Losing strength: Declining alcohol consumption and wholesale bypass caused revenue to fall

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 beverages wholesalers. As a result of fluctuating downstream conditions, revenue grew briefly at the start of the five-year period through 2018-19 and declined thereafter.Over much of the period, downstream markets have been under pressure from declining alcohol consumption, high alcohol taxes, and challenging economic conditions. Rising levels of health consciousness have resulted in consumer attitudes towards alcohol consumption changing, which has contributed to the declining levels of per-capita alcohol consumption...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£12.3bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-2.6%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
18,614
Businesses
2,529

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for craft beers and high-quality wine has limited decline over the past five years
  • Contingencies have been made for the weak pound by operators in order to protect industry margins
  • Growing demand from restaurants is expected to support distributors of imported wines
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The performance of the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling industry has been generally poor over the past five years, with revenue falling from 2015-16 after growth at the beginning of the period. Rising demand for boutique wines, craft beers, and ciders supported revenue expansion in 2014-15. Additionally, demand was buoyed by improving economic conditions and increasing levels of disposable incomes. However, the industry has faced challenging operating conditions in the years since. Wholesale bypass has remained a significant threat to the industry, as supermarkets are increasingly able to cut specialist wholesalers out of their supply chains. In addition, rising levels of health consciousness and falling alcohol consumption have put pressure on industry operators. Ove...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..

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    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
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Spirits
  • Cider
  • Sparkling wine
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling beer
  • Wholesaling wine
  • Wholesaling spirits
  • Wholesaling cider
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from pubs and bars
  • Alcohol consumption per capita
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Dispirited demand
  • Downstream struggles
  • Splashing out
  • Profit and wages
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Premium thirst
  • Market mix
  • Regulatory influences
  • 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

  • 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
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther 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
    Diageo plc, Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited,
  • Table: Diageo plc - financial performance
  • Table: Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Alcoholic Beverage Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Lager
  • 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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