Vodka Distilleries in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Despite a marginal decline during the recession, when demand from nightlife establishments fell as consumers switched to at-home and value products, revenue for vodka distilleries has remained strong over the past five years. Distilleries have begun to introduce novel products for consumers, and demand from bars and nightclubs is on the rebound. As a result, revenue and profit are set to expand and internal competition will likely increase as more firms enter the industry. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Vodka Distilleries industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Rebounding demand and novel products are supporting strong revenue growth

The Vodka Distilleries industry is growing, despite the drop in consumer confidence and spending during the recession. Driven by rising demand from downstream industries and the growth in niche products, industry revenue has climbed at an average annual rate of 3.7% over the five years to 2012, says IBISWorld industry analyst Nikoleta Panteva. Still, the recession did not leave vodka distillers completely unaffected. As per capita disposable income fell in 2009 and consumers were forced to tighten their budgets, their drinking habits changed too. Instead of frequenting nightclubs and bars, patrons turned to at-home cocktails bought at grocery and liquor stores. Moreover, consumers traded down from premium and ultra-premium spirits to value vodka. As a result, industry revenue dropped 0.2% in 2009, while profit (i.e. earnings before interest and tax) declined. Fortunately for its operators, the industry has performed strongly since 2010. Demand from wholesalers and nightlife establishments has rebound strongly as consumers have begun to loosen their purse strings. Moreover, distilleries have increasingly offered novel products – including flavored, low-calorie and craft vodka – to their consumers, helping to support industry revenue growth. In fact, IBISWorld expects a strong 7.3% revenue gain in 2012 alone, to total $2.1 billion.

The Vodka Distilleries industry has a low level of concentration in the United States. The top firm in 2012 is Campari America, which produces Skyy vodka. Although major players typically operate on a global level and have a wide range of products, only certain brands of vodka are distilled in the United States, says Panteva. For example, global powerhouse Diageo features vodka brands such as Smirnoff, Ciroc, Ketel One, Popov and Gordon's Vodka in its product mix. Out of these, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One are the top-selling brands throughout the United States; however, only Smirnoff, Popov and Gordon's Vodka (bottom-shelf brands) are distilled in the United States. In addition, most distilleries operate in smaller regional or niche markets where nonemployer firms are common.

The next five years promise to be even better for vodka distilleries. With per capita disposable income steadily growing, consumers will again turn to premium and ultra-premium alcohol. Additionally, nightclubs and bars will again become a significant source of demand. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to grow over the five years to 2017. Profit is also anticipated to grow through 2017. These trends will continue to open the door to new entrants. Over the next five years, the number of distilleries (many of which will be small, offering craft vodkas) is expected to grow, which is likely to bump up internal industry competition. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Vodka Distilleries in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry primarily manufactures vodka and includes traditional (i.e. not flavored), flavored, craft and low-calorie varieties.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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