Distilleries in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Although cheaper imports have been holding the industry back from growth, an influx of niche distillers have been entering the market to capitalize on high profit margins. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Distilleries industry to its growing industry report collection.

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The strengthening dollar has given rise to import competition, subduing revenue in turn

The strengthening loonie has made imported spirits relatively cheaper for Canadians, which has led to a decrease in revenue for the domestic Distilleries industry. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Agata Kaczanowska, “Canadians are increasingly opting for imported liquors, eroding demand for domestic distilleries.” Over the past five years, IBISWorld anticipates the value of the dollar to increase at a 1.2% annualized rate relative to the currencies of the country's major trading partners. Adding to industry woes, per capita alcohol consumption is on track to deflate about 0.8% per year on average over the same period. Thus, revenue is expected to fall at a 1.0% annualized five-year rate, including a 0.5% decline in 2013 to total an estimated $943.0 million.

Despite a contracting market for domestic brews, the Distilleries industry has seen an influx of new businesses. Establish distillers like Diageo and Corby continues to dominate the market, but craft distillers have carved a niche in the market in recent years. “Although new entrants and imports are fuelling competition, the industry remains attractive because successful companies are highly profitable,” says Kaczanowska. According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, despite the fact that almost half of distilleries generating revenue of $30,000 to $5,000,000 annually were unprofitable in 2010, the average industry profit margin remained high. This indicates that profit varies significantly between distilleries. Despite a brief dip in profit that year as the recession forced operators to offer discounted prices, IBISWorld estimates that profit in 2018 will be consistent with its 2008 level.

During the next five years, the industry is anticipated to benefit from an increase in spirits consumption. However, due to the strengthening of the Canadian dollar, much of this rise in demand will likely be captured by importers that are vying for a larger share of the market. Imports are forecast to keep on rising, satisfying an even larger share of domestic demand in 2018 than they currently do. Consequently, revenue for this domestic industry is projected to slowly decline over the next five years. Rising input prices will also challenge the industry. For example, the price of wheat is projected to rise steadily, pressuring industry profitability. Such pressures are expected to discourage domestic entrepreneurs from entering the industry; IBISWorld expects enterprise growth to slow over the period. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Distilleries in Canada industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

This industry primarily distills liquor to produce beverage spirits (except brandy), alcoholic eggnog, alcoholic mixed drinks, whiskey or potable ethyl alcohol. Beer and wine production are not included in this industry.

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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Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US and Canadian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.ca or call 1-800-330-3772.

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