United States: Latest beverage news & analysis
Constellation Brands is a firm favourite on Wall Street at the moment. The company's share price hasn't stopped rising since it took control of the Grupo Modelo brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev. Indeed, US$100 worth of stock bought in June 2012, when the deal was announced, is now worth just over $850.
It may be going too far to call the truncated lifespan of the Keurig Kold farcical. But, in the nine months since it was launched, the home-carbonation system's owner, Keurig Green Mountain, has been sold to a private-equity group, big-money investor The Coca-Cola Co pulled out and headed for the hills and its CEO was unceremoniously dumped.
Late yesterday, Anheuser-Busch InBev said it will team up with Starbucks to launch an RTD Teavana tea across the US.
Earlier this week, Chicago-based market research firm IRI released a list of the biggest craft beer brands in the US off-premise. Here, for the 12 months to 15 May, is the top 20.
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:
Constellation Brands has announced a portfolio approach to its Modelo brands in an effort to allow more effective cross-promotion and brand awareness in the US.
KeVita has added three new flavours to its line of Cleansing Probiotic Apple Cider Vinegar Tonics. New variants include Meyer Lemon, Ginseng Mandarin, and Elderberry.
Rok Drinks has extended the US footprint of its German beer brand, ABK Beer.
Michigan's Old Old Orchard Brands has launched a new range of non-GMO-certified juices in four flavours.
PepsiCo has appointed one of Time magazine's top 100 most influential people to its board of directors.
Craft Brew Alliance has strengthened its tie-up with major shareholder Anheuser-Busch InBev, which could see the brewing giant launch a takeover within the next three years.
RW Knudsen Family has launched five vegetable juice blends.
Pabst Brewing Co is to handle national distribution to US craft brewer Dog Tag Brewing's flagship brand as the companies sign a new partnership.
Sapporo has lined up a US-specific dark lager under its namesake beer brand.
San Diageo-based Green Flash Brewing Co has confirmed it will open its Virginia Beach brewery on 13 November. San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co has confirmed it will open its Virginia Beach brewery on 13 November.
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.
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.
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.
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