Which Country Exports the Most Soft Drinks in the World?

Soft Drinks and Mineral Waters May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the amount of soft drink exported worldwide amounted to 21M tonnes, ascending by 4% against the previous year level. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.3% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, an increase of 16% year-to-year. Global soft drink export peaked in 2016, and are likely to continue its growth in the near future.

In value terms, soft drink exports amounted to $18B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +4.5% over the period from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Over the period under review, global soft drink exports attained its maximum level of $19B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Soft Drink Exporting Countries in the World

1. Austria (1.9 billion USD)

2. Switzerland (1.9 billion USD)

3. Germany (1.7 billion USD)

4. Netherlands (1.5 billion USD)

5. USA (1.3 billion USD)

6. Thailand (1.1 billion USD)

7. France (0.8 billion USD)

8. Belgium (0.7 billion USD)

9. United Kingdom (0.6 billion USD)

10. Poland (0.4 billion USD)

11. Malaysia (0.3 billion USD)

12. Czech Republic (0.2 billion USD)

Soft Drink Exports By Country

The exports of the twelve major exporters of soft drink, namely Thailand, Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, the U.S., Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Malaysia, the UK, and Czech Republic, represented more than half of total export.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of soft drink exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Thailand (+29.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest soft drink markets worldwide were Austria ($1.9B), Switzerland ($1.9B) and Germany ($1.7B), together comprising 31% of global exports. These countries were followed by the Netherlands, the U.S., Thailand, France, Belgium, the UK, Poland, Malaysia and Czech Republic, which together accounted for a further 39%.

Thailand (+24.3% per year) experienced the highest growth rate of soft drink exports, in terms of the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Soft Drink Export Prices By Country

The average soft drink export price stood at $840 per tonne in 2016, descending by -2.4% against the previous year. In general, soft drink export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, when export increased by 5% from the previous year level. Global soft drink export peaked of $969 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 Switzerland ($2,289 per tonne), while Czech Republic ($396 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of soft drink export prices was attained by the U.S. (+5.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2202 - Waters, including mineral and aerated waters, containing added sugar or sweetening matter, flavoured; other non-alcoholic beverages, not including fruit or vegetable juices of heading no. 2009.

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