Executive Summary

Jul 2019
Demand for alcohol in decline but warmer weather helps sustain sales

The alcoholic drinks market in Ireland achieved modest volume growth in 2018. Overall alcohol consumption levels continued to fall with the fastest growing category being non/low alcohol beer.

Discussions about new legislation boost consumer health awareness

The passing of legislation for the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill were significant for the industry in 2018. While neither of these pieces of legislation was implemented until the end of 2018 or to be implemented in 2019, they were given significant coverage in the media.

Overall alcohol industry remains highly competitive

There was little company movement in alcoholic drinks in 2018, with the only notable acquisition being that of Irish Distillers’ acquisition of Cork-based craft brewer Eight Degrees in May 2018 intended to assist in further development of its premium Jameson Caskmates range. The industry remained competitive overall with each product category competing with one another as they vied to increase their overall share.

Retailers already responding to the passing of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Supermarkets remained the main distribution channel for alcoholic drinks purchases in 2018, with significant investment in promotions by supermarkets such as Tesco and Dunnes Stores. However, there continued to be increasing competition from discounters, internet retailers and hypermarkets, albeit from a low base.

Consumers expected to drink less but will go premium over the forecast period

Overall consumption growth is expected to remain flat over the forecast period. Health and wellness will continue to be an important factor in the falling consumption of alcohol with further demand for lower and no alcohol products while the calorific content of alcoholic beverages will also lead to declining sales.

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Alcoholic Drinks in Ireland

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Demand for alcohol in decline but warmer weather helps sustain sales
Discussions about new legislation boost consumer health awareness
Overall alcohol industry remains highly competitive
Retailers already responding to the passing of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill
Consumers expected to drink less but will go premium 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 Ireland

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Total volumes sales of beer expected to fall marginally
Uncertainty around Brexit likely to impact the cost of production
Consumers set to opt for premium products and enable value growth

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Diageo maintains leading position due to new innovations
Non/low alcohol beer sees rapid growth
Slowdown in growth of craft beer

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 Ireland

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Innovation responds to health and wellness trends to assist sales growth
Cost of cider production expected to increase post Brexit
Premium products to drive value growth

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Investment in its core brand and innovation by Bulmers
Increasing competition from Heineken
Less activity in craft cider industry

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 Ireland

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Consumers embrace no and low alcohol products
Publicity over added sugar impacts the category
Packaging plays a significant role in both on- and off-trade growth

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

WKD and West Coast Cooler remain the leaders by volume
Resurgence in spirit-based RTDs boosts the performance of WKD
Loki the key

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 Ireland

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Possibility of new tariffs over the forecast period
Irish whiskey remains a star performer
Vodka remains the most popular but gin outshines in terms of growth

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Economy conscious consumers drive channel growth
Private label share growth in vodka
Celebritization of spirits drives category share

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 Ireland

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Volume sales expected to be flat over the forecast period
VAT increase could pose trouble for on-trade sales
Value set to rise though this will be offset by additional distribution costs

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Santa Rita experiences solid growth in 2018
Champagne sales lose their sparkle
Demand for low calorie and lower ABV wines

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 Fortified Wine and Vermouth: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 107 NBO Company Shares of Fortified Wine and Vermouth: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 108 LBN Brand Shares of Fortified Wine and Vermouth: % 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