Report package: Global market reviews of gin and vodka – forecasts to 2014

Report package: Global market reviews of gin and vodka – forecasts to 2014

Published: October 2009
Publisher: just-drinks.com / IWSR
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Pages: 118
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Global market review of gin - forecasts to 2014

With over 30 data tables providing total consumption volume for all major markets and brands, this brand new first edition of our global market review of gin provides an excellent overview of the historic, present and future market for the sector. This edition includes 2008 actual full-year volumes, recently updated by The IWSR.

Use this report to establish where the future growth opportunities lie in the global gin sector - find out what brand strategies will be most successful and which markets will grow.

The premiumisation trend, so apparent in other white spirits categories such as vodka and Tequila, has been far less evident in gin. Nevertheless, a handful of brands – Beefeater (owned by Pernod Ricard), Tanqueray (Diageo) and Bombay Sapphire (Bacardi) – are outperforming the gin category.

A number of newer premium and super-premium gin brands, notably Hendrick’s from William Grant and Martin Miller’s, are also showing some signs of gaining consumer traction.

Diageo gin company global brand director Shivaun Lucey explains that, for a long time, gin was the definitive white spirit in the US. In fact, many of the classic cocktails, such as the Martini, were originally made with gin. Then gin was eclipsed by the tremendous growth in vodka:

“What happened is that a lot of gins started trying to compete and be like vodka, as opposed to being proud of what gin was about, which is great depth of flavour and richness, whereas vodka is distilled to be the ideal mixable spirit. Our view is that we will eventually be able to take back the role as the definitive white spirit, if we focus on what we are good at – and that is taste, the intrinsic aspect about gin.”

G & J Greenall marketing director Scott Watson: “Gin hasn’t innovated to the same extent as vodka and has therefore been less able to capture the consumer and trade imagination. Also, gin is certainly a different flavour experience than vodka, so proper sampling is critical to ensure consumer engagement and enjoyment. The more consumers experience the nuances of super-premium gin through sampling, word of mouth, and gifting, the more growth the category will enjoy.”

Chapter 1 Scope of the market
This chapter provides analysis of the major issues facing the global gin market. With extensive extracts of interviews with the leading brand players, it discusses the identity crisis in the US, the increasing number of premium brands launching into the market, how brands are creating points of difference, and the real need for consumer education.

This chapter contains the report's global market data comprising world gin sales from 2004 to 2014 for each major market. This table contains data for 16 markets - all with historic data up to and including full-year 2008 and forecasted data to 2014.

Chapter 2 Country reports
This chapter reviews each of the key markets for gin worldwide, commenting on their 2008 performance and providing data (2004 to 2008 volumes) for the top ten brands and top five owners in each of the key markets. Strategic acquisitions, consumer trends and interviews with the key brands all feature.

Research fact: Spain is the only market in the world where the super-premium gin segment is far larger than super-premium vodka.

Commenting on key markets:
Hendrick’s Gin global brand manager Nick Williamson: “What we have found in a lot of our markets, such as Spain, the US and the UK, is that the brands in the middle or premium segment, are getting squeezed. The people that purchase at that end may be struggling and worried about their jobs. They may be trading down from Bombay Sapphire to Gordon’s and Beefeater. However, others in that category may be feeling more buoyant, with a little more disposable income, thanks to lower interest rates. These consumers may be trading up to the super-premiums from brands such as Tanqueray Ten to brands such as Hendrick’s. The growth of Hendrick’s is accelerating today.”

Commenting on the UK market:
Brand director for Beefeater Nick Blacknell: “There are echoes of what is happening in the US, but it depends where you are. If you drink in the top-end bars then you’re definitely seeing most of the best bars having a strong gin focus. Again, like the US, that has not necessarily trickled down into the mainstream consumer market. There are lots of promising signs, but we’ve yet to see wholesale changes in attitude towards gin.”

Chapter 3 Corporate structure
This chapter provides market size data for the leading brands and provides news and analysis of the category's global brand structure and new product launches.


Global market review of vodka - forecasts to 2014

With over 40 data tables providing total consumption volume for all major markets and brands, this latest edition of our popular global market review of vodka provides an excellent overview of the historic, present and future market for the sector. This edition includes 2008 actual full-year volumes, recently updated by The IWSR.

Vodka is the most dynamic category in the global spirits industry today. Not only is it the largest global category with total sales of 512.7m cases (2008), but its growth trajectory has been nothing but phenomenal. Over the course of the past 20 years the category has added a staggering 246.7m cases (a CAGR of 3.5%).

Much of this growth has come in the vodka belt countries of Russia and Poland, where there has been a move from unregistered to registered brands. In Russia alone legal sales increased by 21m cases over that 20-year period. That has been driven by tighter government controls and rising affluence.

The US has been the other major source of growth, rising by 21.2m cases over the 20-year period. Sales in the US look set to continue growing due to the favourable demographic profile there. Other major contributors over that period include the UK (+4.48m cases), Germany (+6.1m cases) and Canada (+1.8m cases).

Vodka’s performance has also been impressive due the breadth of markets enjoying growth. Vodka has enjoyed considerable growth across a broad spectrum of markets. Between 2004 and 2008, vodka posted gains in 41 of its top 50 largest global (domestic) markets. In many of these it was double-digit CAGR growth.

This new edition of vodka has been completely re-written and follows on from where last year's edition concluded.

Chapter 1 Scope of the market
This chapter provides analysis of the major issues facing the global vodka market. With extensive extracts of interviews with the leading brand players, it discusses the premium evolution, how a new frugality is reaching the previously high-growth markets such as the US (Davide Campari-Milano SpA group marketing director Cesare Vandini: “We are seeing some trade down from the super-premium. Skyy is definitely benefitting from this and gaining share.”), whether downtrading is here to stay, loyalty towards established brands, venue shifts, the growing cocktail culture, flavour and packaging innovation, and how Eastern Europe groups are establishing their place in the business.

This chapter contains the report's overview data comprising world vodka sales from 2004 to 2014 for each major market. This table contains data for 30 markets - all with historic data up to and including full-year 2008 and forecasted data to 2014.

Chapter 2 Market reports
This chapter reviews each of the key markets for vodka worldwide, commenting on their 2008 performance and providing data (typically 2003 to 2008 volumes) for the top ten brands and top five owners in each of the key markets. Strategic acquisitions, consumer trends and interviews with the key brands all feature.

Commenting on the US market:
Finlandia Vodka US brand manager Nick Nelson says: “The poor economy has impacted the vodka category as the super-premium and premium brands’ - Grey Goose, Absolut, and Stolichnaya - performance has softened, while the popular priced and value brands - Skyy, Svedka, and Sobieski - are seeing strong growth. This would be a strong indicator that consumers are trading down significantly.”

Comments on Russia:
Consumers are trading down to cheaper versions. The premium and import segments, in particular, have been hard hit. Diageo Eastern Europe and Russia marketing director Mark Sandys says: “The biggest impact on sales has been the drop in consumer demand since the impact of the crisis was felt in Russia in December. With disposable income and consumer confidence falling, consumers have traded down in vodka and imported spirits. Across the total spirits category, there have been some price rises since February, as you would expect in a high inflation environment, but not at a greater rate than in previous years.

“The crisis in Russia has changed the dynamics of the drinks industry and our strategy has been to adapt our portfolio and our offering to meet these changing demands. For the medium- and long-term, premiumisation and super-deluxe spirits will remain very relevant in Russia. In the short term, however, it is important that we also build brands at a wider range of price points to provide great value for consumers.”

Starting with the Americas, the chapter moves on to Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Australasia, South Africa and finally reviews the travel retail sector.

Chapter 3 Leading companies
This chapter reviews the key players' strategies, developments, brand plans and features interviews with the leading companies. Profiled companies: Diageo, Pernod Ricard, Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC), Bacardi-Martini and Campari.

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