Gin and Japanese whisky post double digit percent growth in global travel retail

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Total spirits volume increased 2.5% in duty-free last year


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London – Overall spirits volume and value in global travel retail increased in 2018, strengthened by gains in several categories. In total, spirits volume grew 2.5% in the channel last year, to reach 24.5m nine-litre cases, with a value of US$9.2bn.

The spirits categories which posted the largest volume increases in duty-free were Japanese whisky (up almost 20% vs. 2017), gin (15%), Scotch (4.9%), and U.S. whiskey (4.3%).

“Spirits growth in travel retail softened slightly in 2018, compared with the year before, but the positive news here for duty-free operators and spirits suppliers is that the channel continues to perform well,” says Sandra Newman, Travel Retail Research Director at IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.

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The IWSR is the leading source of data and intelligence on the alcoholic beverage market. The IWSR’s database, essential to the industry, quantifies the global market of wine, spirits, beer, cider and mixed drinks by volume and value in 157 countries, and provides insight into short- and long-term trends, including five-year volume and value forecasts. The IWSR tracks overall consumption and trends at brand, price segment and category level. Our data is used by the major international wine, spirits and beer companies, as well as financial and alcoholic beverage market suppliers. The IWSR’s unique methodology allows us to get closer to what is actually consumed and better understand how markets work. Our analysts travel the world in order to meet over 1,600 local professionals to capture market trends and the ‘why’ behind the numbers.

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