MillerCoors MGD 64 Lemonade goes sour

MillerCoors' MGD 64 Lemonade goes sour

MillerCoors has reportedly pulled its MGD 64 Lemonade from salein the US, earlier than expected, according to a report.

The SABMiller, Molson Coors joint-venture launched the 2.8% abv light beer in April. MGD 64 Lemonade was always intended to be a limited edition summer release, but its original withdrawal date of Labor Day 2011 (5 September) has been brought forward to now, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The newspaper cited a company statement that conceded that "not every innovation will succeed".

MillerCoors' move was part of its attempt to reinvigorate sales of mainstream beer brands in the US, amid high unemployment.

Last week, SABMiller reported in its first-quarter trading update that MillerCoors' volume sales to retailers (STRs) dipped by 2.7% as a result of "a continued weak economic environment, ongoing high unemployment levels and subdued consumer spending affected by high fuel prices and poor weather".