Brazils brewers are hoping for a bumper year in 2014

Brazil's brewers are hoping for a bumper year in 2014

Beer production in Brazil fell for the first time in four years in 2013, according to Brazil’s System of Beverages Production Control (SICOBE).

Breweries produced 13.47bn litres of beer last year, down by 2% from 13.74bn litres in 2012, according to the real-time SICOBE monitoring system managed by Brazil’s federal tax authority Receita Federal.

Sales of beers in cans rose from 5.33bn units in 2012 to 5.58bn in 2013. Conversely, sales of beer in returnable bottles amounted to 7.44bn litres, down 6.53% from 2012. Sales of beer in non-returnable glass bottles and other formats also fell, by 4.07% to 443.4m bottles in 2013.

The sector’s poor performance in 2013 is attributed to inflation of food prices and lower disposable income among consumers.

Late last year, Anheuser-Busch InBev's Brazilian division, AmBev, saw beer volumes in the country fall by 5% in the three months to the end of September and by 4.7% in the first nine months of 2013, due to on-going "weak economy and challenging consumer environment".