United States: Latest beverage news & analysis
In a developed market where the top two players account for over two-thirds of total volumes, smaller players would be forgiven for thinking they had far less to go at, compared to in the newer, emerging markets. But, present size is not relative to future growth potential, as one analyst has explored this week.
It is well known that carbonated soft drinks have a sugar - and obesity - problem that has led to steady sales erosion over the past decade. Less well known is that juice is suffering as much, if not more, from many of the same issues.
Constellation Brands' beer ambitions took a giant leap forward in 2012 when it secured the US rights to Grupo Modelo's brands. Yesterday, it took another big stride with the US$1bn acquisition of craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.
The US has long been perceived as the pot of gold at the end of the spirits rainbow. According to figures released by the country's Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), earlier this year, the share for spirits in 2014 rose to 35.2% - US$4.2bn - from 34.7% the prior year, marking the fifth consecutive year of growing market share. Despite the attractive figures, for some, finding the end of the rainbow has proved to be a challenge.
Personnel changes and supply chain efficiency moves have fuelled further speculation that Molson Coors is limbering up to buy out SABMiller from their US JV, MillerCoors.
The head of Montenegro Group, owner of the Amaro Montenegro Italian liqueur, has said there is rising demand for Italian spirits in the US as bartenders get behind the category.
Brown-Forman has said it will "vigorously" contest a lawsuit issued by Sazerac over advertising practices for Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire.
Craft and imported beers continue to take volume share from regular and light in the US on-trade and are quickly moving towards accounting for half of the market, new figures show.
The Coca-Cola Co's chief science & health officer is to retire. Rhona Applebaum told the company last month of her intention to step down, although Coca-Cola has only confirmed the move this week.
Amarula owner Distell Group is to launch a spirits joint-venture in the US with Terlato Wine Group.
Boston Beer's Coney Island Brewing Company has launched two new flavours in its line of soda-inspired ales.
Small Town Brewery has launched a new alcoholic soft drink it hopes will emulate the success of Not Your Father's Root Beer.
Hiro Sake is to launch in Italy next year, marking the Japanese spirit producer's first entry into Europe.
The CEO of Sidney Frank Importing is leaving the firm to head up George Clooney's new spirits import company.
Heineken has said US cider can grow to 5% of the beer market despite a recent slowdown.
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