Edition 2022

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What is the value of Dutch beer exports?

In 2021, the Netherlands exported more than 2 billion euros worth of beer, of which 130 million euros concerned non-alcoholic beer. In 2021, the Netherlands was the biggest exporter of beer in the European Union. On a global scale, only Mexico exports more beer than the Netherlands.

Hoeveel bier exporteert Nederland?Alcoholic beersNon-alcoholic beersAlcohovrij bier€ 130 mlnBier met alcohol€ 1 896 mlnWhat is the value of Dutch beer exports?

In each year of this century, the Netherlands was the top exporter of alcoholic beer in the EU. Compared to 2000, the export value of beer was up by 73 percent in 2021, standing at 1.9 billion euros. Belgium’s export value rose even more steeply during that period, increasing almost fivefold. Germany and France are the third and fourth largest exporters of alcoholic beer in the EU, Czechia is fifth.

Worldwide, there is only one country that exports significantly larger volumes of alcoholic beer than the Netherlands, namely Mexico. In 2020, Mexico exported twice as much beer as the Netherlands.

Largest exporters of alcoholic beer in the EU (bn euros)
Netherlands Belgium Germany France
2000 1.097 0.374 0.681 0.173
2001 1.216 0.372 0.749 0.194
2002 1.405 0.394 0.763 0.191
2003 1.348 0.400 0.815 0.153
2004 1.236 0.518 0.898 0.147
2005 1.248 0.545 0.845 0.155
2006 1.444 0.587 0.858 0.151
2007 1.407 0.646 0.916 0.146
2008 1.421 0.632 0.942 0.170
2009 1.379 0.697 0.866 0.172
2010 1.371 0.732 0.950 0.228
2011 1.354 0.792 0.995 0.273
2012 1.527 1.063 1.067 0.353
2013 1.508 1.090 1.033 0.333
2014 1.536 1.054 1.075 0.351
2015 1.701 1.153 1.140 0.349
2016 1.758 1.303 1.181 0.356
2017 1.724 1.483 1.144 0.358
2018 1.722 1.552 1.167 0.344
2019 1.849 1.744 1.206 0.313
2020 1.915 1.741 1.108 0.330
2021 1.896 1.703 1.175 0.340

Exports of non-alcoholic beer growing faster

As of 2017, non-alcoholic beer is measured separately in the statistics. All beer containing less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) is counted as non-alcoholic beer. Exports of non-alcoholic beer grew considerably faster between 2017 and 2021, at 97 percent, than the export of beer containing alcohol, which grew at 10 percent. In 2017 and 2018, Germany was the largest exporter of non-alcoholic beer in the EU. However, the Netherlands took over this position in 2019. After Germany and the Netherlands, the main exporters of non-alcoholic beer are Belgium and Poland.

Largest exporters of non-alcoholic beer in the EU (million euros)
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Netherlands 66 57 99 121 130
Germany 74 80 84 80 91
Belgium 7 11 24 20 33
Poland 8 8 16 23 26

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