Romania has ranked eighth among the top ten beer producers in the European Union last year, according to the latest report on the European beer sector released by “Europe Brewers” organization this month.
Therefore, boasting a production of 16.05 million hectolitres of beer, Romania has succeeded Czechia in 2017 and managed to outrank Italy. As for the consumption volume, Romania ranked 7th last year, with 16.11 million hectolitres, exceeding three of the countries with the oldest tradition in beer making and consumption, namely Czechia, Austria and Belgium.
In terms of the volume of beer imports in Romania, it has maintained the share in the domestic consumption of only 3% in 2017 as well, so the local beer sector has practically preserved its national character.
UK remains the country with the highest share of imported beer, reaching 10.06 million hectolitres and representing 23% of the domestic consumption. France comes second, with beer imports of 7.69 hectolitres (representing 35% of the domestic consumption) and Germany ranks third -6.74 million hectolitres imported beer (8% of the domestic consumption.
„The local beer sector is part of the great European brewer family. The efforts that the beer producers are taking at local level, to generate added value and to create jobs, have a positive impact abroad as well, placing Romania in a place of honour among the EU countries,” said Julia Leferman, general manager Berarii României.
The European ranking of the countries that are beer producers is still dominated by Germany, with a record beer production of 93 million hectolitres. UK comes second- 40.8 million hl and Poland-40.38 hl.