As liquor store consultants in BC, we at Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors love to read about alcohol beverage market trends. So much has changed over the years. Long gone are the days where alcohol beverage choices were limited to the offerings of major producers. BC is a paradise of award-winning craft brewers and distillers, so local consumers’ taste buds have acclimated to quality and choice – a trend also playing out world wide.
Below is a rundown of what alcohol beverage market experts are predicting for 2023.
Consumers will continue demanding more natural ingredients, low-ABV (alcoholic strength by volume), low carb, low sugar and sprit-based RTDs, such as premixed cocktails-in-a-can. In September 2022, DISCUS survey results revealed that premixed cocktails and spirit-based RTDs are the fastest growing spirit categories, increasing market share by 42% from 2020-2021.
A Research and Markets report estimates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3% from 2021-2027. The report suggests that growth is being driven by innovations in manufacturing, an increase in distilleries worldwide, and increasing demand for premium whiskeys. The number of whiskey cases sold has increased each year for 10 consecutive years. In Canada, supply and demand is also increasing with sales expected to increase by 3.2 CAGR from 2021-2023 as reported by Beroe analytics.
In the March 2022 Vinepair.com article “We Asked 16 Beer Pros: What’s the Next Big Beer Style?” brewers looked into their crystal balls and collectively predicted that trending hot products will be:
In September 2022, Analytics Insights reported on 4 craft beer trends to watch.
The top takeaways:
While the global consumption of wine fell by 3% in 2020 (an 18-year low), organic wine’s popularity is increasing. In 2023, 976 million bottles of organic wine are predicted to be consumed (up 34% from 2018). In 2021, wine sales overall were down again, although premium wine sales increased by 21% – the most growth since 2007, according to Silicon Valley Bank “State of the Wine Industry Report 2022”.
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