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S. Korea a Top Import Market for EU Beer

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SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Korea Bizwire)Recent data has revealed that South Korea was the fifth-largest importer of European beer last year.

The biggest export market for European Union (EU) beer last year was the United States, where a combined 1 billion liters of beer were exported, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat.

This is equivalent to 29 percent of the EU’s offshore beer exports.

China followed with 453 million liters, which accounts for 13 percent of total exports of EU beer, followed by Russia with 234 million liters, accounting for 7 percent. South Korea ranked fifth.

On the other hand, beer from non-EU members imported into the EU region was less than 500 million liters, with more than half of the beer coming from Mexico, accounting for 52 percent or 250 million liters.

A total of 39 billion liters of beer, including beer with more than 0.5 percent alcohol, were produced in 28 EU countries last year. This is equivalent to about 76 liters per person in EU member countries.

Meanwhile, Germany, which produces the most beer in EU, produced 8.3 billion liters of beer last year. In other words, more than one out of five bottles of beer produced in the EU last year came from Germany.

Among the EU members, the Netherlands exported the largest amount of beer last year, with 1.9 billion liters of beer and 79 percent of production sold outside the EU.

D. M. Park (dmpark@koreabizwire.com)

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