What is the Alcoholic Drinks/Liquor Market?
The alcoholic drinks/liquor market in this research indicates the market of the following ten categories of alcoholic drinks and liquors: Beers (including ordinary beer, low-malt beer-like beverages called “happoshu”, and third-category beer), Sake, high-class Shochu (distilled spirit), second-class Shochu, whiskeys, wines, low-alcoholic drinks, and other types of alcoholic drinks.
What is Low-Alcoholic Drinks?
Low-alcoholic drinks in this research indicate those brewed or distilled drinks and liquors diluted by fruit juices, teas, water, or sodas into less than 10% of alcoholics. They include Chuhai, whisky and soda, shochu-based beverages, Sour, and various Cocktails.
The entire alcoholic drinks/liquor market size was 3,593.7 billion yen in FY2015, 99.7% of that of previous fiscal year, and is projected to attain 3,573.8 billion yen for FY2016, 99.4% of the preceding fiscal year. The market as a whole has shrunk, but some categories within the market, such as whiskies and low-alcoholic drinks, have been shipped favorably.
Changes in the tax rates for beer and the substitutes have encouraged the beer makers to enhance beer. Each of the beer makers concentrates the investments on core brands, from which the makers sell the derived products, thereby trying to enhance the brand power of the entire core brands.
While the alcoholic drinks/liquor market as a whole suffers from stagnant sales, the categories of whiskies and low-alcoholic drinks have driven the entire market. Whiskies and low-alcoholic drinks are expected to prosper further, because they have been accepted from a wide range of age groups and have acquired customer demand as such alcoholic beverages to enjoy during meals.