Executive Summary

Jul 2019
Alcoholic drinks continues to stagnate

Despite the economic downturn in China in 2018, total volume sales of alcoholic drinks remained at the same level as in 2017. Meanwhile, current value sales enjoyed strong growth, particularly in spirits.

Unit prices rise, demonstrating increasing premiumisation

The average unit price of alcoholic drinks increased in 2018, with spirits seeing the most significant unit price rise. Meanwhile, beer, wine and RTDs also witnessed unit price rises in 2018, indicating the overall premiumisation trend within overall alcoholic drinks.

Supermarkets is the largest distribution channel

Supermarkets, which accounted for over half of overall retail value sales of alcoholic drinks in 2018, and saw an increasing value share, is the largest distribution channel for beer, spirits, RTDs and wine. Food/drink/tobacco specialists also registered a small yet stable increase in its total distribution value, resulting from steady growth of the distribution of other spirits/baijiu in this channel.

A relatively stable competitive landscape for alcoholic drinks

Overall alcoholic drinks has a stable competitive landscape, with the top 20 players jointly experiencing a slight total volume share decline in 2018 compared with 2017. The top three players, China Resources Beer (Holdings), Tsingtao Brewery and Anheuser-Busch InBev, have much higher total volume sales and shares than second-tier players such as Beijing Yanjing Brewery, Harbin Brewery Group and Carlsberg.

Stagnant outlook for alcoholic drinks over the forecast period

With most alcoholic drinks categories having already matured in China, total volume sales of alcoholic drinks will continue to stagnate over the forecast period. In addition, with the improvement in health awareness among consumers, demand for alcoholic beverages is stabilising.

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Alcoholic Drinks in China

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Alcoholic drinks continues to stagnate
Unit prices rise, demonstrating increasing premiumisation
Supermarkets is the largest distribution channel
A relatively stable competitive landscape for alcoholic drinks
Stagnant outlook for alcoholic drinks over the forecast period

MARKET BACKGROUND

Legislation
Legal purchasing age and legal drinking age
Drink-driving
Advertising
Smoking ban
Opening hours
On-trade establishments
Table 1 Number of On-trade Establishments by Type 2013-2018

TAXATION AND DUTY LEVIES

Summary 1 Taxation and Duty Levies on Alcoholic Drinks 2018

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Contraband/parallel trade
Duty free
Cross-border/private imports

KEY NEW PRODUCT LAUNCHES

Outlook

MARKET INDICATORS

Table 2 Retail Consumer Expenditure on Alcoholic Drinks 2013-2018

MARKET DATA

Table 3 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 4 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 5 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 6 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 7 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2018
Table 8 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2018
Table 9 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume 2018
Table 10 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value 2018
Table 11 GBO Company Shares of Alcoholic Drinks: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 12 Distribution of Alcoholic Drinks by Format: % Off-trade Value 2013-2018
Table 13 Distribution of Alcoholic Drinks by Format and by Category: % Off-trade Volume 2018
Table 14 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 15 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 16 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 17 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

DEFINITIONS

SOURCES

Summary 2 Research Sources

Beer in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Volume sales remain flat, whilst value sales increase
A decline in the beer-drinking population
The premiumisation trend maintains the steady development of beer

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

A relatively stable competitive landscape
Dark beer and stout are gaining share
Domestic craft beer is increasingly popular

CATEGORY BACKGROUND

Lager price band methodology
Summary 3 Lager by Price Band 2018
Table 18 Number of Breweries 2013-2018

CATEGORY DATA

Table 19 Sales of Beer by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 20 Sales of Beer by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 21 Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 22 Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 25 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 26 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 27 GBO Company Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 28 NBO Company Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 29 LBN Brand Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 30 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 31 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 32 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 33 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Cider/Perry in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Vigorous volume growth is underpinned by a small sales base
Low product awareness limits development
The health-oriented nature of the product means it may have potential

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Shanghai Asia Pacific Brewery overtakes Carlsberg Brewery, to take the lead
Other international brands are on the rise
Domestic brands also emerge in cider/perry

CATEGORY DATA

Table 34 Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 35 Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 36 Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 37 Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 38 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 39 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 40 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 41 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 42 GBO Company Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 43 NBO Company Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 44 LBN Brand Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 45 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 46 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 47 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 48 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Rtds in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Sales of RTDs pick up after declines in previous years
The announcement of an industry standard for RTDs will help achieve normalisation
RTDs has potential in terms of per capita consumption in China

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

As the leading player, Rio shapes the competition
The withdrawal of brands
RTDs still have advantages over cocktails prepared in bars

CATEGORY DATA

Table 49 Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 50 Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 51 Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 52 Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 53 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 54 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 55 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 56 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 57 GBO Company Shares of RTDS: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 58 NBO Company Shares of RTDS: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 59 LBN Brand Shares of RTDS: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 60 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 61 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 63 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Spirits in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Growth in other spirits begins to level off; international spirits achieve further growth
Spirits benefits from a boom amongst China’s younger generations
International spirits increases thanks to favourable policies

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Baijiu dominates spirits
Local manufacturers aim to broaden their penetration and consumption
International spirits are moving online to achieve wider product awareness

CATEGORY BACKGROUND

Vodka, gin, other blended Scotch whisky, dark rum and white rum price band methodology
Summary 4 Benchmark Brands 2018

CATEGORY DATA

Table 64 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 65 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 66 Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 67 Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 68 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 69 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 70 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 71 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 72 Sales of Dark Rum by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 73 Sales of White Rum by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 74 Sales of Other Blended Scotch Whisky by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 75 Sales of English Gin by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 76 Sales of Vodka by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 77 Sales of Vodka by Flavoured vs Non-flavoured: % Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 78 GBO Company Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 79 NBO Company Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 80 LBN Brand Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 81 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 82 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 83 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 84 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Wine in China

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Non-grape wine maintains stable growth
Opportunities for grape wine in upgrading and wider penetration
Rice wine sees portfolio modification

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Zhejiang Guyue Longshan remains the leader in wine
The landscape for imported wine is likely to change
Local grape wine manufacturers face up to the competition

CATEGORY DATA

Table 85 Sales of Wine by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 86 Sales of Wine by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 87 Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 88 Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 89 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 90 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 91 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 92 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 93 Sales of Still Red Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2013-2018
Table 94 Sales of Still Rosé Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2013-2018
Table 95 Sales of Still White Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2013-2018
Table 96 Sales of Other Sparkling Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2013-2018
Table 97 GBO Company Shares of Still Light Grape Wine: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 98 NBO Company Shares of Still Light Grape Wine: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 99 LBN Brand Shares of Still Light Grape Wine: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 100 GBO Company Shares of Champagne: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 101 NBO Company Shares of Champagne: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 102 LBN Brand Shares of Champagne: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 103 GBO Company Shares of Other Sparkling Wine: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 104 NBO Company Shares of Other Sparkling Wine: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 105 LBN Brand Shares of Other Sparkling Wine: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 106 GBO Company Shares of Non-grape Wine: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 107 NBO Company Shares of Non-grape Wine: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 108 LBN Brand Shares of Non-grape Wine: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 109 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 110 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 111 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 112 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023