Mass Exodus: NBB's Christine Perich Latest Craft Departure
FILED OCTOBER 27, 2016
As first reported yesterday by Craft Business Daily, Christine Perich, who officially replaced New Belgium Brewing's founder Kim Jordan as CEO almost exactly a year ago, will step down by end of November, the brewer has announced. Day to day planning and operations will be handled by the executive team while New Belgium considers candidates for the position. Christine is a longtime 16 year veteran of NBB.
Heineken USA Down in Q3
FILED OCTOBER 26, 2016
Heineken reported its third quarter results this morning, with global consolidated beer volume up 2.0% organically, with growth in Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe offsetting weaker volume in Africa Middle East & Eastern Europe. Brand Heineken volume in the premium segment was up a healthy 3.5%.
Imperial: The Next Big Latin Beer?
FILED OCTOBER 25, 2016
Ever wonder why, in the age of Corona, Modelo and Dos Equis gains, Costa Rican-themed Imperial hasn't made a bigger splash?
We Have a Category Problem
FILED OCTOBER 24, 2016
When at the Heineken USA distributor conference in Chicago last week, I was stopped in the lobby of the Oriental Theatre by a very large and influential distributor in the lobby. He said very sternly to me, "You've been writing about beer being flat for years. Wine and particularly spirits are still growing. We have a serious category problem."
Heineken Highlights: More Neil Patrick Harris, Soccer, Strongbow
FILED OCTOBER 21, 2016
Heineken USA gathered its distributors this year in Chicago at the historic Oriental Theatre to present their 2017 plans. For brand Heineken, lager is again "in the green," as SVP Heineken Ralph Rijks puts it, with depletions up 1.1% for the first half and non-promoted volume up 2.8%. "We still have work to do," said Ralph. Look for an increase in their focus on soccer (with the Champions League and MLS), and a new three year deal with the International Champions Cup which will hold games in major US cities next summer (and HUSA has secured 10k tickets).
Inside The High End
FILED OCTOBER 20, 2016
We often cover The High End in spurts: when Anheuser-Busch acquires a new craft brewery, or when talking trade practices. But what about inside the unit's walls?
The Distributor Productivity Issue: It's Starting to Matter Big Time
FILED OCTOBER 19, 2016
Yesterday A-B sent word to distributors of "movements in the sales and marketing teams" and the advent of a new national WOD [Wholly Owned Distributors, or brewery-owned branch] team. In a minute we'll get to more of why we think this is happening.