Executive Summary

Jul 2019
Unusually warm summer boosts beer and cider sales

The summer of 2018 was the longest since 2006, thus significantly helping to boost sales of light seasonal alcoholic beverages such as beer and cider, despite price increases resulting from the introduction of higher excise tax. Several retailers reported running out of stock due to extraordinarily high seasonal demand for light drinks.

Border trade has significant impact on local sales

Cross-border shoppers from countries with higher excise levels - mostly Estonia, Scandinavia and, to a lesser extent, Lithuania - continue to help the otherwise sluggish local market, especially categories such as beer, wine, vodka, rum, cider and mixed drinks. Border trade in alcoholic drinks has gradually increased since 2017.

Attention on premium and novel categories

Increasing incomes are stimulating interest in more sophisticated, higher quality and novel products. At the same time, the increased excise tax and ban on large PET bottles is pushing less affluent consumers to either upgrade or migrate to the illegal market.

Lidl’s first stores to open in 2020

Lidl is expected to open its first stores during the forecast period. This move is set to deepen competitive pressure in an already crowded market and impact mainly affordable and mainstream segments in most alcoholic beverages categories.

Uncertain prospects for relatively small local market

The recent wave of cross-border sales has artificially distorted actual local consumption figures. However, the local market for alcoholic beverages is being negatively impacted by the decreasing population, continuously increasing excise tax rates, and the shift among younger generations towards healthier lifestyles, with there being little likelihood of strong volume growth during the forecast period.

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Alcoholic Drinks in Latvia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Unusually warm summer boosts beer and cider sales
Border trade has significant impact on local sales
Attention on premium and novel categories
Lidl’s first stores to open in 2020
Uncertain prospects for relatively small local market

MARKET BACKGROUND

Legislation
Legal purchasing age and legal drinking age
Drink driving
Advertising
Smoking ban
Opening hours

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

MARKET INDICATORS

Table 1 Retail Consumer Expenditure on Alcoholic Drinks 2013-2018

MARKET DATA

Table 2 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 3 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 4 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 5 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 6 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2017
Table 7 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2017
Table 8 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume 2017
Table 9 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value 2017
Table 10 GBO Company Shares of Alcoholic Drinks: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 11 Distribution of Alcoholic Drinks by Format: % Off-trade Value 2013-2018
Table 12 Distribution of Alcoholic Drinks by Format and by Category: % Off-trade Volume 2018
Table 13 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 14 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 15 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 16 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

DEFINITIONS

SOURCES

Summary 2 Research Sources

Beer in Latvia

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Unexpectedly good year due to long summer and continuing border trade
Craft products – innovative and added value offerings in the spotlight
Expansion in non-alcoholic beers continues

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Large mainstream players retain leadership
Small breweries benefit from lower excise and niche positioning
Ban on large PET bottles fuels shift towards pricier products

CATEGORY BACKGROUND

Summary 3 Lager by Price Band 2018
Table 17 Number of Breweries 2013-2018

CATEGORY DATA

Table 18 Sales of Beer by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 19 Sales of Beer by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 20 Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 21 Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 22 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 23 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 24 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 25 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 26 GBO Company Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 27 NBO Company Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 28 LBN Brand Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 29 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 30 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 31 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 32 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Cider/Perry in Latvia

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Sales boosted strongly by cross-border trade
Increasing interest and wider offer in craft ciders
Non-alcoholic ciders to grow further

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Somersby remains leading brand
Aldaris, Cesu Alus and Latvijas Balsams continue to dominate
Lidl’s entry to increase competitive pressure

CATEGORY DATA

Table 33 Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 34 Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 35 Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 36 Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 37 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 38 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 39 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 40 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 41 GBO Company Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 42 NBO Company Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 43 LBN Brand Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 44 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 45 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 46 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 47 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Rtds in Latvia

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Consumers choosing more natural and sophisticated drinks
Less fashionable and unhealthy image contribute to the decline of RTDs
Less cola and spirits, more gin and emerging wine-based mixes

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Three leading players retain leadership
Cross-category migration
Lidl’s entry to increase competition

CATEGORY DATA

Table 48 Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 49 Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 50 Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 51 Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 52 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 53 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 54 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 55 Sales of RTDS by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 56 GBO Company Shares of RTDS: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 57 NBO Company Shares of RTDS: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 58 LBN Brand Shares of RTDS: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 59 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 60 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 61 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 62 Forecast Sales of RTDS by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Spirits in Latvia

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Liquors and whiskies continue to grow
Increasing excise tax affects price-sensitive consumers most
Trend towards imported products

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Leading players benefit from strong brand awareness and distribution networks
Quality over quantity, domination of imported goods
Lidl’s entry to increase competitive pressure

CATEGORY DATA

Table 63 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 64 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 65 Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 66 Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 67 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 68 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 69 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 70 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 71 GBO Company Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 72 NBO Company Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2014-2018
Table 73 LBN Brand Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2015-2018
Table 74 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 75 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 76 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 77 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023

Wine in Latvia

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Strong interest in still and sparkling wines
Fortified wines boosts shift away from excise affected economy spirits
Increasing power of influencers in mainstream and premium segments

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Wine remains highly fragmented and competitive
Agdam remains best-selling wine in Latvia
Lidl’s entry to put competitive pressure on affordable and mainstream segments

CATEGORY DATA

Table 78 Sales of Wine by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018
Table 79 Sales of Wine by Category: Total Value 2013-2018
Table 80 Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 81 Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 82 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2013-2018
Table 83 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2013-2018
Table 84 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
Table 85 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2013-2018
Table 86 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: Total Volume 2018-2023
Table 87 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: Total Value 2018-2023
Table 88 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2018-2023
Table 89 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Value Growth 2018-2023