The biggest Brewery Groups in the world

Only 40 brewery groups account for 90 percent of the world's beer production.

World's beer production in 2019 reached a total of 1,913 million hectolitres. Compared to 2018, a slight increase (0.5 percent) was recorded. Significant is the fact that only 40 brewing groups produce 90 percent of all beer. Within these groups, production even increased by 0.8 percent. This is one of the first results from the BarthHaas Report Hops 2019/2020; it will probably be published at the beginning of October. Acquisition and merger activities in 2019 again concentrated mainly on the craft brewer segment. Who are the big ones? 1 AB Inbev, BEL, continues to top the list. The group's market share is 29.3 percent. Almost every third beer consumed in the world therefore comes from one of the AB Inbev breweries. 2 Heineken, NED, follows with 12.6 percent. 3 China Res. Snow Breweries, CHN (6%) 4 Carlsberg, DEN (5.9%) 5 Molson Coors, USA (4.8%) 6 Tsingtao Brewery Group, CHN (4.2%) 7 Asahi, JPN (3.0%) 8 Yanjing, CHN (2%) 9 BGI / Groupe Castel, FRA (1,9%) 10 Efes Group, TUR (1,9%)

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The Great American Beer Festival®

The country’s most important beer festival and competition, originally scheduled for September 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, becomes an online experience on October 16-17.

This decision was further confirmed with the announcement on May 20, when Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes to allow the operation of alternate care sites in Colorado because of the presence of COVID-19, rendering GABF at the Colorado Convention Center infeasible. “While we are disappointed to not be gathering in Denver this fall for the craft beer community’s annual big tent event, the health and safety of our attendees, brewers, volunteers, judges, and employees is and always has been our top priority,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be affected for the foreseeable future, we must stay true to our priorities and pursue other ways to host GABF.” The 39th Great American Beer Festival may look different, but beer lovers from around the country will have the opportunity to come together in new ways to celebrate the nation’s craft beer community. The spirit of the festival will live on through live and virtual experiences with beer lovers and breweries nationwide on October 16-17, 2020. The event is still in planning, but experiences will likely include beer tastings, conversations with brewers, local brewery activations, and at-home beer and food pairing deliveries. The festival’s renowned professional beer competition will take place in 2020. A panel of more than 100 professional judges will assess the more than 7,000 expected entries to identify the three beers that best represent each style category. Brewery registration opens on June 9. More information on the competition, style guidelines, and awards ceremony: www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com Source and photo: The Brewers Association

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Kölsch for Denmark and the world

The first, internationally successful collaboration is now turning into an intensive collaboration. After Viking Kölsch, which was brewed together with Gaffel and Mikkeller, came onto the market last year, the Cologne private brewery now produces its own Mikkeller Kölsch for the Danes.

The top-fermented beer is brewed in Cologne under the specifications of Craft Beer pioneer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø by Gaffel master brewer Reiner Radke according to the Kölsch convention. The Cologne Purity Law is the basis for protection by the European Union. Since 1998, Kölsch has been both a variety and a designation of origin. Therefore the speciality may only be brewed in Cologne. "We are pleased that Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is working with us again," says Thomas Deloy, Marketing and PR Manager. "As a craft beer specialist, he appreciates our high level of brewing expertise and experience with top-fermented beers." Kölsch is a regional variety that is based in the Rhineland. Nevertheless, the top-fermented beer enjoys an excellent reputation internationally. Kölsch from Cologne can be found all over the world: in the USA as well as in China, Brazil and of course in the neighbouring European countries. "The Mikkeller Kölsch produced in Cologne once again underlines the high status of Kölsch in the entire beer and craft beer scene," says Product Manager Sebastian Lenninghausen. Photo: (c) Ben Hammer

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AB Inbev sold significantly less beer in April

On Thursday, AB InBev published its results for the first quarter of 2020, which already clearly showed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The year got off to a good start, with volume growth of 1.9% in the first two months of the year - the only exception being China.

The impact of COVID-19 on AB InBev's global statistics increased significantly towards the end of the quarter. As a result, volume declined 9.3% for the first quarter as a whole and 3.6% excluding China. Revenues decreased by 5.8%, while revenues per hectolitre increased by 3.9%. EBITDA of $3,949 million represents a 13.7% decline, with the margin contracting 331 basis points to 35.9%. AB InBev expects the impact on results in the second quarter of 2020 to be significantly worse than in the first quarter. This was already evident in April 2020, when global volumes declined approximately 32% in April 2020, primarily due to the closure of the on-site channel in most markets and government restrictions on certain AB InBev operations in connection with the COVID 19 pandemic. However, China is already on the road to recovery. AB InBev's volume in China declined approximately 17% in April, an improvement of 46.5% compared to the first quarter decline. The diverse geographic spread of AB InBev's operations allows the Group to apply best practices from its experience in China and South Korea to the rest of the markets as they go through different phases of the crisis and eventually recover. Source: inside beer (tinyurl.com/ycbjle4f)

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American Craft Beer Week®

American Craft Beer Week®, the annual national beer holiday celebrated since 2006 by millions of beer lovers, breweries, and retailers, will be observed May 11-17.

American Craft Beer Week provides an opportunity for beer lovers to connect safely with each other while supporting – and possibly even saving – local microbreweries, taprooms, brewpubs, and regional craft breweries. These small businesses are undergoing unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic. U.S. craft breweries are job creators and community gathering places—providing more than 161,000 direct full and part-time jobs and hosting nearly 68 million unique brewery visitors in 2019 alone. Additionally, craft breweries donated more than $82 million to local charities last year, approximately $3.10 for every barrel of beer brewed. 
 “Independent craft breweries are an essential component in the important economic network of growers, distributors, supplier partners, beer lovers, and retailers,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “This American Craft Beer Week, brewers and beer lovers will connect in new ways during these challenging times. From May 11 to May 17, those who commit to giving independent craft beer will make a difference that reaches beyond the beverage to support and save thousands of hometown breweries who are instrumental in giving back to so many local communities and charitable causes.” More information:https://bit.ly/ACBW_May20 Source and photo: (c) Brewers Association

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Believe in Beer Relief Fund

Brewers Association partners with Bottleshare. Donations and applications for breweries in need accepted now through May 17.

The Brewers Association (BA)—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—has partnered with Bottleshare—a fundraising nonprofit dedicated to the craft beverage community—to create the Believe in Beer Fund to support breweries and state brewers guilds impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is open for breweries and guilds from across the country to apply for immediate financial assistance for operational expenses such as payroll, rent, and utilities. According to a poll conducted by the Brewers Association earlier this month, independent craft breweries have been severely impacted by COVID-19, as evidenced by a sharp drop in craft category sales, massive furloughs or layoffs, and the high likelihood of a large number of brewery closures while under social distancing mandates. A majority of breweries do not think their business can last three months given current conditions. “This is a very challenging time for breweries and their livelihoods are at risk. We hope creating this relief fund with Bottleshare will provide an answer to the most common question beer lovers have been asking during this unprecedented time: ‘How can I help?’” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “The craft beer community is rooted in collaboration and philanthropy, and now is our chance to come together and give back to our most vulnerable breweries.” Beginning today through the end of American Craft Beer Week® on May 17, beer lovers can contribute to the fund by visiting charity.gofundme.com/believe-in-beer-relief-fund. Relief funds will be available to breweries and state guilds that demonstrate immediate financial need due to COVID-19 and meet the outlined criteria. Those in need can find more information at https://www.thebottleshare.org/breweries-and-guilds and apply for a grant at https://www.thebottleshare.org/grant-application. Bottleshare will review applications and select recipients based on need. “Bottleshare was created to support industry workers and their families when they experience hardships,” said Christopher Glenn, founder of Bottleshare. “During this uncertain time, when support is needed more than ever, we’re proud to join efforts with the Brewers Association to reciprocate the love and strength that characterize the craft beer community and help the breweries that make it so special.” The Brewers Association has also created a Coronavirus Resource Center to provide small and independent craft brewers with an evolving collection of resources to help weather the storm. All Brewers Association-authored resources relating to COVID-19 are available for free to both members and nonmembers. Source: Brewers Association Photo: bottleshare(dot)org

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