US: North Dakota leads the way as US beer consumption climbs - figures
Beer consumption is highest in North Dakota
Beer consumption in the US rose by 1.5% in 2012, with North Dakota recording the highest per capita figures across the 50 states, according to latest numbers.
Overall consumption across the US last year was up due to the economic recovery and "above normal" winter and spring temperatures, the Beer Institute reported yesterday (2 July). On average, each legal-drinking-age US consumer drank a little under one 12oz beer per day in 2012, according to the figures.
North Dakota led the way with consumption levels of 45.8 gallons per person last year. Second was New Hampshire, recording a per capita consumption level of 43.9 gallons per person. Montana followed in third, then South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Ahead of tomorrow's 4 July holiday, the Beer Institute said that the occasion is the US' top beer-selling occasion.
Last year, in the two weeks to 7 July, beer was the largest-selling category of all food and beverage categories in the off-trade, with sales reaching US$1.36bn, the group said.
Sectors: Beer & cider
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