INTRO TO NO & LOW

No & Low Alcohol drinks have gained traction over the past few years1.  If we look back five years, no one would have heard of ‘no & low’, but it’s become a frequently used term, with several NPD launches and even alcohol-free pop-up bars appearing. At the end of January 2020, the sector had grown to £69.7m retail sales value in the GB on-trade, which is up 49% versus last year.1 Consumer interest in No & Low Alcohol products showed no sign of slowing in 2020 with significant off-trade growth of 20% in the 52-weeks to 5th of September.2 Driving the growth is consumer lifestyle adaptation. Adult consumers are looking to lead more balanced lifestyles with 68% proactively trying to lead a healthy lifestyle3. This has led to a rise in moderation with 42% of GB on-trade consumers claiming to be moderating their alcohol consumption4 and we are seeing moderation occasions across the year. Typically, those who are “not drinking” have opted for an alternative soft drink, but these are not seen as special enough for a number of consumers who want a more exciting choices in those moments and hence the growth of the No & Low Alc drinks. There have been many No & Low variants emerge across beer, wine and spirits, with consumers perhaps most familiar with beer variants which are seeing significant growth versus a year ago1.  More recently, more spirit-style variants have appeared on the market, notably Gordon’s 0.0 which launched in December 2020. Gordon’s 0.0 is a new alcohol-free alternative from the UK’s favourite gin brand5. Made using only the finest distilled botanicals, just like Gordon’s London Dry Gin, new Gordon’s 0.0% provides the bold, juniper-led character you know and expect from the brand. This makes it a great alcohol-free alternative for customers.

WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING AS AN OUTLET TO TAP INTO THE NO & LOW OCCASION?

We recommend that you stock a compelling range of products across Beer, Cider, and Spirits depending on your customer base and drive awareness through merchandising, POS and menus. To achieve this, you should start by stocking category leaders and known brands within the biggest sub-categories of Beer, Cider & Spirits.  In the 12 weeks to the 31st of October, the category leaders were:  beer – Heineken 0.0; cider –  Old Mout Cherries & Berries Alcohol free; and spirits – Seedlip Garden 108.6 Once you have established your core range, if relevant to your outlet, you should drive further excitement and trade-up by stocking premium products and alcohol-free alternatives to your best-selling cocktails such as a Martini or Spritz. To drive awareness and sales of the category in your outlet, you need to ensure the products are visible. We recommend using signage and POS to highlight the category on the backbar and showcase the range on ‘hotspots’ at key points in the year. On menu, we advise you showcase the products together to make it clear and easy for consumers to find and purchase. Finally, you should ensure your staff are trained to understand the category and brands you stock, so they are able to explain, sell and serve to customers perfectly.

Sources:

  1. CGA OPMS MAT Data to 25.01.20
  2. Nielsen Scantrack MAT Data to 05.09.20
  3. CGA, BrandTrack, October 2020
  4. Kantar Alcovision 12 m/e data to 30th of September 2020
  5. Nielsen/CGA RSV MAT to Oct 20; Best Selling Gin refers to Sales Value. Gordon’s has sold £821m Sales Value in MAT, vs its next biggest competitor at £188m Sales Value.
  6. CGA OPMS 12 WK data to 31.10.20

Serves

  • Gordon’s 0.0 G&T
  • Copa Glass 2/3 filled with ice
  • Gordon’s 0.0 – 50ml
  • Tonic – 150ml
  • Garnish with Lime Wedge

Seedlip Light & Breezy

Copper mug filled with ice Seedlip Grove 42 – 50ml Ginger Beer – 150ml Garnish with Lime slice