Global Beer Consumption Down for 3 Years in Row

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)--Global beer consumption in 2017 dropped 0.2 pct from the previous year to 186.72 million kiloliters, down for the third straight year, a Kirin Co. survey showed Thursday.

The weak result was mainly due to a drop in demand in the top three beer consumers--China, the United States and Brazil, according to the survey, which covered 170 economies.

Japan came seventh for the 11th year in a row, with the volume of consumption in the country declining 2.6 pct to 5.11 million kiloliters.

China ranked top for the 15th consecutive year although consumption decreased 3.9 pct to 40.14 million kiloliters reflecting a rise in the number of people who enjoy wine and other alcoholic drinks.

The second-ranking United States saw beer consumption go down 1.2 pct to 23.95 million kiloliters. Consumption in third-ranking Brazil came to 12.56 million kiloliters, down 0.7 pct.

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