The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division has reported 5.6% increase in spirits sales to $256m during the fiscal year ended 30 June 2013, when compared with the previous year.

The growth was driven by new flavors ranging from cinnamon-flavoured whisky to glazed doughnut vodka, reported

The funds generated by excise taxes, license fees and civil penalties have also witnessed growth, in addition to spirits profits.

Of the total funding, about $19m was generated for substance abuse programmes and the remaining funds will be used for wine and beer promotion in the state.

Commenting on the growth, Alcoholic Beverages Division administrator Stephen Larson said that this past year was dedicated to improving processes and laying the groundwork to achieve results over the next decade.

Alcoholic Beverages Commission chair Claire Celsi said they serve not only the liquor licensee, but the entire state of Iowa.

"It’s our duty to ensure that we’re doing what we can to protect the public by monitoring trends, creating opportunities for community partnership, and educating both licensees and the public about the responsible use and distribution of alcohol," he concluded.

Meanwhile, the agency has generated $119.5m while evaluating delivery processes, facility infrastructures and technologies to find efficiencies and prepare for growth.