Dear Client: Lagunitas is an IPA brewery, and in this age of breakneck-speed competition in beer, they’re really banging that drum. At the outset of their bi-annual Dogpile distributor meeting here in Chicago, no-nonsense CEO Maria Stipp told BBD: “It’s competitive as hell, as you know.” But they have a not-so-secret weapon: IPA. They’re going … Continue reading “Lagunitas Chief: “We Have a Right to Win” in IPA”
SABMiller plans to do this that: Leverage MGD in Eastern Europe. Also, BBD talks with distribs about Coors.
It was a long process, but H.P. Bulmer UK finally sold its US operations to an investor group lead by their executive team.
Most of the growth in the US beer business in 2002 came from malternatives introductions. We all know that. But which beer brands got hit the most because of it? Also, it’s Rehr v. Clinton in Baltimore.
It will have some useful new features that you may be able to utilize. You will have an instant messaging (IM) option, accessible from any Office program instead of just Outlook. If you’re not using IM in your organization, I would recommend it. It’s much faster than email and allows you an immediate response. Only … Continue reading “Quick Tips: Office 2003 and Tax Update”
It was a tough road, but HDC has finally turned a corner in their ellaborate robotic picking system. Here’s a quick update.
Have you checked your insurance premiums lately? It’s the fatest rising cost in many operations. Here are a few ideas others are using to keep insurance costs in check.
Diesel trucks must switch to what’s called Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) starting June 1, 2006. Therefore, to get a jump on the new regs, DPL is taking a first glance at this new type of fuel. Houston-based A-B distributor Silver Eagle announced last week that they are now the first private fleet in Texas to begin operating ULSD tractors.
First, you gotta take stock of what you got and where you want to go. Then you need to make the smart decisions. We pick the brain of Jean Legagneur, former tech exec at Miller Brewing and a couple of distributors, to find out what direction distribs should be taking.
The reformulation debate is getting hot and everybody’s pulling out the stops, from the flavor company executives to the brewers.State alcohol beverage regulators from open states were treated to samples of reformulated malt-based RTDs adhering to the TTB’s proposed new 90-10 rule. It was a smart move by the brewers. Here’s why
While it was originally thought in beer circles that the malternative reformulation issue was going to go quietly away as the TTB standards were enacted, it seems the issue is going to be very hard fought on all sides. Plus, Boston Beer to buy back more shares, and overseas update.
While the second quarter may not shape up like we had hoped, people are hopeful that June will provide some lift. But those people would be mistaken, as June and Q3 comparisons are tougher than Q2. Plus, ABIV appointed to the board of the ultimate distributor: FedEx.
Miller Lite and Coors Light have both been struggling over the past several months in their collective fight against Bud Light, causing each company to struggle to find a magic bullet to fix the problem. Here are a couple of strategies they are employing.
It’s the big growth channel of the moment. We look at where space for Mich Ultra came from, Wal-Mart’s continued growth, and some distributor gripes.
Agency asking, what have you done for me lately? Wants to know what alc beverage companies have done to comply with FTC’s 1999 recommendations to Congress. Is it serious? We give it a Yellow on the Beernet neo-prohibitionist danger meter.
May was mediocre, at best. IRI scans are about flat, which isn’t too bad. But the real surprise comes from Coors’ performance. Also, we look at who is behind the TTB’s reformulation comment period extension, and the past year’s performance of beer in supers.