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Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

Beer, Wine & Liquor Stores in Canada

The Beer, Wine and Liquor Stores industry in Canada comprises specialty shops specifically licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. Industry operators remained in high spirits over the five years to 2019, as rising per capita disposable income and increasing consumer preference for premium alcohol supported revenue growth. Industry revenue growth has also been driven by an expanding consumer base. Many province- and territory-run alcoholic beverage retailers dominate the industry, benefiting from regulatory hurdles that have limited small, niche retailers from entering the market. Stringent alcohol labelling requirements and interprovincial alcohol distribution regulations have prevented many privately operated alcohol retailers from entering the market. Over the five years to 2024, industry revenue is forecast to increase, as disposable income is anticipated to increase.

This industry includes stores and agencies that are primarily licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. The industry excludes wholesalers and grocery, convenience and gas station stores.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2019)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Per capita disposable income
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2019)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2019)
    • Table Business Locations 2019
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major Players
    • Table Liquor Control Board of Ontario (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance*
    • Table BC Liquor Distribution Branch (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance*
    • Table Societe des alcools du Quebec (industry-relevant operations) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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