Iowa sold record $256M in liquor last fiscal year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa sold a record $256 million in liquor last fiscal year, led by a trend toward flavored liquors.

The state’s wholesale liquor operation saw a 5.6 percent increase in sales during the year ending June 30.

Retailers and restaurateurs say the sales have been pushed by new flavors. Brian Duax, of Central City Liquors in Des Moines, told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/19ZMbTS ) that “younger customers want something different.”

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division says that, on average, an Iowa adult age 21 or older consumed 2.27 gallons of spirits, 2.03 gallons of wine and 33.56 gallons of beer last fiscal year.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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