Conditions did not suit dairy drinks which fell back despite the slump in prices following the ending of the quota system in April. The rise of energy drinks production in the region continues to give a lift to can production in the region. Exports of energy drinks will have contributed to the rise. Growth from hot drinks is expected.
A very buoyant period for imports in general and Mexican products in particular helped to deliver growth for the beer category, although mainstream domestic brands remain under pressure not only from imports but also from craft beer, cider and FABs. Seasonally adjusted retail sales were estimated to be up very slightly in the fourth quarter, but only when the increasingly significant online business is included.