Anheuser-Busch InBev Sees U.S. Volume, Revenue Slip In 2015February 25, 2016
Despite its recent flurry of acquisition activity across the craft beer category, Anheuser-Busch InBev continues to fight an uphill battle in the U.S. market. The brewing behemoth’s U.S. volume declined 2.2% to 109 million hectoliters for the year, while revenue was down 0.7% to $13.8 billion. ABI estimated that U.S. beer industry sales to retailers decreased 0.3% in 2015, and posted a slight increase in the fourth quarter, but its own sales to retailers were down 1.7% for the year.
Both Bud Light and Budweiser saw low-single-digit U.S. declines last year, while ABI’s above-premium portfolio of Michelob Ultra, Stella Artois, Goose Island and others rose by mid single digits. ABI’s global volume slipped 0.6% to 457 million hectoliters in 2015. The company added that it expects its proposed acquisition of chief global rival SABMiller to close in the second half of this year.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.