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    World Beer Market growth slows in 2012 (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 under 1.5% in 2012 (provisional). Ian Pressnell, Director of Plato Logic, commented: "Growth was lower than in 2011, however the development was uneven and the headline figure was dragged down by a weak last quarter in China. We estimate the US market returned to modest growth and that the Far East and Central Asia region, excluding China, grew by more than 4%."

    Plato Logic have now prepared an updated Top 10 World Brewers league table, based pro forma 2012 volumes (latest estimates).

    The chart shows that A-B InBev retain the number 1 spot, around 75mhl ahead of SABMiller in second place, followed by Heineken and Carlsberg. The ‘Big 4’ retain a combined market share of around 50% (pro forma 2012).

    World’s Leading Brewers, pro forma 2012, latest estimates, million hl

    Source: Plato Logic Limited, February 2013.

    Notes to chart: The A-B InBev figures exclude minority investments and Modelo. ‘MillerCoors’ volume allocated 50/50 to SABMiller and MCBC. SABMiller figures include 100% CR Snow and are adjusted for Foster’s acquisition and Efes transaction. MCBC includes StarBev acquisition in East Europe; Kirin adjusted for Schincariol acquisition. Some deals may be pending regulatory approval.

    For 2013, Plato Logic’s current ‘control scenario’ assumes that world beer market growth will pick up a little, with growth of around 2-2.5% currently forecast.

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