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Beer Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Beer Production Market Research Report | SIC C11.050 | Feb 2017

Trouble brewing: Industry revenue will decline as the popularity of lager continues to drop

IBISWorld’s Beer Production market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Carlsberg UK Ltd Carlsberg UK Ltd market share
Heineken UK Ltd Heineken UK Ltd market share
InBev UK Ltd InBev UK Ltd market share
Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Ltd Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Beer Production industry has undergone a volatile period in recent years. High beer duty, growing competition from wine and cider, supermarket discounting and changing social trends have weighed heavily on per capita beer consumption. Drinkers have tired of generic-tasting lagers and begun to look for quality and variety over quantity in their alcoholic beverage choices. The closure of thousands of pubs, which offer producers better profit margins, has also contributed to the industry's relatively flat performance. A recent shift in taste back towards beer, largely due to the booming craft beer segment, has meant industry revenue is estimated to rise at a modest compound annual rate of 0.2% over the five years through 2016-17... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Beer can be broadly segmented into three major types: ale, lager and stout. Each has its own unique characteristics and can vary between different regions of Britain. Until the 1960s, most beer produced in the United Kingdom was ale or stout. However, the popularity of lager has increased dramatically since the 1970s and it now accounts for almost two-thirds of beer produced in the United Kingdom.

Product segmentation has become less distinct in the past few years due to the development of beers that mix the characteristics of multiple varieties. This can be achieved, for example, by brewing with a bottom-fermenting yeast at unusually high temperatures. This produces a product that is dry (a characteristic of lager), but has malty flavours that are characteristic of ale.

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What is the Beer Production Industry?

Brewers buy barley, malt, sugar, yeast and other ingredients to process into various beer products, including lager, ale and stout. Beer is packaged in bottles, cans or kegs for sale to wholesalers, retailers, pubs and bars.

Industry Products
LagerAleStout and porter
Industry Activities
Brewing lager, ale and stoutBottling, capping and labelling beerDistributing beer tors,ers and publicans

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