Alcoholic Drinks in South Africa

June 2022
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Overview:

Understand the latest market trends and future growth opportunities for the Alcoholic Drinks industry in South Africa with research from Euromonitor International's team of in-country analysts – experts by industry and geographic specialisation.

Key trends are clearly and succinctly summarised alongside the most current research data available. Understand and assess competitive threats and plan corporate strategy with our qualitative analysis, insight and confident growth projections.

Data and analysis in this report provides further detailed coverage dedicated to the following key categories, where applicable:

  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Cider and Perry
  • RTDs

If you're in the Alcoholic Drinks industry in South Africa, our research will help you to make informed, intelligent decisions; to recognise and profit from opportunity, or to offer resilience amidst market uncertainty

The Alcoholic Drinks in South Africa report includes:

  • Analysis of key supply-side and demand trends
  • Detailed segmentation of international and local products
  • Historic volume and value sizes, company and brand market shares
  • Five year forecasts of market trends and market growth
  • Robust and transparent research methodology, conducted in-country

This report answers:

  • What is the market size of Alcoholic Drinks in South Africa?
  • Where is consumer demand for Alcoholic Drinks focussed?
  • Which is being consumed more; beer, wine or spirits?
  • Where is demand growing? Stagnating?
  • How is the operating environment for alcoholic drinks changing?
  • Which are the leading brands in South Africa?
  • How are products distributed in South Africa?
  • What are the key trends in new product development?
  • Do consumers want value for money or added value?
  • How will macroeconomic context and shifting cultural values shape future growth?
  • How will COVID-19 and recession impact the alcoholic drinks industry?
  • Where is future growth expected to be most dynamic?

Alcoholic Drinks in South Africa

Alcoholic drinks in 2021: The big picture
2021 key trends
Competitive landscape
Retailing developments
On-trade vs off-trade split
What next for alcoholic drinks?
Chart 1 Alcoholic Drinks Off-Trade Volume Sales Growth Scenarios: 2019-2026
Chart 2 Alcoholic Drinks On-Trade Volume Sales Growth Scenarios: 2019-2026
Chart 3 Alcoholic Drinks Impact of Soft Drivers on Off-Trade Volume Sales: 2019-2026
Chart 4 Alcoholic Drinks Impact of Soft Drivers on On-Trade Volume Sales: 2019-2026
Legislation
Legal purchasing age and legal drinking age
Drink driving
Advertising
Smoking ban
Opening hours
On-trade establishments
Summary 1 Number of On-trade Establishments by Type 2016-2021
Summary 2 Taxation and Duty Levies on Alcoholic Drinks 2021
Contraband/parallel trade
Duty free
Cross-border/private imports
Outlook
Table 1 Retail Consumer Expenditure on Alcoholic Drinks 2016-2021
Table 2 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 3 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Value 2016-2021
Table 4 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 5 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 6 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2021
Table 7 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2021
Table 8 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume 2021
Table 9 Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value 2021
Table 10 GBO Company Shares of Alcoholic Drinks: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 11 Distribution of Alcoholic Drinks by Format: % Off-trade Value 2016-2021
Table 12 Distribution of Alcoholic Drinks by Format and by Category: % Off-trade Volume 2021
Table 13 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2021-2026
Table 14 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: Total Value 2021-2026
Table 15 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2021-2026
Table 16 Forecast Sales of Alcoholic Drinks by Category: % Total Value Growth 2021-2026

DISCLAIMER

Summary 3 Research Sources

Beer in South Africa

KEY DATA FINDINGS

Strong beer volume recovery, despite restrictions during 2021
Craft beer experiences sluggish growth, caused by consumer uncertainty and price positioning
Non-alcoholic beer’s growth slows significantly, due to easing of alcohol bans
Non-alcoholic and flavoured options projected to grow strongly over the forecast period
Improving supply stability of raw materials to become increasingly prevalent
South Africa remains attractive in terms of affordable beer prices, facilitating stable demand over the forecast period
Lager price band methodology
Summary 4 Lager by Price Band 2021
Table 17 Number of Breweries 2016-2021
Table 18 Sales of Beer by Category: Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 19 Sales of Beer by Category: Total Value 2016-2021
Table 20 Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 21 Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 22 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2016-2021
Table 23 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2016-2021
Table 24 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 25 Sales of Beer by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 26 Sales of Beer by Craft vs Standard 2016-2021
Table 27 GBO Company Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 28 NBO Company Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 29 LBN Brand Shares of Beer: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 30 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: Total Volume 2021-2026
Table 31 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: Total Value 2021-2026
Table 32 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2021-2026
Table 33 Forecast Sales of Beer by Category: % Total Value Growth 2021-2026

Cider/Perry in South Africa

KEY DATA FINDINGS

Savanna sees exceptional volumes, despite glass packaging shortage
Increasing presence of non-alcoholic cider offerings
Fruit-based cider continues to gain traction, with consumers searching for innovative flavours
Use of fresh ingredients in cider production expected to become more prevalent
Younger demographic to drive cider/perry growth over forecast period
Decline in homebrew cider expected as alcoholic drinks industry reopens in South Africa
Table 34 Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 35 Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Value 2016-2021
Table 36 Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 37 Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 38 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2016-2021
Table 39 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2016-2021
Table 40 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 41 Sales of Cider/Perry by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 42 GBO Company Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 43 NBO Company Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 44 LBN Brand Shares of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 45 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Volume 2021-2026
Table 46 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: Total Value 2021-2026
Table 47 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Volume Growth 2021-2026
Table 48 Forecast Sales of Cider/Perry: % Total Value Growth 2021-2026

Rtds in South Africa

KEY DATA FINDINGS

Demand for spirit-based RTDs grows, based on diverse applications and convenience
Female-focused innovation results in new packaging for wine-based RTDs
High level of special offers and e-commerce bulk buying in 2021
Effective marketing and product positioning key for future RTD brand success
Wine-based RTDs to experience sustained strong growth over forecast period
RTDs expected to become a mainstream avenue for drinks manufacturers to diversify product offerings
Table 49 Sales of RTDs by Category: Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 50 Sales of RTDs by Category: Total Value 2016-2021
Table 51 Sales of RTDs by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 52 Sales of RTDs by Category: % Total Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 53 Sales of RTDs by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2016-2021
Table 54 Sales of RTDs by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2016-2021
Table 55 Sales of RTDs by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 56 Sales of RTDs by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 57 GBO Company Shares of RTDs: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 58 NBO Company Shares of RTDs: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 59 LBN Brand Shares of RTDs: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 60 Forecast Sales of RTDs by Category: Total Volume 2021-2026
Table 61 Forecast Sales of RTDs by Category: Total Value 2021-2026
Table 62 Forecast Sales of RTDs by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2021-2026
Table 63 Forecast Sales of RTDs by Category: % Total Value Growth 2021-2026

Spirits in South Africa

KEY DATA FINDINGS

Mid-priced spirits stagnate due to increasing polarisation
Strong spirit sales driven by recovery of on-trade and consumer stockpiling
On-trade sales of brandy recover following easing of restrictions and alcohol bans
Health and wellness movement expected to influence development of spirits
Spirits expected to become increasingly concentrated after Heineken acquires Distell
Gin to leverage 2021’s strong performance over forecast period
Vodka, gin, other blended Scotch whisky, dark rum and white rum price band methodology
Summary 5 Benchmark Brands 2021
Table 64 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 65 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Value 2016-2021
Table 66 Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 67 Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 68 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2016-2021
Table 69 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2016-2021
Table 70 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 71 Sales of Spirits by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 72 Sales of Dark Rum by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 73 Sales of White Rum by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 74 Sales of Other Blended Scotch Whisky by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 75 Sales of English Gin by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 76 Sales of Vodka by Price Platform: % Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 77 Sales of Vodka by Flavoured vs Non-flavoured: % Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 78 GBO Company Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 79 NBO Company Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 80 LBN Brand Shares of Spirits: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 81 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Volume 2021-2026
Table 82 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Value 2021-2026
Table 83 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2021-2026
Table 84 Forecast Sales of Spirits by Category: % Total Value Growth 2021-2026

Wine in South Africa

KEY DATA FINDINGS

Boxed wine sales continue to record strong performance
Established brands record strong growth, with consumers attracted to recognised wines
Canned format grows, increasing overall sparkling wine volumes
Off-trade to retain dominance, supported by local consumer preferences
Vegan wine offerings expected to grow, but not without challenges
Lower alcohol wine set to gain traction, while non-alcoholic options are expected to struggle
Table 85 Sales of Wine by Category: Total Volume 2016-2021
Table 86 Sales of Wine by Category: Total Value 2016-2021
Table 87 Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 88 Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 89 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: Volume 2016-2021
Table 90 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: Value 2016-2021
Table 91 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Volume Growth 2016-2021
Table 92 Sales of Wine by Off-trade vs On-trade: % Value Growth 2016-2021
Table 93 Sales of Still Red Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2016-2021
Table 94 Sales of Still Rosé Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2016-2021
Table 95 Sales of Still White Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2016-2021
Table 96 Sales of Other Sparkling Wine by Price Segment: % Off-trade Volume 2016-2021
Table 97 GBO Company Shares of Still Light Grape Wine: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 98 NBO Company Shares of Still Light Grape Wine: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 99 LBN Brand Shares of Still Light Grape Wine: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 100 GBO Company Shares of Champagne: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 101 NBO Company Shares of Champagne: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 102 LBN Brand Shares of Champagne: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 103 GBO Company Shares of Other Sparkling Wine: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 104 NBO Company Shares of Other Sparkling Wine: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 105 LBN Brand Shares of Other Sparkling Wine: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 106 GBO Company Shares of Fortified Wine and Vermouth: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 107 NBO Company Shares of Fortified Wine and Vermouth: % Total Volume 2017-2021
Table 108 LBN Brand Shares of Fortified Wine and Vermouth: % Total Volume 2018-2021
Table 109 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: Total Volume 2021-2026
Table 110 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: Total Value 2021-2026
Table 111 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2021-2026
Table 112 Forecast Sales of Wine by Category: % Total Value Growth 2021-2026
The following categories and subcategories are included:

Alcoholic Drinks

      • Ale
      • Sorghum
      • Weissbier/Weizen/Wheat Beer
      • Flavoured/Mixed Lager
          • Domestic Premium Lager
          • Imported Premium Lager
          • Domestic Mid-Priced Lager
          • Imported Mid-Priced Lager
          • Domestic Economy Lager
          • Imported Economy Lager
          • Domestic Premium Lager
          • Domestic Mid-Priced Lager
          • Domestic Economy Lager
          • Imported Premium Lager
          • Imported Mid-Priced Lager
          • Imported Economy Lager
      • Low Alcohol Beer
      • Non Alcoholic Beer
    • Stout
  • Cider/Perry
    • Malt-based RTDs
    • Spirit-based RTDs
    • Wine-based RTDs
    • Other RTDs
      • Brandy
      • Cognac
      • Bitters
      • Cream-based Liqueurs
      • Other Liqueurs
    • Non Alcoholic Spirits
        • Prestige Dark Rum
        • Ultra Premium Dark Rum
        • Super Premium Dark Rum
        • Premium Dark Rum
        • Standard Dark Rum
        • Economy Dark Rum
        • Prestige White Rum
        • Ultra Premium White Rum
        • Super Premium White Rum
        • Premium White Rum
        • Standard White Rum
        • Economy White Rum
    • Tequila (and Mezcal)
      • Bourbon/Other US Whiskey
      • Canadian Whisky
      • Irish Whiskey
      • Japanese Whisky
        • Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
          • Prestige Other Blended Scotch Whisky
          • Ultra Premium Other Blended Scotch Whisky
          • Super Premium Other Blended Scotch Whisky
          • Premium Other Blended Scotch Whisky
          • Standard Other Blended Scotch Whisky
          • Economy Other Blended Scotch Whisky
      • Single Grain Scotch Whisky
      • Single Malt Scotch Whisky
      • Other Whiskies
          • Prestige English Gin
          • Ultra Premium English Gin
          • Super Premium English Gin
          • Premium English Gin
          • Standard English Gin
          • Economy English Gin
        • Dutch Gin
        • Prestige Vodka
        • Ultra Premium Vodka
        • Super Premium Vodka
        • Premium Vodka
        • Standard Vodka
        • Economy Vodka
      • Absinthe
      • Ad-Mix Brandy
      • Ad-Mix Gin
      • Ad-Mix Rum
      • Ad-Mix Vodka
      • Ad-Mix Whisky
      • Aguardente/Aguardiente
      • Akvavit/Aquavit
      • Aniseed-Flavoured Spirits
      • Borovicka
      • Boukha
      • Brandy Type Distilled Spirits
      • Cachaça
      • Calvados
      • Cane
      • Chacha
      • Charanda
      • Chinese Herbal Spirits
      • Chinese Spirits
      • Cut Brandy
      • Distilled Fruit Spirits
      • Domestic Brandy
      • Domestic Rum
      • Doppelkorn
      • Economy Chinese Spirits
      • Flavoured Spirits
      • Flavoured Vodka-based Drinks
      • Fynbos gin/Local Gin
      • Gin-flavoured spirits
      • Goldbrand/Goldkrone
      • Grappa
      • Grappamiel
      • Guaro
      • Kirsch
      • Komovica
      • Korn
      • Lambanog
      • Limoncello
      • Local White Spirits
      • Lower Mid-Range Chinese Spirits
      • Lozovaca
      • Maesilju
      • Mahia Rabi Amrane
      • Mead
      • Mixed Spirits
      • Nalivka/Nalewka
      • Nastoyka
      • Nastoyka Gorkaya
      • National Specialities
      • Obstbrände
      • Ouzo
      • Pacharán
      • Palinca/Pálinka
      • Pear and Apple Distillates
      • Pisco
      • Premium Chinese Spirits
      • Prune
      • Punsch
      • Rachiu/Rakija
      • Rum-Flavoured Spirits
      • Samane
      • Sambuca
      • Samsu
      • Schnapps
      • Shochu/Soju
      • Singani
      • Sljivovica/Slivovice
      • Steinhäeger
      • Strong African Spirits
      • Super Premium Chinese Spirits
      • Sura Khao
      • Tequila Flavoured Spirits
      • Travarica
      • Tsipouro
      • Upper Mid-Range Chinese Spirits
      • Vieux
      • Viina
      • Vodka Type Distilled Spirits
      • Other Distilled Beverages
      • Port
      • Sherry
      • Vermouth
      • Other Fortified Wine
      • Apple Wine
      • Bokbunjaju
      • Cheongju
      • Chinese Wine
      • Economy Rice Wine
      • Fortified Fruit Wine
      • Fruit and Berry Wine
      • Fruit and Herbal Wine
      • Fruit and Honey based Wine
      • Fruit Wine
      • Local Non-Grape Wine
      • Lower Mid-Range Rice Wine
      • Non-Grape Dessert Wine
      • Premium Rice Wine
      • Rice Wine
      • Sake
      • Takju
      • Upper Mid-Range Rice Wine
      • Yakju
      • Yellow Wine
      • Other Non-Grape Wine
      • Champagne
      • Other Sparkling Wine
      • Still Red Wine
      • Still Rosé Wine
      • Still White Wine

Alcoholic Drinks

Alcoholic drinks is the aggregation of beer, wine, spirits, cider/perry and RTDs.

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