The Biggest Brewers Slipped In 2011

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NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A regional brewer from Pennsylvania saw big improvements in shipping in 2011, while giants of the industry saw shipments fall, a trade newsletter said.

The behemoths of Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and Heineken USA all saw shipments fall in 2011.

Anheuser-Busch saw a 2.9 percent drop in shipments, while MillerCoors saw a 3 percent drop, a newsletter from Beer Marketer’s Insights said.

Heineken USA saw shipments fall even further, down 3.9 percent. Diageo/Guiness USA had a 2.4 percent drop in shipments, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Shipments worldwide dropped 1.4 percent from 2010 to 2011, a drop of 2.9 million barrels.

But Yuengling, a regional beer out of Pottsville, Pa., had shipments rise 16.9 percent.

Another small firm, Boston Beer Co., which makes Samuel Adams beers, shipped 8 percent more suds in 2011 than it did in 2010, the newsletter said.

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