Ursus breweriesUrsus Breweries is a key player on the Romanian beer market and has been a subsidiary of Asahi Breweries Europe since March 2017. The company began its activity in Romania in 1996, when South African Breweries purchased Vulturul Buzău. By 2020, Ursus Breweries became the most important company in the beer production industry, totaling a revenue of more than two billion Romanian lei. Currently, Ursus owns three breweries in Buzău, Timișoara, and Brașov, as well as a craft mini-brewery in Cluj-Napoca. At the same time, the company offers approximately 13 Ursus beer varieties and another 14 beer brands such as Timișoreana, Peroni and, Grolsch.
Employment and salariesThe beer sector is an essential factor in Romania’s economic growth, not only because of the industry itself but also because of its impact in the agriculture, tourism, and retail industries. In 2020, one job position in the beer production industry generated two positions in the agriculture sector and three positions in the hospitality sector. Over 60 thousand persons were employed in other sub-industries related to the beer production sector. Moreover, there were around six thousand individuals directly employed in the beer brewing industry in 2019.
The biggest companies in the beer production industry are Ursus and Heineken Romania, each totaling over one thousand employees in 2021. However, despite Ursus Breweries being the market leader in terms of revenue and employees, the company offered an average monthly salary of only 5.2 thousand Romanian lei. By contrast, Heineken paid the highest average net monthly salary in the beer industry, at 6.4 thousand Romanian lei.