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Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.342 | Mar 2017

Changing taste: Rising preference for premium beverages has supported growing demand

The Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Diageo plc Diageo plc market share
Matthew Clark Holdings Matthew Clark Holdings market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The dominance of supermarkets remains a threat to the viability of some operators
  • The decline of specialist off-licenses is expected to have dampened industry growth in recent years
  • Demand for high-end products such as wine and cocktails is expected to continue to grow
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Operators in the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling industry purchase alcoholic beverages from producers and distribute them to on-trade and off-trade retailers. Changing consumer habits and trends within downstream markets have knock-on effects on alcoholic beverage wholesalers. As a result of fluctuating downstream conditions, the industry has endured mixed fortunes over the past five years.

Over much of the five-year period through 2016-17, downstream markets were under pressure from declining alcohol consumption, high alcohol taxes and challenging economic conditions. The closure of many traditional pubs throughout the United Kingdom had a knock-on effect on wholesalers... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling industry displays a relatively low level of market share concentration. Between them, the top four players in the industry are expected to account for only 26.1% of total industry revenue in 2016-17. With the exception of Matthew Clark, the largest players in the industry are either alcohol producers like Diageo or cash-and-carry chains such as the Booker Group. According to ONS statistics, 87.2% of industry enterprises employ fewer than 10 staff. This has increased from the previous years' ONS statistics reflecting the increasingly fragmented nature of the industry. Accordingly, the industry is characterised by a large number of small businesses. The.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Highly trained workforce
  • Having links with suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from pubs and bars and Alcohol consumption per capita in the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    What is the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry?

    Firms in this industry purchase alcoholic beverages from producers and distribute them to retailers in both the on- and off-trades. The industry also includes alcohol producers that import products for distribution in the United Kingdom.

    Industry Products
    WineBeerSpiritsCider Sparkling wine
    Industry Activities
    Beer wholesalingWine wholesalingSpirits wholesalingCider wholesaling

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from pubs and bars
  • Alcohol consumption per capita
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Health consciousness
  • Population aged 16 to 25 years
  • Current Performance
  • Dispirited performance
  • Stirred up
  • Splashing out
  • Profit bubbles away
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Premium thirst
  • Changing markets
  • Legislation
  • Stemming the flow
  • Table: Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Off-Licences
  • Pubs & Bars
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beer Production
  • Spirit Production
  • Wine Production
  • Products & Services
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Spirits
  • Cider
  • Sparkling wine
  • Chart: Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • On-trade venues
  • Off-trade venues
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Diageo plc
    Matthew Clark (Holdings) Limited
  • Table: Diageo plc - financial performance
  • Table: Matthew Clark (Holdings) Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A type of beer brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast at lower temperatures and for longer periods of time than those used to brew ales.
  • Off-Trade
  • Establishments licensed to sell alcohol to be consumed off the premises.
  • On-Trade
  • Establishments such as pubs, bars and restaurants, where alcohol is consumed on the premises.

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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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