Sales of exported soft drinks by country totaled US$10.4 billion in 2015, up by an average 26.8% for all soft drinks exporters over the five-year period starting in 2011. The value of global soft drink exports did slow by -3.9% from 2014 to 2015.
Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported soft drinks during 2015 with shipments valued at $6.3 billion or 60.7% of the global total.
In second place were Asian exporters at 21.6% while 10.1% of worldwide soft drinks shipments originated from North America.
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
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of soft drinks during 2015:
- Switzerland: US$1.9 billion (18.3% of total exported soft drinks)
- Netherlands: $1 billion (10%)
- United States: $946 million (9.1%)
- Thailand: $910.6 million (8.8%)
- Germany: $835.4 million (8.1%)
- Belgium: $373.5 million (3.6%)
- Austria: $308.9 million (3%)
- Italy: $283.4 million (2.7%)
- South Korea: $275.1 million (2.7%)
- France: $264.6 million (2.6%)
- Malaysia: $235.2 million (2.3%)
- Spain: $210.2 million (2%)
- Poland: $176.2 million (1.7%)
- Denmark: $159.5 million (1.54%)
- United Kingdom: $157.3 million (1.52%)
The listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (77.8%) of all soft drinks exports in 2015 (by value).
Among the above countries, the fastest-growing soft drinks exporters since 2011 were: Italy (up 128.5%), Thailand (up 96.9%), United States (up 94.3%) and Poland (up 54.3%).
Two countries posted declines in their exported soft drinks sales, namely Austria (down -18.7%) and Germany (down -12.4%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for soft drinks during 2015. 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.
- Switzerland: US$1.8 billion (net export surplus up 34.5% since 2011)
- Thailand: $901.5 million (up 97.4%)
- Netherlands: $829.4 million (up 19.5%)
- Germany: $489.4 million (down -3.3%)
- United States: $258.4 million (up 124.8%)
- South Korea: $229.3 million (up 44.9%)
- Belgium: $222.6 million (up 37.8%)
- Austria: $209 million (down -26.9%)
- Malaysia: $165.4 million (up 58.7%)
- Poland: $126.6 million (up 78.6%)
- Taiwan: $115.1 million (up 56.5%)
- Denmark: $102 million (up 28.4%)
- Italy: $84.5 million (down -181.9%)
- El Salvador: $72.5 million (up 29.4%)
- 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.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for soft drinks during 2015. 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.
- Canada: -US$511.4 billion (net export deficit up 73.2% since 2011)
- United Kingdom: -$421.9 million (down -46.5%)
- Vietnam: -$335.9 million (down -2472.8%)
- China: -$166.8 million (down -634.3%)
- Myanmar (Burma): -$158.7 million (up 42.8%)
- Japan: -$124.2 million (up 57.6%)
- Hong Kong: -$120 million (up 32.2%)
- Mexico: -$110.1 million (up 37%)
- India: -$107.3 million (up 177.9%)
- Qatar: -$93.3 million (up 62.2%)
- Jordan: -$83.3 million (up 54.5%)
- Sweden: -$69.7 million (up 34.2%)
- Singapore: -$63.7 million (down -5.5%)
- Norway: -$61.7 million (up 19.6%)
- 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.
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)
See also Coffee Exports by Country, Tea Imports by Country and Sugar Exports by Country
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Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on October 20, 2016
Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on October 20, 2016
Wikipedia, List of soft drink producers. Accessed on October 20, 2016