GVR Report cover Hard Seltzer Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Hard Seltzer Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By ABV Content (1.0% To 4.9%, 5.0% To 6.9%), By Packaging Type (Metal Cans, Glass Bottles), By Distribution Channel (Off-trade, On-trade), By Flavor, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-805-3
  • Number of Pages: 75
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Report Overview

The global hard seltzer market size was estimated at USD 13.48 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.8% from 2023 to 2030. The surge in market demand for low-alcohol content beverages among millennials and the younger generation is propelled by their growing popularity. In addition, consumers' inclination towards reducing alcohol consumption and exploring the concept of being "sober-curious" has contributed to the heightened demand for low-alcoholic beverages. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the consumption habits of alcoholic beverages, with consumers shifting their preferences from high alcohol content to low alcohol content due to an increased focus on health and well-being. During the pandemic, the sales of hard seltzer experienced a substantial increase through e-commerce platforms owing to global stay-at-home orders.

U.S. Hard Seltzer market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Alcohol delivery applications like Drizly and Minibar witnessed a significant surge in orders during February and March 2020, with the total order costs surpassing the usual amount by over 20%. Hard seltzers, with their low-calorie and low-sugar profiles, appeal to consumers who are conscious of their dietary choices and are seeking refreshing alternatives to traditional alcoholic beverages. This target market includes individuals who prioritize wellness and are looking for alcoholic options that align with their healthier lifestyle choices. The rise in health consciousness and the desire for beverages that offer a balance between taste and wellness are significant drivers for the target market of hard seltzers. According to a survey by IWSR, as of 2019, 52% of consumers surveyed were trying to reduce their alcohol consumption.

Moreover, hard seltzer contains low amounts of alcohol, ranging from 1%-8% ABV, and is low-calorie in comparison to beer, with most versions having around 100 calories. Thus, moderate drinkers prefer to consume hard seltzer as a substitute for beer. These properties are anticipated to boost the sales of the product across the globe over the forecast period. Many consumers are looking for reduced sugar, low-calorie, organic, and healthy halo beverages that not only fulfill their demands but also align with their keto and vegan diets. Many manufacturers have been offering products in this category. For instance, Mass Bay Brewing Co.’s hard seltzers contain 100 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates. These are sugar- and gluten-free as well as considered vegan and keto-friendly.

Similarly, in January 2021 Anheuser-Busch InBev launched Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer in three flavors spicy pineapple, peach pear, and cucumber lime for consumers who like natural flavors, which contain zero added sugars. The hard seltzer category has experienced significant growth, largely driven by its strong presence on social media platforms and its popularity within pop culture. Brands have actively capitalized on this social media buzz by designing visually appealing hard seltzer packaging to enhance user engagement and by collaborating with influencers and consumers. Research conducted by Bank of America reveals a six-fold increase in Instagram conversations about hard seltzer in January 2020 compared to January 2019.

ABV Content Insights

The 5.0% to 6.9% ABV content segment held the largest revenue share of more than 50.0% in 2022 and is expected to maintain dominance over the forecast period. The idea of moderation is a booming trend, not just a fad, especially in the U.S., which is driving the growth of this segment. Many players operating in the alcohol industry have been expanding their low-alcohol options. However, the 1.0% to 4.9% ABV content segment is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 20.8% from 2023 to 2030.

Due to the growing emphasis on health and well-being, consumers of all age groups are actively reducing their alcohol intake. In the past couple of years, there has been a remarkable surge in online discussions regarding low- and no-alcohol drinking, accompanied by a notable decline in conversations about casual and heavy drinking occasions. Some of the brands offering these drinks with 1.0% to 4.9% of ABV content include Corona, San Juan Spiked, BON V!V Spiked, Night Shift Hoot, Smirnoff, Willie’s Superbrew, Coors, Crook & Marker Spiked Seltzer, and Funky Buddha Premium Hard Seltzer.

Packaging Type Insights

The metal cans segment dominated the market and accounted for a revenue share of over 75% in 2022. This can be attributed to the convenience and portability they offer making them an ideal packaging option for ready-to-drink beverages like hard seltzers. Cans are lightweight, easy to carry, and can be easily consumed on-the-go, which aligns well with the active and mobile lifestyles of consumers. Metal cans provide excellent product integrity and protection against light, oxygen, and other external elements that can degrade the quality and taste of the beverage. Hard seltzers often contain delicate flavors and carbonation, and metal cans help maintain their freshness and prevent spoilage. Also, metal cans offer ample space for branding and attractive designs providing beverage companies the opportunity to create visually appealing packaging that catches consumers' attention on store shelves or in online marketplaces.

The glass bottles segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.4% over the forecast period.Glass bottles are often associated with a premium and high-quality image. Hard seltzers positioned as premium or craft beverages may choose glass bottles to enhance their brand perception. The use of glass can create a sense of sophistication and elevate the overall drinking experience, appealing to certain consumer segments. Glass bottles offer a transparent and visually appealing packaging option. The ability to see the product inside can be enticing to consumers, allowing them to assess the beverage's clarity, color, and carbonation. Glass bottles can also showcase the brand's design and label, helping it stand out on store shelves and capture consumer attention.

Flavor Insights

The flavored segment dominated the market and accounted for a revenue share of more than 80% in 2022. Consumer preferences have shifted towards lighter and low-calorie alcoholic beverages. Flavored hard seltzers align with these preferences as they offer a refreshing, low-calorie, and low-sugar alternative to traditional alcoholic beverages like beer or cocktails. Consumers seeking healthier options or those looking for variety have embraced flavored hard seltzers.Flavored hard seltzers provide a wide range of flavors including Black Cherry, lime, and mango among others, which offers consumers a diverse and enjoyable drinking experience.

The availability of various fruit flavors, Black Cherry blends, and even unique combinations appeals to consumers who appreciate variety and experimentation. The ability to cater to different taste preferences has contributed to the growth of this segment. Classic or unflavored hard seltzers are projected to grow at a CAGR of 19.4% during the forecast period. Unflavored or classic hard seltzers appeal to consumers who prefer simplicity and versatility in their beverage choices. These beverages provide a clean and straightforward flavor profile without added fruit or flavorings.

They can be enjoyed on their own or used as a base for creating personalized cocktails by adding mixers or garnishes according to individual preferences. Unflavored hard seltzers are often marketed as low-calorie and low-sugar alternatives to traditional alcoholic beverages. With increasing health consciousness among consumers, these beverages align with the trend toward healthier choices. Unflavored hard seltzers cater to individuals seeking a lighter alcoholic option while minimizing calorie and sugar intake.

Distribution Channel Insights

The off-trade segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of around 70.0% in 2022.The segment includes all retail outlets, such as hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores, mini markets, and wine & spirit shops. People prefer these stores as they offer huge discounts and offers. Furthermore, the majority of the brands launch their product through big chains of supermarkets, such as Walmart and Target, to reach maximum customers.

Global Hard Seltzer market share and size, 2022

The on-trade channel is anticipated to register fastest CAGR of 20.4% from 2023 to 2030. The category includes outlets, such as clubs, bars, hotels, and lounges. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to lockdowns and shutdowns across the world. This has led to a reduction in sales from these channels. However, the reopening of the world, with people focusing on outside get together, socializing, and parties are likely to increase sales through on-trade channels.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market and accounted for a revenue share of 55.6% in 2022. The region has been witnessing high demand, especially from young consumers. Key manufacturers are promoting their products in innovative ways. For instance, White Claw, a popular brand manufactured by Vancouver-based Mark Anthony Brands, received a significant sales boost courtesy of its strong social media presence including internet memes and YouTube videos in June 2019. The U.S. market is expected to witness a CAGR of 18.6% during the forecast period, driven by strong consumer demand and a diverse range of market participants. The success of brands like White Claw serves as a prominent example, while other players, both established and emerging, compete for market share.

Hard Seltzer Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Furthermore, the mass appeal of these drinks has made them acceptable to both male and female drinkers, which, in turn, is likely to further increase the consumption of hard seltzer in the upcoming years. The European market is expected to witness a significant growth rate of 43.7% during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the emergence of numerous new brands in the markets of the UK and Germany, which has intensified competition among industry players. In response to the rising demand for hard seltzers, established alcoholic beverage companies and craft breweries are entering the market by launching their own hard seltzer products. This strategic move allows them to tap into the expanding consumer base and capitalize on the growing popularity of hard seltzers in Europe.

The health consciousness of UK consumers has reached new heights, with the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic further amplifying this trend. Currently, 68% of UK consumers actively strive to lead a healthy lifestyle, with two out of three individuals taking precautions to safeguard their long-term health. These precautions include making dietary changes and adjusting exercise routines. Against this backdrop, consumers are increasingly inclined to choose alcoholic beverages that are lighter in nature and lower in calories. Due to this shift in preferences, the UK market is expected to witness a CAGR of 47.1% over the forecast of 2023 to 2030. The rest of the world is the fastest-growing regional sub-segment and is expected to witness a CAGR of 49.2% from 2023 to 2030.

Countries like Australia, New Zealand, and China contribute most of the share in the rest of the world. Rising disposable income, health consciousness, and easy availability of international brands have led to increased consumption of such products in these countries.The 1% to 4.9% ABV segment content is much more popular in Asian countries, thus manufacturers are keen to capture this market by launching products. For instance, in May 2020, United Breweries and Carlton launched Actual Vodka Seltzer with 4.2% ABV in two flavors-Pure and Lime-made with 100% natural ingredients to attract the growing vegan population in Australia.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is still in its nascent stage, where new entrants are launching products and other key players in the alcoholic beverages market are planning to launch their products due to the increasing popularity of these low-alcohol content beverages across the globe. Nowadays, drinks with natural ingredients, low calories, and health claims appeal the most to consumers, thus, manufacturers are focused on launching products with these attributes

  • For instance, in April 2021 HEINEKEN launched a new hard seltzer brand in Europe-Pure Piraña, which would be available in Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. It is crafted with carbonated purified water and natural flavorings with 4.5% alcohol and is available in three flavors, such as Lemon Lime, Red Berries, and Grapefruit

  • In May 2020, Kopparberg Brewery launched a hard seltzer in the UK that claims to be vegan-friendly and gluten-free, with 5% ABV content. It is available in mixed berries, Black Cherry, and passion fruit flavors across Morrisons and Tesco stores in Europe. These product launches are anticipated to boost the visibility as well as sales of this alcoholic drink

  • In April 2021, Mark Anthony Brands- White Claw brand launched its first global marketing campaign in collaboration with a diverse group of creators from across the U.S. and around the world to capture unscripted, momentary content inspired by the feeling White Claw evokes

Some prominent players in the global hard seltzer market include:

  • Mark Anthony Brands International

  • Carlsberg Group

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev

  • The Coca-Cola Company

  • Diageo plc

  • Heineken N.V.

  • The Boston Beer Company

  • Molson Coors Beverage Company

  • Constellation Brands, Inc.

  • Kopparberg

  • San Juan Seltzer, Inc.

Hard Seltzer Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 18.97 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 57.34 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 19.8% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Report updated

August 2023

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

ABV content, packaging type, flavor, distribution channel, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; UK; Germany; Italy; Spain; The Netherlands; Ireland; Japan, India, Australia; China; New Zealand; South Korea; Brazil; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Mark Anthony Brands International; Carlsberg Group, Anheuser-Busch InBev; The Coca-Cola Company; Diageo plc; Heineken N.V.; The Boston Beer Company; Molson Coors Beverage Company; Constellation Brands, Inc.; Kopparberg; San Juan Seltzer, Inc.

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Global Hard Seltzer Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the hard seltzer market report based on ABV content, packaging type, flavor, distribution channel, and region:

  • ABV Content Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • 1.0% to 4.9%

    • 5.0% to 6.9%

    • Others

  • Packaging Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Glass Bottles

    • Metal Cans

  • Flavor Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Classic or unflavored

    • Flavored

      • Black Cherry

      • Lime

      • Ruby Grapefruit

      • Mango

      • Raspberry

      • Others

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Off-trade

    • On-trade

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Netherlands

      • Ireland

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • New Zealand

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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