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US craft beer export volumes growth slowed again last year, but still saw a double-digit rise driven by Ireland and the Netherlands, according to latest figures. 

Sales abroad for the country's craft brewers increased by 16% to 446,151 barrels in 2015, the Brewers Association (BA) reported today. This follows a 36% volumes jump the prior year and a near-50% leap in 2013.

Sales value also slowed - US craft beer exports are now worth US$116m, a 16% jump on the year before. In 2014, exports sales by value climbed by 37%. 

The growth decline comes as US sales also slowed, according to figures released this month.

The BA said export growth was seen in all major markets, most notably in Western Europe which saw a 33% increase. Ireland, the Netherlands, Thailand and Taiwan were the fastest growing markets in 2015, according to the BA. Canada was again the leading international market, accounting for 51% of exports. Meanwhile, Sweden, Ireland and the UK each took a market share of about 10%. The top five was rounded out by Australia, which accounted for 4% of exports.

Growth in the UK stalled in 2015, up just 0.1% for the year, according to the BA.

"Conditions in 2016 look better and we are already seeing an uptick in exports to the UK," the association said.

Sectors: Beer & cider

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