COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohioans aren't really drinking more liquor, but they are spending a lot more to get it.
Sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level in 2013, totaling $898 million. The Ohio Dept. of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control, reports that was an increase of 5.8 %, exceeding last year’s total by $49 million.
“Ohioans continue to trade up buying more of the premium products as consumer tastes become more sophisticated,” said Bruce Stevenson, Superintendent of the Division. “Quality customer service and better inventory management are the main ingredients that resulted in record dollar sales without encouraging increased consumption.”
Retail sales were strong in 2013 totaling $635 million, an increase of 7.35%. Wholesale sales, which includes liquor purchased by retail permit holders such as restaurants, bars and clubs, totaled $264 million, an increase of 2.5%.
Dollar sales grew at a higher rate than consumption in 2013. The Division sold a total of 12 million gallons of spirituous liquor, an increase of only 3% over the previous year.
The following were the top 10 selling brands of spirituous liquor in Ohio for 2013 (by gallons sold):
1. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey - 351,125 gallons
2. Kamchatka Vodka - 294,168 gallons
3. Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey - 286,451 gallons
4. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum - 283,000 gallons
5. Absolut Vodka - 277,729 gallons
6. Bacardi Superior Light Rum - 276,365 gallons
7. Smirnoff Vodka - 266,801 gallons
8. Jagermeister - 247,078 gallons
9. Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey - 230,164 gallons
10. Korski Vodka - 222,357 gallons
It's the first time in several years that Kamchatka Vodka wasn't on top.
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