The United Kingdom exported 572 million pounds (664 million euros) worth of gin last year, down nearly 15 percent from the previous year. Morale exports to the European Union fell by a quarter in 2020.
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According to industry association The Gin Guild, the decline is mainly attributed to the Corona crisis and restaurant closures in effect in several countries. Looking to the future, the organization fears the effects of a trade agreement with the European Union.
“It is clear that the ‘hassle-free’ trade we promised in the deal is not going to materialize at this time,” said Nicholas Cook, director of The Gin Guild.
According to distilleries, the increase in popularity of gin is mainly due to demand from the European Union. “The fact that we are now facing this challenge (logistical problems, editor) is a cause for concern,” local media quoted James Hayman of Hayman Gin as saying.
Cook added: “We hope that we do not view 2019 as the culmination of the renaissance of the gin, and we regret the unnecessary and expected loss of easy access to this large market.”
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