High spirits: An increase in the number of drinking-aged Canadians will boost revenue

The Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores industry in Canada comprises specialty shops specifically licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. Industry operators remained in high spirits over the five years to 2019, as rising per capita disposable income and increasing consumer preference for premium alcohol supported revenue growth. Industry revenue growth has also been driven by an expanding consumer base. Many province- and territory-run alcoholic beverage retailers dominate the industry, benefiting from regulatory hurdles that have limited small, niche retailers from entering the market. Stringent alcohol labelling requirements and interprovincial alcohol distribution regulations have prevented many privately operated alcohol retailers from entering the market...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consumers are increasingly switching from purchasing low-quality beer, wine and liquor in bulk to buying premium alcohol products
  • The regulatory environment constrained the emergence of private alcohol retailers
  • A less stringent regulatory environment will heighten competition for operators
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores industry in Canada is primarily concentrated in Ontario, comprising 32.7% of industry establishments, followed by Alberta (33.0%) and British Columbia (14.0%). Industry establishments typically mirror the dispersion of alcohol wholesalers and distributors. While locating near alcohol wholesalers and distributors enables beer, wine and liquor stores to purchase specialized alcoholic beverages, developing establishments in proximity to breweries, wineries and distilleries is also vital. For example, distilleries provide alcoholic retailers with spirits and liquor. Ontario and British Columbia collectively account for half of distillery establishments in Canada...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry are

  • Close monitoring of competition
  • Use of high volume/low margin strategy
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Number of adults aged 20 to 64 in the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry?

    This industry includes stores and agencies that are primarily licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. The industry excludes wholesalers and grocery, convenience and gas station stores.

    Industry Products
  • Liquor
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Ciders, coolers and other
  • Industry Activities
  • Retailing beer
  • Retailing wine
  • Retailing liquor
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64
  • Per capita alcohol consumption
  • Total health expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Craft beer and alternatives
  • Regulatory environment
  • Employment and enterprises
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Shifting regulatory environment
  • Consumer preferences
  • Employment and enterprises
  • Table: Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Hotels & Motels in Canada
  • Full-Service Restaurants in Canada
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants in Canada
  • Bars & Nightclubs in Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling in Canada
  • Breweries in Canada
  • Distilleries in Canada
  • Packaging & Labelling Services in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Liquor
  • Ciders, coolers and other
  • Chart: Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 51 and older
  • Consumers aged 19 to 30
  • Consumers aged 31 to 50
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Liquor Control Board of Ontario, BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Societe des alcools du Quebec,
  • Table: Liquor Control Board of Ontario - financial performance
  • Table: BC Liquor Distribution Branch - financial performance
  • Table: Societe des alcools du Quebec - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Per capita disposable income (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Mom-And-Pop Store
  • A business that is owned and operated in a single location with few or no employees other than the owner or owners.
  • Off-Premise
  • The purchase of liquor in packaged form (bottles, cans or casks) for consumption at home or anywhere other than the location of purchase.
  • On-Premise
  • The purchase of liquor for immediate consumption, typically at a bar or restaurant.
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