LONDON, Sept 21 World beer consumption is
expected to grow by between 1 and 1.5 percent in 2010 after only
marginal growth in 2009, boosted by Asia and Africa, industry
research group Plato Logic said on Tuesday.
Plato expects beer consumption to fall 1.8 percent in Europe
during 2010 and sees low growth in the Americas region, while
Asia/Pacific and the Africa/Middle East regions are expected to
show growth of above 4 percent.
"We are forecasting some recovery in 2010 and global beer
consumption to reach over 2.3 billion hectolitres in 2020," said
Plato director Ian Pressnell in a statement. The world beer
market increased less than 0.5 percent to 1.8 billion
hectolitres in 2009.
Plato figures show the Chinese beer market at around 430
million hectolitres as being nearly twice as big as the
second-biggest market, the United States, in 2009, while Brazil
overtook Russia to become the third-biggest market, leaving
Germany still in fifth position.
Chinese Snow beer retained its top spot in the world's
leading beer brands in 2009. The beer brewed by a joint venture
involving the world's second-biggest brewer SABMiller SAB.L
was followed by Bud Light and Budweiser from the world's biggest
brewer Anheuser Busch (ABI.BR) in a top three unchanged from
Another AB-InBev brand, Skol, was in fourth place followed
by Mexican beer Corona GMODELOC.MX, Tsingtao (600600.SS),
AB-InBev brew Brahma, Heineken (HEIN.AS), Beijing Beer and Coors
Light (TAP.N) to make up the top 10 brands.
(Reporting by David Jones; Edited by Greg Mahlich)