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Latvia has the lowest beer consumption per capita in the Baltic States; moreover, it significantly falls behind from the average beer consumption rate in the European Union (EU), indicates the data compiled by the European Brewers Association for the period 2003 –2009.

Although in Latvia brewing is regarded as one of the traditional industries, statistics show that our neighbours are greater beer fans. The economic crisis and the unfriendly tax policy had a large impact on the development of the Latvian beer industry, explains the Chairwoman of the Latvian Brewers Association Board Inara Sure (Ināra Šure).

In Latvia, the beer consumption per capita is 62.9 litres a year, while in Lithuania and Estonia it comprises 83.4 litres and 85.4 litres, respectively. In addition, the beer consumption in Latvia significantly lags behind the average EU indicator, which is 75.3 litres, reveals the data aggregated by the Association.

In 2009, Latvia’s beer consumption reported a record-low indicator, falling down to the level of 2003. Even worse rates were only observed in 2004, when the annual beer consumption per capita accounted for 58.1 litres. The Latvian beer industry experienced good times in 2007, when the beer consumption raised to 70 litres.

The European Brewers Association data suggest that the highest beer consumption per capita in the EU was recorded in the Czech Republic – 159.3 litres, followed by Germany with 109.6 litres and Austria with 106.2 litres. The lowest beer consumption rate in the EU was reported in Italy and France where wine is traditionally preferred.

Among the Baltic States, Latvia was also the most inactive beer exporter – respectively in 2009 125 thousand hectolitres of beer were exported, while Estonia exported 262 thousand hectolitres, but Lithuania – 162 thousand hectolitres.

According to the European Brewers Association data, in 2009 Latvia imported 176 thousand hectolitres of beer, while Estonia – 192 thousand, and Lithuania – 292 thousand hectolitres of beer.

Overall, since the global crisis, the total volume of beer consumption and production in the EU has considerably decreased, going down even below the level of 2003.


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