Brewers Association

American Craft Beer International Sales Grow

Boulder, Colo. • April 30, 2010 – In what is becoming a true success story, American craft beer exports again grew in 2009. The Brewers Association (BA) reports estimated international sales by independent craft brewers up 9 percent by volume for 2009, with some regions seeing export increases of more than 25 percent.

The Brewers Association’s recently-concluded annual export survey revealed that for the seventh consecutive year (representing all years for which data has been collected), U.S. craft beer exports increased substantially. In 2009, BA Export Development Program (EDP) subscribers exported more than 1.4 million gallons of beer, representing a 9 percent increase over total export volumes in 2008. 

The increase in international sales is substantial in light of the lingering global economic recession. Despite decreasing purchasing power, consumer demand for American craft beers has remained strong and importers have continued to expand their portfolios of American craft beer brands. Sweden continues to represent the largest single export market for American craft beer and exports to Canada and the UK are growing considerably. 
 “The 2009 export numbers for U.S. Craft breweries is clear evidence that beer drinkers across the globe are continuing to demand and enjoy the brewing creativity, style diversity, and high quality that are hallmarks of US craft brewers,” said Brett Joyce, CEO of Rogue Ales and EDP Steering Committee Chair.

The Brewers Association's Export Development Program began in 2004 with a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture's Market Access Program. Since its inception, objectives for the Export Development Program have remained unchanged. These include the following:

  • Educating international trade and media about the quality and diversity of products offered by the U.S. craft beer industry and about U.S. craft beer culture
  • Informing member breweries about opportunities for their products in key international target markets
  • Complementing the industry's own efforts to increase international distribution

To date, the Export Development Program has successfully promoted its members’ beer in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, Philippines and Australia.

Learn more about the BA Export Development Program in the business tools section at BrewersAssociation.org.

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Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. Visit BrewersAssociation.org to learn more. The association's activities include events and publishing: CraftBeer.com, World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival℠; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience; American Craft Beer Week; Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 20,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.

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