Happy times or hard times, people drink! According to a recently conducted research in June 2008, nearly half of consumers surveyed said, the economy didn't have any impact on the money they spend on beer, wine or spirits. More than 80% of respondents said they are spending the same on alcoholic beverages as they did a year before. Another data for the year ending April 2008 stated 33 % of casual-dining and fine-dining meals on the weekends, included an alcoholic beverage, where as 27% of such weekday meals did so. This seems to be a good news for the wine industry as well as bar accessories industry.
Bar accessories give an opportunity to the consumers for making purchases without very large financial commitments. They can start with buying simple bar ware such as beer mugs and then move upwards for high end bar accessories collection over time. A few years back, trends leaned towards casual, simplistic designs in bar ware. Crystal products also sold a lot. Casual style was the prevailing trend. However, many bar accessories manufacturers were experimenting with colors too. As drinking wine with meals became more common, there was a greater demand for everyday wine glasses.
Subsequently, consumers started upgrading their home bars with stylish and functional bar accessories. As bar accessories gained popularity, the stainless-steel trend also made its mark and market saw a good demand of these stainless steel bar accessories. A considerable increase was seen in the sale of ice box
and cocktail shakers
Of late, some unique trends have been seen in the bar accessories industry. Theme based collections, such as Black & White Collections, Nautical Collections etc. have made their way in this industry too. Apart from these, the ever popular holiday collections like Christmas, Valentines Day, Winter or Fall Collections are also popular with the wine lovers. Home bars have become one of the favorites of interior decorators who now place special emphasis on bar decoration with the help of latest bar accessories that are even changed periodically to give newer looks to home decor. Bright and bold colors have given way to more subdued tones like Grays, blacks and neutral colors.