OTTAWA, ON – Brewery trade organization Beer Canada has announced the release of Industry Trends 2016, its latest annual report that “looks at the domestic and international beer market and details growth in the number of breweries, changes in sales and trends in packaging.”
Some highlights of this year’s report, which is presented in a newly enhanced online format, include the following:
- There were 775 licensed breweries operating in Canada at the end of 2016, an increase of 20.3% over 2015, and more than double those operating in 2012.
- There are 2.7 breweries per every 100,000 legal drinking age adults in the country, an increase from 2.3 per 100,000 in 2015.
- Domestic beer made up 85% of sales for the year, but dropped 0.7% compared to 2015, while imported beer sales increased by 1.1%.
- Cans continue to increase in popularity as a packaging format, now holding a 56% share of the market, an increase from 54.7% in 2015. Bottle sales dropped from 35.4% to 34%, while draught remained essentially unchanged at 10%.
For more details, including full provincial and territorial breakdowns of the statistics, see the full report on the Beer Canada website.