The volume of beers imported to the U.S. grew 4.9% in 2010, reaching 27,142,402 barrels. Imports peaked in 2007 at 29,694,714 bbls and then suffered through a 3% drop in 2008 followed by a whopping 10% volume drop in 2009. The growth in 2010 allowed the imported beer segment to gain back more than a third of the barrels lost during the recessionary period. Here is a list of the ten countries that send the most beer to the U.S. Several of them are mostly associated with a single supplier.
7. United Kingdom
10. Dominican Republic
There are three countries that did not ship beer to the United States in 2009 that did so in 2010--Nepal, Uganda and Netherlands Antilles.
There are nine countries that shipped beer to the United States in 2009 that did not in 2010--Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Djibuti, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Macedonia, San Marino and South Africa.
We'll have data coming out on a faster growing sector of the beer industry--craft brewers-- with the Brewers Association Power Hour with SIG's Dan Wandel on Feb. 17, followed by a press release the first week of March, my detailed presentation in San Francisco on March 24, the May/June issue of The New Brewer and then the BrewersAssociation.org Members-Only area.