The spirits trends to watch in 2019

2nd January, 2019 by Melita Kiely


There has been no shortage of conversations regarding cannabis this past year – and the drug will be grabbing headlines well into 2019 and beyond. Canada became the second nation after Uruguay to legalise recreational cannabis use in October 2018, prompting drinks industry giants such as Constellation Brands and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits to invest heavily in the sector. These moves are hardly surprising; a report by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics predicted cannabis­-based food and drinks are set to surpass sales of more than US$4 billion in North America by 2022.

The drug’s use in spirits has already been gaining traction, with Southern Glazer’s taking on distribution of cannabis-­infused brand Nirvana in Florida, and Australian startup The Cannabis Company revealing what’s thought to be the first gin distilled using cannabis oils.

South Africa has also legalised recreational use, though sales remain prohibited, and Luxembourg could become the first country in the EU to decriminalise the drug.

2 Responses to “The spirits trends to watch in 2019”

  1. Noor Bavinck says:

    i wonder what these trends are

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