Beer, Wine & Distilled Spirits Wholesalers Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 5/13/2024
SIC Codes: 5181, 5182
NAICS Codes: 4248
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Companies in this industry distribute beer, ale, wine, and distilled spirits on a wholesale basis. Major companies include Breakthru Beverage Group, Johnson Brothers, Reyes Holdings, RNDC, and Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits (all based in the US); as well as Brindco (India), C&C Group (Ireland), Eastern Empire Distributing Co (China), Endeavour Group (Australia), and Nihon Shurui Hanbai (Japan).

Demand for beer, wine, and spirits is increasing in emerging economies worldwide and creating opportunity for alcohol wholesalers. China and the US led the global beer production. The global wine market was led by Italy, Spain, and France regarding the total amount produced, according to Statistay.

The US beer, wine, and spirits distribution industry includes about 4,500 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $160 billion.


Beer, wine, and spirits wholesalers are adapting to regulatory changes in several US states that have made it easier for beverage manufacturers to sell directly to retailers and individual consumers. Online sales and direct shipping are now permitted in some areas, and on-demand alcohol delivery services have further blurred the lines of the three-tier system that props up the industry. To compete effectively, distributors must avoid being bypassed by their suppliers while also updating their product mixes to align with evolving consumer tastes.

International competition is limited because most wholesalers operate regionally, and large beverage manufacturers often manage their own ...

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