Pernod Ricard UK is urging retailers to respond to consumer trends accelerated by the last 18 months to capitalise on the huge opportunity within Premium Spirits and Wines this Christmas. Retailers in the impulse and convenience channel could each make up to £2,792 this Christmas by stocking a broad range of Premium Spirits and Wines during the twelve weeks leading up to Christmas Day.
Friends and family kept apart by lockdowns in 2020 will start celebrating earlier this year and the convenience channel has a key role to play by supporting shoppers with two important missions: ‘grabbing a bottle on the way to a house party/gathering’ and ‘picking up a bottle to host friends and family at home’. A recent study commissioned by Pernod Ricard UK demonstrates the importance of the convenience channel for buying Spirits on the way somewhere, with 87% of shoppers buying them to consume there. The study also found that 31% of ‘shopping on my way’ missions are completely spontaneous, which is high verses 21% for Total Mission, making this a massively valuable mission2.
On-Trade closures accelerated several market trends that already existed pre-COVID. There are now more online shoppers and a broader demographic of people shopping locally due to a sustained increase of working-from-home. There has also been an increase in Spirits Premiumisation, with Premium+ Spirits value growing more than twice as fast as Total Spirits (+27% vs. +11%) as shoppers treat themselves to affordable luxuries both at home and when meeting up with friends and family. And in terms of ‘trying something new’, it now takes two more Spirits sub-sectors to make up 95% of Impulse value sales than it did a year ago. For these reasons, retailers must be able to cater for a wider variety of tastes and occasions than in the past with premium options that will make visibly generous and special party contributions.
Chris Shead, Off-Trade Channel Director, comments: “The Off-Trade is likely to retain an inflated share of the total BWS market this year. It’s important not only to stock the familiar core lines of Premium Spirits and Wines shoppers will expect to see but something new and exciting from those trusted brands, due to the increased knowledge of Spirits and Wines shoppers have acquired in lockdown. This year, more than ever, it’s about breadth of range. Consumers upskilled during lockdown, they tried more cocktails at home, experimented with new flavours, and treated themselves to the new product or flavours from their favourite brands. Last minute purchases are crucial to getting it right this Christmas. Grabbing a bottle on the way to either hosting or being hosted has grown in importance as people celebrate the moments they can share together, so having an enticing range is hugely important.”
Pernod Ricard UK’s ‘What to Stock Christmas’ list
Make sure to stock a wide variety of core Premium Spirits and Wine categories to cater for all tastes and occassions, as well as experimental flavours from familiar and trusted brands to encourage a higher volume of impulse purchases:
• Jameson Irish Whiskey, the UK’s number one Irish Whiskey, is growing 23.3% in Total Impulse.
• Jameson Orange is a zesty new expression and new to the market, combining the finest triple-distilled Jameson Irish Whiskey infused with natural orange flavouring
• Havana Club 7 is driving growth for Havana Club (+187%) in Total Impulse7, thanks to its focus on the convenience channel and partnership with Skepta
• Havana Club Cuban Spiced is also new to market and the first spiced product from Havana Club. It’s made with 100% Cuban rum that has been enriched with spices and natural tropical flavours. Flavoured and Spiced Rum were big winners last Christmas and Pernod Ricard UK predicts the category will achieve the same demand in 2021
• Absolut is growing +34.5% overall in Total Impulse and its flavours range is skyrocketing with +59.5% growth in the last 12 months6. Flavoured Vodka growth is set to continue into Christmas as the versatile Spirit is perfect for at-home cocktail making. Best-selling flavours Absolut Passionfruit, Absolut Rapberri and Absolut Vanilia were joined this summer by Absolut Watermelon, tapping into the increased demand for watermelon flavour alcoholic drinks, which has grown +63%
• Beefeater London Dry Gin introduced a timeless and premium new bottle design across its range earlier this year, which proudly heroes its position as the World’s Most Awarded Gin, and features optimised sustainability credentials. Beefeater flavours are growing +36% in the Impulse channel and Beefeater Pink Strawberry and Beefeater Blood Orange feature within the Top 15 Gin Brands
• Malfy con Arancia and Malfy gin Rosa are the two best-selling flavours within the Impulse channel from Malfy, which has been a big success story since it was acquired by Pernod Ricard UK in 2019. Malfy gin Rosa is flying off the shelves in Total Off-Trade, growing +139%
• Campo Viejo Tempranillo was the number one selling red wine over £8 last Christmas thanks to shoppers turning to the iconic yellow label for their indulgent treat
• Campo Viejo Reserva is expected to continue growing in popularity ahead of Total Light Wine as shoppers turn to familiar, trusted brands for a more premium, trade-up option to celebrate being reunited with friends and family at Christmas
• Campo Viejo Winemakers’ Blend is the brand new wine from the UK’s No.1 Spanish wine brand. The wine blends the experience and craftsmanship of Campo Viejo’s three female winemakers to create the ultimate red blend that is smooth and vibrant, with red fruit richness and elegant intensity and the vibrant, purple bottle creates fantastic stand-out on shelf
• JC Reserves hit the shelves with a fresh new look earlier this year with a range of four classic varietals – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pernod Ricard UK is investing in the UK’s best-known wine brand and best-selling wine in Australia, to reclaim the number one spot in the Australian wine category
• Rutas de Cafayate Malbec is brand new to the Impulse channel this year and is set to capitalise on the popularity of Argentinian wine as the fastest growing Country of Origin, which is up by +45.6% in value sales in the Impulse channel, with Malbec also growing +44.6% in value
Stocking each of these SKUs throughout the twelve weeks of Christmas could generate £2,792 per retailer.
 Amount would require full ‘Pernod Ricard UK’s What To Stock Christmas List’ to be in stock for full 12-week period and is based on ROS in the Impulse channel for the same 12-week period vs. 2020
 PRUK Omnichannel Research Project with boobook and White Caviar May 2021, 6000 participants
 PRUK 2019 Christmas Shopper Research with the source, 1970 participants
 Kantar WPO Spirits Buyers Online 52 w/e 13-Jun-21, Kantar WPO Convenience Buyers Total Spirits 52we 13-Jun-21 vs. YA and 2YA
 Nielsen Total Impulse Value Sales 52we 19/06/21
 Nielsen Total Impulse Value Sales to Sub-sector level – 52we 19/06/21 vs. YA
 AC Nielsen, Total Impulse Value Sales, Period Ending WE 19.06.21
 GNPD Mintel Q1 2019
 Based on International Spirits Awards for Beefeater London Dry only from 2004-2019
 AC Nielsen Gin Total Impulse Period Ending WE 19.06.21
 AC Nielsen Premium+ Gin, Total Coverage, Period Ending WE 19.06.21
 Total Impulse, total 75cl light wine SKUs ranked by Value Sales, 8we 26/12/20 where ASP/75cl >=£8.00
 Total Impulse, Campo Viejo Reserva Value % Change +27% vs. Light Wine +22% 8we 26/12/20 vs. YA
 AC Nielsen Total Off-Trade Value Share MAT date to 02.01.2021
 Wine Intelligence, Vinitrac UK, October 2020
 IRI MAT Value Sales 07.03.21
 AC Nielsen Total Off-Trade Value Sales MAT to 27.03.21