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World Beer Production Falls in 1984

September 10, 1985

TOKYO (AP) _ World beer production fell for the first time in at least 10 years in 1984 because of saturation of the market, low temperatures in Europe and increases in alcohol taxes, Kirin Brewery Co., Japan’s top beermaker, said Tuesday.

Production declined 0.2 percent from 1983 to 25.6 billion gallons in 1984, Kirin official Shigeru Koide said.

He said the production figures were based on data obtained from beer associations throughout the world.

Koide said United States was the largest beer producer in the world with 6 billion gallons, down 1.7 percent from 1983; followed by West Germany with 2.4 billion gallons, down 2.5 percent; the Soviet Union, 1.7 billion gallons, down 2.8 percent; and Britain with 1.6 billion gallons, down 0.3 percent.

Koide said Japan was in fifth place with 1.2 billion gallons in 1984, down 5.3 percent from a year ealier. He attributed the decline in Japan to a rise in alcohol taxes in May 1984.

He said productiiton in China rose by 36.9 percent from a year earlier to 578.6 million gallons because of expansion of production facilities. In China, production cannot meet demand, he said.

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