Major Export Companies: Alcoholic Beverages

Major Export Companies: Alcoholic Beverages

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Total exports for alcoholic beverages totaled US$81.3 billion in 2016, down by -5% from $85.6 billion during 2012.

Representing four-fifths (39.8%) of worldwide alcohol shipments, the value of wine shipments fell by -2.5%. The second-largest alcohol category at 34.5%, exported liquor depreciated by -1%.

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 $13.2 billion.

Largest Alcoholic Beverages Companies

Below are the world’s largest alcoholic beverages companies ordered by total sales (both domestic and international) in 2016. Shown within parenthesis is the country where each conglomerate has its headquarters.

  1. Anheuser-Busch InBev: US$43.6 billion (Belgium)
  2. Heineken Holding: $22.8 billion (Netherlands)
  3. SABMiller Plc: $20.8 billion (United Kingdom)
  4. Kirin Holdings: $18.2 billion (Japan)
  5. Diageo: $16.1 billion (United Kingdom)
  6. Asahi Group Holdings: $15.3 billion (Japan)
  7. Pernod Ricard: $9.9 billion (France)
  8. Carlsberg: $9.7 billion (Denmark)
  9. Grupo Modelo: $6.9 billion (Mexico)
  10. Constellation Brands: $6.6 billion (United States)
  11. Thai Beverage: $5 billion (Thailand)
  12. Kweichow Moutai: $4.9 billion (China)
  13. Anadolu Efes: $4.8 billion (Turkey)
  14. Tsingtao Brewery: $4.2 billion (China)
  15. Molson Coors Brewing: $3.6 billion (United States)
  16. Wuliangye Yibin: $3.2 billion (China)
  17. Brown-Forman: $3.1 billion (United States)
  18. Beam: $2.6 billion (United States)
  19. Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery: $2.5 billion (China)

The top companies posting the fastest growth in sales from 2014 to 2015 each has its headquarters on different continents. Constellation Brands (up 52.3%) is in North America, SAB Miller Plc (up 18.6%) represents Europe and Kweichow Moutai (up 6.3%) is found in Asia.

Conglomerates with the fastest-declining sales were Kirin Holdings (down -21.4%), Carlsberg (down -17.6%), Wuliangye Yibin (down -16.8%), Molson Coors Brewing (down -15%), Asahi Group Holdings (down -12.8%) and Heineken Holding (down -10.8%). Again, headquarters for the decliners are located on three different continents suggesting that the downturn in alcoholic beverages sales depends more on global consumer trends rather than on downturns in one or two geographic regions.

Note the above company sales may include products other than alcoholic beverages. Companies such Asahi Group Holdings and Anadolu Efes also sell 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.

See also Tea Imports by Country, Coffee Exports by Country and Ice Cream Exporters

Research Sources:
Forbes 2016 Global 2000 individual company profiles, Example of top alcoholic beverages company compiled for this study: Wuliangye Yibin. Accessed on July 2, 2016

Forbes 2015 Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on July 2, 2016

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on August 23, 2017

Wikipedia, Category: Brand name alcohol products. Accessed on July 2, 2016

Wikipedia, International Federation of Spirits Producers. Accessed on July 2, 2016