Miller Brewing Company has told US distributors that it will roll out its low-calorie MGD 64 nationwide this autumn.

Following successful tests in various markets since last summer, the national rollout is being carried out as a result of its strong sales performance and ability to "spark the Miller Genuine Draft franchise".

"With the brand building impressive momentum in the mid-west and west, the time is right to give beer drinkers across the country a chance to enjoy the unmatched refreshment and drinkability offered by MGD 64," Miller CEO Tom Long said in a memo to distributors. "Thus, MGD 64 will replace MGD Light by mid-September in all remaining markets where the changeover has not already occurred, as well as in markets that do not currently have MGD Light."

A national TV advertising campaign will add to the launch including print, out-of-home and radio.

MGD 64 contains 64 calories and 2.4g of carbohydrates per 12oz serving, and was first launched last year in Madison, Wis. The test was extended to include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Portland last month.