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
Heineken Posts Strong First Half
FILED AUGUST 20, 2014 Heineken NV announced stronger than expected first half earnings earlier this morning, with margin expansion and revenue up a big 4.8%. But the interesting news comes out of the U.S., where STRs have improved sequentially both in the first half, the second quarter, and into July. Read More
Distributor Profile: Clare Rose
FILED AUGUST 19, 2014 Long Island, NY A-B distributor Clare Rose chief Sean Rose told BBD he didn't have any juicy tidbits. But then, he also told us Bud Light was slightly up, and that July 4 was good for the distributor. They generally see around a million visitors to their Long Island coverage area for the key holiday, and this year that proved to be true as well. Read More
Monster to Transition Away from Red Network Quickly
FILED AUGUST 18, 2014 The Coke/Monster deal has sent shockwaves through the red system over the weekend, and BBD has been trading emails with several folks about the deal. A few questions still remain. Read More
Coca-Cola to take 17% Monster Stake; Will ABI Distribs Get Pushed Aside?
FILED AUGUST 15, 2014 As has been speculated for a few years, The Coca-Cola Co. will pay Monster more than $2 billion and transfer its worldwide energy brands in exchange for a 16.7% equity stake in Monster. Coke will have two seats on the Monster board. Read More
Constellation Beer Voluntarily Recalls Select Corona Bottles
FILED AUGUST 15, 2014 Constellation Brands Beer Division this evening announced the voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that "may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles," said the company in a statement. Read More
Sam Gives Context to Quotes
FILED AUGUST 14, 2014 We got a huge wave of responses to yesterday's rambling commentary that riffed off Bon Appetit's cover of the overcrowding of craft. There were many responses that we'll get to later in the week. But one response we heard from was Dogfish Head's founder Sam Calagione, who reached out to put his quotes about a coming "bloodbath" in the magazine into context. Read More
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