India is Asia’s second largest beer producer

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Tokyo: India’s beer production surged by 12.3 percent last year, second only to Vietnam among Asian countries, even as the continent overtook Europe for the first time as the world’s biggest beer-producing area since 1974.

Asia beat Europe amid its economic growth with 58.67 million kilolitres of beer produced, up 5.5 percent from the previous year, a Kirin Holdings Co research arm said on August 11.

Among Asian beer producers, Vietnam saw a 24.3 percent surge during the period, followed by India at 12.3 percent and China at 7.0 percent. But production in Japan dropped by 2.2 percent.

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