GLOBAL: Majors tighten grip on global spirits sector - research

By | 21 January 2013

The world's largest spirits groups are continuing to increase their share of the global spirits market, a new report from Euromonitor International has found.

According to Euromonitor International's Passport report, Growth for International Spirits Companies in Difficult Times, the top ten spirits producers increased their share of the global spirits market in 2011 to 26%, driven both by organic growth and acquisition.

However, the report states that, while international spirits companies have greater potential to expand, they were seeing "mixed results" in growth terms. Companies performing strongest were those with the broadest geographic and category spread, it says. Moreover, strength in emerging markets was not necessarily key.

"Geographic breadth is more important than whether the market is a mature or emerging one," the report says. "The key element is the remaining potential for growth in a particular market. There are still significant opportunities to grow organically in mature and emerging markets."

While the top ten have been pulling away from the pack, the report notes that the gap between the two largest players - Diageo and Pernod Ricard - and the others has also increased. It also notes that a new period of consolidation is beginning in the spirits sector.

In particular, Beam Inc is "vulnerable to takeover", with Pernod Ricard having most to gain from a move for the company, due to its relative weakness in North America and the fact that it would have fewer competition issues than Diageo in making such a move.

"Beam is likely to be the next big company that loses its independence," the report notes. "The company is publicly listed and, more importantly, is weakly positioned both in terms of geographic spread, as 86% of its volumes are sold in mature markets, and brand portfolio."

Expert analysis

Growth for International Spirits Companies in Difficult Times

Although the global economy still faces many difficulties, there is still huge potential for international spirits companies to see growth. This briefing looks at the vital aspects needed for growth, both organic and inorganic. It also looks at what those leading players should be doing continue to, or start growing in the future.

Sectors: Emerging markets – BRIC, Mergers & acquisitions, Spirits

Companies: Pernod, Ricard, Diageo, Beam Inc

View next/previous articles

Currently reading -

GLOBAL: Majors tighten grip on global spirits sector - research

There are currently no comments on this article

Be the first to comment on this article

Related research

Pernod Ricard: Premiumization and decentralization fuelling growth in mixed macroeconomic environment

Over the last 10 years of rapid acquisitions, Pernod Ricard has built a strong portfolio of premium brands on a global scale. Most of its brands enjoy a leading position in international markets. The company has adopted a decentralized operational st...

Alcoholic Drinks in India

Alcoholic Drinks in India industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2007-11, and forecast to 2016). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading...

Wine

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Wine in Million Litres. It includes all wine categories, still, (red, white and rose), sparkling, fortified, vermouth, non-grape wine, wine coolers and ice wine. The report provides separate comprehensiv...

Related articles

just For Subscribers - The week in drinks

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

Analysis - Remy Cointreau turnaround to take longer then expected

The hangover for Remy Cointreau in China is set to last longer than one analyst had expected, with the company maintaining that Chinese New Year in 2014 will be "key".

FRANCE: Remy Cointreau Q1 sales take China beating

Remy Cointreau has posted a slip in second-quarter sales, as recent changes in the spirits market in China made their presence felt.

just-drinks tagline

Not a member? Join here

Decrease font sizeDecrease font sizeDecrease font size Increase font sizeIncrease font sizeIncrease font size Comment on this article Email this to a friend Print this page