Thirsty work: the world’s biggest beer makers

The impending Anheuser-Busch InBev SABMiller merger will create one of the biggest single market companies in the world, dwarfing their competition, but until that happens they will have to be content with positons one and two on the big brewer charts.Foodprocessing-techlology.com lists the world’s five biggest beer makers based on total revenues in 2015.


Budweiser

Anheuser-Busch InBev - $43.6bn

Anheuser-Busch InBev, a multinational beverage and brewing company based in Belgium, produced more than 410 million hectolitres of beer in 2015. The Belgian beer maker owns more than 200 brands including some of the world's best sellers,19 of which account for more than $1bn estimated retail sales a year.

The company's brands including Budweiser, Bud Light, Stella Artois, Skol, Corona, Brahma and Modelo Especial were listed among the global top ten most valuable beer brands by the 2015 BrandZ™ report.

Anheuser-Busch InBev operates in 25 countries, runs 140 plants and employs approximately 155,000 people worldwide.

SABMiller - $25bn

SABMiller, a brewer based in the UK, produced more than 260 million hectolitres of beer in 2015. The company sells more than 140,000 bottles of beer a minute worldwide.

SABMiller's global brand portfolio includes Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch, while its leading local brands include Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie.

AB InBev concluded an agreement in November 2015 to acquire SABMiller, which is expected to complete in the second half of 2016. When that happens the two will combine to dwarf the rest of the market. SABMiller has presence in more than 80 countries and employs 69,000 personnel.

Heineken

Heineken - $22.4bn

Heineken achieved a 6.5% sales growth over 2014 and produced 188 million hectolitres of beer (consolidated) in 2015. Heineken markets and sells more than 250 brands, more than 200 local beer brands make up 86% of its beer sales.

Its popular international brands include Heineken®, Amstel, Desperados, Sol, Strongbow Apple Ciders and Affligem, while some of the familiar regional brands are Tiger, Goldberg, Bintang and Tecate.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Heineken has operational footprint in more than 70 countries, operates 167 breweries and employs more than 73,000 personnel worldwide.

Carlsberg Group - $9.5bn

Carlsberg Group, one of the world's leading brewery groups, sold 120 million hectolitres of beer in 2015, thanks to its large portfolio of beer brands.

The Group's beer brands include Baltika, flagship brand Carlsberg and Tuborg, which are among the eight top beer brands in Europe, while its other well-known beers include Kronenbourg, Holsten Pilsener, Kronenbourg and Grimbergen.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Carlsberg Group sells its products in more than 150 countries and employs more than 45,000 people.

Snow beer

China Resources Snow Breweries - $5bn

China Resources Snow Breweries (CR Snow), a joint venture between China Resources Enterprise and SABMiller, is the biggest brewer in China by sales volume. China Resources Enterprise has an average annual production capacity of more than 200 million hectolitres.

CR Snow's popular beer brands include Snow, Blue Sword, Green Leaves, Green Leaves, Huadan, Huadan Yate, Largo, Löwen, New Three Star, Shengquan, Shenyang, Singo, Sip, Tianjin, Yatai, Yingshi and Zero Clock.

Headquartered in Beijing, China, CR Snow operates more than 98 breweries in 25 Chinese provinces, providing employment for more than 59,000 people.