Manufacturers are also suspicious of the impact of the home office, as it leaves downtown areas empty.
Also, people in Belgium drink less beer. In 2022 there were 130 thousand hectoliters less than in 2019. This is per liter of beer less per capita. Previously, companies could offset this decline through exports. But now supplies are shrinking both inside and outside of Europe.
Experts predict that for Belgian brewers the situation is likely to remain just as tense for the next two years.