In 2021, approximately one in four alcoholic beers produced in

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The European Statistics Office reported on Wednesday, August 30, that last year the EU member states produced 33.1 billion liters of beer with alcohol and almost 1.7 billion liters of beer that does not contain any alcohol or with less than 0 ,5%.

Compared to 2020, the EU production of beer with alcohol increased last year by almost 3%, and that of beer without alcohol or with alcohol below 0.5% registered an advance of almost 20%, reports ziare.com.

In 2021, the total EU beer production was the equivalent of almost 78 liters per inhabitant.

Among the Member States for which data are available, in 2021, as in 2020, Germany was the main producer of beer (7.5 billion liters of beer or 23% of the total EU production). This means that around one in four alcoholic beers produced in the EU came from Germany.

Germany is followed by Poland and Spain (both with 3.7 billion liters of beer or 11% of total EU production), the Netherlands (2.5 billion liters of beer or 7% of total EU production).

The production of these countries represents 52% of the total production of the EU.

The Netherlands continued to be the EU’s leading exporter of alcoholic beer in 2021, as in 2020. The Netherlands exported 1.9 billion liters of alcoholic beer last year (representing 21% of the bloc’s total beer exports ), being followed by Belgium (1.7 billion liters; 19%), Germany (1.6 billion liters; 17%), France and the Czech Republic (both with 0.5 billion liters; 6%).

The main destinations for exports to countries outside the EU were Great Britain (902 million liters; 22% of the total beer exports outside the EU), the United States (765 million liters; 19%), Russia (391 million liters ; 9%), China (340 million liters; 8%) and South Korea (168 million liters; 4%).

With 0.8 billion liters, France continued to be the largest importer of beer with alcohol in 2021 (representing 16% of the total beer imports of the community bloc). Germany and Italy imported almost 0.7 billion liters (13%), the Netherlands – 0.6 billion liters (12%) and Spain – 0.5 billion liters (10%).

Imports of beer with alcohol from countries outside the EU are marginal compared to imports from within the EU bloc. Regarding imports from outside the EU, the member states favored British beer (248 million liters) and Mexican beer (122 million liters).