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US craft beer exports set new record

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BA's Pease: greater choice good for industry

Up 4.4% in 2016 to 465,617 barrels

For the record: US craft beer volumes rose by 4.4% in 2016, in so doing setting a new record at 465,617 barrels that were valued at US $121.4 million.

The headline figures come from the Brewers Association, the non-profit trade group that represents American small and independent craft brewers.

While the majority of US craft beer continues to head north of the US border – Canada soaked up 54.8% of volumes – there was growth in markets around the world, notably the Asia Pacific region, which grew by 12.9%. The region was led by Japan, where exports rose by 22.6% during 2016.

Following Canada, the top markets for American craft excitements were the United Kingdom (10.1%), Sweden (6.6%), Australia (4.6%) and China (3.2%).

“This year’s export data demonstrates that demand is continuing to strengthen for small and independent craft brewers worldwide,” said Brewers Association president and CEO Bob Pease.

“Greater choice is good for the industry and we believe a rising tide floats all boats. As long as quality is upheld and our trading partners continue to deliver the freshest possible beer in world-class condition every time then US craft beer will continue to thrive.”

The Brewers Association operates an Export Development Programme for is members, which was established in 2004 with funds from the US Department of Agriculture Market Access Program. According to EDP estimates there are now about 100 American craft brewers exporting beer.


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