23/10/2018 - World Beer October 2018

World Beer October 2018

Press Release from Plato Logic

  • World Beer Market grows +0.5% in 2017: reverses two successive years of decline
  • Return to low growth also forecast for 2018: +1.7%
  • Updated Top 10 Brewers table announced


Beer market specialists Plato Logic are currently projecting low growth for the World Beer Market in 2018. After 2015 and 2016 saw the first annual declines in world beer consumption for over 30 years, there was a modest recovery in 2017, with Plato Logic’s latest forecast being for further +1.7% growth in 2018.

China, the world’s largest beer market by volume, began to stabilise in 2017 and is expected to record low growth in 2018. Ian Pressnell, Director of Plato Logic, commented: “The 2017 result was again influenced by China, however all other markets grew by +1.1%”.

The following table summarises Plato Logic’s projected volume growth by region for the World beer market in 2018:













Total World



Plato Logic’s latest projections also see growth accelerating to around +2% in 2019 and 2020, assuming some further modest recovery in China. Mexico is poised to overtake Germany to become the fourth largest beer market by volume in 2019, or possibly even this year.

Plato Logic have also released an updated Top 10 World Brewers league table (based pro forma 2017 volumes):


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

Source: Plato Logic Limited, October 2018.

Notes to chart: 2017 volumes adjusted for merger of A-B InBev and Efes interests in Russia/Ukraine. 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.

Plato Logic’s latest annual “World Beer Report” was published 10th October and contains 2018 projections for all world beer markets. Published every year since 1994, the Plato Logic “World Beer Report” is a standard source of reference used throughout the international brewing and allied industries.

For further information on Plato Logic’s “World Beer Report” please visit,,

or email

About Plato Logic Limited: Established in 1992, Plato Logic Limited is a leading specialist supplier of beer market intelligence. We provide a comprehensive range of international beer industry data: for more information please visit our website,

Plato Logic 25 years in 2017

October, 2018                                                 ENDS

For further information regarding this press release, please contact: