23 Oct 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.