Labor Day Momentum
FILED AUGUST 29, 2014 What about Labor Day pricing? BBD performed its usual spot-check of supermarket ads across the country and found pricing not to be unusual despite some chatter in the industry about heavier discounting. It seems as though that chatter is just that, chatter. There are pockets of heavy redeemable coupons and scanbacks but there is no price war going on out there. Read More
Beer Outpaces Wine and Spirits Trends Off Premise, Led by High End
FILED AUGUST 28, 2014 The big banner good news from today's Brewers Association Power Hour presentation via IRI beverage alcohol insights chief Dan Wandel: For the first time in four years, beer dollar sales trends are outpacing both wine and spirits' in US multi-outlet channels. Read More
Shelf Space Could Get More Challenged for Beer
FILED AUGUST 27, 2014 Continuing our conversation from yesterday with retail whisperer Bump Williams, we asked him to set the agenda toward the end of our conversation. What is top of mind for the man who travels the nation meeting with scads of retailers, brewers, and distributors? Read More
Fly On the Wall: Bump Williams
FILED AUGUST 26, 2014 Now that fall resets are top of mind, we got retail whisperer Bump Williams to dish what retailers are stocking, the future of the category, and the next light beer. You, friends, are a fly on the wall. Read More
Constellation to Expand But Simplify Bottle Recall
FILED AUGUST 23, 2014 While the total number of potentially defective Corona Extra bottles in Constellation Beer's voluntary recall has not changed, a misunderstanding in how many bottles remain in the line during shift changes at the Nava brewery has caused a small number of potentially defective bottles to be in cartons which had codes which were not initially included in the recall, BBD has learned. Read More
Retailer Profile: Raley's Doubles Down on High End
FILED AUGUST 22, 2014 While some retailers are trying to compete on price in this uber-competitive but still flattish beer market, California chain Raley's is leaning on the high-end more than ever. (Raley's owns and operates 128 stores across California and Nevada, including Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods, and Food Source.) Beer, wine and spirits buyer Curtis Mann says they've enjoyed healthy traffic and trends in recent years. Read More
Kentucky Contention
FILED AUGUST 21, 2014 As reported here, Anheuser-Busch is in the process of purchasing the Hand Family's 800k ce operation in Owensboro, Kentucky. As required by Kentucky law, a legal notice had to be published in a local newspaper, in this case the Messenger-Inquirer, about the intent to purchase the distributor. Now we are starting to see the protests roll in to the deal. Read More
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