Major Export Companies: Alcoholic Beverages

Major Export Companies: Alcoholic Beverages

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Total exports for alcoholic beverages totaled US$83 billion in 2016, down by -4.6% from $87.1 billion during 2012.

Representing almost four-fifths (39.6%) of worldwide alcohol shipments, the value of wine shipments fell by -2.5% from 2012 to 2016. The largest alcohol category at 42.7%, exported liquor depreciated by -9.2%.

However, not all types of exported alcoholic beverages dropped in value over the 5-year period. Malt beer exports appreciated by 3% from $12.9 billion to $13.3 billion.

Largest Alcoholic Beverages Companies

Below are the world’s largest alcoholic beverages companies ordered by total sales (both domestic and international) as reported for May 2017. Shown within parenthesis is the country where each conglomerate has its headquarters.

  1. Anheuser-Busch InBev: US$45.6 billion (Belgium)
  2. Heineken Holding: $23 billion (Netherlands)
  3. Kirin Holdings: $19.1 billion (Japan)
  4. Asahi Group Holdings: $15.7 billion (Japan)
  5. Diageo: $15.2 billion (United Kingdom)
  6. Pernod Ricard: $9.7 billion (France)
  7. Carlsberg: $9.3 billion (Denmark)
  8. Suntory Holdings: $9.1 billion (Japan)
  9. Constellation Brands: $7.3 billion (United States)
  10. Thai Beverage: $5.3 billion (Thailand)
  11. Kweichow Moutai: $5 billion (China)
  12. Molson Coors Brewing: $4.9 billion (United States)
  13. Wuliangye Yibin: $3.4 billion (China)
  14. Brown-Forman: $3 billion (United States)
  15. Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery: $2.6 billion (China)

Please note that company sales may include products other than alcoholic beverages. Companies like Asahi Group Holdings also sells non-alcoholic products like soft drinks. Others like Wuliangye Yibin make products for other industries ranging from precision plastic products and car molds to electronics and logistics services.

Headquartered in Woking, England, well-established competitor SABMiller was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev on October 10, 2016. In other changes from our 2016 report, Mexico’s Grupo Modelo is now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev while Japan’s Suntory Holdings acquired Beam (formerly Jim Beam).

Alcoholic beverage titans posting the fastest growth in sales from 2016 to 2017 have their headquarters in the United States: Molson Coors Brewing experienced a 36.1% surge in annual revenues followed by a 10.6% uptick for Constellation Brands. The Chinese company Wuliangye Yibin rang up a healthy 6.2% sales improvement almost matched by a 6% gain for Thai Beverage based in Bangkok. Seven other big alcoholic beverage players garnered sales increases ranging from 0.9% for the Dutch business Heineken Holding up to 4.9% for the Japanese integrated beverages firm Kirin Holdings.

Four conglomerates endured declining sales from 2016 to 2017: UK’s Diageo (down -5.6%), Denmark’s Carlsberg (down -4.1%), Brown-Forman (down -3.2%) and France’s Pernod Ricard (down -2%).

See also Wine Exports by Country, Top Vodka Exporters and Beer Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Forbes 2017 Global 2000 individual company profiles, Example of top alcoholic beverages company compiled for this study: Anheuser-Busch InBev. Accessed on January 16, 2018

Forbes 2017 Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on January 16, 2018

Suntory Holdings Net Sales, Financial Information. Accessed on January 16, 2018

Suntory Holdings Overview, Alcoholic Beverages Percentage Total Sales (37%). Accessed on January 16, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on January 16, 2018

Wikipedia, Category: Brand name alcohol products. Accessed on January 16, 2018

Wikipedia, Grupo Modelo. Accessed on January 16, 2018

Wikipedia, International Federation of Spirits Producers. Accessed on January 16, 2018

Wikipedia, SABMiller. Accessed on January 16, 2018