|Last Quarterly Update:||11/12/2012|
|SIC Codes:||5181, 5182|
|Industry Overview||Trends & Challenges||Industry Forecast|
|Quarterly Industry Update||Call Prep Questions||Website & Media Links|
|Business Challenges||Financial Information||Glossary & Acronyms|
Companies in this industry distribute beer, ale, wine, and distilled spirits on a wholesale basis. Major US companies include Glazer's Wholesale Drug, Reyes Holdings, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and Wirtz Beverage Group.
The US beer, wine, and spirits distribution industry includes about 3,500 companies with combined annual revenue of about $120 billion. Moderate growth is forecast for the next two years. Key growth drivers include consumer spending on alcoholic beverages and individual taste preferences.
Suppliers and customers of beer, wine, and spirits distributors are covered in separate profiles for Breweries; Distillers; Wineries; and Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores.
Demand is driven by consumer preferences in alcohol consumption and demographic trends. The profitability of individual companies depends on effective sales operations and maintaining low operating costs. Large companies have advantages in exclusive distribution rights in large markets. Small operations can compete effectively by distributing rare and expensive products. The beer wholesale industry is fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about a third of industry revenue. The wine and spirits wholesale industry is concentrated: the top 50 companies account for more than 75 percent of industry revenue.
PRODUCTS, OPERATIONS & TECHNOLOGY
Major products are beer, wine, and distilled spirits (hard liquor). Distributors tend to specialize in either beer or wine and spirits. About half of overall industry revenue comes from the sale of beer, 30 percent from liquor, and 20 percent from ...
Would you or your company benefit from having unlimited access to First Research's industry intelligence tools?Learn More About Subscription Options