Anheuser Busch continues its desperate attempt to recover from the controversial promotion with influencer Dylan Mulvaney, with the company now set to buy back unsold, expired cases as sales continue to dip

Mulvaney, 26, posted herself drinking Bud Light at the start of April 2023 using the hashtag #budlightpartner. She posted the content to coincide with the NCAA March Madness tournament before joking she didn’t know what sport she was promoting.

The disastrous marketing bid has seen sales for the American flagship beer plummet 26 percent, despite Anheuser-Busch reporting first-quarter earnings of $1.65billion and with conservatives everywhere professing to boycott the company

A new profile of the company’s handling of the PR, social media and sales backlash admits the company and CEO Michel Doukeris are now being forced to buy back unsold and expired cases of suds.

Bud Light also plans a branding revamp, aligning Bud Light with the company’s sponsorship of a veterans organization.

Anheuser Busch continues it's desperate attempt to recover from their controversial promotion with influencer Dylan Mulvaney that caused a drop in sales

Anheuser Busch continues it’s desperate attempt to recover from their controversial promotion with influencer Dylan Mulvaney that caused a drop in sales

One reported move is Bud Light buying back cases of unsold and expired beer

One reported move is Bud Light buying back cases of unsold and expired beer

They also plan to go back on marketing chief Alissa Heinerscheid’s plan to update what she called the ‘fratty’ and ‘out of touch’ branding by advertising heavily on all-American themes like football and country music, according to the Wall Street Journal

Industry analysts have warned that unless something drastic changes, the negative volume trends will continue into the summer months as a result of the beer brand’s partnership with the transgender influencer.  

For the week ending May 6, in-store sales of Bud Light across the US were down 23.6 percent compared to the year before. And the week before that, ending April 29,  sales dropped by 23.3 percent.

This follows declines in sales for the week ending April 22, which were at 21.4 percent. And seven days earlier, the dip was 17 percent, according to NielsenIQ data provided to Dailymail.com by Bump Williams Consultancy.

The data – showing that US sales are dropping by as much as 20 percent each week – has since been described by industry experts as ‘bad.’  

Bump Williams from Bump Williams Consultancy told DailyMail.com: ‘I don’t think the declines in sales/volume will get any worse, but I do think their negative volume trends will continue.’

He said sales dipping by 20 percent seems to be the new ‘norm’ for Bud Light. 

But he added that experts are waiting to see what will happen to sales over Memorial Day and summer selling season to assess if the damage will continue.  

A new profile of the company's handling of the PR, social media and sales backlash admits the company and CEO Michel Doukeris (pictured) are trying to remedy their failures

A new profile of the company’s handling of the PR, social media and sales backlash admits the company and CEO Michel Doukeris (pictured) are trying to remedy their failures

Mulvaney made the announcement herself on Instagram during the beer company's promotional event for the NCAA March Madness tournament

In one bizarre portion of the video she was seen in the bath with a beer

Mulvany posted the content to coincide with the NCAA March Madness tournament and sparked the backlash against Bud Light

Williams, who specializes in the alcohol industry, told the St Louis Business Journal: ‘This seems to be where the brand’s weekly declines have started to settle, falling in that -20 percent range over the past few week.

‘I wonder if this is going to be the ‘floor’ for expected Bud Light declines moving forward unless something drastic changes.’ 

Anheuser-Busch has been contacted for comment. 

Meanwhile, at a CVS in West Palm Beach, Florida, attempting to shift some of its Bud Light stock shelves were fully stocked with multipacks of the beers.

Onlookers joked that no one wanted to buy the alcohol following the scandal.

Another person said that after driving around different stores and gas stations in Mississippi, they saw an overflow of Bud products because ‘no one is buying it.’  

Williams previously said that Bud Light must apologize and added: ‘Right now their compass is completely broken. There’s no game plan.’

Williams said that without a clear plan to navigate the backlash and turn around the decline in sales, ‘Bud Light is in serious trouble this year’. He said the brand is still the biggest-selling in America, but risks being overtaken by Modelo Especial by the end of the year if the backlash continues. 

The company was been hit with a barrage of complaints, with many customers filming themselves pouring the liquid away

The company has been hit with a barrage of complaints, with many customers filming themselves pouring the liquid away  

His assessment comes after another PR expert told DailyMail.com that Bud Light must properly address the issue or ‘they’re only going to further hurt themselves’.

Bud’s current responses have been mealy-mouthed explanations of the Mulvaney partnership without a concrete apology to angry customers.

Data from Beer Business Daily showed that sales of the US’s number one brand has fallen in every region of the country.

Sales in the Rocky Mountain states dipped the most significantly, down by 29 percent, with the South Atlantic, West North Central and East South Central all dropping 25 percent.

Bud Lights former Clydesdales horses were a staple in its ads, but the company wanted to try to reach new consumers before the backlash

Bud Lights former Clydesdales horses were a staple in its ads, but the company wanted to try to reach new consumers before the backlash 

The can Bud Light used to partner with transgender influencer Mulvaney and caused the backlash that took the company two weeks to respond

The can Bud Light used to partner with transgender influencer Mulvaney and caused the backlash that took the company two weeks to respond 

The Tumbleweed, a cowboy bar in Wyoming, ditched Bud Light after the controversy – instead plumping for Guinness

Sales in the East North Central area – which includes Michigan and Illinois, both of which have seen a backlash against the beer – were down 23.5 percent in the week ending April 22. 

It comes as analysts at HSBC have downgraded Anheuser-Busch’s stock because it is in the midst of a ‘crisis’ over the marketing blunder. 

DailyMail

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