Hard seltzer was still the fastest growing alcoholic beverage worldwide in 2021 although its growth has slowed compared to previous years. In 2021, the beverage had a growth rate of 35 percent compared to its peak of 271.4 percent in 2017.
Growth in consumption of alcoholic beverages worldwide from 2013 to 2025, by beverage type
The Alcoholic Drinks market includes all alcoholic beverages that are produced by fermentation or distillation. The market is further divided into five main segments for which revenue, volume, price per unit and sales channels are shown: Beer, Spirits, Wine, Cider, Perry and Rice Wine, and Hard Seltzer.
Beer is the most-consumed alcoholic beverage by volume. Beer here encompasses fermented alcoholic beverages from malted cereal grains, hops and water. Also included are beers that have been mixed with soft drinks (Ready-to-drink beer mix beverages) and beers to which additional flavors have been added. Beer typically has an alcohol content of around 5 vol%.
Spirits, or distilled liquor denotes alcoholic beverages that have been generated via distillation from wine, fermented fruits or grains. The most important types of Spirits covered in the Consumer Market Outlook are Whisky, Vodka, Rum, Gin, Brandy as well as Liqueurs & Other Spirits (including local spirits like Baijiu in China). Due to the distillation the alcohol content of Spirits is much higher than that of most wines and beers and typically ranges from 20 vol% to 50 vol%.
Wine includes all fermented juices generated from grapes but excludes fruit wines like cider that are shown separately. Volume-wise, Wine is currently the smallest segment among Alcoholic Drinks, but its growth has been above average in recent years as demand in emerging countries like China has risen. The wine segment is further broken down into Still Wine, Sparkling Wine and Fortified Wine.
Cider, Perry & Rice Wine includes all wines generated from fruits other than grapes, grains or other plants. This includes cider and perry which are mostly relevant in Europe and North America, rice wine, which is particularly popular in East Asia and some special local alcoholic drinks like palm wine that are important in Africa or elsewhere.
Because of beer’s popularity and a generally higher degree of concentration, breweries dominate industry rankings in Alcoholic Drinks. The biggest players in the industry at large by revenue are Anheuser-Busch InBev, Heineken, Diageo, Kirin Holdings, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard, Carlsberg, Kweichow Moutai, Constellation Brands, Suntory, Thai Beverage, Wuliangye Yibin, Brown-Forman and Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery.
The market for Alcoholic Drinks is structured into retail sales for at home consumption and on-premise or foodservice sales for out-of-home consumption. The at-home market, also called off-trade market, covers all retail sales via super- and hypermarkets, convenience stores or similar sales channels. The out-of-home market, also called on-trade market, away-from-home market or HORECA encompasses all sales to hotels, restaurants, catering, cafés, bars and similar hospitality service establishments. Both the at-home and the out-of-home market are valued at retail selling prices including all sales and consumption taxes. The price per unit always references liters as base unit. The valuation of the out-of-home segment at retail prices means a significant change of the market definition in comparison to earlier iterations of the Consumer Market Outlook, as out-of-home consumption was valued at wholesale prices before. This means, market totals are not comparable to published data from prior years. The price per unit always references liters as a base unit for both at-home and out-of-home consumption.
The shown market share of eCommerce currently references the share of eCommerce sales of all food and beverages in the selected region in relation to total (off-trade) consumer spending on food and beverages that are also part of the Key Market Indicators table below. It therefore presents an indicator regarding the overall online penetration of eCommerce’s last frontier, food and drink, but cannot be used to track the performance of the Alcoholic Drinks as opposed to Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Food, Hot Drinks or Tobacco Products.
The presented data is the result of extensive research from secondary sources like national and international statistical offices, trade associations and the trade press. Typical sources are for example household budget surveys or statistics on industrial production and international trade. All data has been processed and forecasted using statistical techniques like regression and cluster analyses to obtain comparable data for a global outlook of the market. Since all market data in the Consumer Market Outlook are usually composed of multiple input data points, including estimations for missing data, no specific external source can be named for individual timelines. The range of the historical input data varies greatly by country and product but in most cases currently runs up until 2017 or 2018.
All market data is shown in nominal values that have been converted from local currencies to US-Dollars, Euro and British Pound using the average exchange rates of 2017. The currency can be switched between US-Dollars, Euro and British Pound by using the context menu to the upper right next to the download button. Depending on the user’s needs, the Key Market Indicators table at the bottom of the page contains additional forecasts on consumer prices and the exchange rate with which it is possible to obtain a valuation in local currency, to include projected currency effects in the forecast or to adjust the nominal market data to constant prices.
All figures are estimate. A detailed methodology can be found in the Statista Market Outlook.
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