Global beverage market: leading companies 2019, based on sales

Anheuser-Busch InBev was the leading beverage company in the world in 2019, with sales in excess of 52 billion U.S. dollars. The alcoholic beverage producer had a healthy lead in sales over second place Nestlé SA, whose sales were over 10 million U.S. dollars lower than those of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

A history of mergers

AB InBev was founded in 2008 through the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by InBev (itself a product of merger between Interbrew and AmBev in 2004). In 2015, the company acquired SABMiller, further expanding its brand portfolio. AB InBev is the world’s largest brewer. In 2018, the company produced 567 million hectoliters of beer.

Market dominance

AB-InBev’s size enables it to control a large portion of the American and global beer markets. Over 40 percent of the market in the United States is occupied by its brands. Similarly, almost 30 percent of the global beer market comes from AB InBev products. In both cases, the company is the outsized market leader.

Leading beverage companies worldwide in 2019, based on sales

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Beverage Industry estimate.
+ All operating units, including non-beverages.
§ Refreshments and ice cream.
^ Bottled water only.
§§ Americas Simple Meals and Beverages.
^^ Glanbia Performance Nutrition division.
++ Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. division.

Beverage Industry's Top 100 List is based on worldwide sales for U.S. companies and foreign-held companies that have significant sales in the United States. Figures represent published sales for public companies, voluntarily disclosed sales from private companies, and estimates based on industry sources and publicly available business reporting sources.

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