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Beer, Spirits, & Wine – Packaged Imports Decline -8% By Value L12M through October 2020, Packaged Exports Decline -2%

Total Beverage Alcohol:

  • Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) declined -7% by value over the last twelve months and grew +1% by value over the last three months. 32% 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 -2% 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 -3% by volume and declined -1% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, imports grew +16% by volume and grew +18% by value. 71% of imported beer by value comes from Mexico.
  • Exported beer declined -30% by volume and declined -3% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, exports declined -28% by volume and declined -16% by value. 20% 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 declined -1% by volume and declined -12% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +6% and declined -5% 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 +12% and grew +5% by value.
  • 29% 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 -32% by volume and grew +2% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -6% and declined -11% by value.
  • Exported bulk spirits for the last twelve months grew +22% by volume and grew +3% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +51% and grew +8% by value.
  • 27% 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 +10% by volume and declined -8% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +19% and declined -5% 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 +27% and grew +45% by value.
  • 36% of all imported packaged wine by value arrived from Italy while 26% of all imported bulk wine by value arrived from Chile.
  • Exported packaged wine for the last twelve months declined -13% by volume and declined -6% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -8% and declined -4% by value.
  • Exported bulk wine for the last twelve months grew +12% by volume and grew +1% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +23% and grew +5% 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 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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Tequila-Based Seltzers and More: New Product Approvals

Following up on our post yesterday (The Increasing Fragmentation of Seltzers) and the recent Beer Business Daily article (A-B Jumps into the Ranch Water Game), we decided to dive deeper into who’s launching Tequila/Agave-based products using bw166’s latest tool, Label Inquiry.

Looking directly at Tequila Seltzers and Sodas, we have several recent product approvals:

  • Nude Tequila Soda in three flavors: Grapefruit, Pineapple, and Lime

Nude Tequila Soda

  • Proof Point Tequila Seltzer with a Grapefruit Splash
  • Dulce Vida Tequila & Soda Pineapple
  • Capriccio Ranch Water Mang Passion
  • Hornitos Tequila Seltzer in three flavors: Lime, Mango, and Pineapple

Hornitos Tequila Seltzer

  • Lakehouse Cocktails Spicy Tequila Cocktail
  • Jose Cuervo Sparkling Margarita (not labeled a Seltzer but at 150 calories and 12 proof, it generally fits the segment)

Jose Cuervo Sparkling Margarita

Another category extension is margarita ice pops. Two brands have recently received product approvals: Sloshee (a margarita flavor at 20 proof) and Cazul 100’s Spirit Pops (in Lime Margarita, Mango Margarita, and Strawberry Margarita – all 100 calories and 16 proof).

Cazul 100 Strawberrry Margarita Spirit Pop

There is also a proliferation of agave-based wines and cocktails, with brands such as Playa Vallarta, Agavino, and Agavales all receiving recent TTB approvals. Additionally, larger suppliers are playing this space. Bronco Wine Company received approvals for two labels of La Catrina (Classic Margarita and Strawberry Margarita). Don Sebastiani received approvals for wine cocktail kegs for their Flybird brand (in Strawberry Margarita and Baja Lime Margarita)

La Cartina Classic Margarita

Even Michelob Ultra is playing in the agave-flavor space with recent approval for an Infusions Pomegranate & Agave light lager.

Michelob Ultra Infusions Pomegranate & Agave

Lastly, while not in the Tequila-space, Jim Beam is receiving label approvals for products such as Jim Beam Ginger Highball, Jim Beam and Cola, and Jim Beam Classic Highball (all ten proof with calorie counts between 105 and 250 calories).

Jim Beam and Cola

These are just a handful of the recently approved products entering this space. Some of these big-name brands and suppliers may have enough clout with retailers to acquire valuable shelf space. Still, only time will tell if they’ll generate the same consumer pull relative to the existing products like White Claw and Truly.

For more details regarding our Label Inquiry application, please visit our Introducing Label Inquiry page.

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The Increasing Fragmentation of Seltzers

With the rapid growth of the seltzer category, it was inevitable that more participants will chase that growth. Using our newest tool, Label Inquiry, we thought we’d take this opportunity to understand how many and what new entrants are making a play at the seltzer space (for this analysis, we included any labels containing Seltzer or Spritzer on the label).

Through October 2020, the TTB approved 349 labels containing either Seltzer or Spritzer, compared to 198 in the entirety of 2019 (+76.3% and with two months to go).

Interestingly, Spirits-based products have seen the largest increase in product approvals, with 150 labels approved YTD October 2020 (vs. 55 in CY2019). Beer-based products received 128 approvals YTD October 2020 (vs. 102 in CY2020) Wine-based products have seen a slight uptick to 71 product approvals (vs. 41 in CY2020). Note: bw166’s Label Inquiry tool is based only on products requiring TTB COLAs so is not fully comprehensive of malt beverages.

Using the color feature from Label Inquiry, we also took a look at the dominant color used on labels. While neutral colors (Black, White, Beige) are generally dominant, the next three most prevalent palettes are Pink, Red, and Lavender. The commonality in color may represent an opportunity for new entrants to distinguish themselves on the shelf further and stand out in consumers’ eyes.

Lastly, we were curious about the breakdown by source alcohol as well as flavor. Malt and Vodka make up the two largest occurrences (followed by Wine, generically). The more interesting finding is the reasonably large share of labels specifying either Tequila or Agave on the label. When looking at flavors, Lime and Fruit are dominant, followed by Grape and Lemon. Intuitively, fruit flavors represent the predominant options. However, there are some more interesting results. For example, Grapefruit and Mango occurring more frequently than Strawberry and Watermelon. This data may ultimately point to a triangulating consumer demand around core flavors or, perhaps more interestingly, represent an opportunity to differentiate one’s product from competitors.

While we can’t predict the exact results of what these increasing product launches will mean; the scale of the category and the diversity of entrants seems reminiscent of the rise in FMB products in the early 2000s following the success of Smirnoff Ice (Would anyone care to admit trying the likes of Captain Morgan Gold, Skyy Blue, or Sauza Diablo?). Only time will tell if any of these new products can unseat White Claw and Truly.

For more details regarding our Label Inquiry application, please visit our Introducing Label Inquiry page.

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TTB Approved 163.5K Products L12M through October 2020, A Decrease of -13.3K (–7.5%)

By Category:

  • Beer: 40K products approved over the L12M (–1.3% vs. last year) and 10K over the L3M (–14.7% vs. last year)
  • Spirits: 17.7K products approved over the L12M (+13.4% vs. last year) and 4.8K over the L3M (+1.3% vs. last year)
  • Wine: 105.9K products approved over the L12M (–12.3% vs. last year) and 23.5K over the L3M (–30.9% vs. last year)

By Origin:

  • Domestic: 90.3K products approved over the L12M (+3.5% vs. last year) and 21.3K over the L3M (–11.5% vs. last year)
  • Imports: 73.2K products approved over the L12M (–18.3% vs. last year) and 16.9K over the L3M (–35.7% 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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Beer, Spirits, & Wine – Packaged Imports Decline -6% By Value L12M through Sept. 2020, Packaged Exports Grow +1%

Total Beverage Alcohol:

  • Total beverage alcohol imports (including bulk and packaged) declined -5% by value over the last twelve months and grew +1% by value over the last three months. 31% of all imported beverage alcohol by value came from Mexico over the last twelve months.

  • Total beverage alcohol exports (included bulk and packaged) declined -1% by value over the last twelve months and declined -13% 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 -4% by volume and declined -1% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, imports grew +10% by volume and grew +14% by value. 71% of imported beer by value comes from Mexico.
  • Exported beer declined -27% by volume and grew +4% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months, exports declined -33% by volume and declined -14% by value. 20% 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 stayed flat by volume and declined -9% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +11% and declined 0% by value.
  • Imported bulk spirits for the last twelve months grew +11% by volume and grew +2% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -4% and declined -7% by value.
  • 30% of all imported packaged spirits by value arrived from France while 43% of all imported bulk spirits by value arrived from Brazil.
  • Exported packaged spirits for the last twelve months declined -36% by volume and grew +5% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -17% and declined -20% by value.
  • Exported bulk spirits for the last twelve months grew +13% by volume and declined -4% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +38% and declined -16% by value.
  • 28% 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 +9% by volume and declined -7% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +17% and declined -8% by value.
  • Imported bulk wine for the last twelve months grew +14% by volume and grew +16% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +17% and grew +35% 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 -13% by volume and declined -6% by value. Over the last three months, volumes declined -10% and declined -5% by value.
  • Exported bulk wine for the last twelve months grew +11% by volume and grew +2% by value. Over the last three months, volumes grew +34% and grew +17% by value.
  • 39% of all exported packaged wine by value is destined for Canada while 58% of all exported bulk wine by value is destined for 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.