Over 80% of food and drink categories have grown in value in the past year and nearly half are up by volume, The Grocer can reveal.

In a preview of the findings from the Top Products Survey 2008 (to be published on 20 December), published in association with Nielsen, the best-performing category was energy and sports drinks, up 15% by value to £683.2m and 16% by volume [Nielsen 52w/e 4 Oct]. Mouthwash had the second-biggest jump, up 14.2% by value to £127m and growing 15% by volume.

Shower products, face tissues and nappies also did well, up 3% to £225.7m, 2.1% to £188.6m and 2.6% to £471.8m respectively. And cider weathered a wet summer to rise 14.6% to £680m, with volume up 2.9% [Nielsen MAT 6 Sept], while fine and sparkling wines, vodka and liqueurs are also thriving.