Supreme’s 88Vape Sales Jump 36 Percent Amid Lockdown

The parent company behind the 88Vape brand, Supreme, announced revenues rose 36 percent as U.K. smokers attempted to quit smoking combustible cigarettes during Covid-19 lockdowns. The company’s total revenue was up 33 per cent at £122.3 million ($166 million) as of March 31, 2021. This is up from £92.3 million in same period of 2020.

Gross profits jumped to £33 million, which helped the company to slash its debt by 64 percent, ending the financial year with a just £7.6 million burden compared with £21.3 million in 2020, according to City A.M. The strongest sales growth was found in vaping and its sports nutrition and wellness branch, the company said in a statement.

Supreme’s partnership with convenience store chain McColl’s to supply shops with vaping products marked the company’s growth in the vaping sphere. The rollout of 88Vape products was completed in March 2021, adding an additional 1,180 retail convenience stores nationwide to Supreme’s portfolio.

“There are clear and very exciting opportunities that exist for our business, particularly in categories like sports nutrition and wellness and vaping, and I look forward to providing further updates in due course as we capitalise on these,” Supreme CEO Sandy Chadha said. “We have made a good start to the current financial year and look to the future with confidence.”