A-B's Q3 STRs Down 1.9%; Bud Light Gaining Share
FILED OCTOBER 31, 2014
A-B's U.S. sales to retailers were down 1.9% (selling-day adjusted) in the third quarter and down 1.8% YTD. Sales to wholesalers were down 3.7% in the quarter, and down 1.8% YTD. The relative softness is due to their completed wholesaler inventory reductions and expect STWs and STRs to converge for full year.
Analyst: ABI - Coke Deal Unlikely
FILED OCTOBER 30, 2014
Lots of opinions on what ABI's next move will be, but this analyst thinks a Coke deal is unlikely. "Unless somehow SABMiller is off the table or Warren Buffett changes his stripes, we think it is highly unlikely that an ABI/KO transaction will occur in the next several years."
Heineken Adds VP of Dos Equis Marketing
FILED OCTOBER 29, 2014
"Effective November 17, Andrew Katz will join HEINEKEN USA as the Vice President of Dos Equis, Marketing, reporting directly to me," CMO Nuno Teles wrote distributor partners.
Kegs Need to Talk to Each Other
FILED OCTOBER 28, 2014
"Technology is changing our world so fast, and I don't understand it," Tom Cardella said when he addressed Tamarron's SCOL Conference crowd in Denver last week. "As an industry, we don't really understand the power of it."
Grokking The Young Beer Drinker
FILED OCTOBER 27, 2014
The final panel of Tamarron Consulting's SCOL conference last week covered a lot of different possible future scenarios, but one player the panel called up over and over again was - you guessed it Gertrude -- the Millennial consumer.
Distributor Profile: Gasko & Meyer
FILED OCTOBER 24, 2014
We often write about the trends of MillerCoors or A-B distributor houses. But what of the larger specialty house? We checked in with upstate New York Gasko & Meyer sales manager Bruce Nober about their trends.
Meet the Next Hot Craft Brewer
FILED OCTOBER 23, 2014
Distributors are always asking us about the next hot craft brewer. Well, here you go: A few months ago, we reported that Cincinnati's up-and-coming Rhinegeist Brewery was IRI's second-largest new BA-defined craft brand in national supers YTD.