Gin Punch | Explosion in Gin popularity sees 56 new Gin distilleries in UK
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Explosion in Gin popularity sees 56 new Gin distilleries in UK

Explosion in Gin popularity sees 56 new Gin distilleries in UK

The spirit, once dubbed “Mother’s Ruin”, is enjoying a surge in popularity and around 70% of production is now exported

Trendy herbal varieties of gin are providing a boost for the economy – as the UK becomes the No1 exporter in the world.

Once dubbed “Mother’s Ruin”, the tipple is now enjoying a surge in popularity and sales are up 11% on last year.

Brands like Sipsmith and Beefeater are raking in hundreds of millions in tax, according to HMRC.

Around 70% of production is exported, writes Lee Harpin in the Sunday People .

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “We have seen an explosion in British gin production with the latest figures ­showing an astounding 56 distilleries have sprung up in just two years.”

However, the ­association’s study, to be released on Tuesday, reveals a dramatic decline in binge boozing – down 18.4%over the past decade.

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