Dear Client: “Boston Beer’s appointment of Blue Cloud as a distributor of the Hard Mountain Dew brand in the [Premium/Blue Ridge] sales territory is hereby nullified.” That’s the final ruling by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, who issued “final decision and order” last week prohibiting Boston Beer from appointing any distributor to Hard MTN … Continue reading “Hard MTN Dew May Only Go to Boston’s Legacy Distributors in Virginia”
That’s what HUSA president Frans van der Minne said in his speech to a packed NBWA general session. It is a notion that is gaining some credibility.
It’s true: many retailers are largely ignorant of the profit growth they can experience with imports and specialty beers. Here’s the story.
UBS beverage analyst Caroline Levy publishes the results of her exhaustive distributor survey. We highlight a few of the more interesting findings. Plus, a retailer update.
It’s getting hot in the deserts of Arizona, and not just because of the sunshine. The usual suspects have filed suit in that state, charging that AZ’s direct shipping exemption for in-state wineries violates the Commerce Clause. Same issue, different state.
The thing I most love about the beer industry are the people in it, and the most interesting news is often just what people say and write. Here are a few interesting beer quotes.
As F.X. Matt rolls out Accel, their new low carb beer, BBD contemplates whether this sub-category of light beers will be a flash in the pan or true long-term gold. Plus, S&N gets rid of baggage and takes on a lot of cash.
The Corona price increase, now set back to Jan 1, has the industry fairly evenly divided on whether it is a good decision or not. Read our survey results.
In a speach to employees and descendents of Frederick Miller, Miller president Norman Adami challenges the notion that breweries provide only pull and distributors provide only push.
Gambrinus delaying Corona increase until Jan. 04.
Constellation’s Richard Sands speaks on the Corona price increase, plus evidence that price is elastic, and how our lobbyists quietly earn their pay.
Both importers have reported to distributors that Corona and Corona Light going up a buck or more in November. What it means, and why? Plus, is Miller discounting, what’s in a name, and some good news.
Amid speculation that Foster’s will spin off their beer division, the head of that division says it is unlikely. Plus, Rehr takes on NAS in Wash Times piece, and Oktoberfest in full swing.
The success of Michelob Ultra has been noticed by other brewers. Look for new entrants in a store near you.
After a summer of getting slaughtered, Miller Lite bucks the trend and posts some gains on Labor Day. Plus, better beers continue to gain share, and Snapple restructuring.
Those are the words of Diageo CEO Paul Walsh to the UK Sunday Telegraph yesterday, referring to Diageo’s strategy overseas, (which he indicated may make sense in the US), of marketing and distributing Heineken alongside Diageo’s spirits brands. Read our take. Plus, the wineries are going after beer with a new cheap segment.