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State of the Industry
The beverage industry is a large part of the U.S. economy representing $354.2B in sales. Of this market, approximately 60% of sales come from alcoholic beverages, with beer making up 49% of this and the remainder going to liquor (37%), and wine (15%). Despite the strong market share for beer in the U.S., sales are sliding. Since 1999, the market share for beer has decreased from 56% to below 50%. Wine sales have been flat, so consumers are beginning to switch from drinking beer to drinking liquor. There appears to be a general shift in preference among consumers to prefer other types of alcoholic beverages to beer.
In addition to losing sales to a different beverage option, Budweiser is losing market share in the U.S. beer market. At its peak in 1988, Budweiser sold 50 million barrels. In 2013, consumption was down to 16 million barrels and market share had decreased from 14.4% to 7.6% in ten years. Part of this is due to cannibalization of sales from other Budweiser products, such as Bud Light. This shows a macro change in consumer preferences, favoring options with fewer calories to help combat weight-gain.
Another big reason for the decrease in sales is due to consumers switching to the craft beer market. In 2015 sales for craft breweries were estimated at 24.5 million barrels (a 13% increase since 2014) and dollar-sales were just over $22 billion (a 16% increase from 2014). These sales have given the craft brewery industry a 21% share of the beer market. This increase in sales is not coming from a single competitor. There are 4,269 breweries in operation in the U.S. as of early this year, which is the most in U.S. history. This makes the fight difficult for Budweiser, as they are fighting another trend with consumers moving away from the macro-brand that they represent to small, local breweries. Budweiser is fighting (and currently…...

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