Top 10 Beer Companies in the World

Sat, 21 March 2020 9:05

All enjoy lager, ales, brews and ciders. There is nothing like a chilled pint of beer on a sunny day. Beer is one of the most commonly consumed alcoholic beverages across the world, whether it’s America or Asia, Europe, or Australia. A shared love for beer amongst the young-adult, as well as the adult population, has encouraged manufacturers to brew fresh and better-tasting beers to bring to the table. Breweries are springing up all over, as the millennial population is trying its hands on craft beer served through tap. The bottled beer market will continue to boom as popular beer manufacturers such as Budweiser, Heineken, Carlsberg, and Yanjing are consistent with their quality and are favored by all.

Statistics collected by various white papers by Straits Research show that the global beer market was valued at USD 5, 97,067 million in the year 2018 and is projected to reach USD 6, 97,617, growing at a CAGR of 1.9 percent during 2020-2026.

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Here is a list of the top 10 players in the beer market:

1) Anheuser-Busch InBev:

Anheuser-Busch InBev.The Belgium-based beer company Anheuser-Busch InBev, who manufactures the world’s favorite beer Budweiser, has crossed the growth expectations as compared to its fellow counterparts in the spectrum. The beer company sits on the top of the list of the largest beer companies in the world. AB InBev’s collaboration with SABMiller, coupled with earlier rights to Corona and Stella Artois, has boosted the company’s value globally. The beer manufacturer distributes its product portfolio of 500 beer brands through 600 company-owned distributors and several wholesalers across the world.

2) Beijing Yanjing Brewery:

Beijing Yanjing Brewery The China-based beer company started as Yanjing Brewery before merging into a group of companies categorized by the state and is known for its high-quality beer products. The beer company is currently China’s fourth most popular beer manufacturers, and one of the world’s largest beer companies. The company’s vast portfolio includes beer, distilled wine, yeast, feed material, plastic boxes, and mineral water under the brand names Liquan, Yanjing, Huiguan, and Xuelo. Yanjing has its target audience, particularly across South China and North China.

3) Carlsberg Group:

Carlsberg Group
Carlberg Group was founded in 1847 by J.C. Jacobson. Carlsberg is a big name in the beer industry and one of the leading international breweries in the world today. Despite being in an intensely competitive beer market, Carlsberg has been achieving steady growth in sales and profits. Carlsberg has also become the fourth largest beer company in the past two decades by acquiring other smaller beer brands, including Kronenberg. The company currently distributes 140 beer brands worldwide.

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4) The Boston Beer Company:

The Boston Beer CompanyThe beer company was founded by Jim Koch in 1984, with hopes of challenging the status quo in the American beer industry. He introduced American beer drinkers to craft beers that were well-flavored, balanced, and complex and brewed with high-quality ingredients. Their most popular product, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, became a catalyst for the American Craft Beer revolution.

The beer company recorded sales of USD 1.25 billion in 2019, with a 25.5 percent increase compared to 2018, as per the company’s earnings report released recently.

5) Asahi:

AsahiAsahi was founded in 1889 in Osaka, Japan. Since then, Asahi Breweries have maintained their position as No.1 in sales in Japan. The company is celebrating its 128th anniversary and produces a wide range of beer products and other alcoholic beverages according to the changing demands of customers.

The beer company has strengthened its foothold across borders in European marketplaces. It has made its status to one of the top five biggest beer companies in Asia.

6) Heineken:

HeinekenFounded in 1864, the Dutch beer brand Heineken has been a leader in the global brewing market for more than 150 years. Today, the beer company is the number 1 company in Europe and the number 2 brewer in the world. Interestingly, the brewery is expanding its manufacturing and sales process by incorporating technologies like Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Heineken sells around 8.5 million barrels of its beer brands in the United States and expects the sales to be increased with data-driven developments and AI in operations, customer experience, and advertising. Heineken manufactures local, international, and specialty ciders and beers. The company’s beer brands include Desperados, Amstel, Sol, Affligem, Tiger, Red Stripe, Tecate, and Krusovice.

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7) Dogfish Head Craft Brewery:

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Founded in 1995, Dogfish Head Craft brewery produces 262,000 barrels of beer. The brewery was featured in documentaries and shows in 2010. The famous brewery also licenses “Dogfish Head Alehouse,” located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Falls Church, Virginia, and Fairfax, Virginia.

Recently, Sam Adams beer brewer Boston Beer Company signed up to buy Dogfish Head Brewery under a merger agreement valued at USD 300 million.

8) Kirin:

KirinThe Japan-based beer company is one of the largest producers of beer in the world. The company holds a stake in Myanmar Brewery Limited as well as in Asia Pacific Breweries. Kirin also owns Kirin Europe, Kirin Brewery of America, San-Miguel Brewery in the Philippines, and other subsidiaries across the world. Ichiban Shibori and Kirin lager are the two most popular beers produced by Kirin.

9) Molson Coors Brewery:

Molson Coors Brewery
Molson Coors is one of the leading global brewers with 31 breweries and a sales network spread across 50 countries. The US-based beer company is the second-largest and the leading brewer in Canada, a top tier brewer in the UK and fairly popular in Central Europe. MCBC’s plans include building a more robust brand portfolio, core advertising of its new brands, and delivering quality products worldwide.

10) Sierra Nevada Brewing Company:

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company The beer company was founded in 1980 by Ken Grossman. Grossman started the legendary Sierra Nevada with a hand-built brewhouse, and it worked in his favor. He began making beer using that old patchwork of pipes, pumps, and tanks, which forever changed the face of American craft brewing.  

The brewery’s product portfolio includes its house-made Pale Ale, Porter, and Stout, Torpedo, ‘Extra’ IPA, Kellerweis Hefeweizen, Nooner Pilsner, Hop Hunter, and Hazy Little things. In 2019, Sierra Nevada planned to invest USD 10 million in digital marketing and social media campaigns, with a 75 percent focus on Pale Ale and 25 percent focus on Torpedo Extra IPA.


Current Trends in Beer Market

- Beer Market was valued at USD 597million in 2018
- 2020-2026 at of CAGR A 1.09%
- Top vendors of the Beer Market
- According to study, Overall sales of beer in USA declined
- Asia-Pacific is expected to lead the global beer market

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