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Cider - UK - February 2012

“Consumer research shows that drinkers like one or two ciders but view it as too sweet to drink all night. However, there are a number of ways around this: promoting dry ciders alongside sweeter variants and smaller, more concentrated serves.”

– Jonny Forsyth, Senior Drinks Analyst

Some questions answered in the report include:

  • Can cider become the new lager?
  • How can cider increase its frequency of sales?
  • What is the biggest growth opportunity for cider in the next couple of years?
  • What are the major challenges to cider’s continued growth?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

      • Definitions
        • Abbreviations
        • Executive Summary

            • The market
              • Figure 1: Market size and forecast for the total UK cider market, by value, 2006-16
            • Market factors
              • Figure 2: Most popular occasions for drinking alcohol at home and out of home, May 2011
            • Companies, brands and innovation
              • Figure 3: Market shares of the top five selling cider brands within the off-trade, 2011
            • The consumer
              • Figure 4: Reasons cider drinkers consume cider over lager, December 2011
              • Figure 5: Factors which stop people drinking more cider, by gender, December 2011
            • What we think
            • Issues in the Market

                • Can cider become the new lager?
                  • How can cider increase its frequency of sales?
                    • What is the biggest growth opportunity for cider in the next couple of years?
                      • What are the major challenges to cider’s continued growth?
                      • Future Opportunities

                          • Collective Intelligence
                            • Minimize Me
                            • Internal Market Environment

                              • Key points
                                • Cider faces flavour innovation challenge from rivals
                                  • Figure 6: Selected examples of flavoured alcoholic innovation in the past 18 months
                                • Changing drinks landscape increases importance of targeting key occasions
                                  • Figure 7: Index of price rises for wine, spirits and cider – on-trade versus off-trade, 2000-11
                                  • Figure 8: Most popular occasions for drinking alcohol at home and out of home, May 2011
                                • Taxation gives cider a competitive edge
                                  • Figure 9: Changing UK excise duty rates for cider compared to beer, wine and spirits, 2003-11
                                • Strategies for cider: the demand for premiumisation versus value
                                  • Figure 10: Changing grocery spending habits, 2009 and 2011
                                • Evidence that cider transcends just being a summer beverage
                                  • Figure 11: Penetration of cider drinkers, Q1 2006-Q2 2011
                                • Local cider brands can do more to leverage their authenticity
                                • Broader Market Environment

                                  • Key points
                                    • Consumer spend is under increasing pressure
                                      • Figure 12: Change in average weekly earnings compared to inflation and consumer confidence, January 2007-October 2011
                                    • 2012 will be a challenging trading environment
                                      • Rise in ABC1s underpins the continued importance of premiumisation
                                        • Figure 13: Forecast adult population trends, by socio-economic group, 2006-16
                                      • Impact of an ageing population
                                        • Figure 14: Forecast adult population trends, by age, 2006-16
                                    • Competitive Context

                                      • Key points
                                        • A declining pool of users makes targeting even more integral
                                          • Figure 15: Proportion of UK population who drink alcohol, 2007-11
                                        • Cider now ranks as the third most drunk major alcohol type
                                          • Figure 16: Penetration of major alcohol types in order of popularity, 2007-11
                                        • Drinks increasingly catering for consumers’ sweet tooth
                                        • Strengths and Weaknesses in the Market

                                          • Strengths
                                            • Weaknesses
                                            • Who’s Innovating?

                                              • Key points
                                                • Introducing more extreme flavour and colour
                                                  • Adding spice to cider
                                                    • Experimentation with ABV
                                                      • Aluminium can be a stylish, modern twist on the ubiquitous glass bottle
                                                        • Developing features of cider’s taste profile
                                                          • Interesting examples of global cider innovation
                                                          • Market Size of Cider

                                                            • Key points
                                                              • Cider is one of the few alcohol success stories of the past six years
                                                                • Figure 17: Market size and forecast of volume and value sales in the total UK cider market, 2006-16
                                                              • There is still plenty of room for growth in the next six years
                                                                  • Figure 18: Market size and forecast for the total UK cider market, by value, 2006-16
                                                                • Forecast methodology
                                                                • Market Segmentation of Cider

                                                                  • Key points
                                                                    • Cider is rapidly increasing its share of the supermarket drinks aisles…
                                                                      • Figure 19: Volume and value sales of the UK off-trade cider market, 2006-16
                                                                      • Figure 20: Market size and forecast for the off-trade UK cider market, by value, 2006-16
                                                                    • …which brings dangers as well as opportunities
                                                                      • Cider is one of the few products holding its own in the troubled on-trade
                                                                        • Figure 21: Volume and value sales of the UK on-trade cider market, 2006-16
                                                                        • Figure 22: Market size and forecast for the on-trade UK cider market, by value, 2006-16
                                                                    • Market Share

                                                                      • Key points
                                                                        • Strongbow remains the off-trade power brand
                                                                          • Artois Cidre shakes up the market
                                                                            • Figure 23: Market share in value sales for the top ten cider brands in the off-trade, 2009-11
                                                                          • Kopparberg leads the way for premium-positioned ciders
                                                                          • Companies and Products

                                                                            • Key points
                                                                              • AB InBev
                                                                                • Aston Manor Brewery
                                                                                  • C&C Group
                                                                                    • Halewood International
                                                                                      • Heineken
                                                                                        • Kopparberg
                                                                                        • Brand Communication and Promotion

                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                            • Adspend slows down as Magners downgrades marketing investment
                                                                                              • Figure 24: Total above-the-line advertising spend in the UK cider market, 2006/07-2010/11*
                                                                                            • Less well-known brands pushed up spend in 2010/11
                                                                                              • Magners is still the biggest spender
                                                                                                • Figure 25: Topline spend in the UK cider market, by brand, 2008/09-2010/11*
                                                                                              • Strongbow increases adspend and steers clear of premium positioning
                                                                                              • Channels to Market

                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                  • Supermarkets are now comfortably the major volume driver for cider
                                                                                                    • Figure 26: Volume sales of cider, by on-trade and off-trade channels, 2008-10
                                                                                                  • The rise of online alcohol purchasing
                                                                                                  • Consumer Usage of Cider

                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                      • Cider penetration is now equal to lager…
                                                                                                          • Figure 27: Consumption of alcohol in the past six months, by drink type, December 2011
                                                                                                        • …but it is not efficient enough in converting penetration into revenue
                                                                                                          • Increasing awareness of dry ciders can position it as an ‘all night’ drink
                                                                                                            • Cider has the advantage of appealing to both genders
                                                                                                                • Figure 28: Proportion of cider drinkers in the past six months, by gender and age, December 2011
                                                                                                              • Cider attracts a younger audience than a decade ago…
                                                                                                                • …but more premium branding can capitalise further on this
                                                                                                                  • New sweeter fruit variants attract a particularly young consumer base
                                                                                                                    • Figure 29: Penetration of the three different types of cider in the past six months, by gender and age, December 2011
                                                                                                                  • Brands need to deliver multiple flavours
                                                                                                                    • Figure 30: Consumption of different types of cider in the past six months, December 2011
                                                                                                                    • Figure 31: Index of consumption of solus apple cider drinkers and consumers of all three cider types, by gender, age and socio-economic group, December 2011
                                                                                                                • Consumer – General Reasons Why People Drink Cider

                                                                                                                  • Key points
                                                                                                                    • Freshness is cider’s USP
                                                                                                                      • Figure 32: Reasons for drinking cider, December 2011
                                                                                                                    • Refreshment is an important all-year need…
                                                                                                                      • …and refreshment and freshness are key reasons for choosing cider over lager
                                                                                                                          • Figure 33: Reasons cider drinkers consume cider over lager, December 2011
                                                                                                                        • A younger generation with more desire for sweeter alcohol flavours
                                                                                                                          • Figure 34: Net difference in reasons for drinking cider – under-35s versus over-35s, December 2011
                                                                                                                          • Figure 35: Net difference in reasons why cider drinkers consume cider over lager – under-35s versus over-35s, December 2011
                                                                                                                        • Over-35 drinkers are attracted more by freshness than sweetness of flavour
                                                                                                                          • Cider is particularly drinkable for females
                                                                                                                            • Figure 36: Net difference in reasons for drinking cider – females versus males, December 2011
                                                                                                                        • Consumer – Barriers to Drinking Cider

                                                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                                                            • Taking the next step is about cider becoming more ‘top of mind’
                                                                                                                                • Figure 37: Factors which stop people drinking more cider, December 2011
                                                                                                                              • Calories and bloatedness are barriers to women drinking more cider…
                                                                                                                                  • Figure 38: Factors which stop people drinking more cider, by gender, December 2011
                                                                                                                                • …as well as the younger 18-34-year-old generation as a whole
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 39: Factors which stop people drinking more cider – 18-34-year-olds versus over-35s, December 2011
                                                                                                                                • Appendix – Internal Market Environment

                                                                                                                                    • Figure 40: RPI % change for spirits, cider and wine (data not available for separate categories) – on-trade versus off-trade, 2001-11
                                                                                                                                • Appendix – Market Size and Forecast

                                                                                                                                    • Figure 41: Market size and forecast for the total UK cider market, by volume, 2006-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 42: Best and worst case forecasts for the total UK cider market, by value, 2011-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 43: Best and worst case forecasts for the total UK cider market, by volume, 2011-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 44: Market size and forecast for the UK off-trade cider market, by volume, 2006-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 45: Best and worst case forecasts for the off-trade UK cider market, by value, 2011-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 46: Best and worst case forecasts for the off-trade UK cider market, by volume, 2011-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 47: Market size and forecast for the UK on-trade cider market, by volume, 2006-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 48: Best and worst case forecasts for the on-trade UK cider market, by value, 2006-16
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 49: Best and worst case forecasts for the on-trade UK cider market, by volume, 2006-16
                                                                                                                                • Appendix – Brand Communication and Promotion

                                                                                                                                    • Figure 50: Advertising expenditure in the UK ciders market, by advertiser, 2008/09-2010/11
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 51: Advertising expenditure in the UK ciders market, by brand and advertiser, 2008/09-2010/11
                                                                                                                                • Appendix – Consumer Usage for Cider

                                                                                                                                    • Figure 52: Consumption of alcohol in the past six months, by types of cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 53: Most popular types of alcoholic drinks consumed in the past six months, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 54: Next most popular types of alcoholic drinks consumedin the past six months, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 55: Other types of alcoholic drinks consumed in the past six months, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 56: Most popular types of alcoholic drinks consumed in the past six months, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 57: Next most popular types of alcoholic drinks consumed in the past six months, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 58: Other types of alcoholic drinks consumed in the past six months, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                • Appendix – Consumer – General Reasons Why People Drink Cider

                                                                                                                                    • Figure 59: Reasons for drinking cider over lager, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 60: Reasons people drink cider over lager, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 61: Reasons people drink cider over lager, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 62: Most popular reasons people drink cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 63: Next most popular reasons people drink cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 64: Most popular reasons people drink cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 65: Next most popular reasons people drink cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 66: Other reasons people drink cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                • Appendix – Consumer – Barriers to Drinking Cider

                                                                                                                                    • Figure 67: Most popular factors which stop people drinking more cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 68: Next most popular factors which stop people drinking more cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 69: Factors which stop people drinking more cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 70: Most popular factors which stop people drinking more cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 71: Next most popular factors which stop people drinking more cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 72: Factors which stop people drinking more cider, by demographics, December 2011
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 73: Typical calorie content, by alcohol type, December 2011

                                                                                                                                Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                • Anheuser Busch-InBev
                                                                                                                                • Aston Manor Brewery Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                • C&C Group plc
                                                                                                                                • Carlsberg UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                • Duchy Originals
                                                                                                                                • Halewood International Ltd
                                                                                                                                • Heineken N.V.
                                                                                                                                • Interbrew UK

                                                                                                                                Cider - UK - February 2012

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