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A snapshot of the US on-trade cocktail market 10 May 2016

Data provider Nielsen has teamed up with on-trade consultants CGA to launch its first consumer sentiment survey on the US on-trade market. The report continues Nielsen's new focus on the out-of-home channel, which can be difficult to get accurate information on. Last month, the company launched a report that compared the US on-trade to the UK's, while the latest focusses on how the public views the major bar-and-restaurant alcohol brands. Here's a snapshot of the report's findings:


What do US wholesalers think of your spirit? 4 May 2016

Morgan Stanley last week released a report based on a survey of US wholesalers that found increased confidence is the country's spirits market. The financial firm said the report, its first to directly survey wholesalers, is more forward-looking that traditional channel data and attempts to "identify key trends before they appear in Nielsen data and sell-side forecasts". The survey also quizzed wholesalers on future category performance. Here's a run-down of the key findings.


Will US consolidation leave craft alcohol exposed? 25 Apr 2016

On Thursday, two US senators sent a letter to the Department of Justice highlighting their concerns over Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed purchase of SABMiller.  


Should Boston Beer Co put up the For Sale sign? 25 Apr 2016

Late last week, Boston Beer Co turned in a disappointing set of first-quarter numbers. Net profits plummeted 49% while sales and volumes in the three months to the end of March were down 5%.


The fight is on for Cognac in the US - Analysis 20 Apr 2016

Following the release of its full-year results yesterday, Remy Cointreau's CFO has thrown down the gauntlet to other Cognac producers operating in the US. 

Latest News

Búcha targets big soda with New Age merger 24 May 2016

Kombucha producer Búcha has said its merger with RTD Xingtea owner New Age Beverages Group will create a functional drinks maker capable of competing with the giants of soft drinks.


High Heel Brewing launches craft beer for women 23 May 2016

A US craft brewer is to launch beer aimed at women, in an effort to "fill a gap in the market". 


Rum "yet to maximise" GTR potential - Bacardi 23 May 2016

Bacardi has said rum has the biggest long-term opportunity in global Travel Retail as it rolls out the Facundo Rum Collection to US airports.


Healthy Beverage Co's Steaz Cactus Water - NPD 23 May 2016

Healthy Beverage Co has launched a range of cactus waters under its green tea-based Steaz brand.


US swells serving sizes for soda in label overhaul 23 May 2016

The US has increased the typical serving sizes for soft drinks by half, as part of a shake-up of nutritional labels.


Soda industry continues US health warning fight 20 May 2016

The American Beverage Association (ABA) is to continue its fight against health warnings on soda advertisements in San Francisco after it lost a preliminary court battle.


Crista la Santa's Creyente Mezcal Joven - NPD 20 May 2016

Crista la Santa has launched a new mezcal in Mexico and the US.


RumTech's Garden Party Botanical Hard Sodas - NPD 20 May 2016

RumTech is to launch two botanical hard sodas in the state of Indiana. 


Kentucky Bourbon production reaches 48-year high 20 May 2016

Kentucky Bourbon distillers filled almost 1.9m barrels in 2015, the highest number since 1967, as producers look to meet growing demand.


Whiskey demand drives Castle Brands FY 20 May 2016

A 30% jump in whiskey volumes has boosted full-year sales for New York spirits producer Castle Brands.

Latest blogs

Boston Beer Co "just plain ugly" for TV money man 9 May 2016

Jim Cramer, the excitable host of stock-picker programme Mad Money on CNBC, turned his attention on US brewers last week, attempting to forecast which has the most potential for investors.


Heineken plays 'hard' ball in US cider 12 Apr 2016

You would be forgiven for thinking that the US cider boom is over. Sales growth of as much as 90% in the past few years has shrunk to double figures.


Lessons from the past in PepsiCo heir-apparent talk 31 Mar 2016

The soft drinks world is abuzz today over what an executive shake-up at PepsiCo might mean to on-going speculation over CEO Indra Nooyi's successor.