Study: Why No Or Low Alcohol Beers Are Fast Becoming Drinking’s “New Cool”

A waitress carries beer mugs in the Hofbraeuhaus tent after the opening of the famous Bavarian
SHARE
THIS



New research from global market intelligence agency Mintel reveals that over a quarter of consumers in France (28 per cent) and Germany (27 per cent ) agree that low (under 3.5 per cent) or no alcohol beer tastes just as good as full-strength beer.

And while younger consumers may have been the most enthusiastic drinkers in previous generations, this group are among the most likely to see the merits of low or no alcohol beer. As many as 37 per cent of French consumers aged 18-24 and 31 per cent of German consumers of the same age agree that low or no alcohol beer tastes just as good as ‘regular’ beer (4-6 per cent ABV).

While many consumers seem to enjoy the taste of the drink, the stigma of drinking non-alcoholic beer may also be disappearing. Mintel research highlights that just one in 10 (nine per cent) of German consumers say they would be embarrassed to be seen drinking low or no alcohol beer, followed by 14 per cent of consumers in France.

Jonny Forsyth, global drinks analyst at Mintel, said: “As health and wellness trends influence alcohol consumption more and more, consumers are being drawn towards moderate beer options and the stigma of drinking low or no alcohol beer is being challenged. Looking to the future, the global beer market will see even more moderate innovation as Millennials in particular seek healthier and less calorific beer options.

“This goes hand in hand with a number of brands working to raise the quality of the product, especially non-alcoholic beers. Germany in particular is now making high quality non-alcoholic beers and, as a result, non-alcoholic beer has now become a mainstream option. German beer drinkers may not have a history of moderation, but this is changing.”

What’s more, this Oktoberfest it seems many will be opting for a low or no alcohol beer in order to forgo the hangover. Among German consumers, over half (53 per cent) agree there is “less chance of getting a hangover if you drink low or no alcohol beer, rather than full strength (4-6 per cent ABV)”. This rises to six in 10 French (61 per cent) consumers.

But it’s not just the hangover that consumers are keen to steer clear of; over half of consumers in France (56 per cent) agree that low or no alcohol beer allows you to stay in control when drinking.

“Control has become a key watchword for today’s younger drinkers. Unlike previous cohorts, they have their nights out documented visually on social media where it is likely to remain for the rest of their lives. Over-drinking is therefore something many seek to avoid,” Forsyth said.

Consumption of non-alcoholic beer is growing fast, with as many as 33 per cent of Spanish, 23 per cent of German and nine per cent of French consumers drinking this variety.

However, while European interest is high, China is the most prolific global innovator of low or no alcohol beer  product launches, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD). Over one in four (29 per cent) beers launched in China in 2016 contained low or no alcohol beer (below 3.5 per cent ABV), compared with around one in 10 beers launched in Spain (12 per cent), Germany (11 per cent) and Poland nine). Falling behind in terms of launch activity, just six per cent of launches in France in 2016 were low or no alcohol beer, compared to a global average of eight per cent.

“The amount of global low or no alcohol beer innovation remains very limited, despite plenty of activity in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa. While China leads in low and no alcohol beer innovation, Mintel research indicates that Chinese consumers, in general, prefer less strong beer in terms of ABV, compared to the global market,” Forsyth said.

Furthermore, when it comes to future product innovation it seems the majority of consumers have full faith in tried and trusted brands to produce a tasty low or no alcohol beer. According to Mintel research, over half of German consumers (56%) say they would trust their favourite brand to produce a good tasting low or no alcohol version, with half of consumers in Spain (50%) agreeing with this statement.

“Our European consumer research confirms the importance of brand trust in helping consumers to overcome the significant taste barrier. The success of non-alcoholic beer innovation in Germany offers other lessons for what can work elsewhere. German non-alcoholic beer producers have vastly improved production techniques, resulting in the fact that over half of German non-alcoholic beer drinkers think that non-alcoholic beer tastes as good as a standard alcoholic beer,” Forsyth added.

Finally, Mintel research highlights that the Middle East and Africa may be a hotbed for low or no alcohol beer product launch activity in the coming years. According to Mintel GNPD, almost a third (30 per cent) of beer launches in the Middle East and Africa contained low or no alcohol in 2016, up from 22 per cent in 2015.

“There is a strong case for further non-alcoholic beer growth potential in the Middle Eastern and Asian markets, especially those with a big Muslim population, such as Indonesia.,” Forsyth concluded.

Please login with linkedin to comment

Latest News

NSW Government Changes Up Its Media Planning & Buying With New Agency Roster
  • Advertising
  • Media

NSW Government Changes Up Its Media Planning & Buying With New Agency Roster

The NSW government is taking a fresh approach to its media planning and buying, creating a roster of agencies to handle each of its departments. Originally, the set-up was the one master media contract (held by UM), which a number of agencies would work on (those being Zenith, Blue 449, OMD and MediaCom). However, an […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
How To design An Engaging Presentation, Like A Designer!
  • Opinion

How To design An Engaging Presentation, Like A Designer!

In this guest post, founder and CEO of Presentation Studio Emma Bannister (pictured below), gives you the tips to take any presentation from snore-fest to certain sale… Putting together an engaging and compelling presentation is as simple as that statement says. When you combine clear and compelling content with beautiful visual designs then people will […]

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Revealed: The Most In-Demand IT Jobs
  • Technology

Revealed: The Most In-Demand IT Jobs

IT jobs routinely rank near the very top of US job site CareerCast.com’s annual Jobs Rated report (read it here), and in its new report, CareerCast ranks the Best Jobs in IT of 2017, with information security analyst, software engineer and computer Systems Analyst topping the list. Great opportunities in IT exist across a variety of […]

Challenger Agency VCCP Wins Creative Account For Torrens University Australia
  • Advertising

Challenger Agency VCCP Wins Creative Account For Torrens University Australia

After a competitive pitching process involving five agencies, Torrens University Australia has appointed challenger agency VCCP as its new brand strategy partner and creative agency for 2018. Acclaimed for its work on dynamic brands including ING and Compare the Market in the financial services sector, Laureate Australia CMO Anne Da Cunha said VCCP’s reputation as […]

GumGum Appoints Ansible’s Sarah Baskerville As Victorian Sales Director
  • Advertising
  • Technology

GumGum Appoints Ansible’s Sarah Baskerville As Victorian Sales Director

AI advertising company GumGum has announced the appointment of Sarah Baskerville as its sales director for Victoria. Baskerville joins GumGum from Ansible, where she spent two years as its Melbourne mobile director. Prior to joining Ansible, she was head of specialist sales and partnerships at News Corp Australia, and also held a number of sales […]

The Diamond Concierge Gives Away $85K Ring In Campaign By McCann Queensland
  • Advertising
  • Campaigns

The Diamond Concierge Gives Away $85K Ring In Campaign By McCann Queensland

McCann Queensland’s second instalment of ‘The 5th C’ campaign launched over the weekend for online diamond retailer The Diamond Concierge, which received over 47million views around the world in the first 48 hours of it being released. In this second phase of the campaign, The Diamond Concierge gave away an $85,000 diamond ring, with Gold […]

Sparro Recruits Key Account Director Following Client Wins
  • Marketing

Sparro Recruits Key Account Director Following Client Wins

Digital marketing agency Sparro has announced the appointment of Hannah Jones (pictured above) as a key account director following a spate of client wins. Jones joins Sparro’s senior team alongside founders Cameron and Morris Bryant, overseeing a portfolio of accounts that includes Webjet, Domino’s Pizza, TAFE NSW, Temple & Webster, F45 Training and Bing Lee. […]

Women’s Health’s Jacqui Mooney On Driving A Women’s Brand In An Evolving Industry
  • Media

Women’s Health’s Jacqui Mooney On Driving A Women’s Brand In An Evolving Industry

In an industry facing change, Jacqui Mooney, editor of Women’s Health believes brands such as hers will continue to be a constant. Please note: this article was contributed by Magazine Networks. The magazine industry may be seeing substantial change but Jacqui Mooney has a goal that remains firm: to create happier, healthier lives for Australian women. […]

Why Consumer Brands Are Failing Aussie Mums
  • Marketing
  • Opinion

Why Consumer Brands Are Failing Aussie Mums

Is your game chainsaws or large marlin wall-hangings? Can't seem to attract the mums? This couldn't come soon enough.

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Network Ten Creditors Approve CBS Deal
  • Media

Network Ten Creditors Approve CBS Deal

It seems the fight for Ten between CBS and media moguls Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon may finally be over.

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
MKTG Signs Exclusive Commercial Partnership With PlayersVoice
  • Marketing
  • Media

MKTG Signs Exclusive Commercial Partnership With PlayersVoice

MKTG has announced it has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with newly-launched sports storytelling site PlayersVoice.com.au – an agreement that will see the agency move into a new territory of sports marketing. The partnership between MKTG and PlayersVoice will see the business managing brand partnership opportunities for the new platform; working with clients to deliver […]

Domo Introduces New Data Security Software Solution
  • Marketing
  • Technology

Domo Introduces New Data Security Software Solution

Domo has announced it has introduced new cloud security technology for its Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) software, which includes unique capabilities like rolling generation of data encryption keys and a built-in kill switch. Domo BYOK is the first BYOK enterprise software solution for cloud analytics and business intelligence, and builds on the company’s existing security, compliance and […]

Shopper Media Group Grows Sydney & Melbourne Sales Teams
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Media

Shopper Media Group Grows Sydney & Melbourne Sales Teams

Shopper Media Group (SMG) has continued to grow its Sydney and Melbourne sales teams to keep up with the demand for Smartlite Panels for shopping centres. Ashley Munro joins SMG as group sales manager for Sydney, having previously worked in a similar role at NOVA Entertainment. Laura Mason has been appointed as SMG’s business manager […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
  • Advertising
  • Media

Olympics, Census Prove Tough Hurdles For Media Agencies: SMI

Australia’s media agency market has experienced another tough month in August, according to the latest data by Standard Media Index (SMI). SMI noted the softer demand this time around was primarily due to the Rio Olympics and Census providing abnormal bookings last year, resulting in demand for August 2017 so far being back 12.1 per […]

The Monkeys Takes Over From M&C Saatchi On NRMA’s Creative Account
  • Advertising

The Monkeys Takes Over From M&C Saatchi On NRMA’s Creative Account

Accenture-owned agency The Monkeys has bolstered its client ranks, having been chosen to handle the creative for the NRMA. The Monkeys CEO Paul Green confirmed to B&T that the agency had been appointed to the NRMA account by parent company IAG, which also includes brands CGU and Swann Insurance. M&C Saatchi was the incumbent creative […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Engine Group Encourages Queenslanders To ‘Go Local’ In New TVC For State Govt
  • Advertising
  • Campaigns

Engine Group Encourages Queenslanders To ‘Go Local’ In New TVC For State Govt

Brisbane creative agency Engine Group has launched an integrated campaign for the Queensland government promoting the benefits of buying locally and supporting local small businesses. The ‘Go Local, Grow Local’ social marketing campaign celebrates small businesses across Queensland and highlights that small businesses are the lifeblood to growth in local communities. Central to the new […]

Sam Weir, Editor - The Advertiser & AdelaideNow 
 Editorial 
 
 Picture: Turner Matt
  • Media

News Corp Appoints New Editor For The Courier-Mail

News Corp Australia has announced the appointment of Sam Weir (pictured above) as editor of Queensland’s The Courier-Mail. Weir is one of Australia’s most accomplished editors, having edited the Perth Sunday Times and for the last four-and-a-half years, The Advertiser in Adelaide. News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said: “I am delighted Sam has […]

Is This The Creepiest Ice-Cream Ad Ever?
  • Campaigns

Is This The Creepiest Ice-Cream Ad Ever?

Look, a terrifying ice-cream ad! And by "terrifying" we really mean Tony Abbott in his sluggos kind of "terrifying".

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Creatives, Step Up To The CX Plate!
  • Marketing
  • Opinion

Creatives, Step Up To The CX Plate!

Aussie creatives urged to step up to the CX plate! That's the Adobe boss saying it; like B&T would never say try harder.

Opinion

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine