Control States Spirits Volume Accelerates In March, Posting 2.8% Rise For The First QuarterApril 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 JelskiSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.