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Kirin Beer University Report Global Beer Production by Country in 2016

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.

Main Topics

  • Global beer production was approximately 190.92 million kiloliters in 2016, down 0.6% from the previous year for a decrease of three consecutive years*1.
  • By region, Asia produced 1.5% less beer in 2016 compared to 2015, but still holds a 33.1% share of the global beer market, remaining the world’s largest beer-producing region for the eighth consecutive year. Europe—in second place with a market share of 27.3%—and Africa—in fifth place with a market share of 7.6%—saw an increase of 0.5% and 1.5% respectively from the previous year.
  • By country, China remained the largest beer-producing country in the world for the 15th consecutive year, even with a decrease of 3.7% in 2016 compared to the previous year. It is followed by the United States, which saw a decrease of 0.7%, and Brazil, which decreased by 3.8%. Japan remained in seventh place, seeing a decrease of 2.1% in 2016 compared to the previous year. In addition, Philippines entered the top 25 beer-producing countries for the first time in 11 years.

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.

1. Global Beer Production by Region in 2016 (Table 1)

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.

2. Global Beer Production by Country in 2016 (Table 2)

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.

3. Comparison with 2006 (Table 3)

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.

  • *1Among the countries whose figures for last year and earlier were revised for this year’s report, the revised figures are used for calculations.

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

  • *2Production volume in Japan is a combination of beer, happo-shu (low-malt beer), and new genre (non-malt beer).

Source: Questionnaires sent by Kirin to the brewers’ associations in major countries.
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(Table 1) Global Beer Production by Region in 2016

Beer Production by Region, Growth from Previous Year, and Global Market Share

  • *Production volume in Japan is a combination of beer, happo-shu (low-malt beer), and new genre (non-malt beer).
  • *Due to rounding, the numbers may not actually add up to the total.

Comments

  • There was a global decrease, but Africa and Europe saw an increase.
  • Asia remained at the top for the eighth consecutive year, although there was a decrease of 1.5% compared to 2015, with top-placed China decreasing by 3.7%. This was due to the strong performance of Vietnam, which grew 11.2%, and India, which grew 4.2%.
  • Production in Europe increased by 0.5% from the previous year, while Africa increased by 1.5%.

2016 Global Market Share of Beer Production by Region

Asia 33.1%

Europe 27.3%

North America 12.6%

South America 17.8%

Africa 7.6%

Oceania 1.1%

Middle East 0.6%

(Table 2) Global Beer Production by Country in 2016

  • *Production volume in Japan is a combination of beer, happo-shu (low-malt beer), and new genre (non-malt beer).
  • *Due to rounding, the numbers may not actually add up to the total.

Comments

  • Global beer production was approximately 190.92 million kiloliters in 2016. There was a drop of 0.6% compared to 2015 due to lower production volumes in the leading countries.
  • China remained the largest beer-producing country in the world for the 15th consecutive year. There was a 3.7% decrease in annual beer production, a drop for the third consecutive year, partly due to maturing of the market and poor weather over the summer in almost all parts of China.
  • Production in Russia dropped slightly by 0.4% compared to 2015 due to prohibition of advertising and increase in taxation, the first decrease in two years.
  • Japan’s ranking has remained unchanged for 14 years in a row, although there was a drop of 2.1% compared to 2015 partly due to poor weather during the summer months, when beer consumption is at its peak.
  • Production in United Kingdom dropped slightly by 0.9% compared to 2015 due to the market being affected by political and social issues.
  • In Philippines, production increased by 5.8% compared to 2015 due to positive external changes characterized by strong economic expansion, low inflation and unemployment rate, and a high level of election campaigning.

(Table 3) Global Beer Production by Country in 2016—Comparison with 2006

  • *Production volume in Japan is a combination of beer, happo-shu (low-malt beer), and new genre (non-malt beer).

Comments

  • Comparing global beer production in 2016 with that of 10 years ago, there was an increase of approximately 19.51 million kiloliters, a growth rate of 11.4%. China had the largest increase in volume, growing by approximately 6.87 million kiloliters. It is followed by Brazil (at approximately 3.63 million kiloliters) and Vietnam (at approximately 2.82 million kiloliters).
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