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Latvia's beer and cheese production and export statistics

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU140 million litres of beer (in amount of LVL 50 million) are produced in Latvia every year.

Within 5 years, from 2007 to 2011, in total 697.1 million litres of beer worth LVL 257.4 million were produced, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Looking at foreign trade data of Latvian beer producers, it is obvious that beer export in the mentioned period has increased significantly. In 2007, beer export reached 11.9 million litres in amount of LVL 2.5 million, in 2011 it was almost 2.5 times larger – 31.8 million litres of beer in amount of LVL 6.1 million were exported.

From 2007 to 2011, 81.4 million litres of beer in amount of LVL 16.0 million were exported. Total volume of beer exported is larger. For example, in 2011 in total 34.1 million litres of beer in amount of LVL 7.8 million were exported from Latvia. Estimating foreign trade data, it can be concluded that beer produced in Latvia is popular in Estonia, Lithuania and Russia, which are three main exports partner countries of beer producers.

Cheese production in Latvia also takes significant part in industrial production. Lately unripened (fresh) cheese, including curd and its production and ripened cheese, for example, “Krievijas”, “Holandes”, as well as blue and grated cheese, on average is produced in quantity of 30 million kg annually in amount of 60 – LVL 70 million. The largest quantity of cheese produced lately was in 2007 – in total 35.2 million kg in amount of LVL 72 million. In 2011 cheese production reached 27.7 million kg in amount of LVL 63.5 million. Within 5 years, from 2007 to 2011, in total 154.1 million kg of cheese in amount of LVL 324.8 million were produced.

Data on export of Latvian cheese and curd producers show that export of these products on average reached 10.2 million kg annually in amount of LVL 21.3 million. Within 5 years, from 2007 to 2011, 50.9 million kg of cheese and curd in amount of LVL 106.7 million were exported. Total data of exports of cheese and curd are similar, including reexportation – they are larger. Main exports partners of cheese and curd producers were Russia, Germany, Estonia and Lithuania.

Information on beer and cheese consumption in families can be obtained from data on household budget survey. They show that from 2007 to 2011 number of lats spent on beer and cheese per one household member has not changed significantly. Thus in 2007 LVL 11 (10.77) were spent on beer per one household member, slightly more in 2009 – LVL 11.38, but in 2011 – LVL 10.82. However, on cheese families spend slightly more than LVL 20 per one household member annually. In 2007 this amount comprised LVL 20.08, in 2008 – LVL 25.17, but in 2011 – LVL 24.52. Data from the same survey show that on average one Latvian inhabitant consumes 6 kg of cheese and 8 kg of cottage cheese and curd annually. In urban area this consumption is larger than in rural area. In 2011 town dwellers on average ate 6.7 kg of cheese and 8 kg of cottage cheese and curd, but countrymen – 4.9 kg of cheese and 7.4 kg of cottage cheese and curd.


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