Four Loko To Make Mexico Bigger Than U.S.
FILED JANUARY 15, 2019
One brand we failed to mention during our annual predictions? Four Loko.
Brito Claws Back
FILED JANUARY 14, 2019
Lordy, the year 2018 was a tough one for AB InBev chief Carlos Brito. Amid soft sales, a costly and complex integration with SABMiller, uneven currency exchanges, market share losses in its largest market, a stock price down 38%, and most of all a crippling $105 billion debt load that reduced their Moody's rating just a few steps from junk and forced them to cut their dividend in half, ABI came limping into 2019 like a big grizzly bear with arrows in its back -- still a huge force to be reckoned with, but weakened.
Bud Light to Craft, FMBs, and Imports: We're Revealing Our Hand
FILED JANUARY 11, 2019
In a bold and strategic move, Bud Light is debuting nutrition labels, similar to what you see in other CPG categories, next month. It would appear a shot across the high-calorie craft, import, and FMB brands cutting into Bud Light's share, as younger drinkers increasingly look for those panels on everything they consume.
Bill Newlands Takes The Stage on STZ Earnings Call
FILED JANUARY 10, 2019
In his first Constellation earnings calls, new CEO Bill Newlands outlined five key points for the company's FY Q3, from beer, to Mexicali, to cannabis, to planned share repurchases. (Of course there's wine and spirits too, and you can read about that in WSD.)
A-B Unveils its Super Bowl Roster
FILED JANUARY 9, 2019
Anheuser-Busch's marketing chief, Marcel Marcondes, called up BBD yesterday to hold a preliminary discussion on their plans for the Super Bowl, and we have some good and bad news to share from our conversation.
Lookout: Corona Premier Launching on Draft Next Month
FILED JANUARY 8, 2019
Corona Premier had a hell of a year one. It was the third fastest growing beer in 2018, per IRI data, accumulating more than $140 million in off-premise dollar sales, just in the first 11 months of the year.
Columbia Acquiring 1.2 Million Cases of Graybeal
FILED JANUARY 7, 2019
Big Pac Northwest beer, wine and non-alc wholesaler and recent consolidator Columbia Distributing just announced it will purchase the majority of the assets of Graybeal Distributing based in Pendleton, Oregon.