Which Country Exports the Most Beer in the World?

Malt Liquors And Malt May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the amount of beer exported worldwide amounted to 16M tonnes, coming up by 6% against the previous year figure. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.1% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations over the period under review. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2012, when export increased by 11% from the previous year level. Global beer export peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, beer exports totaled $13B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +2.8% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Global beer export peaked of $14B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Beer Exporting Countries in the World

1. Mexico (2,814.3 million USD)

2. Netherlands (1,921.0 million USD)

3. Belgium (1,445.5 million USD)

4. Germany (1,302.1 million USD)

5. United Kingdom (805.3 million USD)

6. USA (615.1 million USD)

7. France (391.3 million USD)

8. Ireland (314.9 million USD)

9. Denmark (288.4 million USD)

10. Czech Republic (265.3 million USD)

11. Poland (174.7 million USD)

12. Russia (125.5 million USD)

Beer Exports By Country

In 2016, Mexico (3.2M tonnes), distantly followed by the Netherlands (1.9M tonnes), Germany (1.7M tonnes), and Belgium (1.5M tonnes) were the key exporters of beer, together creating 52% of total exports. The following exporters - France (652K tonnes), the U.S. (622K tonnes), the UK (609K tonnes), Czech Republic (464K tonnes), Ireland (440K tonnes), Russia (375K tonnes), Poland (331K tonnes), and Denmark (307K tonnes) together made up 24% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of beer exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by France (+15.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest beer markets worldwide were Mexico ($2.8B), the Netherlands ($1.9B) and Belgium ($1.4B), together comprising 47% of global exports.Germany, the UK, the U.S., France, Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland and Russia lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 32%.

The U.S. (+10.5% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the beer exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Beer Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for beer amounted to $829 per tonne, lowering by -2.2% against the previous year. In general, beer export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when it surged by 7% from the previous year level. Global beer export peaked of $949 per tonne in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was the UK ($1,323 per tonne), while Russia ($335 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of beer export prices was attained by Belgium (+2.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the export price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2203 - Beer made from malt.

Source: World: Beer - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025