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|SIC Codes:||5181, 5182|
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Companies in this industry distribute beer, ale, wine, and distilled spirits on a wholesale basis. Major US companies include Charmer Sunbelt Group, Glazer's, Reyes Holdings, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and Wirtz Beverage Group.
Demand for beer, wine, and spirits is increasing in emerging international markets and creating opportunity for alcohol wholesalers. Alcohol producers use various route-to-market models in order to sell their products around the world. Depending on laws, companies sell their products overseas through third-party distributors, global or regional duty-free arrangements, and joint ventures.
The US beer, wine, and spirits distribution industry includes about 3,400 companies with combined annual revenue of about $123 billion. Key growth drivers include technological advances in distribution and a growing interest in locally produced and distributed wines, beers, and liquors.
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 US wine and spirits wholesale industry is ...
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