Manufacturers and suppliers to the craft brewing industry are heading to Portland, Ore., for the 32nd Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America (CBC). Taking place April 14-17 at the Oregon Convention Center, the annual event is hosted by the Brewers Association, Boulder, Colo., and will welcome an estimated 11,000 attendees.
38 companies create first-ever crowdfunded Super Bowl commercial
January 28, 2015
In a fiscally conservative approach to Super Bowl XLIX advertising, Newcastle Brown Ale, a beer brand of Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., suggested to other brands that they all join forces for a collaborative Super Bowl ad. The result is the world’s first crowdfunded Super Bowl ad.
U.S. shopping trips increased in November and December, Nielsen reports
January 27, 2015
With gas prices down 31 percent since June 2014 and oil prices were around $85 a barrel, American Consumer Confidence has improved, going up 12 percentage points year over year, New York-based Nielsen reports.
Harris Poll survey finds consumers view bottled water as healthy alternative to carbonated soft drinks
January 27, 2015
A vast majority of consumers see water as a smart beverage choice and consider bottled water to be healthier than soft drinks, according to newly released findings from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older for Alexandria, Va.-based International Bottled Water Association (IBWA).
Anheuser-Busch-sponsored survey reveals consumers are planning ahead to get home safely
January 27, 2015
As the exclusive beer sponsor for Super Bowl XLIX, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch announced the results of a recent survey conducted on its behalf by Harris Interactive, Rochester, N.Y., that show deeper insights about consumers' Super Bowl XLIX plans and drinking decisions. According to the survey results, 73 percent of Americans of legal drinking age plan to watch Super Bowl XLIX, and, of those who plan to drink at Super Bowl parties, 71 percent will make plans to get home safe in advance.
Readers must have brains on their brain. In Beverage Industry’s December Readers’ Choice Product of the Month poll, Fairfield, Conn.-based Focus Now Solutions LLC’s Focus+ took home the honor after garnering 31 percent of the vote.
National brands showing momentum in drug stores; private label standing out in mass/supercenter channel
January 20, 2015
During the recession, private-label products enjoyed increasing popularity as consumers looked for new ways to save on everyday purchases during the economic downturn. In fact, U.S. consumers spent $120 billion on private-label products during the past year, marking a year-over-year increase of 2.1 percent, according to Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. (IRI). However, this growth now seems to be leveling off, and this small uptick was largely driven by price increases, it reports.
Tin Man Brewing Co., Evansville, Ind., released four of its core craft beers in 16-ounce cans from Rexam Beverage Can Americas, Chicago. The craft brewer noted that it chose to package its Circuit Bohemian Pilsner, Alloy American Pale Ale, River Irish Red Ale and Overlord Imperial IPA in cans because it is the ideal package for craft beer.