Bourbons are still performing healthily in the US on-trade

Bourbons are still performing healthily in the US on-trade

Spirits volumes in the US on-trade returned to growth in the third-quarter, while craft brands continued to grab share, according to new figures. 

Sales volumes across all spirit categories edged up by 0.5% in the three months to the end of September, tracking firm Guestmetrics reported. In the first-half volumes had fallen 0.8%. 

US on-trade spirit sales by value in the year-to-date were up 1.7%, helped by a 2.6% lift in Q3 sales. Craft spirits share of the market was up 1.9% in the quarter, Guestmetrics said. 

Meanwhile, in the last month, the figures showed brown spirits out-performing white spirits. Bourbons and “blends” volumes rose by 12%, while Brandy and Cognacs were up 5%. Vodka volumes were down 3%. Rum volumes fell 6%.