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Soft Drinks in South Korea

December 2020
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Overview:

Understand the latest market trends and future growth opportunities for the Soft Drinks industry in South Korea 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:

  • Bottled Water
  • Carbonates
  • Concentrates
  • Juice
  • RTD Coffee
  • RTD Tea
  • Energy Drinks
  • Sports Drinks
  • Asian Speciality Drinks

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

The Soft Drinks in South Korea 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 Soft Drinks in South Korea?
  • To what extent are health considerations impacting consumption of Soft Drinks in South Korea?
  • How are changing social attitudes and legislation (eg sugar tax) reshaping demand and consumption?
  • How are changing demographics (for example, an ageing or predominantly young population) determining consumption of Soft Drinks in South Korea?
  • Which are the leading brands in Soft Drinks in South Korea?
  • What potential exists for multinational or domestic soft drinks companies to expand in South Korea?
  • How are products distributed in Soft Drinks in South Korea?
  • How is the rise of e-commerce changing the retail and competitive landscape?
  • How have home seclusion and social distancing measures following COVID-19 impacted sales of Soft Drinks?
  • How are sustainability issues, such as environmentally-friendly packaging, legislation on recyclability, or the amount of plastic in bottles, impacting the soft drinks industry?
  • Where is future growth expected to be most dynamic?

Soft Drinks in South Korea

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

COVID-19 impact on soft drinks
COVID-19 country impact
Company response
Retailing shift
Foodservice vs retail split
What next for soft drinks?
Chart 1 Soft Drinks Off-Trade Volume Sales Growth Scenarios: 2018-2025 Chart 2 Soft Drinks On-Trade Volume Sales Growth Scenarios: 2018-2025 Chart 3 Soft Drinks Impact of Drivers on Off-Trade Volume Sales: 2017-2025 Chart 4 Soft Drinks Impact of Drivers on On-Trade Volume Sales: 2017-2025

MARKET DATA

Table 1 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Channel: Volume 2015-2020 Table 2 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Channel: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 3 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Channel: Value 2015-2020 Table 4 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Channel: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 5 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (as sold) by Category: Volume 2019 Table 6 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (as sold) by Category: % Volume 2019 Table 7 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Category: Value 2019 Table 8 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Category: % Value 2019 Table 9 Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Category: Volume 2015-2020 Table 10 Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 11 Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Category: Value 2015-2020 Table 12 Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 13 Sales of Soft Drinks by Total Fountain On-trade: Volume 2015-2020 Table 14 Sales of Soft Drinks by Total Fountain On-trade: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 15 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Soft Drinks (RTD): % Volume 2016-2020 Table 16 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Soft Drinks (RTD): % Volume 2017-2020 Table 17 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Soft Drinks: % Value 2016-2020 Table 18 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Soft Drinks: % Value 2017-2020 Table 19 Penetration of Private Label in Off-trade Soft Drinks (RTD) by Category: % Volume 2015-2020 Table 20 Penetration of Private Label in Off-trade Soft Drinks by Category: % Value 2015-2020 Table 21 Distribution of Off-trade Soft Drinks (as sold) by Format: % Volume 2015-2020 Table 22 Distribution of Off-trade Soft Drinks (as sold) by Format and Category: % Volume 2020 Table 23 Forecast Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Channel: Volume 2020-2025 Table 24 Forecast Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Channel: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 25 Forecast Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Channel: Value 2020-2025 Table 26 Forecast Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Channel: % Value Growth 2020-2025 Table 27 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Category: Volume 2020-2025 Table 28 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks (RTD) by Category: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 29 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Category: Value 2020-2025 Table 30 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Soft Drinks by Category: % Value Growth 2020-2025 Table 31 Forecast Sales of Soft Drinks by Total Fountain On-trade: Volume 2020-2025 Table 32 Forecast Sales of Soft Drinks by Total Fountain On-trade: % Volume Growth 2020-2025

APPENDIX

Fountain sales in South Korea
Trends

GLOBAL MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

GLOBAL INDUSTRY ENVIRONMENT

DISCLAIMER

SOURCES

Summary 1 Research Sources

Carbonates in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Tough days for on-trade channels during pandemic, resulting in greater off-trade demand due to home consumption
E-commerce gains strong share during pandemic as consumers head online
Pricing strategies adopted by leading players Coca-Cola and Lotte Chilsung

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

On-trade to show signs of recovery from 2021
Convenience stores adopt delivery services to widen consumer reach
Niche of tonic water/other bitters to continue to record strong growth

CATEGORY DATA

Table 33 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Carbonates: Volume 2015-2020 Table 34 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Carbonates: Value 2015-2020 Table 35 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Carbonates: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 36 Off-trade vs On-trade Sales of Carbonates: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 37 Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: Volume 2015-2020 Table 38 Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: Value 2015-2020 Table 39 Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 40 Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 41 Total Sales of Carbonates by Fountain On-trade: Volume 2015-2020 Table 42 Total Sales of Carbonates by Fountain On-trade: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 43 Leading Flavours for Non-cola Carbonates: % Volume 2015-2020 Table 44 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Carbonates: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 45 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Carbonates: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 46 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Carbonates: % Value 2016-2020 Table 47 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Carbonates: % Value 2017-2020 Table 48 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: Volume 2020-2025 Table 49 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: Value 2020-2025 Table 50 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 51 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Carbonates by Category: % Value Growth 2020-2025 Table 52 Forecast Total Sales of Carbonates by Fountain On-trade: Volume 2020-2025 Table 53 Forecast Total Sales of Carbonates by Fountain On-trade: % Volume Growth 2020-2025

Juice in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Juice continues on declining path due to sugar concerns and inability of players to heavily promote health positioning
Stocking up the pantry while children remain at home due to school closures
Lotte Chilsung Beverage maintains overall leadership of juice in 2020 but struggles to retain share

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Outlook remains fairly negative
Private label could benefit as major brands continue to exit category
Exploration of innovative flavours could attract curious consumers

CATEGORY DATA

Table 54 Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: Volume 2015-2020 Table 55 Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: Value 2015-2020 Table 56 Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 57 Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 58 Leading Flavours for Off-trade 100% Juice: % Volume 2015-2020 Table 59 Leading Flavours for Off-trade Juice Drinks (up to 24% Juice): % Volume 2015-2020 Table 60 Leading Flavours for Off-trade Nectars (25-99% Juice): % Volume 2015-2020 Table 61 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Juice: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 62 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Juice: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 63 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Juice: % Value 2016-2020 Table 64 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Juice: % Value 2017-2020 Table 65 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: Volume 2020-2025 Table 66 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: Value 2020-2025 Table 67 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 68 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Juice by Category: % Value Growth 2020-2025

Bottled Water in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Bottled water continues on growth path in 2020, supported by shift in channels away from on-trade and work from home measures
Carbonated bottled water sees increasing demand due to “Home Café” trend
Kwang Dong Pharm strengthens overall leadership due to strength in the dominant still bottled water

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Consumers continue to rely on stable water supply moving forward
Online subscription services to gain further uptake, with increasing competition likely to lead to greater affordability
Competition to further intensify as bottled water continues to attract increasing number of players

CATEGORY DATA

Table 69 Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: Volume 2015-2020 Table 70 Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: Value 2015-2020 Table 71 Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 72 Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 73 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Bottled Water: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 74 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Bottled Water: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 75 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Bottled Water: % Value 2016-2020 Table 76 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Bottled Water: % Value 2017-2020 Table 77 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: Volume 2020-2025 Table 78 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: Value 2020-2025 Table 79 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 80 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Bottled Water by Category: % Value Growth 2020-2025

Sports Drinks in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Sports drinks struggle due to decline in outdoor activities with social distancing measures in place
Greater preference towards sports drinks with healthier positioning
Donga Otsuka Co Ltd maintains leadership in value share terms while overall demand continues to decline

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Weather to remain important factor driving demand for sports drinks
Greater transition to low sugar and calorie content to be essential to further expand the category
Greater segmentation to capture growing female audience

CATEGORY DATA

Table 81 Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: Volume 2015-2020 Table 82 Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: Value 2015-2020 Table 83 Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 84 Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 85 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Sports Drinks: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 86 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Sports Drinks: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 87 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Sports Drinks: % Value 2016-2020 Table 88 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Sports Drinks: % Value 2017-2020 Table 89 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: Volume 2020-2025 Table 90 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: Value 2020-2025 Table 91 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 92 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Sports Drinks: % Value Growth 2020-2025

Energy Drinks in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Work and study from home policies drive growth of energy drinks in 2020
Health and wellness trends less influential on development of energy drinks in South Korea
Lotte Chilsung Beverage remains dominant leader of energy drinks in 2020 but loses notable share to Coca-Cola

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Shift towards on-trade in 2021 before return to greater normalisation for off-trade in terms of demand from 2022
Energy drinks sees opportunity from “Corona Blue”

CATEGORY DATA

Table 93 Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: Volume 2015-2020 Table 94 Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: Value 2015-2020 Table 95 Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 96 Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 97 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Energy Drinks: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 98 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Energy Drinks: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 99 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Energy Drinks: % Value 2016-2020 Table 100 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Energy Drinks: % Value 2017-2020 Table 101 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: Volume 2020-2025 Table 102 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: Value 2020-2025 Table 103 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 104 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Energy Drinks: % Value Growth 2020-2025

Concentrates in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Powder concentrates experiences marginally slower demand in 2020
Drinking vinegar struggles due to increasingly unhealthy perception
Fairly concentrated competitive landscape for concentrates, with newcomer Lipton Ice Tea Liquid recording strongest performance

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Concentrates set to struggle due to maturity and competition from other soft drinks
Liquid iced tea has further potential to attract consumers with convenience and healthier positioning

CATEGORY DATA

Concentrates Conversions
Summary 2 Concentrates Conversion Factors for Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Format Table 105 Off-trade Sales of Concentrates (RTD) by Category: Volume 2015-2020 Table 106 Off-trade Sales of Concentrates (RTD) by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 107 Off-trade Sales of Concentrates by Category: Value 2015-2020 Table 108 Off-trade Sales of Concentrates by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 109 Leading Flavours for Off-trade Liquid Concentrates: % Volume 2015-2020 Table 110 Leading Flavours for Off-trade Powder Concentrates: % Volume 2015-2020 Table 111 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Concentrates (RTD): % Volume 2016-2020 Table 112 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Concentrates (RTD): % Volume 2017-2020 Table 113 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Concentrates: % Value 2016-2020 Table 114 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Concentrates: % Value 2017-2020 Table 115 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Liquid Concentrates (RTD): % Volume 2016-2020 Table 116 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Liquid Concentrates (RTD): % Volume 2017-2020 Table 117 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Powder Concentrates (RTD): % Volume 2016-2020 Table 118 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Powder Concentrates (RTD): % Volume 2017-2020 Table 119 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Concentrates (RTD) by Category: Volume 2020-2025 Table 120 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Concentrates (RTD) by Category: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 121 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Concentrates by Category: Value 2020-2025 Table 122 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Concentrates by Category: % Value Growth 2020-2025

RTD Tea in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

RTD tea benefits from demand for hydration beverages whilst at home
Barley tea sees greater opportunities whilst Oriental raisin tea struggles
Kwang Dong Pharm retains overall leadership but continues to lose ground to dynamic competitors

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

2021 channel shift due to return to on-trade but consumption levels of RTD tea set to return to greater levels of normalisation overall
Grain infusion likely to gain in popularity over traditional green tea options
Outlook for kombucha unlikely to improve

CATEGORY DATA

Table 123 Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: Volume 2015-2020 Table 124 Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: Value 2015-2020 Table 125 Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 126 Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 127 Leading Flavours for Off-trade RTD Tea: % Volume 2015-2020 Table 128 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade RTD Tea: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 129 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade RTD Tea: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 130 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade RTD Tea: % Value 2016-2020 Table 131 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade RTD Tea: % Value 2017-2020 Table 132 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: Volume 2020-2025 Table 133 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: Value 2020-2025 Table 134 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 135 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Tea by Category: % Value Growth 2020-2025

RTD Coffee in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Off-trade demand for RTD coffee given a boost as social distancing and greater price-sensitivity sees shift away from fresh coffee through on-trade
Trend for reducing caffeine intake reaching RTD coffee in South Korea
Lotte Chilsung Beverage sees mixed performance due to increasing competition in an increasingly dynamic landscape

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

RTD coffee to see continuing demand despite some migration back to specialist coffee shops
Rise of larger formats offering greater value for money
Convenience stores to remain dominant distribution channel driven by greater impulse purchase occasions over the forecast period

CATEGORY DATA

Table 136 Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: Volume 2015-2020 Table 137 Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: Value 2015-2020 Table 138 Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 139 Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 140 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade RTD Coffee: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 141 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade RTD Coffee: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 142 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade RTD Coffee: % Value 2016-2020 Table 143 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade RTD Coffee: % Value 2017-2020 Table 144 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: Volume 2020-2025 Table 145 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: Value 2020-2025 Table 146 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 147 Forecast Off-trade Sales of RTD Coffee: % Value Growth 2020-2025

Asian Speciality Drinks in South Korea

KEY DATA FINDINGS

2020 IMPACT

Sentiment strengthens towards Asian speciality drinks during pandemic due to immune-boosting positioning of certain traditional ingredients
Local ingredients help to drive greater interest in category
KT&G Corp’s collaborative marketing campaigns to expand consumer base

RECOVERY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Immune-boosting positioning set to support further growth over forecast period
Newer products using innovative ingredients may struggle to market benefits due to restrictions

CATEGORY DATA

Table 148 Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: Volume 2015-2020 Table 149 Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: Value 2015-2020 Table 150 Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: % Volume Growth 2015-2020 Table 151 Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: % Value Growth 2015-2020 Table 152 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Asian Speciality Drinks: % Volume 2016-2020 Table 153 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Asian Speciality Drinks: % Volume 2017-2020 Table 154 NBO Company Shares of Off-trade Asian Speciality Drinks: % Value 2016-2020 Table 155 LBN Brand Shares of Off-trade Asian Speciality Drinks: % Value 2017-2020 Table 156 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: Volume 2020-2025 Table 157 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: Value 2020-2025 Table 158 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: % Volume Growth 2020-2025 Table 159 Forecast Off-trade Sales of Asian Speciality Drinks: % Value Growth 2020-2025
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