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08 July 2020

Top four global brewers control 50 percent of beer production

Germany | World beer production totalled 1,913 million hl in 2019, compared with 1,904 million hl in 2018. This is a slight increase of 0.5 percent, says the upcoming Barth Report.

The 40 largest brewery groups accounted for 1,723 million hl beer, compared with 1,710 million hl in 2018 – an increase of 13 million hl or 0.8 percent.

These are some findings from the Barth Report Hop 2019/2020, which is expected to be published in early October.

According to the report, the four largest brewery groups – AB-InBev, Heineken, China Resources Snow Breweries and Carlsberg – controlled more than half of the world’s beer production in 2019.

 
  Brewery Country Beer Output 2019 (million hl) % of world beer production
1 AB-InBev Belgium 561.4 29.3%
2 Heineken Netherlands 241.4 12.6%
3 China Resources Snow Breweries China 114.3 6.0%
4 Carlsberg Denmark 112.5 5.9%
5 Molson Coors USA/Canada 92.7 4.8%
6 Tsingtao Brewery Group China 80.5 4.2%
7 Asahi Japan 57.3 3.0%
8 Yanjing China 38.2 2.0%
9 BGI/Groupe Castel France 36.7 1.9%
10 Efes Group Turkey 36.2 1.9%

Top 10 global brewing groups 2019 (Source: Barth Report 2020)