Beer, soft drinks, and whisky have the highest sales within the UK manufacture of beverages in 2017, recent data shows.
Annual statistics on the value and volume of products manufactured are collected annually in the EU. This article uses data collected by EU member states as part of the 2017 UK manufacturers' sales by product (Prodcom) survey along with the revised UK Prodcom estimates.
This article gives an overview of the manufacture of beverages in EU, and then focuses on soft drinks, beer, whisky, and gin manufactured in the UK.
2. Beer is the largest beverage manufactured across the EU
The beverages with the largest manufacturers sales in the EU in 2017 were beer (£27.6 billion), soft drinks (£19.3 billion), and wine (£17.8 billion).
Figure 1: Manufacturers’ largest beverages sales in the EU, 2017
Wine is comprised of quality wine with a protected designation of origin (PDO) of an alcoholic strength of ≤ 15 % (excluding white wine and sparkling wine) (£9.2 billion), Wine of an alcoholic strength ≤ 15 % (excluding sparkling wine and wine (PDO)) (£4.7 billion), and white wine with a protected designation of origin (£3.8 billion).
Download this chart Figure 1: Manufacturers’ largest beverages sales in the EU, 2017
5. UK manufacturers' sales of beer is the second-largest in the EU
The three largest producers of beer are Germany, UK, and Spain, which combined produce 42% of the total EU beer production. In the UK, beer has increased by £0.5 billion (15%) from £3.2 billion in 2016 to £3.7 billion in 2017.
Figure 5: Manufacturers’ sales of beer in the EU, 2017
Download this chart Figure 5: Manufacturers’ sales of beer in the EU, 2017