Spirit Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Spirit Production Market Research Report | SIC C11.010 | Apr 2014

In high spirits: Booming sales of premium products in export markets support revenue

IBISWorld’s Spirit Production market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Market Share of Companies
Chivas Brothers Ltd Chivas Brothers Ltd market share
Diageo plc Diageo plc market share
Edrington Group Ltd Edrington Group Ltd market share
William Grant and Sons Distillers Ltd William Grant and Sons Distillers Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Spirit Production industry has performed well during the past five years. Challenging economic conditions and the long-term decline in spirit consumption have constrained domestic consumption of spirits for most of the period. However, this has been more than offset by a boom in demand for exports, particularly of Scotch whisky. Demand for whisky has soared in emerging markets across Asia, Latin America and Africa due to aspirational spending by young affluent consumers. Robust export demand and product innovation are estimated to underpin growth of 6.4% in 2014-15. During the five years through 2014-15, revenue is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.9% to £5.6 billion.

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Whisky is a type of distilled alcohol that, under UK law, must be produced in Scotland. There are three major types of whisky: single grain, single malt or blended. Over 90% of the whisky produced in Scotland is blended and contains both malt and grain whisky. The average blended Scotch is between 60% and 85% grain whisky. Scotch whisky can vary in alcohol content from anywhere between 40% and 95% alcohol by volume. Whisky was overtaken by vodka as the highest selling spirit in the United Kingdom in 2008. Although whisky has struggled to appeal to younger drinkers, it is easily the most popular UK spirit export, accounting for £4.2 billion of industry exports in 2012... purchase to read more


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What is the Spirit Production Industry?

Firms in this industry distil, bottle and sell spirits and liqueurs to wholesalers, retailers and the on-trade.

Industry Products
Industry Activities
Distilling and bottling whiskyDistilling and bottling ginDistilling and bottling vodkaDistilling and bottling liqueurs

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