Belgium produced 18.75 million hectolitres of beer last year, 62 % of which was exported: with rate Belgium remains the champion of beer exports, according to organization Brewers of Europe.
Beer production back on track
Belgium exported the largest percentage of its production, closely followed by The Netherlands (61 %) - leaving Denmark (48 %) a distant number three. In absolute numbers, Germany takes the lead with 15.7 million hectolitres exported, before The Netherlands (14.7 million hectolitres) and Belgium (11.7 million hectolitres).
On the whole, Europe is an exporter of beer: 390 million hectolitres were producted and only 357 million hectolitres was consumed in the EU. Within Europe, Luxembourg, Estonia, France, Italy and Malta are relatively speaking the largest importers.
Europe has some 4,500 beer producers, although some thousand are working a very tiny scale. Remarkable is that the European beer production increased 2 % last year after several years of decline.
"Giving jobs to 2 million Europeans"
The sector’s total revenue is estimated to be 111 billion euro, employing 2 million Europeans. "For every 1 job in a brewery, we create 1 in agriculture, 1 in packaging and logistics, 1 in marketing and other services, 1 in retail and 11 in bars, restaurants and cafés”, The Brewers of Europe’s CEO Demetrio Carceller stated.
The European governments also profited from the production and sale of beer, as 53 billion euro was collected through taxes. That is what “The Contribution made by Beer to the European Economy", an EY study for by The Brewers of Europe has divulged.
(Translated by Gary Peeters)