Brandy is set to lead the German spirits market through to 2019, with an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.9% in local currency terms, according to a report by Canadean.

The report, titled 'Consumer and Market Insights: Spirits Market in Germany', has forecasted that the growth in the spirits market in Germany will remain flat during 2015-19.

In 2015, the market grew by 1.9% in value terms and 1% in volume terms, resulting in consumers preferring better quality products.

"Scotch whiskey is likely be the largest segment by value and is expected to a gain market share during the forecast period."

During the period, the spirits market will remain at a similar CAGR of 1.9%, with volume consumption of spirits forecasted to register growth at a CAGR of 0.9%.

However, the report stated that improving GDP per capita, supported by low inflation, is expected to positively impact the overall consumer packaged goods market in Germany.

The specialty spirits category has accounted for 37.8% of the country's spirits market volume, followed by liqueurs with a 22.7% share in 2015.

Brandy, which is said to be the fastest growing category in the country during 2010-19, will be followed by the liqueurs category with a growth rate of 2.2%.

Under the whiskey category, Scotch whiskey is likely be the largest segment by value and is expected to a gain market share during the forecast period. The category had the highest private label penetration in Germany's spirits market in 2014.

In 2014, hypermarkets and supermarkets was the leading distribution channel in Germany's overall wines and spirits market.

Glass, which was the most used or preferred packaging material across all major spirits products in 2015, is expected to register low growth during 2015-19, at a CAGR of 0.9%.

Bottles were the only container type used in the spirits market in 2015 and are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 0.9% during 2015-19.

The use of box outer, which was preferred for packaging of products such as rum, brandy, whiskey, tequila and mezcal, and liqueurs in 2015, is estimated to decline at a CAGR of -0.1% during the forecast period.

In the packaging closures category, screw tops and stoppers were the preferred types in 2015, according to Canadean.