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Beer Production in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

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 provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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 Threats & Opportunities
  • The increasing popularity of craft beer and real ale has supported a rise in enterprise numbers
  • Supermarkets’ heavy discounting of beer has negatively affected industry profitability
  • Beer is expected to face increased competition from other beverages over the coming five years
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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 Investment Chapter

IBISWorld estimates the labour-to-capital ratio of the Beer Production industry is 2.11:1, meaning that for every £1.00 invested in plant and equipment, industry operators spend £2.11 on labour. Wages represent labour costs and depreciation is used as a proxy for capital. There is a high level of capital intensity because most of the processes in the industry, such as brewing and packaging, are undertaken by highly automated machinery. Therefore, there is little human involvement in the production process. However, labour is required for product research, plant maintenance, sales, marketing and management. Since these types of roles tend to command high salaries, the Beer Production industry has a high average wage.

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Additional Insights for the Beer Production Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Beer Production Industry are

  • Market research and understanding
  • Marketing of differentiated products
  • Economies of scale
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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

    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
  • Real household disposable income
  • Alcohol consumption per capita
  • trade alcohol prices
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Current Performance
  • Last orders
  • Tax cuts
  • Crafty acquisitions
  • Trickling profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition and on-trade sales
  • Downstream cost pressures
  • A new flavour
  • Constraining margins
  • Table: Beer Production Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Beer Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Off-Licences
  • Pubs & Bars
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beverage Crop Growing
  • Hollow Glass Manufacturing
  • Malt Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Lager
  • Ale
  • Stout and porter
  • Chart: Beer Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Off-trade
  • On-trade
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Beer Production Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Excise duty
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Beer Production
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Beer Production Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Ltd
    Heineken UK Ltd
    AB InBev UK Ltd
    Carlsberg UK Ltd
  • Table: Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Heineken UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: AB InBev UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Carlsberg UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Beer Production 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 Beer Production Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (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 made using top-fermenting yeast. Its taste is typically sweeter and more complex than lager.
  • Bitter
  • A type of ale that has a bitter taste and is popular in the United Kingdom.
  • Centrifuge
  • Equipment that rotates at high speed and separates substances of different densities by centrifugal force.
  • Hectolitre
  • A unit of measurement in brewing which equates one unit to 100 litres of beer.
  • High-Gravity Brewing
  • A brewing technique that begins with the production of a wort that has a higher sugar concentration, allowing for higher strength beer to be produced.
  • Lager
  • A type of beer brewed from bottom-fermenting yeast that usually tastes crisper and cleaner than ale.
  • Pilsner
  • A type of pale lager first produced in the Czech Republic.
  • Pub Company (Pubco)
  • A pubco is a large property company that owns the freehold on pubs, which are then leased or tenanted out to lessees and tenants.
  • Wet-Led Pub
  • One that derives most of its revenue from beer sales. Wet-led pubs are often tied to pubcos or brewers.

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    This report on Beer Production:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Beer Production market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • 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
    • And of course, much more

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