The report offers a snapshot of the global spirits market

The report offers a snapshot of the global spirits market

Pernod Ricard and United Spirits have shared the honours with 22 brands each on an annual list of the world's best-selling spirits brands. 

Euromonitor International's 'Millionaires' Club', now in its fifth year, lists brands that sell 1m or more nine-litre cases a year globally. This year's chart, released earlier this month, saw a record 180 brands making the list. 

South Korean sojo-producer Jinro retained its postion at the top of the poll, although its sales slipped 4.5% to 61.8m in 2011, according to the listing, produced by Euromonitor in partnership with trade publication Drinks International. Second was Diageo's Smirnoff vodka, which saw sales rise 1.2% to 24.7m 9-litre cases.

Pernod added one brand to the list, with its local Brazilian vodka Orloff, while United Sprits added a new gin, Carew Dry, and a premium brandy, McDowell's VSOP.

The fastest-growing global brand in 2011 was Bacardi's William Lawson's Scotch, while the fastest-growing local brand was Belvedere's Krupniuk vodka, up 136.8% from 2010.  

Domestic and local brands increased their showing on the list, hitting 97, up from 93 last year. The number of international brands increased to 60 from 57, with overall volume growth of 2% in 2011, according to Euromonitor International's research. The number of regional brands fell to 19.

The report also highlights the growing premiumisation being seen in emerging markets through the strong growth of more premium international spirits brands and categories, such as vodka and blended Scotch, at the expense of cheaper local brands.

"Companies with an international presence and a strong focus on emerging markets continue to secure growth," says Jeremy Cunnington, alcoholic drinks senior company analyst at Euromonitor International.

"This does not mean, however, that domestic or local brands in emerging markets are not performing."

But, he added: "While emerging markets do offer international spirits brands significant opportunities for growth, their owners should not ignore their mature core markets." 

To read the report, click here.