World: Global Beer Output by Top 40 Brewers Down 2.2%

In 2023, the global beer market experienced a slight contraction, with the total output volume of the 40 largest brewers worldwide decreasing by 2.2 percent to approximately 1.62 billion hectoliters, according to a press release by BarthHass. Notably, the top three brewers—AB InBev, Heineken, and China Res. Snow Breweries—together produced more than half of the total output of the top 40 brewers.

The rankings of the 40 largest brewing groups remained relatively stable in 2023. A new entrant at 37th place is the French group Financière ACP, which combines the output of Brasserie St. Omer and Goudale, replacing the Vietnamese group Habeco, whose output declined significantly in a challenging market.

In 2023, mergers and acquisitions focused on regional breweries. The Danish group Royal Unibrew acquired a brewery in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy, from Birra Castelo (inside.beer, 21.7.2023), and the microbrewery Nørrebro Bryghus in Denmark (inside.beer, 6.1.2023). Carlsberg purchased the Waterloo Brewing Company in Canada (inside.beer, 15.12.2022), and Heineken took over the Distell Group in South Africa and Namibia (inside.beer, 9.3.2023).

Brewing groups also withdrew from the Russian market, some through forced nationalization, like Baltika (inside.beer, 16.7.2023), or through sales at token prices, such as Heineken (inside.beer, 22.4.2023). AB InBev sold its stake in its Russian joint venture to its Turkish partner Efes (inside.beer, 22.4.2022)

In the USA, AB InBev sold eight craft breweries and their respective brand rights to Tilray, a company previously focused on cannabis marketing now diversifying into alcoholic beverages (inside.beer, 7.8.2023). Interest from major brewers in the craft segment decreased noticeably, with several disposing of or closing recently acquired breweries to refocus on premium and mass-market brands.
 

Beer output of the
40 biggest brewing groups

 

2022

2023

 

Change

Source: BarthHaas

 million hl

 million hl

 

1 AB InBev Belgium

517.99

505.90

-2.3 %

2 Heineken Netherlands

256.90

242.60

-5.6 %

3 China Res. Snow Breweries China

122.20

111.51

-8.7 %

4 Carlsberg Denmark

102.40

101.00

-1.4 %

5 Molson Coors USA/Canada

82.27

83.77

1.8 %

6 Tsingtao Brewery Group China

79.60

74.10

-6.9 %

7 Asahi Group Japan

63.50

65.00

2.4 %

8 BGI / Groupe Castel France

41.50

42.70

2.9 %

9 Yanjing China

37.70

39.42

4.6 %

10 Efes Group Turkey

34.00

35.70

5.0 %

11 Constellation Brands USA

33.20

34.40

3.6 %

12 Diageo (Guinness) Ireland

23.94

24.66

3.0 %

13 Kirin Japan

24.37

23.51

-3.5 %

14 Grupo Petrópolis Brazil

19.00

21.00

10.5 %

15 San Miguel Corporation Philippines

17.44

17.83

2.2 %

16 Grupo Mahou - San Miguel Spain

16.10

16.20

0.6 %

17 CCU Chile

17.59

16.06

 -8.7 %

18 Pearl River China 

13.39

14.03

4.8 %

19 Singha Corporation Thailand

 14.55

13.99

-3.8 %

20 Saigon Beverage Corp. (SABECO) Vietnam 

15.30

13.00

 -15.0 %

21 Damm Spain 

12.70

12.70

0.0 %

22 Radeberger Gruppe Germany

11.00

 10.80

-1.8 %

23 Suntory Japan

8.12

8.65

6.5 %

24 Sapporo Japan

7.80

8.06

3.3 %

25 Oettinger Gruppe Germany 8.01

8.01

7.50

-6.4 %

26 Swinkels Family Brewers Netherlands 

7.26

7.49

3.2 %

27 Beer Thai (Chang) Thailand

8.70

6.94

-20.3 %

28 Paulaner Gruppe Germany

6.00

6.34

5.7 %

29 HiteJinro South Korea

5.52

5.98

8.3 %

30 TCB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH Germany

6.00

5.80

-3.3 %

31 Krombacher Gruppe Germany

5.75

5.74

-0.2 %

32 Bitburger Braugruppe Germany  

5.80

5.69

-1.9 %

33 Olvi Group Finland

5.22 

5.30

1.5 %

34 Estrella de Galicia Spain  

4.76

5.03

5.8 %

35 Royal Unibrew Denmark

 4.87

4.90

0.6 %

36 Polar Venezuela

4.09

4.30

5.1 %

37 Financière ACP France

4.05

4.11

1.5 %

38 Moscow Brewing Company Russia

3.86

4.10

6.2 %

39 Martens Belgium

3.50

4.01

14.5 %

40 Obolon Ukraine

4.00

3.96

-1.0 %

TOTAL

1,659.94

1,623.77

-2.2 %

 

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