16/03/2018 - World Beer Market 2018

World Beer Market 2018

Media Release

from Plato Logic Limited, March 16th 2018

  • World Beer Market (consumption) grows +0.4% in 2017 (provisional): reverses two successive years of decline
  • Improved growth forecast for 2018
  • New Top 10 World Brewers Table announced (provisional/pro forma)

According to latest figures released by beer market specialists Plato Logic, the World Beer Market grew by +0.4% in 2017 (provisional). Ian Pressnell, Director of Plato Logic, commented: “The world’s 6 biggest beer markets*, accounting for 56% of global beer consumption, fell by a combined -0.7% in 2017. However, Africa grew by an estimated 4.5%.”

Plato Logic’s latest projections see a return to low growth of around +2.3% in 2018, with +0.5% forecast for Europe, +2.6% for the Americas, +2.9% for Asia/Pacific and +4.0% for the Africa/Middle East region.

Plato Logic have also announced an updated Top 10 World Brewers league table, based pro forma 2017 volumes (latest estimates).




World’s Leading Brewers, pro forma 2017, latest estimates, million hl

Source: Plato Logic Limited, March 2018.

Notes to chart: 2017 volumes adjusted for merger of A-B InBev and Efes interests in Russia/Ukraine, also ABI disposals in Germany. All adjustments relating to SABMiller transaction reflected full year. Heineken and Kirin figures adjusted for transfer of Brasil Kirin business. Some deals may be pending regulatory approval.

*‘Big 6’ markets are: China, USA, Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Russia

Source: Plato Logic Limited, March 2018.

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