OTTAWA, ON – Brewery trade organization Beer Canada has announced the release of 2020 Industry Trends, its latest annual update that looks at the domestic and international beer market and details growth in the number of breweries, changes in sales, trends in packaging, and more.
Some highlights of this year’s report include:
- There were 1,123 licensed breweries operating in Canada at the end of 2019, an increase of 12.9% from the 2018 count of 995.
- There are now 3.7 breweries per every 100,000 legal drinking age adults in the country, an increase from 3.4 per 100,000 in 2018.
- Canadian beer production was just over 22.5 million hectolitres in 2019, an increase of 4.2% compared to 2018. However, domestic sales dropped by 3.9%, while import sales increased by 1.5%, combining for an overall decline of 3.0% in total beer sales for the year.
- Per capita consumption of beer also saw a drop, from 74.6 litres in 2018 to 71.2 litres in 2019, a decline of 4.6%.
- Cans continue to increase in popularity as a packaging format, now holding a 65% share of the market, an increase from 62% in 2018. Bottle sales dropped from 28% to 25%, while draught remained unchanged at 10%.
For more details, including provincial and territorial breakdowns of the statistics, see the full update on the Beer Canada website.
Source: Beer Canada press release