Ireland Beer and Cider Market Insights to 2026 – Market Overview, Category and Segment Analysis, Company Market Share, Distribution, Packaging and Consumer Insights

Pages: 92 Published: September 30, 2021 Report Code: GDBCMIIE21

The beer market in Ireland was valued at 2,441.9 LCU million in 2020 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 3% during the period 2021-2026. The Irish cider market was valued at 370.5 LCU million in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of over 2% during the forecast period. The beer and cider market in the country declined in 2020 due to the COVID-19 impact. Beer is set to outperform cider in terms of volume growth during the forecast period.

Beer represented the largest category share in 2020 in the Irish beer and cider market. Lager accounted for the largest share of beer volume sales in 2020, followed by Stout. Per capita consumption of beer is very high in Ireland as the drink is generally considered a part of the country’s culture.

Overview of beer market in Ireland

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What is the beer and cider market dynamics in Ireland?

The enforcement of lockdown restrictions in 2020 had a hugely negative impact on the on-premise consumption of beer cider, particularly in bars. Consumers deliberately avoided visiting pubs and bars as a safety measure. The sale of Irish beer is heavily reliant on on-premise channels. Bars across the country either remained closed or were allowed to operate with reduced capacity and COVID-19 safety protocols in place, impacting the volume sales. 

The health wellness trend has been firmly gaining ground in Ireland. As a result, an increasing number of consumers are opting for no and low alcohol beers. This change in consumption behavior was triggered by the growing healthy living trend in Ireland which was further accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This had resulted in a decline in the strong and regular strength alcohol segment. Subsequently, demand for no alcohol strength beers gained pace in Ireland in 2020. The trend is expected to continue to grow among other age groups as well as millennials.

Growing digital lifestyles helped e-commerce to develop rapidly, especially in 2020. To protect themselves from becoming infected, Irish consumers cut down on their visits to physical stores and preferred the e-commerce route for the purchase of beer and cider in 2020. Manufacturers are actively cooperating with online platforms and increasing their digital footprint to expand their business in this ‘new normal’. 

What are the category classifications in Ireland’s beer and cider market?

In 2020, beer represented the highest category share in Ireland’s beer and cider market. Beer sales fell as a result of the closure of bars and pubs due to lockdown restrictions. The closure of bars and the decline in tourist numbers had a negative impact on cider sales in 2020. Furthermore, low and no alcohol beer and ciders will prove to be key enablers of growth in the coming years. Health-conscious consumers may also lean towards hard seltzers, which typically contain considerably fewer calories. 

Beer market in Ireland

Based on beer type, the market is segmented into lager, flavored beer, ale, wheat beer, stout, and other top fermented beer. Lager remained the most consumed beer type in the Irish market in 2020, accounting highest volume share. The wheat beer type posted the highest CAGR during 2015-2020, followed by flavored beer. In 2020, zero alcohol variants gained significant traction. As a result, producers invested more in the marketing and manufacture of such products. Craft beers had been increasing in popularity in recent years which can be attributed to these beverages’ ‘local’ appeal, which is associated with high quality. These products are also deemed to offer flavors specifically designed for local consumers and their lifestyles.

Cider market in Ireland

By cider type, the market segmentation includes flavored cider, apple cider, and pear cider. Cider volumes posted an annual decline in 2020 as consumers in Ireland continued to reduce their consumption of alcohol for health reasons. Apple cider was the biggest segment in the cider market and recorded the most severe decline of any cider category in terms of volume increment. In 2020, apple was the dominant cider flavor in both volume and value terms.

Beer and cider market in Ireland, by category

 

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What are the distribution channel classifications in the Irish beer and cider market?

Based on the distribution channel, the market is segmented into on-premise and off-premise distribution channels. On-premise sales fell significantly due to the enforcement of lockdown restrictions leading to the closure of pubs and bars for a substantial part of 2020. Despite staying at home more, Irish consumers made frequent purchases in off-premise channels in 2020. These purchases included essential items but also many non-essential items, with some consumers seeking to recreate the feeling of drinking out in their own home while bars remained closed.

Beer and cider market in Ireland, by distribution channel

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Who are the major players in Ireland’s beer and cider market?

In 2020, Diageo Ireland accounted for a majority of the share in Ireland’s beer and cider market followed by Heineken Ireland, C&C Ireland, Molson Coors Ireland, and C&C Gleeson. Under the beer category, the top three brands – Guinness, Heineken, and Coors – constituted majority share (both by value and volume) in 2020. Besides, under the cider category, Bulmers brand held the largest share in the market during the same period. 

Beer and cider market in Ireland, by key players

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Scope

Market size (Year – 2020) – By Value – Beer Market2,441.9 LCU million
Growth rate – By Value – Beer MarketCAGR of >3% from 2021 to 2026
Market size (Year – 2020) – By Value – Cider Market370.5 LCU million
Growth rate – By Value – Cider MarketCAGR of >2% from 2021 to 2026
Base year for estimation2020
Segmentation by CategoryBeer and Cider
Segmentation by Distribution ChannelOn-premise and Off-premise
Key playersDiageo Ireland, Heineken Ireland, C&C Ireland, Molson Coors Ireland, C&C Gleeson, Comans Wholesome Ltd, Richmond Marketing

Covering total market (on and off-premise) the report details –

  • 2016-2020 actual detailed beer consumption volume data by segment, brand, brewer, packaging and distribution (on and off-premise), with 2021 forecasts.
  • Value by distribution channel 2016-2020, with 2021 forecasts.
  • Overview of the competitive landscape in the beer and cider market, with analysis of key company performance.
  • Insightful and valuable analysis of the drivers behind both current and emerging trends in the beer and cider market.

 

 

 

 

Key Highlights

  • What is Ireland’s beer market size in 2020?

    • The beer market in Ireland was valued at 2,441.9 LCU million in 2020.

  • What is Ireland’s beer market growth rate?

    • The beer market in Ireland is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 3% during the period 2021-2026.

  • What is Ireland’s cider market size in 2020?

    • The cider market in Ireland was valued at 370.5 LCU million in 2020.

  • What is Ireland’s cider market growth rate?

    • The cider market in Ireland is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 2% during the forecast period.

  • What are the key categories in Ireland’s beer and cider market?

    • Key categories in Ireland’s beer market include lager, flavored beer, ale, wheat beer, stout, and other top fermented beer. The cider market comprises flavored cider, apple cider, and pear cider.

  • Who are the key players in Ireland’s beer and cider market?

    • In 2020, Diageo Ireland accounted for a majority of the share in Ireland’s beer and cider market followed by Heineken Ireland, C&C Ireland, Molson Coors Ireland, and C&C Gleeson.

  • What are the major brands in Ireland’s beer and cider market?

    • Guinness is the leading beer brand in Ireland while Bulmer is the leading cider brand.

  • What type of packaging materials are used in beer and cider market in Ireland?

    • Metal was the most commonly used pack material in the beer and cider market in Ireland in 2020, followed by glass and PET            .

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Key Players

Diageo Ireland
Heineken Ireland
C&C (Ireland)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Executive Summary

COVID 19 Beer & Cider Recovery

Industry Snapshot Forecast

Industry Snapshot Share & Per Capita Consumption

Beer & Cider Volume and Value Growth Projections

Enablers and Inhibitors of Beer & Cider Growth

Category and Segment Insight

Beer & Cider Winners and Losers

Beer Category Overview

Beer Beer Type Evolution

Flavor Segment Dynamics Beer

Craft Beer Segment Dynamics

Cider Category Overview

Cider Cider Type Evolution

Flavor Segment Dynamics Cider

Craft Cider Segment Dynamics

Brand vs. Private Label Dynamics

Price Segmentation

Alcoholic Strength Segment Dynamics

Beer Emerging Trends & Opportunities

Cider Emerging Trends & Opportunities

Company and Brand Insight

Leading Company Volume and Value Performance

Leading Company Profiles

Tier 2 Companies Key Callouts

Beer Brand and Private Label Trends

Cider Brand and Private Label Trends

Brand Spotlight How to Win

Job Analytics Themes Evolution and Total Jobs

Distribution Insight

On vs. Off Premise Evolution in Beer & Cider

On Premise Snapshot

Off Premise Snapshot

Sub Channel Evolution in Beer & Cider

Off Premise Channels Key Winner & Loser

Packaging Insight

Packaging Material Snapshot

Packaging Type Snapshot

Influences on Packaging

Consumer Insight

Key Consumer Trends

Trend Analysis

Strategic Issues Summary Map

Actionable Insights

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