Flavored malt beverage brand’s line extension taps into popularity of apple ciders
August 5, 2014
Following the successful launch of a winter seasonal last year, Anheuser-Busch, a St. Louis-based subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, added the fall seasonal Apple-Ahhh-Rita to its Bud Light Lime Ritas lineup of ready-to-drink flavored malt beverages (FMBs).
Limited-edition Twisted Pretzel Wheat available at beer festivals, special events, on draft
April 24, 2014
To celebrate National Pretzel Day on April 26, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top brand blended the taste of a cold beer with the taste and smell of a warm, fresh pretzel in its newest limited-edition beer: Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat. The brand will serve the Belgian-style unfiltered wheat at special events nationwide and on draft at select locations for a limited time.
New alcohol beverage marks A-B’s first wholly new brand in 8 years
March 20, 2014
St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (A-B), the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, will release its new Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider brand nationwide April 7. Inspired by the legendary adventurer and storyteller, Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider features a refreshingly sweet flavor with a crisp apple bite, the company says.
Appealing mostly to female consumers and younger consumers of legal drinking age (LDA), the flavored malt beverages (FMBs) — also known as progressive adult beverages (PABs) — segment of the beer market brings in a slightly different demographic than the typical beer drinker, says Jeff Nowicki, chief strategy officer at Bump Williams Consulting Co., Stratford, Conn.
The beer category, which includes domestic beer, imported beer, craft beer, hard cider and flavored malt beverages, has mostly remained flat or suffered minimal declines in off-premise accounts in recent years, according to market research firms.