In high spirits: Increased competition from deregulation will cause industry revenue growth to slow

The Beer, Wine and Spirits Wholesaling industry in Canada has grown over the past five years in line with increasing incomes and renewed demand for a variety of alcoholic beverages. The industry is beholden to provincial and territorial alcohol regulations, which include 13 different major liquor control agencies in charge of enforcing the wholesale of alcohol. With increased consumer spending, not only has per capita expenditure on alcohol increased, but consumers have also turned to premium, higher-margin goods, which have benefited industry revenue streams. Additionally, distributors in the industry took greater advantage of a variety of efficiency-maximizing technologies over the past five years to increase the speed of alcohol procurement, shipping and more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Distributors in the industry took greater advantage of various efficiency-maximizing technologies over the past five years
  • Today, alcohol distribution is stringently monitored along all levels of the supply chain
  • Small-scale wineries and breweries represent a significant market for industry distributors
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Beer, Wine and Spirits Wholesaling industry in Canada has a medium level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on labour, an estimated $0.13 is spent on capital investment. Wholesaling activities require considerable investment in both human labour and capital; a high level of manual labour is necessary to fulfill the duties required to distribute alcohol to retailers, while major investments in inventory management and logistics makes brute force tasks far more efficient. Activities such as sales, procurement, buying, case picking, shipping, logistics and transportation require high levels of manual labour, and these activities cannot be entirely substituted with investments in capital.Over the five years to 2019, capital investment has decreased. Wag...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Ability to provide goods/services in diverse locations
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Per capita alcohol consumption in the Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry primarily purchases, stores and transports alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, distilled spirits, cider, ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages, coolers, ethyl alcohol and other alcoholic beverages. This industry does not include revenue generated from the wholesale of nonalcoholic beverages.

    Industry Products
  • Beer distribution
  • Wine distribution
  • Spirits distribution
  • Other alcoholic beverage distribution
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesale purchase of beer, wine and spirits
  • Transportation of beer, wine and spirits from alcohol production facilities
  • Storage and refrigeration of beer, wine and spirits
  • Sales and distribution of beer, wine and spirits toers
  • Stocking beer, wine and spirits at locations
  • 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
  • Per capita alcohol consumption
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Canadian alcohol policy
  • Influence of alcohol policy
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Regulations and trends
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Canada
  • Convenience Stores in Canada
  • Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores in Canada
  • Spectator Sports in Canada
  • Concert & Event Promotion in Canada
  • Hotels & Motels in Canada
  • Single Location Full-Service Restaurants in Canada
  • Bars & Nightclubs in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Breweries in Canada
  • Distilleries in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Beer distribution
  • Wine distribution
  • Spirits distribution
  • Other alcoholic beverage distribution
  • Chart: Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Retailers
  • Wholesalers
  • Restaurants, hotels and food services
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling 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 & Spirits Wholesaling 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 & Spirits Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Per capita alcohol consumption (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Craft Beer
  • General term for beer that is created by, or in imitation of, small-scale breweries that place greater emphasis on flavor and quality ingredients.
  • Depanneur
  • A convenience store commonly located in Quebec and other French-speaking parts of Canada.
  • Radio-Frequency Identification (Rfid)
  • A technology that tracks products from the time they leave the assembly line to the time they leave the store by releasing continuous signals from a chip.
  • Shrink
  • The loss of products between point of receiving from producers to point of delivery to retailers resulting from damage, theft, expiration or other form of human error.
  • Temperance
  • Also known as prohibition; the personal or governmental restraint toward consuming alcohol or restricting its sale.
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