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Beer, Spirits, & Wine – Packaged Imports Decline -4% By Value L12M through December 2020, Packaged Exports Decline -6%

Total Beverage Alcohol:

  • Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) declined -3% by value over the last twelve months and grew +8% by value over the last three months. 33% of all imported beverage alcohol by value came from Mexico over the last twelve months.

  • Total beverage alcohol exports (included bulk and packaged) declined -3% by value over the last twelve months and declined -4% by value over the last three months. 23% of all exported beverage alcohol by value went to Canada over the last twelve months.

Each of the bw166 Import and Export Reports (for Beer, Spirits, and Wine) enable tracking Beverage Alcohol imports and exports on a monthly basis for volume, value in USD, and value in local currency for all major trading countries.

Beer:

  • Imported beer grew +1% by volume and grew +3% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, imports grew +22% by volume and grew +23% by value. 72% of imported beer by value comes from Mexico.
  • Exported beer declined -27% by volume and declined -5% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, exports declined -2% by volume and grew +4% by value. 23% of exported beer by value goes to Chile.

For more details regarding imported and exported beer across all countries, subscribe to the bw166 Beer – Imports and Exports report.

Spirits:

  • Imported packaged spirits for the last twelve months grew +2% by volume and declined -7% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +8% and grew +2% by value.
  • Imported bulk spirits for the last twelve months grew +12% by volume and grew +3% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +10% and grew +9% by value.
  • 30% of all imported packaged spirits by value arrived from Mexico while 42% of all imported bulk spirits by value arrived from Brazil.
  • Exported packaged spirits for the last twelve months declined -23% by volume and declined -5% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -10% and declined -20% by value.
  • Exported bulk spirits for the last twelve months grew +28% by volume and grew +0% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +26% and grew +5% by value.
  • 23% of all exported packaged spirits by value is destined for Panama while 24% of all exported bulk spirits by value is destined for Canada.

For more details regarding imported and exported spirits including detailed category breakdowns across all countries, subscribe to the bw166 Spirits – Imports and Exports report.

Wine:

  • Imported packaged wine for the last twelve months grew +13% by volume and declined -5% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +16% and grew +4% by value.
  • Imported bulk wine for the last twelve months grew +10% by volume and grew +13% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +13% and grew +5% by value.
  • 35% of all imported packaged wine by value arrived from Italy while 23% of all imported bulk wine by value arrived from Chile.
  • Exported packaged wine for the last twelve months declined -13% by volume and declined -8% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -5% and declined -4% by value.
  • Exported bulk wine for the last twelve months grew +12% by volume and declined 0% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +10% and declined -4% by value.
  • 41% of all exported packaged wine by value is destined for Canada while 58% of all exported bulk wine by value is destined for the United Kingdom.

For more details regarding imported and exported wine including detailed category breakdowns across all countries, subscribe to the bw166 Wine – Imports and Exports report.

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Product Approval Trends Heading Into 2021

To coincide with the release of data concerning December 2020 Product Approvals, we thought we’d also highlight some of the interesting trends we’ve seen approved since October 2020. This information was gathered using our latest tool, Label Inquiry.

Lemonades

  • Diageo has received product approvals for Smirnoff Pink Lemonade Vodka (approved 12/3/2020) as well as Smirnoff Ice Pink Lemonade (12/8/2020)
  • Labatt Blue Light Seltzer Lemonade and also in Peach, Raspberry, and Black Cherry (approved 12/15/2020)

Alternative Packaging for Wines

  • Bota Box Breeze Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Red Blend, and Rose (low-calorie offerings from Delicato, approved 11/10/2020)
  • Constellation received approvals for Robert Mondavi Private Selection 1.5L Boxed Wine Buttery Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon (approved 10/7/2020) as well as Ruffino Pinot Grigio 1.5L Boxed Wine (approved 10/22/2020) and Ruffino Rosso 1.5L Boxed Wine (approved 10/6/2020)
  • Barefoot Fruitscato 3L Boxed Wine Sweet Strawberry, Sweet Blueberry, and Sweet (from Gallo, approved 12/8/2020)
  • Pool House by Francis Ford Coppolla canned wines in Pinot Noir, Rose, Brut Rose, and Sauvignon Blanc (featuring 75 calories per serving labeling) – also approved as 750ml (approved 1/14/2021)

Botanicals/Infusions

  • Belvedere Organic Infusions Vodka Soda (98 calories per can) in Blackberry & Lemongrass, Pear & Ginger, and Lemon & Basil (approved 12/17/2020). Belvedere also received approvals for the same infusions in an 80 proof Vodka format
  • Beefeater Botanics Blackberry Lemon & Thyme, Raspberry & Mint, and Lemon & Ginger (approved 10/28/2020).
  • Plant Botanical Vodka Seltzer in Strawberry Mint, Pineapple Lemonade, Blood Orange Lime, and Passion Fruit Pear (approved 12/28/2020)

Low-Calorie Offerings

  • This trend is prevalent across the board, especially within the seltzer/seltzer-like space where every product approved seems to convey how there are less than 100 calories per can/serving. Even wine products are entering this mix (including Bota Box Breeze and Pool House mentioned above)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Elements in Papaya Jasmine White Blend, Strawberry Hibiscus Rose, and Peach Ginger White Blend (all marked as 90 calories per serving, approved 12/1/2020)
  • Kim Crawford Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc and Rose (70 calories per serving, approved 11/3/2020)

And now, our usual monthly update:

TTB Approved 164.1K Products L12M through December 2020, A Decrease of -15.6K (–8.7%)

By Category:

  • Beer: 39.8K products approved over the L12M (–3.3% vs. last year) and 9.6K over the L3M (–2.7% vs. last year)
  • Spirits: 18.4K products approved over the L12M (+15.1% vs. last year) and 5.2K over the L3M (+9.4% vs. last year)
  • Wine: 105.9K products approved over the L12M (–13.6% vs. last year) and 24.8K over the L3M (–6.5% vs. last year)

By Origin:

  • Domestic: 91.8K products approved over the L12M (+3.6% vs. last year) and 21.5K over the L3M (+5.7% vs. last year)
  • Imports: 72.3K products approved over the L12M (–20.7% vs. last year) and 18.2K over the L3M (–12.9% vs. last year)

For more information regarding Product Approvals including detailed category breakdowns and origin information (State for Domestic products and Country for Imported products), subscribe to the bw166 Product Approvals Report or visit our website at www.bw166.com.

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Indicators on Supplier Closures and Trends in 2020

The past year has been chaotic. Between pandemic-related shutdowns and wildfires in California, the beverage alcohol industry has faced a gamut of challenges across all three tiers. With this article, we wanted to look at the effect on the supplier tier superficially. With many smaller suppliers dependent upon on-premise sales (through tasting rooms, brewpubs, and distilleries), it’s logical to surmise the industry would see increased supplier closures similar to the results in the on-premise.

Using bw166’s Label Inquiry tool, we’ve compiled data on how many suppliers have submitted COLAs to the TTB from 2016 through 2020. This data allows us to identify suppliers that have consistently filed COLAs year over year, when suppliers have first filed COLAs, and identify suppliers that filed previously but not in the current term. While there are limits to this dataset (i.e., not all beer products require a TTB COLA), the consistent measurement over time allows for a reasonable degree of confidence in the results.

Beer –

  • From 2016 through 2019, the Beer industry consistently showed an increasing number of suppliers – from 1,650 in January 2016 to 2,430 in January 2020. However, 2020 is the first year of declines – falling to 2,250 in December 2020. This decline of -9% in breweries is likely understated (as using a rolling 12-month figure (to smooth seasonality) doesn’t reflect nearer-term closures.

  • New beer suppliers spike in early 2018 and have declined since, with a more pronounced decline in 2020. In January 2020, there were 800 new suppliers versus only 630 in December 2020 (this was roughly the level of new entrants in 2016).

  • Overall, the number of lost beer suppliers continues its upwards trajectory. Interestingly, we have not seen a significant increase in closures during 2020 (though this may again be affected by looking at 12 months of data).

Spirits –

  • The Spirits industry has shown a significant increase in supplier count since 2016 – rising from 1,000 in January 2016 to 1,660 in December 2020. Through 2020, the number of suppliers has continued to increase (albeit with a slight decline from 1,700 in November 2020 to close out the year – though this may just be volatility in measurement than reflective of significant changes)

  • The number of new spirits suppliers steadily increased between 2016 and 2020. During 2020, the number of new suppliers peaked at 660 in August and then fell to 630 in December – still near the high point historically and above the 600 new suppliers in January 2020.

  • Lost spirits suppliers have been steadily rising from 2016 through 2019 – starting at 250 in January 2016 and ending at 503 in December 2019. This trend has been reasonably stable throughout 2020 – staying just above or below that 500 supplier count (ranging between 470 and 520 during any particular month).

Wine –

  • Wine suppliers saw a steady increase from 2016 through 2019 (from 4,400 in January 2016 to 4,760 in December 2020), followed by a significant increase in early 2020 and then a decline to end the year in December. The probable explanation for these results, particularly the disconnected data in 2019, is attributable to the government shutdown in January 2019, which altered COLA approval patterns.

  • New wine suppliers showed a steady though slight positive increase from 2016 through 2019 – starting at 1,480 in January 2016 and ending at 1,580 in December 2019. The government shutdown explains the rapid rise in January 2020 (1,770 new suppliers). This shift also explains the apparent drop in new suppliers through 2020, ending at 1,580 in December 2020 – exactly in line with the historically stable numbers.

  • While lost wine supplier counts increased in 2020 (from 1,400 in January to 1,610 in December), these numbers are reasonably in range of historical results. The other unexplained facet is the potential effect of the California wildfires. With lost crops, a natural consequence would be delays or cancellations in new products, which may also explain this rise in lost suppliers.

Closing Thoughts

  • Overall, there does not seem to be a significant acceleration of closures in the supplier tier. Instead, the current data suggest a continuation of existing trends in terms of closures.
  • The more considerable impact in the supplier tier seems to present itself in the deceleration of new suppliers. Given economic and COVID-related uncertainty, it is logical that individuals would be hesitant to start a new venture.
  • If you found this article helpful or informative (or if not), send us a note at admin@bw166.com. If there’s enough interest, we can look at publishing an updated analysis in the future.

For more granular insights and data about Product Approvals, subscribe to the Label Inquiry by bw166 or visit our website at www.bw166.com.

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Beer, Spirits, & Wine – Packaged Imports Decline -6% By Value L12M through November 2020, Packaged Exports Decline -2%

Total Beverage Alcohol:

  • Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) declined -5% by value over the last twelve months and grew +2% by value over the last three months. 33% of all imported beverage alcohol by value came from Mexico over the last twelve months.

  • Total beverage alcohol exports (included bulk and packaged) grew +0% by value over the last twelve months and declined 0% by value over the last three months. 22% of all exported beverage alcohol by value went to Canada over the last twelve months.

Each of the bw166 Import and Export Reports (for Beer, Spirits, and Wine) enable tracking Beverage Alcohol imports and exports on a monthly basis for volume, value in USD, and value in local currency for all major trading countries.

Beer:

  • Imported beer declined -2% by volume and stayed flat by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, imports grew +18% by volume and grew +20% by value. 72% of imported beer by value comes from Mexico.
  • Exported beer declined -31% by volume and declined -6% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, exports declined -23% by volume and declined -14% by value. 22% of exported beer by value goes to Chile.

For more details regarding imported and exported beer across all countries, subscribe to the bw166 Beer – Imports and Exports report.

Spirits:

  • Imported packaged spirits for the last twelve months grew +1% by volume and declined -9% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +5% and declined -3% by value.
  • Imported bulk spirits for the last twelve months grew +10% by volume and grew +2% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +3% and declined -10% by value.
  • 30% of all imported packaged spirits by value arrived from France while 42% of all imported bulk spirits by value arrived from Brazil.
  • Exported packaged spirits for the last twelve months declined -26% by volume and grew +3% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -4% and declined -10% by value.
  • Exported bulk spirits for the last twelve months grew +25% by volume and grew +4% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +17% and grew +13% by value.
  • 26% of all exported packaged spirits by value is destined for Panama while 24% of all exported bulk spirits by value is destined for Canada.

For more details regarding imported and exported spirits including detailed category breakdowns across all countries, subscribe to the bw166 Spirits – Imports and Exports report.

Wine:

  • Imported packaged wine for the last twelve months grew +12% by volume and declined -7% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +20% and declined -2% by value.
  • Imported bulk wine for the last twelve months grew +16% by volume and grew +21% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +23% and grew +19% by value.
  • 35% of all imported packaged wine by value arrived from Italy while 25% of all imported bulk wine by value arrived from Chile.
  • Exported packaged wine for the last twelve months declined -14% by volume and declined -7% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -6% and declined -4% by value.
  • Exported bulk wine for the last twelve months grew +14% by volume and grew +0% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +21% and grew +1% by value.
  • 40% of all exported packaged wine by value is destined for Canada while 58% of all exported bulk wine by value is destined for the United Kingdom.

For more details regarding imported and exported wine including detailed category breakdowns across all countries, subscribe to the bw166 Wine – Imports and Exports report.

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TTB Approved 162.8K Products L12M through November 2020, A Decrease of -14.5K (–8.2%)

By Category:

  • Beer: 38.7K products approved over the L12M (–5.9% vs. last year) and 9.5K over the L3M (–15.9% vs. last year)
  • Spirits: 17.8K products approved over the L12M (+13.2% vs. last year) and 5K over the L3M (–1.1% vs. last year)
  • Wine: 106.2K products approved over the L12M (–11.7% vs. last year) and 24.6K over the L3M (–18.2% vs. last year)

By Origin:

  • Domestic: 89.7K products approved over the L12M (+2% vs. last year) and 20.7K over the L3M (–9.3% vs. last year)
  • Imports: 73.1K products approved over the L12M (–18.2% vs. last year) and 18.3K over the L3M (–22.1% vs. last year)

For more information regarding Product Approvals including detailed category breakdowns and origin information (State for Domestic products and Country for Imported products), subscribe to the bw166 Product Approvals Report or visit our website at www.bw166.com.