Ohioans bought spirituous liquor, particularly premium liquor, at a record pace in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control.

Liquor sales hit record high in Ohio

Ohioans bought spirituous liquor, particularly premium liquor, at a record pace in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control.

Liquor sales totaled $849 million in 2012, an increase of 7% from last year. According to the Division of Liquor Control, spirituous liquor is an intoxicating liquor containing more than 21% alcohol by volume.

“Consumer tastes are becoming more sophisticated, and Ohioans continue to trade up buying more of the premium products,” said David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. “Better product selection and improved inventory management are key to meeting the needs of our consumers, without encouraging increased consumption.”

Liquor purchased by restaurant, bar and club owners also strengthened in 2012, reaching $257.8 million in sales. That’s a 5.7% increase from 2011.

“Strong wholesale indicates positive growths in Ohio’s economy as Ohioans are again patronizing restaurants and entertainment businesses,” Goodman said.

Liquor was being bought at a faster rate than it was being consumed. The Division sold a total of 11.9 million gallons of spirituous liquor through its 464 Contract Liquor Agencies, an increase of 4.2% over 2011.

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