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Seasonal beers up in 2Q.

Guestmetrics analysts report that seasonal beer brands are up in the on-premise in the second quarter, following a relatively weak first quarter.

"In analyzing the approximately 400 seasonal beer brands we track in our system, seasonal volumes were off to a weak start in the first quarter of the year, with year-over-year volume declining -2.4%, but thus far in 2Q, have experienced a solid bounce back, with volumes up +5.8% through June 16th. Given the fact the first quarter of the year tends to be the smallest one for seasonal beers, it is encouraging to see the recovery during the second quarter," said Bill Pecoriello, CEO of GuestMetrics.

Based on data from GuestMetrics, year-over-year on-premise retail dollar sales for seasonal beers were up +0.7% in 1Q13 but accelerated to +9.1% in 2Q13 to-date, with price/mix showing a slight acceleration from +3.0% in 1Q13 to +3.3% in 2Q13 to-date. "To get an understanding for the relative importance of the various seasons, we also analyzed seasonal beer data with respect to the four quarters. Looking at 2012, 19% of seasonal beer's volume came during 1Q, 26% during 2Q, 26% during 3Q, and 28% during 4Q," said Peter Reidhead, GM's VP of Strategy and Insights. "We also analyzed seasonal beer's share of overall beer volume, and saw a similar pattern. Seasonal's share of overall beer volume was 1.3% during the first quarter of 2012, 1.7% during the second quarter, 1.8% during the third quarter, and 2.0% during the fourth quarter.

Looking at 2013, seasonal's share of overall volume was 1.2% during 1Q, so just slightly below its share for the same period during the prior year, and is back to 1.8% during 2Q to-date, above its share during the second quarter of last year."

"While seasonal beers are a small portion of the overall beer category with generally less than a 2-share of total volumes on-premise, given the generally sluggish growth being experienced in overall on-premise, the trends thus far in 2Q for seasonal beers are encouraging," said Brian Barrett, President of GuestMetrics.
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Date:Jul 8, 2013
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