Beer output fell last year for the first time in a decade, with producers facing price pressure as a result of the anti-corruption campaign and rising costs, industry officials said. Production slid 0.96 percent to 49.22 million kiloliters. In December alone, beer output slid 17.2 percent to 2.42 million kiloliters, according to, the website of the Beer Professional Committee at the China Food Industry Association. The figures show that in the second half, output fell every month on a year-on-year basis…Full Article: Feb 2015

Key Points

  • The causes behind the production decline include the government’s austerity campaign (dampening consumption), stricter food safety laws, and high prices for barley imports.
  • As of early 2015, the five breweries of Huarun Snow Beer Co Ltd, Tsingtao Brewery Co Ltd, Anheuser–Busch InBev (e.g. Budweiser), Beijing Yanjing Brewery, and the Carlsberg Group had an 80% share of the Chinese beer market.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2007 to 2012, mainland China barley imports increased from 913,199 MTs to 2 million MTs (+177%), with equivalent values rising from US$266.8 million to US$781.2 million (+193%). Australia was the dominant supplier, accounting for 82% of China’s imports by volume in 2012. Canada was a secondary supplier and accounted for 12% of imports in 2012.
  • From 2007 to 2012, mainland China imports of roasted malt increased from 9,924 MTs to 13,790 MTs (+39%), while equivalent values rose from US$4.5 million to US$8.5 million (+90%). Belgium was the dominant supplier, accounting for 74% of China’s imports by volume in 2012.
  • Hong Kong imports of malt (not roasted) were modest and were actually higher than shipments bound for mainland China. From 2007 to 2012, Hong Kong imports declined slightly from 1,703 MTs to 1,052 MTs (-38%), while equivalent values decreased from US$605,618 to US$577,386 (-5%).
  • From 2007 to 2012, mainland China beer imports increased from 21.7 million liters to 110.6 million liters (+408%), with equivalent values rising from US$27.3 million to US$144 million (+428%). Germany was the top supplier and saw its import market share (by volume) jump from 34% to 60% over the same time period. From 2007 to 2010, Mexico was the second largest beer supplier, but was overtaken by South Korea in 2011. As of 2012, Mexico accounted for 5% of China’s beer imports while South Korea accounted for 9% of imports.

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