Its wine division saw a 53% uplift in sales of English wines in the year to September 2014 following its deal to distribute for Kent-based producer Chapel Down.
The company said growth has been fuelled by sectors such as fine dining, prestige and boutique hotels, as well as quality food-led establishments, where it has seen double-digit year-on-year growth in English wine sales.
It also reported 13% year-on-year growth in UK beers and spirits, driven by the popularity of its Boutique Beers range. Among these were Meantime and Curious, which saw sales rise 168% and 1173% respectively. The trend was echoed in homegrown spirits such as Chase Potato Vodka, up 77%, and Sipsmith Sipping and London Dry Gin – which saw a 254% collective hike.
Matthew Clark commercial director, Ian Smith, said: “We see locally produced beers, wines, and spirits as a key trend to watch. For several years, locally-sourced food has been firmly in the spotlight, and we are seeing this trend growing in drinks as well. Consumers, particularly when visiting higher-end establishments, are increasingly demanding drinks with local heritage and provenance and Matthew Clark has responded to this by expanding our range of home grown beers, wines and spirits to satisfy this demand.”