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U.S. Beer Industry Posts Second Consecutive Year of Case Sales Gains – Light and Imported Beers Lead the Pack

October 7, 2008

NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ — During the first seven months of 2008, the U.S. beer industry has experienced dramatic change with MillerCoors officially working together as one entity, and the merger between Belgium-based InBev and U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch. Despite the mega mergers and a difficult economic environment bringing higher costs for ingredients like barley and hops, the light and import beer segments are forecasted to grow 2 percent and 2.1 percent respectively, on an annual compound growth rate over the next five years, according to the Beverage Information Group’s recently released 2008 Beer Handbook.

“Light beers have gained ground since their arrival in the mid-1970s and show no signs of slowing,” says Eric Schmidt, manager of information services for the Beverage Information Group based in Norwalk, Connecticut. “The category was helped last year by the successful introduction of Miller Chill, selling 7 million cases in its first year.”

Also according to the 2008 Beer Handbook, the leading source for U.S. beer sales and consumption trends, the overall U.S. beer market climbed 1.2 percent last year to 2.9 billion 2.25-gallon cases, while growth of the imported beer category gained 2.8 percent to 408.3 million cases last year. It’s the second consecutive year of consumption gains. “Even so,” Schmidt adds, “the U.S. beer industry’s performance continues to be outpaced by both the distilled spirits and wine industries. New product offerings have been the driving force behind growth not only in the distilled spirits industry, but also among wines.”

Containing the latest sales and consumption data for beer and other malt beverages, the 2008 Beer Handbook also includes analysis by segment (light, micro/specialty, popular-priced, malt liquor, etc.), pricing, long-term trends, category development indices and future projections.

The cost of the 2008 Beer Handbook is $735; handbook with companion CD is $905. Shipping and handling is $10 for U.S. and Canadian orders, $20 for international orders. The 2008 Beer Handbook and 2008 Beer Handbook with CD can both be purchased at http://www.beveragehandbooks.com/ or by calling Cynthia Porter at (630) 762-8709.

   Contacts:   The Beverage Information Group   Eric Schmidt, manager of information services   eschmidt@m2media360.com    Cynthia Porter, Handbook sales   (630) 762-8709   cporter@m2media360.com   http://www.beveragehandbooks.com/  

The Beverage Information Group

CONTACT: Eric Schmidt, manager of information services, for The BeverageInformation Group, eschmidt@m2media360.com, or Cynthia Porter, Handbook sales,+1-630-762-8709, cporter@m2media360.com

Web Site: http://www.beveragehandbooks.com/