Asia leading global beer production for 8 consecutive years
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This report publishes the details of global beer production in 171 major countries and regions for 2016. 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 2016, global beer production decreased about 1.07 million kiloliters to reach approximately 190.92 million kiloliters. In comparison with 2015, there was an annual decrease of 0.6%. The total volume of the global beer production is equivalent to about 154 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 eighth consecutive year, despite a decrease of 1.5% compared to the previous year. Although annual production increased in Vietnam (+11.2%), India (+4.2%), and Philippines (+5.8%), the decrease in China (-3.7%) led to the overall decrease.
Second place Europe and fifth place Africa saw an increase of 0.5% and 1.5% respectively from the previous year.
China remained the largest beer-producing country in the world for the 15th consecutive year, despite a decrease of 3.7% compared to 2015.
Among the world’s top 25 beer-producing countries in 2016, India was the only country, with 13 years of consecutive growth, that has seen growth for more than 10 consecutive years.
Japan*2 remained in seventh place, seeing a decrease of 2.1% in 2016 compared to the previous year.
Global beer production in 2016 has increased by approximately 19.51 million kiloliters, a growth of 11.4%, when compare with that of 10 years ago. In terms of volume, China increased by approximately 6.87 million kiloliters, Brazil by approximately 3.63 million kiloliters, and Vietnam by approximately 2.82 million kiloliters. In terms of proportion, Vietnam grew by 3.2 times, and Brazil by 1.4 times, which is significant growth for the top countries.
Looking at the top 10 countries, Vietnam rose from 26th place to ninth. For countries ranked between the 11th and 25th places, Nigeria rose from 28th to 13th, France rose from 23rd to 14th, and India rose from 32nd to 17th.
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Note: Due to rounding, figures may not always add up to the total.
The figures for global beer production in 2015 and 2014 have also been revised to the latest figures.
2015: Changed from 188.64 million kiloliters to 191.99 million kiloliters
2014: Changed from 190.71 million kiloliters to 192.3 million kiloliters
Source: Questionnaires sent by Kirin to the brewers’ associations in major countries.
The Barth Report Hops 2016/2017 (BARTH−HAAS GROUP)
North America 12.6%
South America 17.8%
Middle East 0.6%