Which Country Produces the Most Barley for Beer?

Production of Barley for Beer (kt), 2014
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 148 countries in 2014, China ranked the highest in production of barley for beer with 49,219 kt followed by USA and Brazil. On the other end of the scale was Tajikistan with 0.110 kt, Guinea Bissau with 1.11 kt and Montenegro with 3.65 kt.

Total production of barley for beer reached 186,469 kt in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 1.41 % less than in the previous year and 18.8 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total production of barley for beer reached an all time high of 189,097 kt in 2013 and an all time low of 43,673 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.78 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 26.4 % of production of barley for beer in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 46.0 % share while the ten largest countries some 64.7 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Production of Barley for Beer indicator page.

Production of Barley for Beer Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Brazil kt 10,630 10,700 12,870 13,300 13,280
China kt 41,569 41,622 44,902 48,345 47,786
Germany kt 9,357 9,014 8,899 8,945 8,850
Japan kt 3,213 3,036 2,954 3,500 3,600
Mexico kt 8,234 8,233 8,072 8,560 8,730
Netherlands kt 2,718 2,564 2,449 2,459 2,427
Nigeria kt 1,540 1,600 1,760 1,960 2,400
Poland kt 3,711 3,624 3,680 3,807 3,961
South Africa kt 2,622 2,890 2,497 2,845 3,150
South Korea kt 1,906 1,883 1,940 2,033 2,031
Spain kt 3,340 3,380 3,338 3,357 3,300
Thailand kt 2,185 1,843 1,839 2,010 2,348
USA kt 23,177 23,094 22,784 22,534 23,007
Ukraine kt 3,204 3,001 3,096 3,030 2,967
United Kingdom kt 4,947 4,514 4,500 4,569 4,296