Sunday 20 January 2019

Pubs lose as we stock up on wine

IRISH consumers are buying in more alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences as the price of a pint in a pub proves too expensive.

But consumers are becoming more discerning with their palate as wine increased its share from 23pc to 26pc and spirits rose 1pc to 19pc.

Beer dropped below the 50pc mark and similarly cider's percentage fell down to 8pc.

A report from the Irish Brewers Association found that the share of beer sold in Irish pubs fell significantly last year.

Although there were signs of stabilisation this was due to a shift from pubs and more sales in supermarkets and off-licences.


Senior executive at the association Stephen Lynam said the report contains good news and bad news for the brewing sector.

"Although sales are down, the decrease is relatively minor compared to recent years," he said. "The steady decline of the last ten years, which accelerated in 2008 and 2009 has slowed.

"Net exports are up and production in Ireland's breweries has increased as well."

But he said that the report shows a clear picture of the continuing decline of the pub sector.

"We already know that the pub trade has lost a quarter of its business in the last few years, and this has had a subsequent impact on beer sales," he said.

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