Ohio liquor sales went up from last year's numbers, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control.
The dollar sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level in 2013, totaling $898 million. That's an increase of 5.8 percent, exceeding last yearâ??s total by $49 million.
â??Ohioans continue to trade up buying more of the premium products as consumer tastes become more sophisticated,â?? said Bruce Stevenson, Superintendent of the Division. â??Quality customer service and better inventory management are the main ingredients that resulted in record dollar sales without encouraging increased consumption.â??
Wholesale dollar sales, liquor purchased by retail permit holders such as restaurants, bars and clubs, showed strong growth totaling $264 million, an increase of 2.5 percent.
Top 10 selling brands of spirituous liquor (contains more than 21 percent of alcohol by volume) sold in 2013:
1. Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey â?? 351,125 gallons
2. Kamchatka Vodka â?? 294,168 gallons
3. Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey â?? 286,451 gallons
4. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum â?? 283,000 gallons
5. Absolut Vodka â?? 277,729 gallons
6. Bacardi Superior Light Rum â?? 276,365 gallons
7. Smirnoff Vodka â?? 266,801 gallons
8. Jagermeister â?? 247,078 gallons
9. Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey â?? 230,164 gallons
10. Korski Vodka â?? 222,357 gallons