The turnover of the five largest Hungarian brewers in the second quarter of this year decreased by ten percent to 1.8 million hectoliters compared to the same period in 2019 due to the shutdown and slower-than-expected recovery of the catering and event sector – Sándor Kántor, Hungarian Brewers' Association
He added that the decline was particularly strong for draft beers, where sales were only 35 percent of the second quarter of the previous year, barely 62,000 hectoliters.
He highlighted that the decline affected all product segments, so Based on the data of the first half of the year, it can be seen that the Hungarian beer industry will sell less beer this year than in previous years, despite the fact that the weather in May was significantly better than last year and higher retail demand was able to offset the loss of hospitality.  Sándor Kántor said that although the restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus epidemic
Thanks to their international ownership relations, brewing companies were able to maintain their exports to the region at a higher rate than domestic sales, so that foreign sales increased by only 4 percent, 6,000 hectoliters in the second quarter. During the same period, the volume of imports dropped dramatically, by 29 percent of the previous turnover, to 80,000 hectoliters, helping Hungarian beer production to maintain employment.
The five largest companies in the beer industry employ 1,597 people in Hungary. ”
According to its annual report, the combined domestic sales of the five most significant beer producers present in Hungary (Borsodi Sörgyár Kft., Carlsberg Hungary Kft., Dreher Sörgyárak Zrt., Heineken Hungária Zrt., Pécsi Sörfőzde Zrt.) last year were about 6.216 million hectoliters, 44 thousand hectoliters. , 0.7 percent less than the previous year. Despite the declining turnover, the industry paid more contributions and taxes to the budget in 2019, HUF 82.071 billion, compared to HUF 80.085 billion paid in 2018.