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DRINK SALES SLOWING IN RESTAURANTS AND BARS

By May 2, 2014Top News

Drinks sales slowingThe “overall softening” in adult beverage is playing out more in restaurants and bars than at retail, according to recent analysis by Technomic. Adult beverage volume in the on-premise channel contracted 1.3 percent, while retail volume declined 0.7 percent in 2013, according to a 2014 report recently released by the research firm. The “unusually harsh weather conditions” during the first two months of 2014 resulted in overall foodservice sales declining by 3 to 4 percent nationally and 7 to 8 percent in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Projections call for “challenged” on-premise drink sales, but continued growth in whiskey, craft beer and domestic table wine.

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