Analysts Nomura is predicting there wont be volume growth in beer in Australia this year

Analysts Nomura is predicting there won't be volume growth in beer in Australia this year

XXXX Gold has replaced VB as Australia’s biggest-selling beer, according to latest industry figures. 

Figures from Nielsen this week show that the Lion brand now accounts for 12.4% of beer drunk in the country, compared to SABMiller-owned Foster's brand VB’s 12.3% share. XXXX Gold outsold VB nationally for the last three months to April, as well as for the 12 months to the end of April, the figures showed. 

Carlton Draught came in third with 9.3%, followed by Tooheys New 7.1%, Tooheys Extra Dry with 4.4% and Carlton Mid 3.8%.

In terms of value, Lion, which is owned by Kirin Holdings, has 20.6% share of total alcohol value against Foster's 19.7%.

The figures showed that volumes across Australia's beer industry in April were down by 3%, compared to a drop of 5.2% the previous month. But, value was positive (+0.5%) compared to a drop of 2.7% in March.

Beer’s share of total alcohol value also fell slightly from 40.9% last month to 39.5% in April, with wine and spirits growing. 

Analysts Nomura, however, sounded a warning off the back of the figures. “Given the weak consumer economy, we do not expect any re-establishment of a volume growth trend this year for beer,” it said in a note.