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U.S. WINE CONSUMPTION NEARS 350 MILLION CASES, DRIVEN BY SPARKLING, ROSÉ AND PREMIUM WINES, ACCORDING TO THE WINE HANDBOOK

Norwalk, Conn. (September 4, 2018) – The U.S. wine market reached 344.7 million nine-liter cases in 2017, an increase of 1%, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2018 Wine Handbook. That’s down from a 2.4% gain in 2016, perhaps a sign of the category’s struggle to compete with spirits and beer for share of beverage alcohol occasions.

As with the previous year, sparkling wines—up 5.8% in 2017—drove the growth. This marked the 16th consecutive year of increases for the total sparkling category. Strong sales of rosé and wines in the $15+ per-bottle price points also contributed: Consumers have discovered that sparkling wines are not just for special occasions and rosés are not just for warm weather.

Table wine saw modest growth of 0.8% to 311.8 million cases sold in 2017, led by a 1.2% increase of imported wines. This amount represents 90.5% of the total U.S. wine category, the Wine Handbook notes, although some of the major table wine brands are struggling to capture consumer attention that’s been lost to other products such as bourbon and craft beer.

Millennials are more interested in trying new flavors than adhering to one style or one brand, so they buy across different categories, countries and varietals of wine. These consumers are interested in specific wine varietals and drawn to eye-catching label art and a strong brand story.

Higher quality boxed/canned wines are changing consumers’ negative perceptions of this wine packaging. Two of the major boxed wine brands posted double-digit growth in 2017, according to the Wine Handbook.

Red wine blends have also increased in popularity. Consumers no longer look at the term “blend” as a negative but rather a sign that a wine is fine-tuned and flavorful.

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Distilled Spirits Post Another Year of Volume Increases, According to the 2018 Liquor Handbook

Norwalk, Conn., (July 17, 2018) –  The distilled spirits industry saw its 20th consecutive year of volume growth, rising 2.1% in 2017 to 227.7 million nine-liter cases. According to the Beverage Information Group’s 2018 Liquor Handbook, consumers are spending more and drinking more—an increase of 6.7 million cases over the previous year. The ongoing interest in high-end and super-premium products across the spirits segments, combined with continued confidence in the U.S. economy, helped fuel the growth.

What’s driving the premiumization trend? Consumers today have more opportunities to expand their knowledge of all beverage alcohol categories. They can explore their increasing options with the help of brand ambassador programs, experiential events/tastings and the bartending/mixologist community. Unique cocktails and flavor pairings created by industry experts help guide consumers in their beverage selection process and encourage them to new things. 

At the category level, interest in brown spirits—especially straights and bourbons—continues to grow. Brand heritage and authenticity increasingly drive purchasing behavior in the whiskey category. Domestic whiskey brands have successfully expanded their core consumer base while also attracting new customers with flavored expressions. Straight American Whiskey continued its roll, expanding 6% to 22.5 million cases. Blended American Whiskey increased 1.3% to 5.3 million cases.

The Tequila, Cognac and Irish Whiskey categories also posted significant gains in 2017. Tequila was up by 6.1% for a total of 17.3 million cases. The Brandy and Cognac category grew 6.8% in 2017, reaching 13.5 million cases. Irish and Japanese Whiskey combined increased 12.2% for a total of 4.1 million cases.

 

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Craft, Flavored Malt and Imported Beers Continue to Experience Growth While Traditional Beers Struggle

Norwalk, Conn., (October 17, 2017) – While certain segments of the beer category demonstrated strong gains in 2016, the overall category decreased by 0.3% to end the year with 2.83 billion 2.25-gallon cases, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2017 Beer Handbook.  Continued economic growth, employment gains, and evolving consumer preferences are contributing factors in the evolution of the beer industry.

The Imported beer segment enjoyed another year of strong volume performance, growing 6.7% to 454.4 million 2.25-gallon cases.  This continued success helped push the import’s market share to 16% in 2016.  The segment last peaked in 2007 when it reached 13.8% with 408.3 million 2.25-gallon cases before slipping each year until 2014, which began a string of years with positive sales gains.

The Craft beer segment grew 6.0% in 2016 to 300-million 2.25-gallon cases, the same growth rate as in the prior year.   Remarkedly it surpassed the 10% market share for the first time, reaching 10.4% up from 9.8% in 2015.  The craft explosion, however, is beginning to show signs that it’s losing steam.  As the numbers of Millennials continues to grow so does their penchant for experimentation across brands and categories.  On the upside for the craft segment is the growing number of regional and micro- breweries, topping 5,234 in 2016.  With so many new offerings hitting the marketplace, Millennials may still find crafts appealing.

Flavored Malt Beverages (FMBs) leveled off in 2016 after experiencing growth of 7.5%, 8.2% and 21% the last three years, respectively.  In 2016 FMBs accounted for 110 million 2.25-gallon cases, growing just 2.4%.  The reason for this slow down begins at the top.  Segment leader Bud Light Rita’s line had been growing at double and triple-digits since its introduction in 2012.  In 2015 that momentum suddenly halted to just 0.5% growth, with growth in 2016 of only 0.1%.  Still at 30.7 million 2.25-gallon cases, the brand is still a powerhouse and the segment leader.

The Super and Premium beer segments suffered in 2016 from the same problem as the Light beer segment: there’s a general malaise towards them for not being craft beer.  Overall, the segment lost 13.3 million 2.25-gallon cases in 2016, shrinking to finish the year with 385.8 million 2.25-gallon cases.  The super and premium segment commanded a 13.6% share of beer industry.

The Light beer segment is also under fire, slipping 2.6% in 2016, despite it being the largest segment in the industry with a whopping 44.5% market share.  The light segment sold 1.26 billion 2.25-gallon case in 2016, 33 million fewer cases than in 2015.  Among the 23 beers included in the 2017 Beer Handbook’s top light brands, only Michelob Ultra registered positive sales, finishing in 6th place with 70.8 million 2.25-gallon cases sold, an uptick of 18.4% over 2015.

The Popular beer segment continued its steady decline in recent years with only 6.5% of the overall beer market.  The segment was down 1.7% to 185.6 million 2.25-gallon cases.  The Malt Liquor and Ice segments were also down, roughly 4% verses 2015.

About the 2017 Beer Handbook

The Beverage Information Group’s 2017 Beer Handbook is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. beer industry sales trends. It includes consumption and projection information by category and by market, tracks leading brands and reports historical data. 

The 2017 Beer Handbook is available for $850; the handbook with data CD is $1,450.  Shipping and handling is $15 for U.S. residents and $35 for international orders.  The publications can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Marybeth Came at (203) 855-8499, Ext. 2251.

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U.S. Wine Consumption Increases Led by the Upsurge in Total Sparkling and Champagne According to the 2017 Wine Handbook

 

 Norwalk, Conn. (August 29, 2017) – The U.S. wine market, the largest in the world, continued to show strength in 2016 growing 2.4% to 341.1 million 9-liter cases led by a 6.6% upsurge in the consumption of total sparkling wines, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2017 Wine Handbook.  A strong U.S. economy, employment and wage gains, and larger discretionary incomes all contributed to the category’s growth.

Total domestic wines accounted for 76.8% of the wine category, up slightly from last year.  Table wine grew to 309.4 million 9-liter cases, a 2.2% increase over 2015.  The champagne and sparkling wine category grew for its 15th consecutive year to 22.1 million 9-liter cases, up an impressive 7.8%.  Domestic sparkling wine reached 11.9 million 9-liter cases resulting in a 5.2% increase in volume, continuing an eleven-year growth streak.

According to the Wine Handbook, the premiumization trend in the wine market has not slowed but rather continued to evolve in 2016.  Consumers continued to seek premium and high-end brands to enjoy at home and in on-premise venues. Sales of wines priced under $10 weakened again this year with wines in the $10 to $20 range thriving.  In fact, many major brands had trouble staying top of consumers’ mind as was also the case last year.  Smaller brands are becoming more attractive as word of mouth and social media platforms create unique awareness that is not found in traditional advertising mediums.

The number of U.S wineries also continued to grow, topping almost 8,300, up 4%.  California, the largest wine producing state, continued to capitalize on the increasing popularity of its premium and super-premium wine segments in 2016.  Wines produced in Oregon and Washington also continued to show promise as consumers are demonstrating their willingness to explore wine beyond the California segment. 

About the 2017 Wine Handbook

The 2017 Wine Handbook is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. wine industry sales trends. It includes consumption data and projected sales by category and by market, as well as leading brands and historical information.  Categories include table, fortified and dessert wines, sparkling and champagne, vermouth and wine coolers.  The 2017 Wine Handbook is priced at $925 for hard copy or PDF version and $1,525 for hard copy with accompanying MS-Excel data CD at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Marybeth Came at (203)-855-8499 ext. 2216.

 

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Distilled Spirits Post Another Year of Steady Volume Increases According to the Liquor Handbook 2017

Norwalk, Conn., (June 13, 2017) – The distilled spirits industry continued its impressive 19 straight years of growth, rising 2.7% in 2016 to 221.0 million 9-liter cases. Continued employment gains and wage increases have led to increased consumption of premium, quality products at home and on-premise. According to the Beverage Information Group’s Liquor Handbook 2017, consumers are spending more and drinking more – 5.8 million cases more than in 2016, to be exact.

The American straight whiskey category shows no signs of slowing down after a 6.2% increase in 2016. Premium brands continue to grow most rapidly as consumers show a willingness to trade up.  As millennial consumers experiment within non-Bourbon segments of the whiskey category, imports are up as well. Canadian Whisky and Scotch rose 2.2% and 4.6%, respectively, in 2016, while Irish Whiskey saw its thirteenth straight year of double-digit growth, rising 15.0% to 3.6 million cases.  After demonstrating strong growth last year and after years of negligible growth, the blended whiskey category fell flat again growing just 0.5% or 5.2 million cases.

Other distilled spirits categories saw mixed results in 2016. Tequila and brandy/cognac showed strong gains of 6.9% and 7.8% respectively.  Vodka, whose growth rate has been slowing in recent years grew 2.1% to 74.3 million cases. But gin, rum and cordials/liqueurs showed little or negative growth.  Rum consumption remains the second-largest spirit category, but decreasing volumes suggest consumers’ willingness to explore other categories.

In 2017, we expect consumers to continue that experimentation, especially as improving economic conditions raise disposable income. Millennials will continue to be the major force behind the growth of distilled spirits with their focus on quality products, perceived heritage and authenticity of legacy brands.  Female and Hispanic consumers will represent growth opportunities for the industry now and into the future. 

About the 2017 Liquor Handbook

The Beverage Information Group’s Liquor Handbook 2017 is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. spirits and sales trends. It includes consumption and projection information by category and by market, tracks leading brands and reports historical data. The publications can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Marybeth Came.

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Spirits, Wine & Beer Marketers Database Tracks Pivotal Changes in the Beverage Alcohol Industry

Norwalk, Conn., (April 18, 2017) — The Spirits, Wine and Beer Marketers Database is available online from The Beverage Information & Insights Group, the supplier of the most current facts, statistics and analysis on the beverage alcohol industry.  This original who’s who directory is comprised of importers, marketers and suppliers of beverage alcohol in the U.S. The database is updated continuously throughout the year to accurately track changes in the industry. 

 Access valuable information anytime, anywhere from any device at www.bevhandbooksdb.com.  This online directory includes 2,000 spirits, wine and beer companies representing over 17,000 brands and over 1,500 executives.  Listed are: company name, address, email, website, phone and fax number, key contacts, brand affiliation and company highlights such as size, capacity and acquisitions. Also provided is a brand index detailing each product’s U.S. supplier, category and country of origin.

 The database enables subscribers to search by supplier, state, brand or executive title.  It also allows searches by key executive to create mail merges for marketing campaigns.  Subscribers may save the .csv data in Microsoft Excel.  Also included in the database are top-line consumption trends, written analysis of industry issues and a listing of national industry associations. 

 The cost of the Spirits, Wine and Beer Marketers Database is $700.  The database may be purchased online at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Marybeth Came at 203-855-8499, Ext. 2216. 


About The Beverage Information & Insights GroupThe Beverage Information & Insights Group serves all segments of the beverage alcohol industry through Cheers, Beverage Dynamics and StateWays magazines, the 2017 Handbook series, and in-store custom and syndicated audits. 

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Bev-Al Category Trends Continue According to Handbook Advance 2017

Bev-Al Category Trends Continue According to Handbook Advance 2017

Norwalk, Conn., (March 21, 2017) — The distilled spirits, wine and beer industries continued to adapt to consumers’ changing attitudes towards beverage alcohol.  Industry-wide premiumization kept pace with consumer interest in high-quality products.  And Millennials continued to drive expansion and migrate toward brands with heritage, authenticity and quality.

Distilled spirits achieved its 20th consecutive year of steady volume growth, up about 2%. The wine category advanced 2.2%, while beer managed to reverse its string of negative annual performances with negligible growth of 0.1%, according to the Beverage Information Group’s Handbook Advance 2017

American whiskey remained a hot category.  It achieved 5.3% growth, as consumers continue to buy brown spirits of all varieties.  Imported whiskey rode the wave of its American cousins, with Irish whiskey surging 17.8% to surpass 3 million cases.

Of non-whiskey categories, tequila increased the most at 5.0%.  Vodka, which represents 33% of all distilled spirits, managed a meager 1% growth.  Rum and gin reported decreases of 1%.

The wine category saw strong growth, increasing in overall market share by 2.2% to 339.3 million 9-liter cases, valued at $60 billion.  The advance was led by a 7.8% upsurge in consumption of sparkling wines, and a 1.8% growth in table wines.  Millennials, which comprise nearly half of all wine drinkers, are willing to try higher-priced table wines while demonstrating increased desire for experimentation. 

Beer’s share of the beverage alcohol market posted a mere 0.1% increase, suspending declines posted in recent years.  Advances in the craft, imported, super premium/premium and FMB categories offset declines in the remaining categories.  The light beer category, which commands the largest share with 1.24 billion 2.25-gallon cases sold, continued its decline, losing 3.9% — its largest annual decline. 

About the Handbook Advance

The Handbook Advance provides the earliest and most complete data, statistics and analysis in the industry, reporting on preliminary projections of 2016 beverage alcohol sales and consumption.

The Handbook Advance 2017 hard copy or PDF edition is $995; Handbook/PDF with CD is $1,595 plus shipping.  To purchase go to  www.bevinfostore.com or call Marybeth Came at (203) 855-8499 Ext. 2251.

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Distilled Spirits Sales Ride Whiskey Wave to New Heights

Distilled Spirits Sales Ride Whiskey Wave to New Heights

NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The distilled spirits industry continued its impressive 18 straight years of growth, rising 2.0% in 2015 to 215.9 million 9-liter cases. Employment gains and wage increases have led to increased consumption of premium, quality products at home and on-premise. According to the Beverage Information Group's Liquor Handbook 2016, consumers are spending more and drinking more – 4.2 million cases more than in 2014, to be exact.

The American straight whiskey category shows no signs of slowing down after a 4.8% increase in 2015. Premium brands continue to grow most rapidly, as consumers show a willingness to trade up. After remaining flat for years, the blended whiskey category rose 6.0% to 5.2 million cases last years. As millennial consumers experiment within non-Bourbon segments of the whiskey category, imports are up as well. Canadian Whisky and Scotch rose 2.2% and 5.1%, respectively, in 2015, while Irish Whiskey saw its twelfth straight year of double-digit growth, rising 12.9% to nearly 3 million cases.

Other distilled spirits categories saw mixed results in 2015. Vodka, tequila, brandy/cognac and cordials/liqueurs all experienced positive growth. But gin and rum continued their downward trend, declining 1.8% and 1.5%, respectively. Domestic gin has been steadily decreasing over the past few years, pulling the overall segment down. Rum consumption remains the second-largest spirit category, but decreasing volumes show consumers' willingness to explore other categories.

In 2016, consumers are expected to continue that experimentation, especially as improving economic conditions raise disposable income. That should lead to nineteen straight years of growth for the distilled spirits industry.  Millennials seem to be driving a number of categories, with older Millennial consumers representing the largest share of drinkers in the bourbon, Irish whiskey, cognac, and prepared cocktails categories.  Brands now understand the value of Millennial influence, as they produce new products that provide new variety.

 

About the 2016 Liquor Handbook
The Liquor Handbook is the most comprehensive source of information on U.S. spirits and sales trends. It includes consumption and projection information by category and by market, tracks leading brands and reports historical data. The publications can be purchased at www.bevinfostore.com or by calling Andrew Sims.

 

Contacts:
The Beverage Information Group
Marina Velez, Manager of Information Services
203-855-8499 ext. 2212
mvelesz@epgmediallc.com

Andrew Sims, Sales & Marketing Manager
203-855-8499 ext. 2251
asims@epgmediallc.com

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Registration Now Open for Inaugural Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference

Registration Now Open for Inaugural Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference

Minneapolis, MN (September 15, 2016)—Beverage Dynamics is pleased to announce the inaugural Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference (BARC), taking place on June 12-14, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.  The conference will bring together top retailers, offering in-person education and networking, something lacking in the off-premise industry.

BARC is an opportunity for retailers to gain information about new products, in-store innovations and best practices, as well as a chance to share information with fellow business owners to improve operations.

“The Beverage Dynamics readership of 50,000 beverage retailers urged us to create this event to help improve their businesses and discuss best practices with industry leaders,” says Beverage Dynamics editor Jeremy Nedelka. BARC will truly be one of the first events of its kind.

BARC has an exclusive partnership with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and American Wine School to offer Level 2 Wine and Spirits certification to attendees. Candidates for the certification will register for an online course for a separate fee, which includes a prep session and exam given in-person at the conference.

Suppliers and distributors have an opportunity to become a BARC sponsor, which will give them exclusive access to the event. Sponsors will support education for large and small retailers, helping them increase the profitability of crowded shelf space. Sponsors also have the opportunity to improve communication with retailers through networking events, while also gaining important consumer and trade insights from data analysts.

Registration and sponsorship information is available at www.BevRetailersConference.com.  Registration is now open, so visit the BARC website today to secure your early bird rate before prices increase on February 9. Seating for BARC is limited.

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Beverage Dynamics is the largest and most respected national magazine dedicated to the needs of the off-premise beverage alcohol retailer, whether it’s the owner of a single liquor store, the general manager of a warehouse store or the buyer for a large supermarket or drug chain.

About the Beverage Information Group

BIG is the information source for the beverage alcohol industry, serves all industry segments through its print publications (Cheers, Beverage Dynamics and StateWays), the Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference and industry Handbooks, Directories and In-store audits. It is a division of EPG Media & Specialty Information, a diverse publishing and events company headquartered in Minneapolis.

 

For general inquiries, Susan Clement

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For sponsorship inquiries, Amy Collins

ACollins@epgmediallc.com

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On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Continues to Decline, According to Cheers BARometer Report

On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Continues to Decline, According to Cheers BARometer Report

NORWALK, Conn., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The on-premise beverage alcohol market was unable to capitalize on an improving economy, as consumption decreased for the third consecutive year.  According to the Beverage Information Group's2016 Cheers On-Premise Handbook, sales of spirits, wine, and beer were all lower in 2015. Declines across all categories are not a new development, but 2015 saw a drop of 2.6%, the largest to date.

While consumption totals for the three beverage alcohol categories were down from 2014, spirits and wine actually experienced retail dollar sales growth over the past year. This development mirrors the overall trend of consumers purchasing more premium beverages. Spirits, which experienced a volume decrease of 0.3%, saw a sizable dollar growth of 2.5%, while wine (down 0.1% in volume) only increased slightly, by 0.1% in sales.

The beer category was down 3.0% in volume and 1.6% in dollars in 2015, but was still ahead in total sales compared to wine and spirits. The increase in dollar sales of spirits and wine was not enough to offset the decline from beer, leading to the overall on-premise sales decline. With so much of the beer industry dominated by the craft explosion, on-premise consumption has slowed; drinking now occurs more at home, driven by off-premise sales.

As the economy continues to rally, will consumers gravitate back into pre-recessionary on-premise drinking habits? Higher levels of income and discretionary spending typically translate into increased purchasing in restaurants and bars. The frequently changing trends and sales patterns in the industry make the Cheers On-Premise Handbook an essential guide to understanding the beverage alcohol landscape in bars and restaurants. The 2016 editions will include forecasted 2016 consumption figures, five-year industry trends and on-premise beverage alcohol retail dollar sales.

About the 2016 Cheers On-Premise Series
The CHOP Handbook is the industry's leading report on beer, wine and spirits consumption for the on-premise sector. The handbook provides comprehensive research and information on beverage alcohol trends, sales volume, distribution, marketing and consumer opinion.

The Handbook can be purchased in hard copy or PDF edition, with option to purchase handbook with CD files. To purchase, visitwww.bevinfostore.com or call Andrew Sims at (203)855-8499 Ext. 2251.

Contacts:
The Beverage Information Group
Marina Velez, Sr. Product Manager
mvelez@epgmediallc.com

Andrew Sims, Sales & Marketing Manager
(203) 855-8499 ext. 2251
asims@epgmediallc.com

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