Despite the weakness of the Brazilian economy, the drinks market is going strong. Beer and soft drinks manufacturer, AmBev, posted a Q3 net profit of $92 million and still seems to have a solid cash flow. It looks like this is going to continue, with the volume of beer drunk in Brazil set to near nine billion liters by 2005. With nearly 70% of the Brazilian beer market in its grasp, AmBev is in the best seat to benefit.

Brazilian drinks market (billion liters), by category, 2001-05

2001
2005
Beer
8.23
8.95
Bottled Water
2.89
3.65
Carbonates
11.28
13.73
Source: Datamonitor, 2001

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