LONDON Feb 8 The world's four biggest brewers
now account for over half the global market for beer after
recent deals such as Dutch brewer Heineken's (HEIN.AS) takeover
of Mexico's FEMSA, researcher Plato Logic said on Monday.
Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR), London-listed
SABMiller SAB.L, Heineken, and Denmark's Carlsberg (CARLb.CO)
have moved ahead of the rest of the pack led by China's Tsingtao
Brewery (0168.HK) (600600.SS) in fifth place.
"The new Big 4 have established a clear lead, with combined
market share estimated at just over 50 percent (pro forma 2009),"
Budweiser-brewer AB-InBev had beer volumes of around 350
million hectolitres in 2009, well ahead of Miller-brewer
SABMiller at just under 250 million, Heineken at just over 200
million, and Carlsberg around 125 million, while Tsingtao
trailed at just over 50 million hectolitres a year.
In sixth place was North American Molson-Coors Brewing Co
(TAP.N), while Mexico's Grupo Modelo GMODELOC.MX, China's
Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd (000729.SZ) and Japanese brewers
Kirin Holdings Co Ltd (2503.T) and Asahi Breweries Ltd (2502.T)
made up the rest of the top 10.
Plato said the world beer market grew less than 0.1 percent
in 2009, but expected it to pick up in 2010 to growth of about 3
"While this may appear quite optimistic, we would expect
growth to resume in some emerging markets," Plato director Ian
(Reporting by David Jones; Editing by Dan Lalor)