Brewers report record production

14th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – Last year set a record for beer production in the Netherlands. Brewer produced a total of 2.7 billion litres of beer, 9 percent more than in 2005. And yet the Dutch are drinking less and less of it.

14 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – Last year set a record for beer production in the Netherlands. Brewer produced a total of 2.7 billion litres of beer, 9 percent more than in 2005. And yet the Dutch are drinking less and less of it.

Only Germany produced more beer, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported on Wednesday. Two-thirds of the Dutch production is exported, the lion's share of this to the US. Beer production in the Netherlands has increased by 20 percent since 1996. Exports have increased by more than 50 percent in the same period.

The average Dutch person drank about 95 litres per beer last year, just over a glass a day. The total sales in the Netherlands came to 1.3 billion litres as a result, the CBS reports. Beer consumption in the Netherlands has been on the decline over the past few years. The introduction of home tap systems did not succeed in reversing the trend.

Beer does remain the most popular alcoholic drink. Alcohol consumption remained on the whole unchanged last year. Dutch people over the age of 16 drank on average 26.7 litres of wine per person and 1.6 litres of spirits last year.

Foreign beers are becoming increasingly popular. Beer imports have doubled since 1996, to more than 400 million litres in 2006. Half of this imported beer comes from Belgium, a third from Germany.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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