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Global Market Study on Rum: Surging Demand from Millennial Consumers Giving Impetus to Market Growth

Rum Market Segmented By Organic and Conventional Nature in White, Golden, Dark, Spiced Type with Standard and Over-Proof

Rum Market Outlook (2023-2033)

The market for rum can be expected to expand at a value based CAGR of 3.9% and show an increase in revenue from US$ 17,562.1 Mn to around US$ 35,537.7 Mn by 2033.

Rum Market Size (2023E)

US$ 17,562.1 Mn

Projected Sales of Rum (2033F)

US$ 35,537.7 Mn

Value CAGR (2023-2033)


Value Share of Top 4 Countries (2022E)


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Rum Consumption Analysis (2018-2022) Vs. Market Estimations (2023-2033)

The global rum market has witnessed significant growth in the historical period registering a CAGR of 4.0% in the historical period and was valued at US$ 17,562.1 Mn in 2023.

Millennials are the key consumers of rum across the globe, as rum is a comparatively economic drink as compared to other spirits. This makes it suitable for this age group that seeks budget drinks in the premium category with the desired alcohol content. Millennials also have decent spending power, and are more willing to spend on alcohol as compared to other consumer categories. The marked preference for rum over other alcoholic drinks by millennials is one of the reasons that boosts the growth of the global rum market.

The global market for rum is estimated to reach an approximate valuation of US$ 35,537.7 Mn in the forecast period.

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What are the Key Trends in the Market for Rum?

Increasing Spending Power of Middle-income Population”

Sales of alcoholic beverages are mainly determined by the income of individuals, and the purchasing power of consumers is based on their income. According to the UN, the number of middle-income consumers has been increasing in recent years.

This category of consumers shows a higher inclination toward a better lifestyle, with an increased disposable income on food and beverage products. This factor is anticipated to drive the growth of the global rum market over the forecast period of 2023-2033.

“High Focus on Rum with Unique Flavor Profiles”

In recent years, manufacturers are offering rum products with different tastes and flavors. Most manufacturers are focused on offering rum products with sweet, buttery caramel, tropical fruit, and vanilla notes that end with smoky licorice and molasses finish. This is attributable to technological advancements in the production line. Moreover, advancements in advertising also leave a big impact on the consumers of alcoholic beverages. Manufacturers are focused on agreements with popular celebrities to advertise their brands and improve sales as well as brand awareness, which further bolsters the growth of the global rum market.

“Innovation and Brand Building to Remain Key Growth Factors”

The rum category is becoming increasingly competitive. Hence, in order to gain an advantage over their peers, manufacturers of rum focus on innovation and strive to launch new products in the premium category. These factors considerably affect the overall growth of the rum market. Moreover, key players also focus on developing new and premium rum offerings to sustain their position in this competitive market.

  • Bacardi, a leading brand in the rum market, launched a new line of premium rums in 2018, including Añejo Cuatro, Reserva Ocho, Gran Reserva Diez, and Gran Reserva Limitada, in the U.S. market.

“Manufacturers to Offer Rum Products through e-Commerce Platforms”

The use of e-Commerce for shopping is increasing substantially in emerging as well as established markets. Consumers want everything to be delivered at their doorsteps, especially food and beverage products. Majority of millennials prefer consuming alcohol in their homes rather than going out. Online retail is the easiest way to get alcohol at the doorstep in countries such as the U.S., the U.K., China, and Canada. Owing to these factors, e-Commerce is expected to create huge opportunities for players in the global rum market. In some countries, online retail of alcohol is still banned by government authorities, which may change in the foreseeable future.

  • For instance, in India, which is one of the leading consumers of alcohol, the sale of alcohol through online retailers is still banned. The government is planning to allow alcohol sales through online retail, which would present lucrative prospects for manufacturers.

“Stringent Regulations on Advertisements”

Restrictions on the advertisements and brand publicity have left a void in the alcohol industry, owing to which, sales could be adversely affected over the forecast period. The governments in various countries have imposed a ban on advertising alcohol brands on national as well as private television channels. Owing to these bans, newly launched alcoholic drinks do not reach the consumer base. This is expected to adversely affect the growth of the market over the forecast period.

  • According to the WHO, France has implemented restrictions on the advertising of alcoholic beverages, and also on sponsorships by them, with certain flexibilities and conditions.
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Country-wise Insights

What does the South Asian rum market look like?

South Asia has been identified as one of the largest consumers of rum across the globe. India and the Philippines are the most dominant countries in the rum market in South Asia, with the highest number of consumers. India and the Philippines are also the leading producers of rum products. Further, India is witnessing a strong growth rate in the premium rum category. Countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand are witnessing an increase in rum consumption, owing to the growing tourism industry and travel retail in these countries.

  • In 2018, Diageo, a leading alcoholic beverage producer, witnessed a 11% growth rate in its premium products segment in India.

What is the Outlook for the European Rum market?

The European market is among the top consumers of rum and is valued at US$ 3,011.4 Mn in 2023 and the value share is expected to rise significantly to reach US$ 7,012.4 Mn by 2033. Based on the type, the market is dominated by the consumption of white and light rum holding almost equal market share.

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Category-wise Insights

Which Type of Rum Accounts for High Revenue Generation?

The largest valuation has been attained by light/gold rum followed by white rum with a valuation of US$ 5,021.5 Mn and US$ 4,677.5 Mn respectively. However, spiced rum is projected to grow at the fastest rate based on the forecast value CAGR of 4.5%.

Why is the e-Commerce segment expected to show prominent growth in the forecast period?

The use of e-Commerce for shopping is growing rapidly in both emerging and established markets. The consumer wants everything, especially food and beverages, to be delivered to their door. Majority of millennials prefer to consume alcohol at home rather than go out. Online retail, on the other hand, is the most convenient way to get alcohol delivered to your door in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Canada. Due to these factors, the global rum market is expected to benefit greatly from e-commerce. Online alcohol sales are still prohibited by government authorities in some countries, though this may change in the near future.

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The global rum market is dominated by a substantial number of multinational corporations and the c Companies with a strong global footprint holding approximately 55-55% of the market. Rum producers are focusing their product offerings on emerging markets specifically.

Some of the major players in the worldwide Rum market include Diageo PLC, Pernod Ricard SA, Bacardi Limited, Edrington, Tanduay Distillers, Inc., and others. Regional players account for 20-25% of the market, while local players account for 10%-20%. These companies are involved in the production of Rum on a small scale and are primarily export-oriented.

  • In July 2017, MARTINI, a brand of Bacardi Limited, launched a new product called MARTINI Riserva Speciale Bitter, a vermouth drink, to its Riserva Speciale product range in Hamilton, Bermuda. The objective was to develop a bitter tasting vermouth drink for classic Italian aperitivo cocktails for drink enthusiasts and bartenders in Turin, Italy which is the hometown of the MARTINI brand.
  • In August 2017, Lyon Distilling Co. partnered with Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) in order to release its latest concoction – a special, limited batch black rum with a minimal percentage of alcohol in every bottle.
  • Diageo opened a new innovation and research centre in Scotland on October 14, 2019, as part of its investment in the distilling industry's long-term growth. This centre provides expertise in sustainability innovation from grain to glass, including distillation, maturation, packaging, and logistics.
  • On October 10, 2019, the company completed its acquisition of Castle Brands, a spirits company based in the United States, acquiring an 89.52% stake in the company. Pernod Ricard was able to gain control of the Jefferson's Bourbon brand, Goslings rum, Knappogue Castle Irish whisky, and other brands as a result of this acquisition.

Rum Industry Report Scope



Forecast period


Historical data available for


Market analysis

USD million for value

Key regions covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • East Asia
  • Middle East & Africa

Key countries covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • GCC countries
  • Turkey
  • Northern Africa
  • South Africa

Key market segments covered

  • Type
  • Nature
  • Sales Channel
  • Region

Key companies profiled

  • Diageo PLC
  • Pernod Ricard SA
  • William Grant & Sons Ltd.
  • Remy Cointreau Group
  • Westerhall Estate Ltd.
  • Cayman Spirits Co.
  • Mohan Meakin Ltd.
  • Halewood International Holdings PLC
  • Suntory Holdings Limited
  • Arehucas
  • Elements Eight Rum Company Ltd
  • Bacardi Limited
  • Edrington
  • Radico Khaitan Limited
  • Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A.
  • Green Tree Distillery
  • La Martiniquaise
  • Hacienda Monterrey Wines&Spirits s.l.
  • Tanduay Distillers, Inc.

Report coverage

  • Market Forecast
  • Company Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

Customization & pricing

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Rum Industry Research by Category

By Type:

  • White Rum
  • Light/Gold Rum
  • Dark Rum
  • Spiced Rum

By Nature:

  • Organic
  • Conventional

By Sales Channel:

  • Business to Business
  • Business to Consumer
    • Hypermarkets/Supermarkets
    • Specialty Stores
    • Online Retail
    • Others

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • East Asia
  • Middle East & Africa

- Companies Covered in This Report -

  • Diageo PLC
  • Pernod Ricard SA
  • William Grant & Sons Ltd.
  • Remy Cointreau Group
  • Westerhall Estate Ltd.
  • Cayman Spirits Co.
  • Mohan Meakin Ltd.
  • Halewood International Holdings PLC
  • Suntory Holdings Limited
  • Arehucas
  • Elements Eight Rum Company Ltd
  • Bacardi Limited
  • Edrington
  • Radico Khaitan Limited
  • Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A.
  • Green Tree Distillery
  • La Martiniquaise
  • Hacienda Monterrey Wines&Spirits s.l.
  • Tanduay Distillers, Inc.
  • Others (On Additional Request)

- Frequently Asked Questions -

The global market for rum has a value of US$ 17,562.1 Mn in 2023.

The global market for rum has a value CAGR of 4.0% from 2018-2022.

The global market for rum has a value of US$ 35,537.7 Mn in 2033.

The global market for rum has a value CAGR of 3.9% from 2023-2033.

The top 5 players in rum market include Bacardi Ltd., Diageo, Suntory Holdings Ltd., Maine Craft Distilling, LLC, and Charles Merser & Co.

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