There are more than 150 breweries in North Rhine-Westphalia. Measured by the number of inhabitants, this is considerable, but not the top. Bavaria or Baden-Wuerttemberg can show more here. But North Rhine-Westphalia has a few brewing heavyweights. The 3 largest are presented here. This article is based on the unique List of the 300 largest food producers in Germany.
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Place 1: Krombacher Brauerei Bernhard Schadeberg GmbH & Co.KG, Kreuztal-Krombach: 862 million euros sales (2019)
From the beginning of the 19th century, the Krombacher Brauerei developed from a restaurant with an attached brewery. Today, the family-owned company brews around 7 million hectolitres of beer per year, making it one of the largest private breweries in Germany. It employs around 1,000 people. More than a dozen different types of beer and draught beer are sold under the “Krombacher” brand. Krombacher is also active as a beverage distributor for the brands “Schweppes”, “Orangina”, “Cab” and “Dr. Pepper”.
Place 2: Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG, Warstein: > 400 million euros turnover (2018)
For the year 1753, the commercial brewery of the Cramer family in Warstein is documented for the first time. Today – a good quarter of a millennium later – the Warsteiner brewery is still operated by the Cramer family. Warsteiner is therefore probably Germany’s oldest family-owned brewery. The Warsteiner beers still form the core business of the company, which has grown into a group with over 600 employees. Warsteiner also owns other breweries, including Herforder Brauerei, Brauerei Frankenheim and König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg.
Place 3: Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. KG, Meschede-Grevenstein: 359 million euros turnover (2019)
In 1824 an innkeeper founded a brewery in Grevenstein in the Sauerland. Restaurant and brewery were taken over by Clemens Veltins in 1852. This developed into today’s brewery, which is still owned by Veltins’ family. Most beers are marketed as Veltins beers, another house brand is “Grevensteiner”. In addition to the brewery operations, the Veltins group also has a number of subsidiaries in the field of beverage distribution and beverage logistics. The formerly associated Dursty beverage stores were sold to the Radeberger Gruppe.Source: Listenchampion Picture source: Unsplash