Friday, June 15, 2007
Belgian Beer Exports Surge 15 Percent
Belgian brewers are making up for a per capita drop in domestic sales by shipping more beer out of the country. A 15 percent surge in exports in 2006 kept Belgium's brewers toasting.
The world's thirst for Belgian beer caused overall production to increase by 6 percent -- even in the face of the domestic decline. Fifty-five percent of Belgian beer is now exported.
The decline in domestic beer sales are being attributed to consumers opting for other beverages and stricter drinking and driving laws. Belgium is also outlawing consumption by youth under 16. Currently, beer can per served to someone under 16 in a bar or restaurant as long as they are supervised by an adult.