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 Locations Chapter
In general, alcoholic beverage wholesalers are located close to manufacturers and customers. Alcoholic beverage producers are located in traditional manufacturing regions with access to high quality water, relatively low-cost labour and high population density, while customers are spread across the United Kingdom, but concentrated in large cities and urban areas. Being located in proximity to customers helps reduce distribution and transport costs, subsequently increasing delivery times to end markets.
The most important regions for alcoholic beverage wholesaling include the East Midlands, West Midlands, North East and North West... purchase to read more