Heineken, FEMSA Extend Partnership
Heineken USA and Mexican brewer Fomento
Economico Mexicano S.A.B. de C.V. (FEMSA) have extended their distribution
partnership in the United States to a 10-year term. Heineken will continue
as the exclusive importer and marketer of Dos Equis, Tecate, Tecate Light
and other FEMSA products in the United States.
The new arrangement builds
on the companies’ previous three-year distribution deal, which gave
Heineken USA nearly 30 percent of the U.S. import beer market. According to
the companies, the agreement gives Heineken a bigger share of the profits
from the partnership, while FEMSA will receive
payment in return for the exclusive distribution rights. It goes into
effect in January 2008 and runs through December 2017.
Coca-Cola gets kudos from EPA, OSHA
Coca-Cola North America
announced its beverage syrup plant in Columbus, Ohio, has become the first
syrup production facility in the country to achieve the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)
Star. The plant also received recognition from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) for outstanding environmental performance as a
member of EPA’s Performance Track leadership program.
The OSHA VPP program recognizes excellence in employee
safety and health program execution beyond the requirements of OSHA
standards. VPP participants develop and implement processes to identify,
evaluate, prevent and control occupational hazards and avoid employee
injuries and illnesses.
According to OSHA, VPP companies achieve average
injury and illness rates 50 percent below other companies in their
In addition, the Columbus plant was recognized for its
multi-year commitments in recycling, water use reduction, energy use
efficiency and reduction of hazardous materials.
The company says the plant has reduced water use by 12
percent and solid waste by 11 percent, while increasing recycling rates by
Pernod Ricard chooses High Falls for Seagram’s
Pernod Ricard USA, Purchase, N.Y., has selected High Falls Brewing Co.,
Rochester, N.Y., as the exclusive distributor and marketer for
Seagram’s Coolers in the United States, the Caribbean, and worldwide
U.S. military posts, effective July 1. High Falls also will assume full
responsibility for the manufacturing and co-packing of these products,
which are currently produced at Pernod Ricard’s Lawrenceburg, Ind.,
plant and two third-party co-packer locations.
According to the company, High Falls will offer a
fully integrated operating structure, by consolidating marketing, sales and
manufacturing within one company.
United States Beverage, Stamford, Conn., previously
distributed the products and will continue to carry the brand through the
end of June.
In addition, High Falls announced Norman E. Snyder Jr.
has been named president and chief executive officer, succeeding Tom
Hubbard who will continue as chairman. John Henderson will serve as the
firm’s chief financial officer.
Hubbard said, “We are at an important point in
this company’s future and it is critical that we have leadership with
proven expertise in the marketing and sales of consumer products. Norm
brings a wealth of beverage industry experience along with a true passion
for our own brands as well as those of our strategic allied partners.”
Americans double spending in coffee shops
Coffee sales in the United
States are forecast to grow an additional $10
billion to $39.5 billion by 2011, according to a new report from
Datamonitor International, based in London. Coffee consumed away from home
dominates consumer spending, and is set to account for three quarters of
all sales in the next five years.
“The growth of coffee shop culture has been
pivotal in educating consumers about different blends and varieties of
coffee. Consumers are increasingly demanding more sophisticated offerings
from other outlets such as quick-service restaurants and from packaged
goods manufacturers,” says Matthew Jones, consumer markets analyst at
Datamonitor and author of the report.
Overall, coffee sales in coffee shops more than doubled
between 2001 and 2005, and are expected to grow by another 58 percent to
reach $16 billion by 2011. Packaged goods manufacturers have been slow to
recreate the coffee shop experience, Jones says. But quick-service
restaurants have responded effectively by launching gourmet coffee lines
and selling ethically sourced coffee.
Other product trends included the continued growth in
“cause coffee” such as Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and
organic certified coffees. And while consumers are trading up, they are not
shying away from private label coffee, and are comfortable both purchasing
and serving it to guests at home. One-third of respondents
“agreed” or “strongly agreed” that private label
coffee had improved during the last two years,
and just 7 percent “disagreed” or “strongly disagreed.”
Brewers Association honors craft brewers
The Brewers Association held its annual Craft Brewers Conference last
month in Austin, Texas, and recognized three individuals for dedication and
The group gave the Brewers Association Recognition
Award to Jack McAuliff, founder of New Albion Brewing Co. The Russell
Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing went to Matt Brynildson of
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. And the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry
award to George Hancock, chairman of Pyramid Brewing Co. and past President
of the Washington Brewers Guild.