Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling industry has endured mixed fortunes during the past five years. During the past decade, several trends in both downstream and upstream markets have damaged alcohol wholesalers by constraining revenue growth and eating into profit margins. Consolidation in the beer, wine and spirits production and retailing industries has strengthened the market power of wholesalers' suppliers and customers, resulting in wholesalers often being bypassed in the off-trade supply chain.
On-trade markets have also come under pressure because falling patronage, declining beer consumption, rising operating costs, increasing alcohol duties and the introduction of a smoking ban have forced pubs to close... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Wine is expected to account for 34.1% of industry sales by value. It has gained popularity as consumers' drinking habits have become more sophisticated and people haven chosen to drink at home or at restaurants rather than at pubs. Growth has also been encouraged by the proliferation of supermarkets and convenience stores stocking wine and the heavy discounting they have employed. In terms of style, UK drinkers prefer white to red. Chardonnay, pinot grigio, shiraz and merlot are the favoured varieties.
Beer is estimated to contribute 32.2% of industry revenue... purchase to read more