Belgium is Europe's second beer exporter after Netherlands
Belgium remains Europe's second largest beer exporter after the Netherlands, according to Eurostat, the European statistics service.
Belgium accounted for 17 per cent of European beer exports in 2022, amounting to 1.6 billion litres; however, the Netherlands comes out on top with 2.6 billion litres and a 27 per cent share. Germany followed in third place with 1.5 billion litres and 16 per cent. These numbers reflect exports within and outside the EU combined.
The figures correspond to statistics from the sector umbrella organisation Belgian Brewers published in June, which showed 16.39 million hectolitres of beer exported in 2022. This marks a decrease of 5.5 per cent, the third decrease in a row resulting from a commitment to local production. For example, beer giant AB InBev has been brewing Stella Artois locally in the US since 2021.
Belgian beer exports accounted for 70.3 per cent of production. Belgian Brewers reported a 7.5 per cent increase in consumption in Belgium to 6.93 million hectolitres.
Eurostat also shares production figures, but no Belgian data is included here. Germany remains Europe's largest beer producer, with 7.6 billion litres of beer, or over a fifth of the European production.