St. Patrick’s Day and Global Beer Logistics Market
St. Patrick’s Day is coming.
St. Patrick’s Day is a festival held on March 17th of every year to commemorate St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland. It has been a tradition in countries with Irish population such as Ireland, US, UK, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand since 9th -10th century. In a traditional St. Patrick’s Day event, a large street procession takes place centered around a giant figure of St. Patrick. Bagpipes, which is Irish traditional musical instrument and bands consisting of local residents join the parade, adding to the festivities. Irish people don themselves in traditional Irish costumes or green clothes and green accessories and join the crowd on the street.
One cannot forget to mention the color green when talking about the St. Patrick’s Day. This is because green is the color that represents St. Patrick. During the festival, the clothing people wear, decorations on the street and foods are all characteristically green. Foods and beverages are also a big part of the festival. Today, we would like to take a look at the logistics of beer which is one of the essentials in any party.
World’s Top Beer Exporter Ranking
So who is the number one beer exporter in the world? Germany, the originator country? Or Belgium, a small country but a powerhouse in terms of beer exports? Or the Netherlands, which is famous not only for its beer but also for its trading prowess? Surprisingly, the answer is Mexico. According to the International Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mexico beat out the Netherlands to become the number one beer exporting country. The global beer exporting trends announced by FAO in 2003 indicated that Mexico exported the most quantity of beer annually with 1.39 million tons. The Netherlands, took second place with 1.30 million tons. This figure continued with Mexico in the first place, the Netherlands in second, Belgium in third, Germany in fourth and England, with its world famous ales, in the fifth place.
There are also countries who are fast becoming beer exporters. They are mostly growing countries so it is not surprising many of them are emerging economies.
The number one beer export in Asia is Thailand. It is a bit surprising that Japan, with its share of fine beers, is only the seventh. Europe is of course full of many strong beer exporters. It appears that the ninth ranked country in Europe has exported the same amount of beer as the number one exporter in Asia.
Global beer importer ranking
The number one beer importer, not surprisingly, is the US. It is the world’s wealthiest country with a very large population so maybe this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Irish population living in the US is 45 million which is about 16% of the total US population. Considering that the population in Ireland is only about 6 million, this is an amazing number. The second place went to England, the country of ale.
Global beer consumption ranking
So then which country consumes the most beer on per capita basis in the world? Surprisingly, it’s Czech. Czech is another country famous for its beer. Pilsner Urquell, lager representing Czech famous for its incomparable balance and good taste, was recorded as the world’s best beer. It’s followed by a series of European countries, including Austria, Germany and Ireland, all countries famous for their beers.
Beer consumption by each country could be mapped as follows:
Global beer producer country ranking
Sources: Barth-Haas Group: The Barth Report 2011 – 2012.
So aside from beer exporter countries and consuming countries, who is the top beer producing country? Not surprisingly, it is China, the world’s factory. China is followed by the US, Brazil and Russia. As for Russia, its beer consumption has been on the decline recently.
As everyone knows, beers are transported via containers shipping. As for such container transports, logistics loading and optimization of passage determination is most critical. It is the source of the greatest headache for forwarders, as well as kpi. Therefore, efficient logistics operation system is increasingly becoming more important from efficient loading and terminal operation to the determination of passage and loading order.
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