiskey was the fastest growing segment, growing 16.7% by volume for the quarter, with domestic whiskey (+5.8%) and Tequila (+7.6%) also making strong showings. The Canadian whisky, cocktail, cordial, rum, Scotch, and vodka categories likewise made modest progress, while the brandy/Cognac and gin segments were down by 0.4% and 0.1%, respectively. The positive first-quarter performances come on the heels of 2017’s record high spirits volume of 50.4 million cases in control jurisdictions.—Christina Jelski

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