The US advertising of Mexican beer Corona will be handled by one agency after Cramer-Krasselt secured creative duties for the brand.

The Chicago-based agency won the rights after sharing the contract on Corona with the Richards Group.

The deal follows the creation of a joint venture between Corona's owner, Grupo Modelo, and Constellation Brands to distribute the brand throughout the US.

Tom McNichols, executive vice president and marketing director at the venture, Crown Imports, praised the work Cramer-Krasselt had done with the brand so far.

"They have managed the difficult task of keeping the creative fresh, but consistently thematic. It's a formula that has helped propel Corona to the position of the top imported beer, and we expect this relationship to bring us continued success."

Cramer-Krasselt CEO Peter Krivkovich added: "We've always been proud of our role in the development of Corona's award-winning campaign - from the iconic lime to the sand and sea imagery."

Corona Extra and Corona Light are the top-selling imported and imported light beers in the US and lead a booming category across the Atlantic.

Sales of import beers rose by 11.3% in the US during the 12 months to the end of July, according to figures published by the US Beer Institute.