Limited-edition packaging commemorates Matt Bonner’s career with San Antonio Spurs
November 17, 2015
Big Red Inc., Austin, Texas, teamed up with the NBA's Matt Bonner for a limited-edition 2-liter bottle of its same-named red soda brand to commemorate Bonner’s 10 year professional basketball career in San Antonio. Bonner is one of only six players to join the team's exclusive 10 year club.
Innova Market Insights offers 10 trends dominating the market
November 17, 2015
The clean-eating trend has inspired a back-to-basics approach in product development and is an overarching theme in The Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights' Top Ten Trends list for 2016. New global products tracked with an "organic" claim have risen from 6.3 percent in the first half of 2013 to 9.5 percent in the first half of 2015, the market research firm says. A surge in "free from" launches and "flexitarian" options also has been reported. A live webinar at 10 a.m. EDT on Nov. 24 will provide an overview of all the key trends, it adds.
Constellation Brands Inc., Victor, N.Y., announced an agreement to acquire San Diego-based Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits. One of the fastest growing craft beer companies in the United States, Ballast Point beer portfolio contains more than 40 different varieties, including its Sculpin IPA and Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, the company says. The partnership with Ballast Point will enable Constellation Brands to compete in the craft beer segment, further strengthening its position in the highest end of the U.S. beer market, it adds.
Winter brew salutes World War II Battleship USS Massachusetts
November 10, 2015
Providence, R.I.-based Narragansett Beer announced the release of Big Mamie Indestructible American Pale Ale, a sessionable ale that pays homage to the USS Massachusetts. The release commemorates the 50th anniversary of maritime museum Battleship Cove and Narragansett’s own efforts to save the impenetrable warship many years ago, the company says.
Campaign to feature more opportunities for consumers, social media marketing
November 9, 2015
White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA announced it is upping the stakes on game day with its What’s Your Play? retail program that will run from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28. The comprehensive program includes eye-catching football-themed point-of-sale (POS) materials, digital partnerships, a Twitter-driven sweepstakes and cross-merchandising opportunities to inspire men of legal drinking age around the world to up their game by choosing Heineken, Heineken Light, Dos Equis, Tecate, Tecate Light and Strongbow Hard Ciders for their game day celebrations, the company says.
Coors Light, Miller Lite gain market share in premium light beer segment
November 6, 2015
London-based SABMiller plc and Denver-based Molson Coors Brewing Co. reported that MillerCoors, a Chicago-based joint venture, experienced a net income decline of 8.6 percent to $344.4 million for the third quarter compared with the same period last year.