I can't help myself. When I come across such lovely plump. ripe numbers, I can't help but harvest them. It's a sickness.
Consumption per capita, which increased greatly during the war, fell back to below the pre-war level once the nastiness was over.
You may be asking yourselves: how is this possible when beer production was higher than in 1939? It’s because Holland was exporting considerable quantities of beer. By the 1950s, around 30% of total output. This offset Dutch drinkers falling out of love with beer.
Exports were far greater, both in absolute terms and in as a percentage of output after the war. Holland quickly transformed itself into one of the world’s major beer exporters. By 1950, it had gained the no. 1 spot. A position it still held in the early 2000s.
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|De Nederlandse Brouwindustrie in Cijfers, by Dr. H. Hoelen, Centraal Brouwerij Kantoor, 1955, held at the Amsterdam City Archives, page 51.|