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.

Wants to get back to Canada with his family. Diageo appoints young Ivan Menezes (pictured left) to replace him January 1.

Weather, economy conspire to produce a very uninspiring May. But there are certain bright spots.Plus, malternative update, state legislative update, and another distributor honored for clean emmissions.

THE BEER INSTITUTE ESTIMATES NATIONAL AND STATE BY STATE BEER SHIPMENTS IN BARRELS DECEMBER FULL YEAR 2002 2001 % CHANGE 2002 MO EST 2001 % CHANGE ALABAMA *        199,500        208,368 -4.26%       3,052,934                  4       3,013,532 1.31% ALASKA *          32,500          34,350 -5.39%          488,418                  3          470,715 3.76% ARIZONA … Continue reading “State Shipments, December 2002”

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It already has a higher ring than Sam’s, and its patrons are richer than any other big box store. This is the ultimate upscale mass beer marketer.Plus odds and ends.

That’s the message Boston Beer Co. Chief Jim Koch gave to analysts at a Goldman Sachs conference. Take a look at Jim’s take on a variety of issues facing the future of beer industry sales.

SABMiller Chief Graham Mackay summed it up in one sentence: “The problems are deep and we expected them to be deep.” But -6.2% deep? Miller share in 2002 at 18.7% and falling. But it’s not as bad as all that. Read on.

Some interesting facts have emerged from SABMiller’s releases on Friday regarding the US beer market. Here are some highlights to consider .

Plus, report says Heineken outspending Corona.