N.L. ranks second place for beer drinking

Deana Stokes Sullivan dss@thetelegram.com
Published on November 5, 2013
A graphic from the Conference Board of Canada shows the per capita consumpion of beer in the country.

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador have the distinction of coming second to Yukon residents for drinking the most beer in the country.

A Conference Board of Canada report indicates people in this province drank the equivalent of almost 300 bottles of beer in 2012 in terms of per capita consumption. Yukon has the highest per capita consumption at 385 bottle-equivalents per person, according to the report.

However, it says this is skewed by seasonal workers and tourists.

British Columbians drank the least amount of beer — the equivalent of 205 bottles per person in 2012.

The Maritime provinces consumed slightly less than the Canadian average, followed by  Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The Conference Board of Canada report, "From Farm to Glass: The Value of Beer in Canada," says every dollar that Canadians spend on beer generates $1.12 in the Canadian economy.

The board estimates that total beer sales — including stores and on-premise-sales at restaurants, pubs, airports, trains, concerts and sporting events — averaged $12.3 billion annually between 2009 and 2011. Beer consumption is reported to have accounted for $13.8 billion annually in economic activity during this period.

Here are some more highlights from the report:

• Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country, accounting for 8.1 per cent of all household spending on food and beverages.

• The beer economy supports 163,200 jobs across the country, or one out of every 100 jobs in Canada;

• Beer consumption generates $5.8 billion in annual tax revenues for federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments;

• Canadians bought the equivalent of 235 bottles of beer per person in 2012 at beer and liquor stores and agencies;

• In 2012, residents in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and the Prairie provinces consumed more beer than the Canadian average; British Columbians consumed the lowest amount.