The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch has released new data on liquor sales, which reveals updated industry trends in the province. The data looks at hospitality sales from July to September (in litres) and compares those to the same time period in 2017. Canadian wine sales saw the highest jump during July to September of this year. Sales jumped by a whopping 93.7 per cent over that time, to 27,388 litres. But beer was the top seller, per litre, by a long shot. Domestic beer dominated in B.C., with approximately 6.88 million litres sold. Compared to this time in 2017, however, sales are down 12.4 per cent. Microbrews and B.C. regional beer were the next highest sellers, with about 3.5 million and 2.8 million litres sold, respectively. Next highest in sales per litre was imported beer, with approximately 2.4 million litres sold, which was a 10.9 per cent drop from the year prior. See also: Important policy changes from the B.C. Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch The remainder of sales between July and September were generally on par with sales during the same period in 2017. The statistics indicate 698,733 litres in domestic and imported cider sales (a 0.7 per cent rise), 353,797 in cooler sales (a 3.2 per cent increase), and 86,659 in gin (a 3.5 per cent spike). Rum sales, meantime, were down 5.6 per cent (to 100,155 litres), but tequila sales rose by 9.6 per cent to 95,843. Vodka sales saw a minor drop (0.3 per cent) to 280,562 litres, while whisky sales rose 3.4 per cent to 140,671 litres. As for wine overall, there was a 2.1 per cent increase in sales, per litre, to roughly 2.7 million litres. That included a one per cent increase in B.C. wine sales (to 1.62 million litres), the previously mentioned 93.7 per cent spike in Canadian wine, and a 3.3 per cent drop in USA wine sales, to 180,048 litres.
Source: Rising Tide Consultants

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