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    Press Release, 11th February, 2009

    World Beer Market growth slows to 1.7% in 2008 (provisional)

    New Top 10 World Brewers Table announced

    According to latest figures released by beer market specialists Plato Logic, the World Beer market grew by less than 2% in 2008 (provisional). Ian Pressnell, Director of Plato Logic, commented: “this represents a sharp slowdown compared to the 5.7% growth seen in 2007; there were various negative influences in 2008 and a number of markets declined in the last quarter, according to our latest estimates”.

    Following recent M&A activity, notably the recent creation of A-B InBev, Plato Logic have now prepared an updated Top 10 World Brewers league table, based pro forma 2008 volumes (latest estimates).

    The chart shows that A-B InBev takes the number 1 spot, ahead of SABMiller, Heineken and Carlsberg. The new ‘Big 4’ have established a clear lead, with combined market share estimated at 50% (pro forma 2008).


    World’s Leading Brewers, pro forma 2008, latest estimates, million hl

    Source: Plato Logic Limited.

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

    For 2009, Plato Logic currently estimate another year of low growth. Commenting on the outlook, Ian Pressnell said: “Since 1980, the World Beer Market has only seen one year of decline; we remain cautiously optimistic that 2009 will see a positive development, although the outcome in China may significantly influence the ‘headline’ figure.”



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