Top Soft Drinks Exporters by Country

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An ever-expanding myriad of flavors are quenching the thirst of soft drink enthusiasts around the globe. Consumer tastes now range from bubble gum or plum to curry or teriyaki carbonated drinks.

Global sales from top soft drinks exporters in 2016 amounted to US$10.5 billion.

Overall, the value of soft drinks exports were up by an average 17.6% for all exporting countries since 2012 when soft drinks shipments were valued at $8.9 billion. Growth in the value of global soft drink exports slowed to 2.2% from 2015 to 2016.

From a continents’ perspective, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported soft drinks during 2016 with shipments valued at $6 billion or 57.1% of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 27.8% while 10.4% of worldwide soft drinks shipments originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico (2.5%), Africa (1.4%) and Oceania including New Zealand and Australia (0.6%).

The 6-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 220290 for soft drinks, non-alcoholic beverages that exclude fruit or vegetable juices, flavored-water drinks and milk.

Top Soft Drinks Exporters by Country

Countries

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of soft drinks during 2016:

  1. Switzerland: US$1.9 billion (18% of exported soft drinks)
  2. Thailand: $1.1 billion (10.1%)
  3. Germany: $933.2 million (8.9%)
  4. United States: $916.7 million (8.7%)
  5. Netherlands: $826.6 million (7.9%)
  6. Belgium: $307.4 million (2.9%)
  7. South Korea: $301.6 million (2.9%)
  8. Italy: $295.7 million (2.8%)
  9. Austria: $293.2 million (2.8%)
  10. France: $242.3 million (2.3%)
  11. Malaysia: $241.1 million (2.3%)
  12. Spain: $205.5 million (2%)
  13. Denmark: $165.1 million (1.6%)
  14. Poland: $161.5 million (1.5%)
  15. Taiwan: $158.1 million (1.5%)

The listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (76.2%) of total exported soft drinks in 2016 by value.

Among the above countries, the fastest-growing soft drinks exporters since 2012 were: Italy (up 84.4%), Thailand (up 80.8%), United States (up 47%) and Poland (up 34.6%).

Four countries posted declines in their exported soft drinks sales: Austria (down -26%), Netherlands (down -20.4%), Belgium (down -13.6%) and France (down -12.3%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for soft drinks during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s exported soft drinks and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Switzerland: US$1.8 billion (net export surplus up 34.5% since 2012)
  2. Thailand: $901.5 million (up 97.4%)
  3. Netherlands: $829.4 million (up 19.5%)
  4. Germany: $489.4 million (down -3.3%)
  5. United States: $258.4 million (up 124.8%)
  6. South Korea: $229.3 million (up 44.9%)
  7. Belgium: $222.6 million (up 37.8%)
  8. Austria: $209 million (down -26.9%)
  9. Malaysia: $165.4 million (up 58.7%)
  10. Poland: $126.6 million (up 78.6%)
  11. Taiwan: $115.1 million (up 56.5%)
  12. Denmark: $102 million (up 28.4%)
  13. Italy: $84.5 million (down -181.9%)
  14. El Salvador: $72.5 million (up 29.4%)
  15. South Africa: $52.4 million (up 292.2%)

Switzerland has the highest surplus in the international trade of soft drinks. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Switzerland’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for soft drinks during 2016. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s imported soft drinks purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. Canada: -US$511.4 million (net export deficit up 73.2% since 2012)
  2. United Kingdom: -$421.9 million (down -46.5%)
  3. Vietnam: -$335.9 million (down -2472.8%)
  4. China: -$166.8 million (down -634.3%)
  5. Myanmar (Burma): -$158.7 million (up 42.8%)
  6. Japan: -$124.2 million (up 57.6%)
  7. Hong Kong: -$120 million (up 32.2%)
  8. Mexico: -$110.1 million (up 37%)
  9. India: -$107.3 million (up 177.9%)
  10. Qatar: -$93.3 million (up 62.2%)
  11. Jordan: -$83.3 million (up 54.5%)
  12. Sweden: -$69.7 million (up 34.2%)
  13. Singapore: -$63.7 million (down -5.5%)
  14. Norway: -$61.7 million (up 19.6%)
  15. Chile: -$58.8 million (up 138.1%)

Canada’s incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of soft drinks. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights Canada’s strong competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for soft drinks suppliers that help satisfy the powerful demand among Canadian consumers.

Companies

Soft Drinks Exporting Companies

Below are global producers that represent established players that dominate the international soft drinks trade. The country that is home to each conglomerate’s headquarters is shown within parenthesis.

  • Hamoud Boualem (Algeria)
  • Cott (Canada)
  • Perrier (France)
  • Vitasoy (Hong Kong)
  • Asahi Soft Drinks (Japan)
  • Drinko (Lebanon)
  • Sumal + Compal SA (Portugal)
  • Fraser and Neave, Limited (Singapore)
  • Britvic plc (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group (United States)
  • Faygo Beverages, Inc (United States)
  • Jones Soda (United States)
  • PepsiCo Inc (United States)
  • The Coca-Cola Company (United States)









Searchable List of Soft Drinks Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2016 Soft Drink Exports% World Total
1.SwitzerlandUS$1.9 billion18%
2.Thailand$1.1 billion10.1%
3.Germany$933.2 million8.9%
4.United States$916.7 million8.7%
5.Netherlands$826.6 million7.9%
6.Belgium$307.4 million2.9%
7.South Korea$301.6 million2.9%
8.Italy$295.7 million2.8%
9.Austria$293.2 million2.8%
10.France$242.3 million2.3%
11.Malaysia$241.1 million2.3%
12.Spain$205.5 million2%
13.Denmark$165.1 million1.6%
14.Poland$161.5 million1.5%
15.Taiwan$158.1 million1.5%
16.Laos$151.4 million1.4%
17.United Kingdom$150.7 million1.4%
18.China$138.3 million1.3%
19.Saudi Arabia$135.6 million1.3%
20.Japan$110.6 million1.1%
21.Mexico$105.8 million1%
22.Nepal$95.6 million0.9%
23.Hong Kong$92.8 million0.9%
24.El Salvador$92.4 million0.9%
25.Czech Republic$87.2 million0.8%
26.South Africa$75.3 million0.7%
27.Singapore$72.8 million0.7%
28.Philippines$67.4 million0.6%
29.Russia$66 million0.6%
30.Canada$65.5 million0.6%
31.Serbia$65.4 million0.6%
32.Guatemala$64.1 million0.6%
33.United Arab Emirates$52.1 million0.5%
34.Sweden$51.9 million0.5%
35.Vietnam$51.3 million0.5%
36.New Zealand$50.7 million0.5%
37.Indonesia$42.2 million0.4%
38.Portugal$37.7 million0.4%
39.Turkey$37.1 million0.4%
40.Hungary$36.3 million0.3%
41.Lithuania$24.4 million0.2%
42.Argentina$23.9 million0.2%
43.Ireland$23.7 million0.2%
44.Costa Rica$21.8 million0.2%
45.Lebanon$21 million0.2%
46.Slovenia$18.1 million0.2%
47.Ukraine$17.6 million0.2%
48.Romania$17.2 million0.2%
49.Kuwait$15.3 million0.1%
50.Belarus$14.9 million0.1%
51.Togo$14.1 million0.1%
52.Sri Lanka$13.8 million0.1%
53.Kazakhstan$13.1 million0.1%
54.Zambia$12.5 million0.1%
55.Australia$12.1 million0.1%
56.India$12 million0.1%
57.Jordan$11.9 million0.1%
58.Greece$11.6 million0.1%
59.Slovakia$10.9 million0.1%
60.Trinidad/Tobago$9.9 million0.1%
61.Peru$9.5 million0.1%
62.Latvia$9.4 million0.1%
63.Tunisia$8.5 million0.1%
64.Croatia$8 million0.1%
65.Morocco$8 million0.1%
66.Colombia$6.4 million0.1%
67.Bangladesh$5.7 million0.1%
68.Kenya$5.5 million0.1%
69.Jamaica$5.3 million0.1%
70.Honduras$5 million0.0%
71.Israel$4.5 million0.04%
72.Bulgaria$4.3 million0.04%
73.Bosnia/Herzegovina$4 million0.04%
74.Finland$3.8 million0.04%
75.Estonia$3.8 million0.04%
76.Brazil$3.7 million0.04%
77.Dominican Republic$3.6 million0.03%
78.Chile$3.5 million0.03%
79.Uganda$3.4 million0.03%
80.Bahrain$3.3 million0.03%
81.Algeria$3.2 million0.03%
82.Cyprus$3 million0.03%
83.Ghana$2.9 million0.03%
84.Tanzania$2.7 million0.03%
85.Macedonia$2.6 million0.02%
86.Armenia$2.6 million0.02%
87.Moldova$2.5 million0.02%
88.Brunei Darussalam$2.2 million0.02%
89.Panama$2.1 million0.02%
90.Gambia$2.1 million0.02%
91.Ecuador$2 million0.02%
92.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.8 million0.02%
93.Rwanda$1.3 million0.01%
94.Luxembourg$1.1 million0.01%
95.Mauritius$1.1 million0.01%
96.Nicaragua$968,0000.01%
97.Palestine$871,0000.01%
98.Swaziland$865,0000.01%
99.Iran$797,0000.01%
100.Uzbekistan$749,0000.01%
101.Namibia$726,0000.01%
102.Oman$706,0000.01%
103.Papua New Guinea$686,0000.01%
104.Zimbabwe$653,0000.01%
105.Iceland$647,0000.01%
106.Botswana$602,0000.01%
107.Guyana$536,0000.01%
108.Aruba$529,0000.01%
109.Norway$497,0000.00%
110.Senegal$457,0000.004%
111.Saint Lucia$454,0000.004%
112.Cameroon$447,0000.004%
113.Mali$419,0000.004%
114.Haiti$389,0000.004%
115.Kyrgyzstan$322,0000.003%
116.Curaçao$289,0000.003%
117.Azerbaijan$276,0000.003%
118.Malta$275,0000.003%
119.Qatar$228,0000.002%
120.Egypt$225,0000.002%
121.Venezuela$215,0000.002%
122.St Kitts/Nevis$183,0000.002%
123.Myanmar (Burma)$180,0000.002%
124.Montenegro$178,0000.002%
125.Mozambique$172,0000.002%
126.Pakistan$159,0000.002%
127.Barbados$152,0000.001%
128.Albania$133,0000.001%
129.Sierra Leone$133,0000.001%
130.Angola$101,0000.001%
131.Georgia$93,0000.001%
132.Fiji$73,0000.001%
133.Côte d'Ivoire$70,0000.001%
134.US Minor Outlying Is$67,0000.001%
135.Macao, China$62,0000.001%
136.Suriname$61,0000.001%
137.Mongolia$59,0000.001%
138.North Korea$57,0000.001%
139.Madagascar$55,0000.001%
140.Turkmenistan$54,0000.001%
141.Syria$42,0000.000%
142.Tajikistan$31,0000.0003%
143.Bahamas$30,0000.0003%
144.French Polynesia$28,0000.0003%
145.Nigeria$27,0000.0003%
146.Cambodia$20,0000.0002%
147.Yemen$18,0000.0002%
148.Niger$17,0000.0002%
149.St Maarten (Dutch part)$17,0000.0002%
150.Burkina Faso$16,0000.0002%
151.Sudan$14,0000.0001%
152.Uruguay$12,0000.0001%
153.Lesotho$10,0000.0001%
154.Paraguay$9,0000.0001%
155.Benin$9,0000.0001%
156.Gabon$6,0000.0001%
157.Dominica$5,0000.0000%
158.Iraq$5,0000.0000%
159.Malawi$1,0000.00001%
160.Democratic Rep. Congo$1,0000.00001%
161.Burundi$1,0000.00001%


See also Coffee Exports by Country, Tea Imports by Country and Sugar Exports by Country

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on July 18, 2017

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on July 18, 2017

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on July 18, 2017

Wikipedia, List of soft drink producers. Accessed on July 18, 2017