Table 1: UK Balance of   tradein alcoholic drinks by product type, 1996

 

Imports
(£m)

Exports
(£m)

Balance
(£m)

 

Intra-EU

Extra-EU

Intra-EU

Extra-EU

 
Beer

251

37

127

115

-46

Spirits

207

92

976

1,638

2,315

Wines

1,103

366

52

39

-1,378

Cider/Perry

26

6

22

9

-1

Total

1,587

502

1,177

1,801

889

Source: ONS

Figure 1: UK Balance of trade inalcoholic drinks

Source: NTC, Euro PA
Note : cif - cost, insurance, freight
fob - free on board

 

Consumption and Market Structure ofAlcoholic Beverages

Figure 2: UK Consumer expenditureon alcoholic drinks

Source: NTC, Euro PA

 

Figure 3: Real UK consumerexpenditure on alcoholic drinks (1990 prices)

Source: NTC, Euro PA

 

Table 2: Summary of UK drinkscompany results (3 year average)

Capitalisation

Sales

Profit

Profit/sales

Years

Company

£m (a)

£m

£m

%

Grand Metropolitan PLC (b)

10,099

7,895

654.0

8.3

1994-96

Allied Domecq PLC

4,937

6,248

556.7

8.9

1995-97

Bass PLC

6,639

4,968

582.3

11.7

1995-97

Guinness PLC (b)

8,952

4,700

922.0

19.6

1994-96

Scottish & Newcastle PLC

3,766

2,780

264.3

9.5

1995-97

Whitbread PLC

3,280

2,749

288.0

10.5

1995-97

Matthew Clark PLC

401

440

15.5

3.5

1995-97

Bulmer (H P) Holdings PLC

277

272

26.6

9.8

1995-97

Highland Distilleries PLC

468

189

41.0

21.7

1995-97

Burn Stewart Distillers PLC

52

58

2.8

4.9

1995-97

Glenmorangie PLC

127

40

6.7

16.7

1995-97

Merrydown PLC

10

32

0.0

0.2

1995-97

Average weighted by sales

573.5

11.1

Straight average

280.0

10.4

Total sales

30,373

Source : Hemmington Scott, Euro PA

Note : The companies have been rankedaccording to sales value.
(a) The figure quoted for Market Capitalisation varies depending on the status of thecompany. The average market capitalisation for the period covered is quoted in the case ofpublicly listed companies (PLCs). In the case of private companies or subsidiaries ofpublic companies the figure quoted is the average capital employed.
(b) Grand Metropolitan and Guinness merged to form Diageo in December 1997.

Thesestatistics are taken from "Food & Drinks Statistics 1998". Produced by EuroPA & Associates, this invaluable book provides a sector to sector guide toagriculture, fisheries, food & drink statistics in the UK.