The alcoholic beverage industry has witnessed a dramatic transition in terms of sales over the past few years. American whiskey is one of the most preferred type of beverage among the consumers. American whiskey is a form of distilled beverage predominantly manufactured in the U.S. from fermented mash of cereal grain. All types of American whiskey are made from mashes with approximately 51% of their named grains.
Rapid urbanization is one of the key factors pushing the demand for American whiskey, especially in the developing countries such as India. Purchasing power coupled with transition in the lifestyle of the consumers, especially the young population has shown a positive impact on the growth of this market. The young population is more incline towards the consumption of expensive alcoholic beverages, whiskey being the preferred choice among the other types of beverages. Statistics show that India is the largest consumer of whiskey, consuming 1.5 Bn Liters during the period of 2014-2015, overtaking the U.S., which stood at 462 Mn Liters during the same period. American whiskey has posed as upcoming preferred choice among the consumers, due to their increasing purchasing power.
Social acceptance of alcohol among the consumers is another major factor pushing the demand for this market. Alcoholic beverages have been accepted among the mass as a social drink, therefore allowing more consumers to shift their inclination towards such beverages as social drink over their non alcoholic counterpart.
However, this market faces stiff challenge from the consumers who refrain themselves for consuming alcohol. Health conscious consumers are a restraint to the growth of this market. The impact of this restraint is expected to be medium throughout the forecast period. Further, internal threats are another major restraint for the American whiskey market. Consumer preference for other types of alcoholic beverages is widespread. The consumption of vodka and rum among others is almost at par with whiskey in some countries. Therefore the impact of this restraint is expected to remain medium throughout the forecast period.
Strengthening economic condition of the underdeveloped and developing countries along with expansion by the manufacturers operating in this industry is expected to pose as a suitable opportunity for the growth of this market in the future.
Based on types, the market has been classified into rye whiskey, rye malt whiskey, bourbon whiskey, and malt whiskey among others. Further, based on distribution channel, the market is segmented into wholesale and retail. The retail segment is further classified into liquor stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets, convenience stores and online channels. Among the retail channels, liquor stores accounted for the major market share in 2016 and are expected to lead the market throughout the forecast period.
Based on geography, the market is classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. Although American whiskey originated from the U.S., the consumption of the same has shown to be high in India. However, countries such as France, Japan, U.K., Spain and Germany among others are showing signs of increased consumption of whiskey and are expected to be major markets for the same by the end of the forecast period.
India is a major market for American whiskey, due to the rising purchasing power of the consumers coupled with rapid urbanization. Further, the young population in India is a major factor driving the demand for American whiskey.
Some of the key players operating in this market include Brown Forman Corporation, Diageo Plc, Beam Suntory, Gruppo Campari and various others. Research and development, product innovation, geographical expansion and joint ventures and partnerships are some of the key strategies adopted by these companies in order to maintain stronghold in this market.
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