France Maintained Strong Positions in the Global Malt Trade

Malt Liquors And Malt August 11, 2015
Author: Alexander Romanenko
Chief Executive Officer

Despite a dip in exports in 2014, France continued its dominance in the global malt trade. In 2014, France exported 1,215 thousand tonnes of malt totaling 597 million USD, 9% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner was Belgium, where it supplied 27% of its total malt exports in value terms, accounting for 74% of Belgium's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, France was a net exporter of malt. Over this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. In physical terms this difference was even more pronounced.

Belgium and Canada were among the other main global suppliers of malt in 2014. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were Argentina (+13% per year) and Uruguay (+11% per year).

France's top 5 trading partners in 2014 were Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Viet Nam and Japan, with a combined share 61% of France's malt exports. The share of Viet Nam increased (+5 percentage points), while the share of Germany dropped (-9 percentage points).

Source: World: Malt - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020