The output of beer in China jumped to 22,310,000 tons in 2000 from 20,880,000 tons in 1999. And experts estimate that the output will continue increasing at a speed of 1,000,000 tons per year in the near future. There are more than 400 legal beer companies in China and the biggest three - Tsingtao, Yanjing and Huarun - added up to 4,460,000 tons of production in 2000, 20 % of the total amount.