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    World Beer Market growth improves in 2010 (provisional)

    New Top 10 World Brewers Table announced (provisional/pro forma)

    According to latest figures released by beer market specialists Plato Logic, the World Beer market grew by 1.4% in 2010 (provisional). Ian Pressnell, Director of Plato Logic, commented: “Overall the ‘top-line figure’ for 2010 (provisional) does confirm another challenging year for the global beer industry, but represents an improvement on the 0.3% growth recorded in 2009.”

    Plato Logic have now prepared an updated Top 10 World Brewers league table, based pro forma 2010 volumes (latest estimates).

    The chart shows that A-B InBev retain the number 1 spot, around 100mhl ahead of SABMiller in second place, followed by Heineken and Carlsberg. The ‘Big 4’ have a combined market share estimated at just over 50% (pro forma 2010). The other 6 companies in the ‘Top 10’ also retained their positions.



    World’s Leading Brewers, pro forma 2010, latest estimates, million hl

    Source: Plato Logic Limited, February 2011.

    Notes to chart: The A-B InBev figures exclude Modelo and other minority investments, and are adjusted for disposals. ‘MillerCoors’ volume allocated 50/50 to SABMiller and MCBC. Heineken figures adjusted for FEMSA acquisition. Some deals may be pending regulatory approval.

    For 2011, Plato Logic’s current ‘control scenario’ assumes that world beer market growth will continue to improve, with growth forecast to reach between 2 and 2.5%.


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