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Sales of the leading imported beer brands of the United States in 2013 (in million U.S. dollars)

 Sales in million U.S. dollars
Corona Extra 592.9
Heineken 349.3
Modelo Especial 222.5
Corona Light 170.9
Stella Artois Lager 143.2
Dos Equis XX Lager Especial 124.8
Tecate 89.3
Guinness Draught 58.1
Newcastle Brown Ale 53.4
Heineken Premium Light Lager 48.9
Pacifico 48.2
Labatt Blue 42
Becks 40.5
Labatt Blue Light 37.4
Foster's Lager 30.7
Negra Modelo 30.7
Dos Equis XX Ambar Lager 28.4
Guinness Extra Stout 26.5
Beers of Mexico Variety Pack 24.1
Amstel Light 23.8
Red Stripe 23.6
Tecate Light 20.4
Molson Canadian 15.5
Foster's Premium Ale 12.8
Beck's Sapphire Lager 11.4
Peroni Nastro Azzurro 11.1
Hoegaarden White Ale 10.5
Sapporo Premium Draft 10.3
Newcastle Seasonal 9.7
St Pauli Girl 9
Victoria 8.7
Bass Ale 8.7
Guinness Black Lager 8
Pilsner Urquel 6.5
Moosehead 6.5
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This graph shows the sales of the leading imported beer brands of the United States in 2013. Modelo Especial was the third ranked imported beer brand of the United States with about 222.5 million U.S. dollars worth of sales in 2013.


U.S. beer market

Based on per capita consumption, beer is the most preferred alcoholic beverage in the United States. Beer is obtained through a beer manufacturing process called brewing. The final beer varieties range from less than 3 percent alcohol by volume to about 14 percent alcohol by volume. Most beer types contain alcohol between 4 and 6 percent by volume.

The beer market in the United States is characterized by large breweries, mid-sized breweries and microbreweries, all of which brew a vast variety of craft beer. Many kinds of beer go through a so-called three-tier system which is comprised of suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers. The alcoholic drinks must be sold by their supplier, which can be a national brewery or an importer, to the wholesaler or distributor, who in turn sells the beer further to a retailer.

Comparing the exports and imports of U.S. malt beverages, the United States is categorized as a net importer. The imported beer brands stem from all over the world. The leading ten best-selling imported beer brands of the United States predominantly include Mexican beer brands such as Corona, Modelo Especial and Dos Equis. Modelo Especial is owned by the Mexican beer manufacturer and distributor Grupo Modelo, which was founded in 1925. As of late, the company brews and distributes 14 brands and is present in more than 180 countries.

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