European brewers saw exports increase by 7% last year

European brewers saw exports increase by 7% last year

Beer exports to non-EU countries are becoming increasingly important to Europe's brewers, a new study has found.

Last year, European beer exports rose to 82m hectolitres, an increase of 7% year-on-year, according to The Brewers of Europe's 2016 Beer Statistics, released this week. Just over a third of those exports (35%) went beyond the EU, compared to just 16% in 2008.

Meanwhile, the total number of new breweries in Europe has doubled since 2010, while 588 microbreweries opened on the continent last year. Pavlos Photiades, president of The Brewers of Europe, said the beer industry was going through a "Renaissance". 

"Alongside the major global companies, medium-sized undertakings are demonstrating a tremendous capacity for innovation while smaller breweries are reaching out to new generations," Photiades said.

Photiades added that consumption and production increased by 1% from 2014 to 2015 and that brewers continue to contribute to European economies.

"The Brewers of Europe are proud of the major part they play in the European economy, generating considerable employment and boosting trade both within the EU and beyond," Photiades said. "Supportive policies will enable brewers to continue contributing to the overall competitiveness of the European economy and sustained growth."

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