February 5, 2008 / 6:44 PM / 12 years ago

SABMiller becomes world's biggest brewer-researcher

 LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Global brewing group SABMiller Plc moved ahead of Belgium’s InBev to become the world’s biggest brewer due to strong growth in China and its purchase of Grolsch, figures from researcher Plato Logic showed on Tuesday.
 The London-based brewer of Miller Lite, Peroni and Castle  recently became the leading brewer in the world’s biggest beer market of China led by the success of its Snow beer, while it agreed to buy Grolsch for 812 million euros last November.
 In other moves, Dutch brewer Heineken jumped ahead of U.S. Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch to become the world’s No 3 after its joint acquisition along with Denmark’s Carlsberg of Britain’s Scottish & Newcastle Plc SCTN.L.
 The figures from Plato are provisional, based on 2007 and assuming that agreed but yet to be finalised deals have been completed such as SABMiller’s purchase of Grolsch and the breakup bid for S&N by Carlsberg and Heineken.
 In addition, China’s Yanjing Brewery enters the top ten at No 9 jumping ahead of Mexico’s FEMSA and positioned just behind fellow Chinese brewer Tsingtao, while S&N, former world No 6, disappears from the rankings.
 Plato added that the world beer market grew by almost 5 percent in 2007 to 1,767 million hectolitres.   WORLD TOP TEN BREWERS, 2007 provisional proforma volumes in millions of hectolitres.  
                                      2007    2007     2006 Brewing company             Country     Volume   Share   Volume SABMiller SAB.L           Britain      231.7   13.1     209.7 InBev INTB.BR             Belgium      225.6   12.8     215.2 Heineken (HEIN.AS)          Netherlands  164.0    9.3     130.5 Anheuser-Busch (BUD.N)      U.S.         150.7    8.5     146.8 Carlsberg (CARLb.CO)        Denmark      120.0    6.8      77.8 Molson Coors (TAP.N)        Canada/US     58.4    3.3      49.5 Modelo GMODELOC.MX        Mexico        50.9    2.9      49.3 Tsingtao (600600.SS)        China         50.4    2.9      45.4 Beijing Yanjing (000729.SZ) China         41.1    2.3      35.7 FEMSA FMSAUBD.MX          Mexico        39.5    2.2      37.7
 NOTES
 * Volumes for the MillerCoors U.S. joint venture, yet to be approved, have been allocated 50-50 between SABMiller and Molson Coors, while Anheuser-Busch’s figures exclude its 50 percent stake in Modelo.
 Volume - Global beer volumes in million hectolitres.
 Share - Global market share in percentage terms.
 SOURCE - Plato Logic Limited.  (Reporting by David Jones)  

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