Virginia alcohol sales hit record high for 18th year in a row

Posted at 1:48 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 13:48:25-05

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) say sales hit a record in fiscal year 2016 – for the 18th straight year.

Gross sales hit $898 million, $49.4 million higher than last year.

Top 5 selling liquors - Virginia ABC

Top 5 selling liquors – Virginia ABC

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey was the best-selling liquor, followed by Hennessey V.S. Cognac and Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Smirnoff (80-proof) Vodka and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey rounded out the top five.

Of those five, Hennessey V.S. made the largest leap in sales, increasing by $3.3 million or 6.6 percent.

“Fiscal year 2016 was a banner year for this agency,” said ABC Chief Operating Officer Travis Hill, “and ABC’s dedicated and resourceful employees are credited with these results. We will continue to strive for excellence in the next fiscal year and beyond as we look to make major, critical investments in our business and prepare for our transition to an authority structure in 2018.”