The Netherlands is once again the leading exporter of beer in the European Union.
The championship has been held by the Dutch for the past 21 years. In 2020, the Netherlands exported €1.9 billion worth of beer, with the United States being the most popular destination, followed by France, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
In 2020, the Netherlands exported €1.9 billion worth of beer, with the United States being the most popular destination, followed by France, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Beer has been brewed in the Netherlands since the Middle Ages. While Heineken, the country’s best famous brewery, has the highest market share at home, the Netherlands has 605 licensed breweries in 2020.
The Netherlands is the second-largest exporter of beer in the world. Mexico is by far the world’s largest exporter of beer, exporting more than twice as much as the Netherlands – €4.3 billion worth of beer every year. The great majority (71%) of Mexican beer is exported to the United States.
While the Netherlands’ southern neighbor is known for its beer, Belgium is only the EU’s second-largest exporter, sending €1.7 billion in beer across the border in 2020. The third and fourth largest exporters are Germany and France.
The report’s most remarkable statistic is the rise in non-alcoholic beer exports. Germany used to export the most non-alcoholic beer, but the Netherlands has since surpassed their eastern neighbors and now exports the most in Europe, worth €121 million a year.