Breweries Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 2/15/2021
SIC Codes: 2082
NAICS Codes: 312120
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Companies in this industry produce beer, ale, malt liquor, and nonalcoholic beer. Major companies include Molson Coors Beverage Company (US), Anheuser- Busch InBev (AB InBev) (Belgium), Asahi Breweries (Japan), Carlsberg Group (Denmark), China Resources Beer (Holdings) Co Ltd, and Tsingtao Beer Co Ltd (China), and Heineken (the Netherlands). DG Yuengling & Son is the leading US craft brewer by sales volume, according to the Brewers Association.

Worldwide, breweries produce about 2 billion hectoliters of beer annually, according to Kirin Beer University. The largest beer-producing nations include China, the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Germany. Developing markets in Asia, Latin America, and Africa are being targeted for industry growth.

The US brewery industry includes about 3,200 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $30 billion. Counting brewpubs and microbreweries, the US industry includes about 7,500 establishments.


Large breweries dominate the global beer market, but smaller craft breweries have gained market share in recent years by introducing a variety of new products that sell at higher price points. Some major beer makers have acquired popular craft brands to limit competition from the fast-growing sector. Small producers in some markets have also benefited from regulatory changes that have made it easier to self-distribute directly to retailers without having to sell through wholesalers. Breweries compete with distilleries, wineries, and other manufacturers of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.

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