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Alcohol industry in Denmark - statistics & facts

In the Nordic countries, alcoholic beverages are only allowed to be sold in government-owned store chains. Denmark, although part of these countries, does not have comparable alcohol laws and the sale of alcoholic drinks is allowed in regular supermarkets and retailers.

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In recent years, the general average sales volume of pure alcohol consumed per person decreased in Denmark. As of 2020, the sales volume amounted to 7.8 liters per person. This overall declining trend was visible especially in beer and wine sales. By comparison, spirit sales volumes overall increased in the past years. The sales volume of beer fell from around 17.6 million liters in 2010 to approximately 16.3 million liters in 2020, while spirits sales grew from almost 6.6 million liters to roughly 7.7 million liters in the same period.

Carlsberg Group

The global producer and seller of beer and other beverages Carlsberg was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, where it is still based. From 2012 to 2020, the company’s operating profit fluctuated, amounting to nearly 9.7 billion Danish kroner as of 2020. That year, the highest sales volume was generated in Western Europe, at 57.6 million hectoliters. In Asia, the volume was 18 million hectoliters lower and in Eastern Europe, the Group sold the least of its beverages. In total, Carlsberg sold 110.1 million hectoliters of beer and 20 million hectoliters of other beverages in 2020.

Consumer spending

The average household consumption expenditure on lager beer in Denmark was very high compared to spending on low and non-alcoholic beer. In 2019, consumers spent just over one thousand Danish kroner on lager beer, while, on average, 13 Danish kroner were spent on low alcohol content and non-alcoholic beer. Additionally, Danish households spent 775 Danish kroner on spirits and liqueurs.

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Alcohol industry in Denmark - statistics & facts

In the Nordic countries, alcoholic beverages are only allowed to be sold in government-owned store chains. Denmark, although part of these countries, does not have comparable alcohol laws and the sale of alcoholic drinks is allowed in regular supermarkets and retailers.

Retail

In recent years, the general average sales volume of pure alcohol consumed per person decreased in Denmark. As of 2020, the sales volume amounted to 7.8 liters per person. This overall declining trend was visible especially in beer and wine sales. By comparison, spirit sales volumes overall increased in the past years. The sales volume of beer fell from around 17.6 million liters in 2010 to approximately 16.3 million liters in 2020, while spirits sales grew from almost 6.6 million liters to roughly 7.7 million liters in the same period.

Carlsberg Group

The global producer and seller of beer and other beverages Carlsberg was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, where it is still based. From 2012 to 2020, the company’s operating profit fluctuated, amounting to nearly 9.7 billion Danish kroner as of 2020. That year, the highest sales volume was generated in Western Europe, at 57.6 million hectoliters. In Asia, the volume was 18 million hectoliters lower and in Eastern Europe, the Group sold the least of its beverages. In total, Carlsberg sold 110.1 million hectoliters of beer and 20 million hectoliters of other beverages in 2020.

Consumer spending

The average household consumption expenditure on lager beer in Denmark was very high compared to spending on low and non-alcoholic beer. In 2019, consumers spent just over one thousand Danish kroner on lager beer, while, on average, 13 Danish kroner were spent on low alcohol content and non-alcoholic beer. Additionally, Danish households spent 775 Danish kroner on spirits and liqueurs.

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