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Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling in Canada - Industry Market Research Report

Beer, Wine & Spirits Wholesaling in Canada

The Beer, Wine and Spirits Wholesaling industry in Canada has grown over the past five years in line with increasing incomes and renewed demand for a variety of alcoholic beverages. The industry is beholden to provincial and territorial alcohol regulations, which include 13 different major liquor control agencies in charge of enforcing the wholesale of alcohol. With increased consumer spending, not only has per capita expenditure on alcohol increased, but consumers have also turned to premium, higher-margin goods, which have benefited industry revenue streams. Additionally, distributors in the industry took greater advantage of a variety of efficiency-maximizing technologies over the past five years to increase the speed of alcohol procurement, shipping and stocking. Over the next five years, provincial governments will continue generating significant tax revenue through distributor licencing and liquor retailing. Minor reductions in wholesaling regulation will also greatly benefit small-scale wineries and breweries.

This industry primarily purchases, stores and transports alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, distilled spirits, cider, ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages, coolers, ethyl alcohol and other alcoholic beverages. This industry does not include revenue generated from the wholesale of nonalcoholic beverages.

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 (2018)
    • 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 (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • 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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