Bud Light distributors have given up hope for the beleaguered beer to recover its sales after a disastrous marketing campaign with a transgender TikTok influencer led to a devastating boycott.
The New York Post spoke to distributors about the debacle.
“Consumers have made a choice,” said the executive of a beer distributor in Texas who didn’t want to be identified.
“They have left [Bud Light] and that’s how it’s going to be. I don’t envision a big percentage of them coming back,” he added.
Bud Light and other beers from Anheuser-Busch were hit with a boycott after Dylan Mulvaney posted about a partnership with the beer to promote March Madness on the influencer’s social media account. The controversy grew after comments from a marketing executive deriding Bud Light’s audience were resurfaced on social media.
Among those who lambasted the company was Kid Rock, who posted a video of himself using cases of Budweiser beer for target practice before declaring, “F*** Bud Light, and f*** Anheuser-Busch!” The viral video garnered more than 53 million views on Twitter alone.
While some experts believed that Bud Light could weather the storm and outlast the boycott, some are now saying the sales decline may be permanent.
“There is an increasing feeling that this [Bud Light] decline rate could last for a while and the distributors are worried about losing those drinkers to other similar brands,” said David Steinmann, the executive editor of Beer Marketer’s Insights.
One poll found that a majority of Americans supported the boycott against Bud Light, while only 30% said they were opposed to the boycott.
Mulvaney has since turned on Bud Light and claimed the company abandoned the influencer as critics attacked.
As of Monday, Anheuser-Busch’s stock had fallen by 13.7% since the beginning of the Mulvaney marketing stunt, or the equivalent of $18 billion in market value.
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