Asia leading global beer production for 7 consecutive years
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This report publishes the details of global beer production in 171 major countries and regions for 2015. The report is based on findings obtained from questionnaires sent by Kirin to various brewers’ associations around the world, as well as the latest industry statistics available overseas. The data for global beer production has been tracked by Kirin since 1974.
In 2015, global beer production decreased about 2.07 million kiloliters to reach approximately 189 million kiloliters. In comparison with 2014, there was an annual decrease of 1.1%. The total volume of the global beer production is equivalent to about 152 Tokyo Domes, if the stadium was a beer mug with a capacity of about 1.24 million kiloliters.
Asia remains the world’s largest beer-producing region for the seventh consecutive year, despite a decrease of 1.3% compared to the previous year. Although annual production increased in Vietnam (+20.1%), and India (+2.5%), the decrease in China (-4.3%) led to the overall decrease.
Africa grew by 1.6%, marking its 15th year of consecutive growth and making it the fifth largest beer-producing region in 2015.
China remained the largest beer-producing country in the world for the 14th consecutive year, despite a decrease of 4.3% compared to 2014.
Among the world’s top 25 beer-producing countries, Vietnam and India were the two countries that have seen growth for 10 or more consecutive years, at 15 and 13 years respectively.
Japan remained in seventh place, seeing a decrease of 0.1% in 2015 compared to the previous year.
Comparing global beer production in 2015 with that of 10 years ago, there has been an increase of approximately 27.79 million kiloliters, a growth of 17.3%. In terms of volume, China increased by approximately 12.35 million kiloliters, Brazil by approximately 4.54 million kiloliters, and Vietnam by approximately 3.29 million kiloliters. In terms of proportion, Vietnam grew by 3.4 times, and Brazil by 1.5 times.
Looking at the top 10 countries, Vietnam rose from 24th place to eighth. For countries ranked between the 11th and 25th places, France rose from 22nd to 17th, and South Korea rose from 20th to 16th.
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Note: Production volume in Japan is a combination of beer, happo-shu (low-malt beer), and new genre (non-malt beer).
Among the countries whose previous year’s figures were revised for this year’s report, the revised figures are used to calculate year-on-year changes.
Source: Questionnaires sent by Kirin to the brewers’ associations in major countries.
The Barth Report Hops 2015/2016 (BARTH−HAAS GROUP)
Central and South America 16.7%
North America 12.8%
Middle East 0.7%