Soju manufacturers launched lower ABV soju variants in 2018 to attract health-conscious consumers. Category-leader Hite Jinro lowered its best-selling soju Chamisul’s ABV from 17.8% to 17.2%. Lotte Chilsung also followed by lowering the ABV of Choeumchoro from 17.5% to 17%. Both companies reformulated their existing best-sellers rather than develop a new brand to introduce a lower alcohol soju. As a result, soju becomes a lighter spirit. The main obstacle to lowering the ABV used to be consumers…


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Low Alcohol Trend Continues To Grow for Soju

Health-conscious Consumers Seek Lower Alcohol Whisky

Soju Sees Growth Opportunities With Premiumisation

Competitive Landscape

Hite Jinro and Lotte Liquor Perform Better While Regional Players Struggle

Shinsegae Group Struggles in Consolidating Soju Business

Pernod Ricard To Sell Its Imperial Brand

Category Background

Vodka, Gin, Other Blended Scotch Whisky, Dark Rum and White Rum Price Band Methodology

Summary 1 Benchmark Brands 2018

Category Data

Table 1 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Volume 2013-2018

Table 2 Sales of Spirits by Category: Total Value 2013-2018


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