At Ontrade Progress, we are one step ahead of trend driven culture, this is why we are proud to be working with the International Drink Expo, not only to highlight the importance of the competitive beverage industry, but also to show drinks brands smart new ways to embrace drinks solutions and the tips of the trade!

The International Drink Expo will be hitting London’s ExCeL on the 19th & 20th November,
transforming the capital into the ultimate hub for beverage innovation, asserting its presence in the industry as the UK’s leading event for maximising drink sales.

At the incredible 2019 event, your FREE ticket will give you exclusive access to all of the hottest new drinks trends, immersing you in the ultimate marketplace for business growth, and equipping you with all the tools you need to maximise your revenue. Our array of incredible exhibitors will offer insight into some of the biggest brands in the industry, including none other than Drop Bear Beer Co, Rudwolf and Mélange Drinks. All will be on hand to enlighten visitors with the very best beverage guidance, so join the industry’s biggest and most innovative suppliers showcasing the solutions shaping the drinks sector!

The show is packed with innovators and visionaries demonstrating their products live at the show, allowing you to test some of the hottest trends in drinks technology and sample delicious concoctions from some of the sector’s finest mixologists. We are bringing together the very best of the drinks industry – including everything from naturally sourced botanicals and CBD infused spirits, to ethical packaging and premium craft beers!

So what’s in store for the future of drinks trends?

Found on your typical drinks menu and on every off-license shelf, rum is becoming exceedingly well-loved in the UK. In fact, it’s becoming so popular that it now ranks alongside whisky and gin as one of the UK’s favourite spirits! Annual rum sales in Britain topped £1 billion for the first time in 2018, with over 1 billion litres consumed. So let’s look into the future and see what’s in store for the 2020 rum market…

Quality Over Quantity

A key market trend in the drinks industry sees consumers “drinking less, but drinking better quality” and there are no signs of this stopping. As consumers are becoming more interested in age and origin, luxury rum is expected to increase in sales by almost $230 million between 2015 – 2020. With this in mind, and the knowledge that consumers are starting to care more about content over cost, big brands are turning their focuses to launching premium rum.

Innovative Flavours

The UK has experienced a big increase in competition and new product launches thanks to consumers wanting to explore a variety of new flavours. In 2006 there were 50 rum brands in the UK, there are now nearly 200, with that number only looking to escalate in the future. Consumers are always on the hunt for new, innovative flavours, which is why this is predicted to be a big trend in 2020. Coconut rum is already particularly popular, along with coffee rum-like RumJava . According to reports, the flavoured sector will be bigger than white rum in off-trade by 2020.

Rum Cocktails

Daiquiri, Mojito, Piña Colada, it’s hard not to think of cocktails when you’re talking about rum! The UK’s cocktail culture is booming, and as rum cocktails are growing in popularity, bars are looking for new and innovative recipes to captivate their customers.

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