The Mexican beer industry had a 6.2% drop in exports and 4.7% in production in 2020
With USD 2,215 million in the first five months of 2021, beer ranked first in Mexico’s agricultural and agro-industrial exports, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) reported on Friday.
The figure represents a growth of 30.3% compared to the same period of 2020 when it totaled USD 1,701 million. In a statement, the Ministry of Agriculture recalled that in 2020 foreign sales of this drink totaled USD 4.685 million, according to figures from the Bank of Mexico.
While the main importers of Mexican beer are the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Guatemala and the United Kingdom. In addition, the agency pointed out that Mexico ranks 31st on the world scale of producing countries of barley grain used for brewing beer, which is equivalent to 0.6% of global production.
The report specified that the state of Guanajuato ranked as the main grain barley producing state in 2020, with 32.5% of the national total, followed by Hidalgo, with 25.5% and Puebla, with 12.4%, the three in the center of the country.
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Sader recalled that it is in the period from October to December when more than half of the annual production of this cereal is achieved, while its participation in national cereal production is 2.7%.
He also highlighted that the national beer activity impacts a whole chain of workers, from farmers, transporters, to points of sale, restaurants and recreation and leisure centers.
Mexico is the world’s leading exporter of beer and accounts for 26.9% of the world market, followed by the Netherlands (13.3%) and Belgium (12.7%), according to the United Nations International Trade Center.
The closure of the non-essential economy during the months of April and May 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic caused the paralysis of the Modelo and Heineken plants, the main brewers in Mexico.
Due to this, the Mexican beer industry had a 6.2% drop in exports and 4.7% in production in 2020.