According to the Bulgarian Union of Brewers, over 25 new beer brands and varieties have been introduced by Bulgarian breweries in the first nine months of this year, with sales exceeding those of the same period in 2021 by 5.3 million litres.
According to figures from the industry organisation, the country’s beer production and sales add about BGN 530 million to the economy and bring in more than BGN 335 million for the government’s coffers. Bulgaria is ranked 12th among EU nations in terms of the beer market size in 2021 and 8th with 77 litres of beer consumed per person.
The European brewing industry is gradually reclaiming its former positions before the most recent financial crisis. It is anticipated that in 2023, beer output and consumption will be close to their peak levels from the previous year.
These predictions were made at the Brewers of Europe’s ninth annual economic summit, which was held under the theme “Beer Industry for the Benefit of Europe” a few days ago in Brussels (Beer Serves Europe).
According to statistics, more than 30 billion litres of beer will be consumed in the EU in 2021, an increase of almost 2 billion litres from 2020.
There are currently over 9,500 major, medium, and small brewing enterprises in the EU, which is a return to pre-pandemic levels. The industry’s added value exceeds €55 billion, and the community’s 27 member nations get more than €40 billion in tax revenue from this sector.