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ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch, Inc., here the U.S. beer subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc., increased U.S. shipments to wholesalers to 104.4 million barrels in 2007 -- up 2.1 million barrels or 2 percent over 2006.
"Anheuser-Busch achieved increased shipments in 2007 due to the success of our initiatives to broaden the company's beer portfolio, including the addition of InBev European brands," said August A. Busch IV, Anheuser-Busch Cos. president/c.e.o., who noted that wholesaler sales-to-retailers grew 1.3 percent for the full year.
Acquired and import brands contributed 170 basis points of growth to shipments and 160 points to wholesaler sales-to-retailers for the full year.
For the fourth quarter 2007 wholesaler sales-to-retailers were up 1.3 percent, on a selling day adjusted basis. The fourth quarter of 2007 had one more selling day than the fourth quarter of 2006. U.S. beer shipments to wholesalers increased 3.4 percent in the same timeframe. Shipments to wholesalers are not selling day adjusted. Import brands contributed 230 basis points of growth to shipments and 180 points of growth to wholesaler sales-to-retailers for the quarter. Wholesaler inventories at year-end were approximately the same as year-end 2006.
"Our expanded beer portfolio along with our enhanced marketing and sales strategies to accelerate core beer sales position Anheuser-Busch for growth in volume and earnings in 2008," Busch noted.