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Interview, Andy Thomas, CBA, CEO - Part II 18 Oct 2016

In part two of our interview with Craft Brew Alliance’s CEO, we talk to Andy Thomas about the state of the craft beer market, how CBA fits into it and where the category is headed.

MillerCoors brand strategy gets warm reception 4 Oct 2016

The next couple of years carry great importance for MillerCoors. Not only is the US JV between Molson Coors and SABMiller set to come under new ownership in the coming days, but it also has work to do to stem revenue declines, achieve flat sales volumes by 2018 and secure growth the following year.

What do US wholesalers think of spirits trends? 20 Sep 2016

Morgan Stanley this week released its second survey of US wholesalers, which found increased confidence is the country's spirits market. The financial firm claims the report is more forward-looking than 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:

How the craft economy is loosening alcohol laws 19 Sep 2016

In the LCBO liquor store near Ossington subway station in Toronto's trendy west end, business is good.

The US and its thirst for spirits - Trends 7 Sep 2016

While each of the BRIC markets continue to throw up their own set of hurdles to sustained, long-term growth, the major spirits companies are becoming ever-more-thankful to the US for its safe bet positioning.

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Southern Glazer's expands fine wine footprint 27 Oct 2016

Southern Glazer's is boosting its high-end wine division as consumers increasingly seek wine at higher price points, the US distributor has said.

Hennessy Master Blender's Selection No.1 - NPD 26 Oct 2016

Moet Hennessy has launched a Cognac exclusive to the US market, called Master Blender's Selection No.1.

Boston Beer Co outlines Samuel Adams innovation 24 Oct 2016

The founder of Boston Beer Co has unveiled plans for the company's Samuel Adams beer, following an announcement in April to review the brand. 

Unibroue and Megadeth's A Tout le Monde - NPD 24 Oct 2016

Canadian craft brewer Unibroue has partnered the lead singer of Megadeth to release a beer. 

Beam Suntory workers end Jim Beam strike 24 Oct 2016

Beam Suntory staff at two Jim Beam plants have agreed to end a strike after approving new labour terms. 

Boston Beer launches brand review as YTD sales dip 21 Oct 2016

The Boston Beer Co has announced an overview of its core brands as the brewer hit its fourth straight quarter of decline.

Bacardi rolls out new Oakheart rum packs to US 21 Oct 2016

Bacardi has repackaged its Oakheart spiced rum in the US, as the company looks to distance the iteration from its namesake brand.

AB InBev fund ZX Ventures buys homebrew co 19 Oct 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev's venture capital unit ZX Ventures has purchased US homebrew supply company Northern Brewer. 

Beam Suntory to invest US$1bn in Bourbon 18 Oct 2016

Beam Suntory has said it expects to spend around US1bn on growing its Bourbon operations, meanwhile employees from two sites have taken strike action. 

US craft spirits could be as big as craft beer 18 Oct 2016

Craft distillers could become as important to the US spirits market as craft brewers are to beer, a new study has said.

Latest blogs

Queues are forming for latest (Jim Beam) Apple product 9 Sep 2016

Move over iPhone 7 headphones-gate, there is a new Apple product causing a stir. Or a shake. Or just a shot.

Anheuser-Busch InBev's craft brewers turn hermits in their own kingdoms 15 Aug 2016

It's Summer in the northern hemisphere and the beer festivals are in full swing. Even the famously secluded North Korea is letting its regulation-cut hair down with the Taedonggang Beer Festival, named for the country's domestic beer and reportedly a firm favourite with leader Kim Jong-un.

Which calories count? 8 Jun 2016

What a week for stats! Yesterday, the Beverage Marketing Corporation released figures to show the bottled water market had more than doubled over the past 15 years in the US.