Imported beer and wine took the largest hits. Beer imports' growth dropped from 12% in 2006 to 2.8% in 2007 to a 1.2% decline last year. Among the domestic categories, lights remained a bright spot, growing 2.2% to represent 51.8% of the total beer market.
Wine imports posted an aggregate decline of 1.7%, reflecting the economy, the weak value U.S. dollar and a grape surplus in Australia. However, there were "pockets of positive momentum" among smaller importing countries like Argentina, Chile and New Zealand, according to TBIG.