Dec. 11, 2013
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is reporting record-breaking sales for the 15th year in a row.
Virginia ABC reports gross sales of $769 million during the 2013 fiscal year, up $35 million from last year.
Profits were up $2 million compared to 2012, for a total of $134 million.
Officials attribute the growth in sales to expanded Sunday sales and the opening of six new stores across the state. They also say customers are purchasing more top-shelf brands.
Jack Daniel’s 7 Black (Tennessee whiskey) topped the list of ABC’s top-selling brands, followed by Smirnoff 80 (domestic vodka); Jim Beam (straight bourbon whiskey); Grey Goose (imported vodka); and Crown Royal (Canadian whiskey).
Vodka, however, is clearly Virginia’s category drink of choice, netting a combined $212 million in sales for domestic, imported and flavored vodkas. Whiskey followed with combined sales of $145 million for Canadian, Scotch, Tennessee, Blended, Domestic, Irish, Corn, Rye and Bond whiskeys. Cordials came in third, with sales of $90.5 million.
Corn whiskey (legal moonshine) saw the sharpest increase in sales, jumping 123 percent from $1.7 million to $3.8 million.