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10.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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BOUTIQUES GO BOOM

The grim economy has been anything but bad for the craft beer industry. Those who find themselves shying away from expensive wines and spirits are turning toward a more affordable indulgence: craft beer. National sales of craft beer rose 9 percent in the first half of 2OO9, the Brewers Association reported in August. Overall, craft breweries have taken a larger share of American sales in recent years, holding about 6.3 percent of the market in [...] Read More »

A BUMP in PRICES?

It’s one thing to voluntarily spend money on expensive beers. It’s another matter when prices of domestic beers go up via their producers. MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch r ecently announced plans to increase prices, blaming rising expenses. Together, the companies control 8O% of the US beer market. But according to Bob Zieger, a sourcing expert at Ariba Inc., a Sunnyvale, California supply management software and consulting firm, the brewers are using commodity prices as “a convenient [...] Read More »

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