REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP): State officials say Ohio set a record for spirituous liquor sales last year, exceeding $1-billion for the first time.
State alcohol regulators say consumers are looking for “quality over quantity” and buying more premium-priced products than ever before.
A state Department of Commerce report released on Tuesday says there were $70 million more in sales than in 2014. That’s an increase of more than 7 percent.
Overall volume consumption increased last year to 13 million gallons, representing a pace of about 4 percent.
State officials say the numbers suggest Ohioans are “trading up” to more premium brands.
Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey were the top sellers in the Buckeye State.