Beer sales in Canada 2008-2018

This graph shows total beer sales in Canada from 2008 to 2017. In 2017, approximately 22.18 million hectoliters of beer were sold in Canada.

Beer industry in Canada - additional information

More than 74 liters per capita of beer were consumed by Canadians in 2018. Canadians aged between 18 and 34 are the largest consumers of beer in Canada. Figures show that around 39.1 percent of domestic beer consumption was accounted for those within this age group. More than half of consumers prefer to drink their alcoholic beverages at home, enjoying it with their spouse or a small group of people. Surprisingly, though, 20 percent of Canadians enjoy drinking alone.

The beer market in Canada is lead by two large beer manufacturers: Anheuser-Bush InBev and the Molson Coors Brewing Company. The Belgian-Brazilian brewery, Anheuser-Busch InBev, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, is one of the leading brewing company in Canada. The company controls over 38 percent of the Canadian beer market and generated sales of 2.45 billion U.S. dollars there as of 2018. Highly popular global beer brands, such as Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, are owned by Anheuser-Bush InBev. Its closest competitor, the Molson Coors Brewing Company, was formed in 2005 by the merger of Molson in Canada and Coors of the United States, and was estimated to generate sales amounting to approximately 1.8 billion U.S. dollars in Canada as of 2016.

Despite declining sales and consumption, the Canadian beer industry has been forecasted to see growth in export revenue in the coming years. The beer brewing industry exported approximately 200.7 million U.S. dollars of beer in 2017 and export figures are projected to increase by just under 6 million U.S. dollars by 2023.

Total beer sales in Canada from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Legal drinking age is 19 years across Canada except for Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta, where it is 18.
Figures have been rounded.

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