Although category management and merchandising commonly are associated with shelf resets and assortment rationalization, for White Plains, N.Y.-based HEINEKEN USA, it is much more than that. The global beer company works to thoroughly understand its consumers’ beer-drinking occasions while building relationships with retailers that will drive long-term, sustainable customer loyalty, says Vikas Satyal, senior director of category development.
Although more than half of consumers have purchased milk, juice and/or carbonated soft drinks in the past 30 days, sales were stagnant during 2014-2015 with top categories struggling to grab consumer attention, according to Chicago-based Mintel’s June 2016 “Beverage Packaging Trends” report.
Retailer’s commitment to local craft breweries creates $100MM-plus in economic impact, it says
October 27, 2016
More than 20 years ago, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer began carrying its first craft brew. Today, the retailer remains committed to the growing industry and supporting up-and-coming local breweries across the Midwest, it says.
Quri releases merchandising data from Easter power period
May 16, 2016
Sparkling Ice was the official sponsor of the High School Nation (HSN) Tour, which took place between March 28 and April 29. The HSN Tour is a music-and-arts festival that traveled to 25 high school campuses across the country and provided students with free entertainment, the company says.
It’s no secret that the beverage industry has evolved during the past decade or so. With new demands from consumers, beverage-makers
have developed new products that provide function, low or no calories and flavor.
Brisk, an iced tea brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo, and Mishka, a Brooklyn-based lifestyle brand, announced a limited-edition collection of apparel that will be available on MishkaNYC.com/Brisk starting today. The collaboration is part of Brisk's "kinda out there" campaign which highlights quirky artist-created characters that appear on each can of Brisk. These characters were the inspiration for the Brisk X Mishka designs, which fuse the original Brisk can art with the Japanese anime-type stylings of renowned street artist L'Amour Supreme, the company says.
Manufacturers and retailers continually are searching for ways to optimize shopper satisfaction through category management. But while the overall idea remains the same, the ways manufacturers and retailers go about this process changes as trends evolve.