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Buckfast sales hit record high with monks raking in £43million from the tonic wine

Monks who make Buckfast tonic wine have raked in more than £43 million in the past year, new figures have revealed.

Sales of the caffeine-fuelled wine rose three per cent, from £41.9million to a record high of £43.2 million, as punters continue to enjoy the controversial tipple

J Chandler and Co, the company that distributes the wine, saw its pre-tax profits rise by more than £750,000 to £4.3 million, according to accounts filed at Companies House earlier this month.

The wine, made by monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, is favoured by Scots neds and is regularly linked to boozy crimes across the country.

In a report in the company accounts, J Chandler director Jonathan Sharp said he expected sales of the wine to continue to rise although profits could be hit by Brexit.

• Full story at the Scottish Sun.

Buckfast Tonic Wine is made by the Roman Catholic Community of Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, and distributed by J. Chandler & Co (Buckfast) Ltd of Andover.

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