Asia-Pacific was the fastest growing region for artificial intelligence (AI) hiring among drinks industry companies in the three months ending June.

The number of roles in Asia-Pacific made up 19.5% of total AI jobs – up from 10.1% in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by North America, which saw a 7.1 year-on-year percentage point change in AI roles.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, which tracks the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisements are then classified thematically.

GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

These key themes, which include artificial intelligence, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements, it allows GlobalData to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels - and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Which countries are seeing the most growth for AI job ads in the drinks industry?

The fastest growing country was India, which saw 7% of all AI job adverts in the three months ending June 2021, increasing to 18.3% in the three months ending June this year.

That was followed by the US (up 8.4 percentage points), Switzerland (3), and the Netherlands (1).

The top country for AI roles in the drinks industry is the US, which saw 43.8% of all roles advertised in the three months ending June.

Which cities and locations are the biggest hubs for AI workers in the drinks industry?

Some 7% of all drinks industry AI roles were advertised in the US city of St. Louis in the three months ending June.

That was followed by Barcelona (Spain) with 7%, Plano (also in the US) with 5.6%, and Hyderabad (India) with 4.9%.