Retail: State of the nation

14th August, 2019 by Arabella Mileham

The UK drinks retail scene is undergoing testing times, but there are signs of growth with the beers, wine and spirits category.  Arabella Mileham speaks to analysts and key industry players to see where this growth is coming from.

A glance at recent headlines about the drinks retail landscape in the UK hasn’t painted the prettiest of pictures.

From the demise of Oddbins and the surprise sale of Majestic Wine’s retail business to fund Naked Wines’s growth, to rising Brexit contingency costs, it has been an undeniably turbulent 18 months.

On top of that, retailers have had to compete with tough comparables after the UK basked in an unusually hot summer last year, after seeing a boost from the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and England’s success in the men’s football World Cup. It’s no wonder booze retailers were steeling themselves for a relatively tough year.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. According to IRI, a retail market intelligence company, beers, wines and spirits (BWS) is still one of the top-performing categories in the grocery market, worth around £17.6 billion, and rising by….

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