Statistics and facts on Alcoholic Beverages
The industry Alcoholic Beverages provides statistics, facts and market data on beverages containing alcohol. The category is further divided into beer, wine & Champagne, and spirits. The production, distribution and consumption of those beverages are highly regulated around the world.
In the United States, alcohol laws specify the legal drinking age of alcoholic drinks. In general, alcohol purchases are prohibited to anyone under the age of 21 years. Depending on the state and type of alcoholic beverage, additional rules may apply. The State of Wisconsin, for example, allows minors to consume alcoholic beverages in the presence of their parents.
Industry-specific key indicators provide general data on production, distribution, tax regulations, trade, and consumption. Based on dollar or volume sales, rankings of leading category captains are provided. Market shares of key players and specific brands are further displayed.
The industry is characterized by companies such as AB InBev, Heineken, Molson-Coors, Brown-Forman or Diageo. AB InBev’s core business, for example, focuses on beer.
Emerging business trends to watch for include premiumization across all categories, a growth in importance of microbreweries and –wineries and continuing flavored spirits innovations. Further, industry professionals expect more ‘healthy’ alcoholic beverages and organic options to be launched in the segment in 2014.