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Beer Drinking In Canada

Here’s a quick look at beer consumption statistics in Canada and other trends within the industry.

Beer Drinking In Canada

We know Canadians like to drink beer and that’s why brewers are stepping up their game. The number of breweries in Canada has grown exponentially over the years. At the end of 2010, there were only 310 licensed breweries in Canada. It grew to 644 by the end of 2015, which was an increase of 107.74%! The Canadian craft beer industry is developing rapidly, this means there are a heck of a lot more beers to drink now than there were 10 years ago – which is great for us beer lovers. Here are some other statistics about Canada’s beer scene.

 

Annual Consumption:

Annually, Canadians drink more than 22,700,000 hectolitres of beer. If you can’t even imagine how much beer that is, think of it as enough beer to fill at least 900 Olympic-size swimming pools (That’s A LOT!). Out of all that beer, Canadian beer accounts for 84% of this number. Click here to learn why the #DrinkLocal movement is so important.

 

Biggest Beer Fans by Province:

On average, one Canadian drinks about 79 litres of beer in a year. At the provincial level, Newfoundland and Labrador come in second at about 95 litres. Quebec and Alberta follow at around 88 and 84 litres, but the place in Canada with the largest annual per capita consumption of beer is…YUKON. Reaching about 128 litres, that’s the equivalent to 374 bottles per year, Yukoners know how to drink!

 

Global Beer Guzzlers:

You’re probably thinking that Canadians drink a lot of beer, but when it comes to annual consumption of beer internationally, Canadians only rank 25th in the world. We’re just behind New Zealand and the U.K. Who’s #1? Surprisingly, Czech Republic has an annual per capita consumption rate of 140 litres. And we thought Yukoners drank a lot…

 

Nation of Recyclers:

On average, 99% of beer bottles sold in Canada are returned. This is awesome! Can we get that number to 100%?

 

Price Increases Are Brewing:

While the beer industry is increasing, unfortunately so are beer costs. In 2015, retail prices for beer in Canada increased by 4.9%. In January 2017, Molson Coors and AB InBev raised their selling prices by 2.4%. While brewers are trying to keep their price increases to a minimum, both companies said that higher costs are a reflection of the ongoing pressure on the beer industry. Although it’s sad to see beer prices being raised, we know beer lovers are still going to continue to buy their favourite brews – no matter what the cost.

 

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