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American craft beer exports jump 49% in 2013: BA

DBR Staff Writer Published 26 March 2014

Brewers Association (BA), a US-based not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, has reported 49% increase in craft beer export volume to 282,526 barrels in 2013.

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Of all the markets, exports to Canada have increased 92% by volume to 131,511 barrels in 2013. It is followed by Sweden with an increase of 15.5%, UK with 7.9%, Australia with 5.4% and Japan with 3.2%.

American craft beer exports to Asia Pacific (non-Japan) market have increased by 73% to 44,228 barrels. Contributions to sales in Asia Pacific market include Singapore with 379% increase in exports, Hong Kong with 150% and Thailand with 99%.

Brewers Association chief operating officer Bob Pease said that new distribution agreements for U.S breweries throughout Europe and Asia are helping to grow exports.

"This sustained growth is a testament to the innovation of small and independent American craft brewers and the enthusiasm of beer drinkers internationally," added Pease.

"With more beer exported around the world, the challenge now is to ensure that beer quality is preserved in all cases, so consumers are assured a positive experience. This is an area of focus for the Brewers Association and the Export Development Program."

Image: American craft beer exports on rise. Photo: courtesy of Brewers Association.