Sales of a controversial high-strength tonic wine are soaring as it breaks into the best-selling alcohol brands league table for the first time.
A report has revealed that demand for Buckfast tonic wine is now spreading in the south of England with sales growing by £2 million or 7.9per cent in the past year.
The 15per cent alcohol by volume fortified wine has been made by Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon since the 1920s but it has become notorious in Scotland because of repeated links with drunken and violent crime and antisocial behaviour.
Its highest sales are in Glasgow and surrounding areas and it has also become popular in Ireland.
But trade magazine The Grocer reported yesterday that volume sales of ‘Bucky’ had rocketed by 7b.1per cent to £26.9 million in the past year gaining it 91st place in the magazine’s league table of Britain’s Biggest Alcohol Brands.
Source: The Daily Mail