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The Netherlands is Europe’s number one beer exporter

Statistics According to figures released by the Netherlands (CBS), the Netherlands remains Europe’s largest beer exporter and second only to Mexico in the world.

The Netherlands exports € 2 billion worth of beer

In 2020, Dutch breweries exported over € 2 billion (non-alcoholic) beer. According to CBS, Heineken is, of course, the largest exporter.

Belgium is the second closest in Europe. The Netherlands has been the largest European exporter since 2000, but Belgium is rapidly closing the gap between the two countries. Last year, Dutch neighbors exported € 1.8 billion worth of (non-alcoholic) beer, surpassing Germany and France, which ranked third and fourth, respectively.

The Netherlands has also been the continent’s largest exporter of non-alcoholic beer for the second consecutive year, exporting beer worth € 212 million in 2020.

US customers love Dutch beer

Internationally, Mexico is the largest exporter of beer, which could be primarily due to the large amount of business the country is getting from its neighbor, the United States. The United States imports about 71% of beer from Mexico and only 14% from the Netherlands.

However, the United States is the largest purchaser of Dutch beer, accounting for about 37 percent of sales. 42% of non-alcoholic beer from the Netherlands is also exported to the United States. Other big buyers include France, United Kingcom and Canada. Interestingly, Belgium imports very little Dutch beer, but the Netherlands is Belgium’s second largest customer.

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The Netherlands is Europe’s number one beer exporter

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