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  • Writer's pictureVik F.

2023's Unprecedented Spirits Market Change and Growth

2023 was a remarkable period of bold explorations and significant growth for our industry. As we embark on 2024, it's essential to look back at the last year's trends to understand what lies ahead. So, let's dive into a recap of 2023, examining the performance of various spirits categories and forecasting what 2024 might bring.

The standout story of 2023 was the phenomenal growth of the spirits market, reaching nearly 300 million cases, a growth of 4.2%. This surge was largely driven by the skyrocketing popularity of Ready-To-Drink (RTD) beverages. Convenient and cocktail-inspired, RTDs have won over casual drinkers and significantly contributed to the industry's expansion, which saw an average annual growth of 5.3% over the last five years, adding almost 70 million cases.

In a David vs Goliath scenario, smaller brands notably outshone the big names, recording a 4.7% growth and outpacing the top 25 spirits brands, which grew by 3.6%. This indicates a shift in the market towards diversity and unique offerings. Leading this charge were brands like High Noon and Tito's. High Noon, in particular, spearheaded the RTD category's growth, which leaped from under 10 million cases in 2019 to almost 60 million in 2023. Meanwhile, Tito’s continued to dominate in retail dollar terms, nearing a U.S. value of about $2.5 billion.

An intriguing development in 2023 was the decline in the vodka category, which experienced a 2% drop to 77 million cases, suggesting a change in consumer preferences, possibly influenced by the growing RTD segment.

As we advance into 2024, these trends present both exciting opportunities and challenges for the spirits community. It's an invitation to embrace innovation, stay attuned to changing consumer tastes, and perhaps explore new horizons. From the ease of RTDs to the timeless charm of classic spirits, the market continues to offer diverse choices for every palate.

Here's to a spirited 2024, a year we anticipate will be rich with discovery and enjoyment. We're excited to explore new flavors and celebrate tried-and-true favorites. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest updates and insights from the ever-evolving world of spirits.


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