Health: Global beer production increases for the first time in five years

Data covers 2018 and is based on results obtained from questionnaires sent to brewers in 171 countries.

The increase in global beer production this year was mostly attributed to Mexico, which contributed 90% of the 1.09 million kiloliters increase this year.

Countries like Russia and the Philippines have also contributed to the increase in world production.

According to Kirin spokesperson Ataka Takashima, the increase is due to “periods of high temperatures longer than usual and the football world cup in 2018. “

Asia still in the lead

At the country level, China remains the largest beer producing country in the world (39 million kiloliters), even though production fell by 2.2% in 2018. It is followed by the United States (21 million kiloliters). kiloliters), which also saw a decline of 1.7%.

Japan remained in seventh place (5 million kiloliters), down 2.7% from the previous year.

Asia remained the world’s largest beer-producing region at 32%, although it produced 1.4% less year-on-year.

According to the report, Asia maintained its rank as the top producing region due to the strong performance of India and the Philippines, despite lower production from China, Japan and Vietnam.

Philippine beer production (2.2 million kiloliters) increased 11%, the fourth consecutive year of increase. Indian production (2 million kiloliters) increased 4.9%.

Europe saw its production increase by 2.1%, Central and South America by 2.9%, Africa by 1.7% and the Middle East by 4.3%.

The increase in production in Europe has been attributed to an increased interest in craft beers.

Consumer demand matures

According to Takashima, the drop in production in traditionally strong producing countries was due to several reasons.

In China, it is due to the maturation of consumer demand and the saturation of the market.. “

In Japan, consumer preference was shifting towards other alcoholic beverages such as chuhi and highball (whiskey and soda), not beer ”, Takashima added.

In the Philippines, the double-digit growth in beer production is due to an increase in individual expenditure resulting from a better income situation induced by sustained economic growth.

For Japan, Takashima estimated that consumption will continue to decline.

We estimate that the market (to) continue to be in decline of growth. “

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