The alcoholic drinks market in Uzbekistan is still underdeveloped, with significantly larger volumes being generated by more traditional categories such as vodka, brandy, still red wine and lager. The religious environment in this majority Muslim country and long-standing consumption habits serve to impede the expansion of new categories like imported spirits and dark beer, though consumers are gradually becoming more open minded and the culture of alcoholic drinks consumption is slowly developing.
The growth of alcoholic drinks consumption in retail was, to an extent, impaired in 2021 by people spending less time at home, returning to work in offices and socialising in person in on-trade establishments. On the other hand, horeca sales demonstrated a major rebound as people were spending more time out socialising.
There was little movement in the competitive landscape of alcoholic drinks in 2021. However, it is notable that most of the leading players in overall alcoholic drinks lost share during the year, partly as a result of increasing consumer price sensitivity prompting a shift to lower priced products.
Up until 2019 food/drink/tobacco specialists accounted for nearly all sales of alcoholic drinks in Uzbekistan. However, following a change in the law in 2019, all retail outlets are now allowed to sell domestically produced beer and wine without a permit.
The balance between on-trade and off-trade sales saw some normalisation in 2021 largely as a result of people returning to work in offices and a considerable portion of consumption going back to horeca. With regard to beer sales, the split is pretty stable with 80% and 20% attributed to retail and horeca, respectively.
The profile of alcoholic drinks consumption in Uzbekistan is expected to change during the forecast period, with local consumers displaying a growing interest in imported spirits categories, such as gin, rum and whiskies, as well as dark beer. At the same time consumption of vodka and brandy, spirits with a long tradition of local consumption, are expected to continue to decline.
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