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. Consumers can now indulge in tastes ranging from bubble gum and plum to curry and teriyaki carbonated drinks.

Global sales from top soft drinks exporters in 2017 totaled US$19.8 billion.

Overall, the value of soft drinks exports rose by an average 7.5% for all exporting countries since 2013 when soft drinks shipments were valued at $18.4 billion. Growth in the global value of exported soft drinks gained 5.6% from 2016 to 2017.

From a continental perspective, European countries generated the highest international sales of soft drinks during 2017 with shipments valued at $13.2 billion or 66.9% of the global total. In second place were Asian exporters at 18.5% while 9.1% of worldwide soft drinks exports originated from North America. Smaller percentages came from Latin America excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean (2.4%), Africa (1.5%) and Oceania notably New Zealand and Australia (0.7%).

The four-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 2202 for soft drinks. That code prefix encompasses waters (including mineral and aerated waters) containing added sugar or other sweeteners as well as non-alcoholic beer and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Top Soft Drinks Exporters by Country


Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of soft drinks during 2017.

  1. Austria: US$2.7 billion (13.9% of total soft drinks exports)
  2. Switzerland: $1.84 billion (9.3%)
  3. Germany: $1.81 billion (9%)
  4. Netherlands: $1.7 billion (8.6%)
  5. Thailand: $1.3 billion (7%)
  6. United States: $1.2 billion (6.3%)
  7. Belgium: $840.3 million (4.2%)
  8. France: $780.1 million (3.9%)
  9. United Kingdom: $553 million (2.8%)
  10. Italy: $513.5 million (2.6%)
  11. Poland: $397.5 million (2%)
  12. South Korea: $388.6 million (2%)
  13. Denmark: $371 million (1.9%)
  14. Mexico: $370.6 million (1.9%)
  15. Malaysia: $325.6 million (1.6%)

By value, the listed 15 countries shipped over three-quarters (76.7%) of total exported soft drinks in 2017.

Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing soft drinks exporters since 2013 were: Thailand (up 64.6%), Italy (up 49.1%), Poland (up 32.1%) and Mexico (up 31.5%).

Four countries incurred declines in their exported soft drinks sales namely Belgium (down -12.6%), France (down -11.3%), United Kingdom (down -6.4%) and Malaysia (down -2.9%).


The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for soft drinks during 2017. 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. Austria: US$2 billion (net export surplus up 20.9% since 2013)
  2. Switzerland: $1.6 billion (up 2.2%)
  3. Thailand: $1.3 billion (up 65.8%)
  4. Netherlands: $971 million (up 5.1%)
  5. Germany: $742.7 million (down -4.7%)
  6. South Korea: $308 million (up 25%)
  7. Poland: $276.4 million (up 41.8%)
  8. Malaysia: $261.2 million (up 11.8%)
  9. Italy: $249.8 million (up 141%)
  10. Denmark: $242.2 million (down -7.1%)
  11. Mexico: $205.2 million (up 82.1%)
  12. Taiwan: $136.8 million (up 21.9%)
  13. Turkey: $90.7 million (up 55%)
  14. South Africa: $71.4 million (up 254.1%)
  15. Serbia: $70.1 million (down -6.7%)

Overtaking Switzerland in 2017, Austria had the highest surplus in the international trade of soft drinks. In turn, this positive cashflow confirms Austria’s competitive advantage for this specific product category.


The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for soft drinks during 2017. 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. United States: -US$2.1 billion (net export deficit up 84.3% since 2013)
  2. Canada: -$700.6 million (up 10.3%)
  3. United Kingdom: -$534.2 million (up 9.4%)
  4. Vietnam: -$439 million (reversing a $42.6 million surplus)
  5. Cambodia: -$378.1 million (up 2,639%)
  6. China: -$260.2 million (reversing a -$25.3 million deficit)
  7. Myanmar (Burma): -$224.4 million (up 558.7%)
  8. Colombia: -$194.3 million (up 1,276%)
  9. Australia: -$191.3 million (down -0.7%)
  10. Norway: -$172.6 million (up 12.2%)
  11. Singapore: -$156.9 million (up 126.8%)
  12. Sweden: -$149.9 million (up 26.2%)
  13. Hong Kong: -$148.8 million (down -4.7%)
  14. Slovakia: -$127.8 million (up 82%)
  15. Ireland: -$126.4 million (down -8.9%)

The United States of America incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of soft drinks. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights America’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.

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

Searchable List of Soft Drinks Exporting Countries

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RankExporter2017 Soft Drinks Exports% World Total
1.AustriaUS$2.7 billion13.9%
2.Switzerland$1.84 billion9.3%
3.Germany$1.81 billion9.1%
4.Netherlands$1.7 billion8.6%
5.Thailand$1.3 billion6.6%
6.United States$1.2 billion6.3%
7.Belgium$840.3 million4.2%
8.France$780.1 million3.9%
9.United Kingdom$553 million2.8%
10.Italy$513.5 million2.6%
11.Poland$397.5 million2%
12.South Korea$388.6 million2%
13.Denmark$371 million1.9%
14.Mexico$370.6 million1.9%
15.Malaysia$325.6 million1.6%
16.Spain$266.6 million1.3%
17.Japan$218.7 million1.1%
18.Czech Republic$215.2 million1.1%
19.Hungary$189.9 million1%
20.China$180.9 million0.9%
21.Taiwan$179 million0.9%
22.Canada$172.3 million0.9%
23.Turkey$162.8 million0.8%
24.South Africa$150.9 million0.8%
25.Saudi Arabia$150 million0.8%
26.Guatemala$136.5 million0.7%
27.Russia$128.8 million0.7%
28.El Salvador$126.2 million0.6%
29.Hong Kong$124 million0.6%
30.Ireland$116.3 million0.6%
31.Serbia$105.2 million0.5%
32.Sweden$102.3 million0.5%
33.Indonesia$101.3 million0.5%
34.Philippines$101.1 million0.5%
35.New Zealand$91.7 million0.5%
36.Portugal$89.4 million0.5%
37.United Arab Emirates$76.7 million0.4%
38.Vietnam$76.1 million0.4%
39.Romania$71.8 million0.4%
40.Singapore$71.7 million0.4%
41.Croatia$52.5 million0.3%
42.Australia$49.1 million0.2%
43.Slovenia$47.3 million0.2%
44.Zambia$45.6 million0.2%
45.Ukraine$42.2 million0.2%
46.Trinidad/Tobago$38.6 million0.2%
47.Costa Rica$37.6 million0.2%
48.Kazakhstan$36 million0.2%
49.Greece$35.7 million0.2%
50.Kuwait$33.3 million0.2%
51.Luxembourg$30.5 million0.2%
52.Argentina$28 million0.1%
53.Bulgaria$26.4 million0.1%
54.Bosnia/Herzegovina$24.7 million0.1%
55.Egypt$24.6 million0.1%
56.Slovakia$23.4 million0.1%
57.Lebanon$23.2 million0.1%
58.Lithuania$21.4 million0.1%
59.Latvia$20.1 million0.1%
60.Finland$20.1 million0.1%
61.Peru$18.8 million0.1%
62.Georgia$17.9 million0.1%
63.Bangladesh$16.8 million0.1%
64.Dominican Rep$16.2 million0.1%
65.Belarus$15.6 million0.1%
66.Sri Lanka$15.4 million0.1%
67.Jamaica$14.1 million0.1%
68.India$14.0 million0.1%
69.Algeria$13.0 million0.1%
70.Nigeria$12.3 million0.1%
71.Morocco$12.2 million0.1%
72.Brazil$12.2 million0.1%
73.Nicaragua$12.1 million0.1%
74.Norway$10.8 million0.1%
75.Honduras$10.4 million0.1%
76.Jordan$9.4 million0.05%
77.Oman$9.2 million0.05%
78.Laos$8.7 million0.04%
79.Colombia$8.6 million0.04%
80.Uganda$8.4 million0.04%
81.Estonia$8.2 million0.04%
82.Kenya$8.1 million0.04%
83.Macedonia$7.8 million0.04%
84.Macao$6.1 million0.03%
85.Cyprus$5.3 million0.03%
86.Chile$5 million0.03%
87.Israel$5 million0.03%
88.Sudan$4 million0.02%
89.Moldova$3.7 million0.02%
90.Malta$3.6 million0.02%
91.Tunisia$3.5 million0.02%
92.Suriname$3.3 million0.02%
93.Bahrain$3 million0.02%
94.Ecuador$3 million0.02%
95.Armenia$3 million0.02%
96.Uzbekistan$2.6 million0.01%
97.Saint Lucia$2.6 million0.01%
98.Kyrgyzstan$2.6 million0.01%
99.Bhutan$2.4 million0.01%
100.Mozambique$2 million0.01%
101.St Vincent/Grenadines$1.9 million0.01%
102.Togo$1.8 million0.01%
103.Cameroon$1.5 million0.01%
104.Swaziland$1.5 million0.01%
105.Tanzania$1.2 million0.01%
106.Mauritius$1.2 million0.01%
107.Iran$1.2 million0.01%
108.Barbados$1.1 million0.01%
117.Democ. Repub. Congo$629,0000.003%
122.Saint Kitts/Nevis$332,0000.002%
128.North Korea$186,0000.001%
130.Myanmar (Burma)$127,0000.001%
139.US Minor Outlying Is$49,0000.0002%
146.French Polynesia$23,0000.0001%
147.Côte d'Ivoire$19,0000.0001%
150.Sierra Leone$11,0000.0001%
153.Burkina Faso$9,0000.00005%
155.Cook Islands$7,0000.00004%
158.New Caledonia$6,0000.00003%
159.Christmas Island$6,0000.00003%
161.Cabo Verde$6,0000.00003%
162.Brunei Darussalam$6,0000.00003%
164.Turks/Caicos Is$4,0000.00002%
171.Faroe Islands$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 June 12, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 12, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on June 12, 2018

Wikipedia, List of soft drink producers. Accessed on June 12, 2018