Yuengling Hits Connecticut with Mixed Footprint
FILED JULY 22, 2014
Yuengling will cover Connecticut with a mixed footprint of three wholesalers: Tony Gallo's MillerCoors house, Star Distributing; plus A-B houses Hartford Distributors and Levine Distributing.
We talk On-Premise with MillerCoors' Ed McBrien
FILED JULY 21, 2014
Last week you'll recall (see BBD 07-15-2014 ) MillerCoors sales chief Ed McBrien sent a memo to distributors outlining their "Comprehensive On-Premise Strategy" which detailed a seven point strategy to improve off-premise beer sales, including holding the line on premium light draught pricing. BBD caught up with Ed later in the week to learn more about this plan.
**Addendum** New U.S. Marketing Chief Shakes Up Top A-B Media Brass
FILED JULY 18, 2014
Anheuser-Busch's new VP of U.S. marketing, Jorn Socquet, is making some changes at the media-planning executive level, per Ad Age. They affect digital and sports marketing, too.
Indiana C-Store Group Files Suit and 7th Circuit Appeal for Cold Beer Sales
FILED JULY 18, 2014
It's been less than a month and the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IPCA) is already back gearing up for battle to try and secure cold beer sales, per report by Indy Star.
What About ABI - Diageo?
FILED JULY 17, 2014
"We now believe that a transaction between ABI and Diageo involving Guinness, could make sense for both parties," ISI's Robert Ottenstein wrote yesterday. (Recall that Robert is a former investor relations exec for ABI, for what it's worth). That's yet another variation on the ABI - SABMiller - Diageo - Molson Coors - Yuengling (wait, not Yuengling, sorry -- they wish).
Tamarron Results are In
FILED JULY 16, 2014
The yearly Tamarron Beverage Supplier Performance survey, in which distributors rank suppliers on a variety of topics, has been delivered this week. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Except for SKUs.
BBD/RBC Survey: July 4 Volumes Up
FILED JULY 15, 2014
Curious about July 4 sales trends? Wait no longer. Our own July 4 survey results came from a small but geographically representative sample of distributors all over the country. In all, equal amounts of MillerCoors and A-B distributors (most of those also Constellation Beer guys) along with one Heineken/Pabst guy filled out our joint survey with RBC Capital Markets on pricing, volume and brand surprise trends over the recent holiday weekend.