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08.2011

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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THE PERPLEXING PINT GLASS PROBLEM

The UK has a problem with a capital P: Pint glasses. Bar brawls involving “glassings” (when an offender smashes a glass into a victim’s face) have gotten so bad they account for an estimated 55OO out of 87,OOO incidents of alcohol-related violence annually that involve glass and it’s costing the UK billions. To try and stem the problem, the Home Office invited designers to come up with ways of making the pint glass a less [...] Read More »

NEW HAMPSHIRE: LIVE FREE AND DRINK BEERS

Our neighbor to the north has earned itself quite a distinction. Home to 17 brewers, including an Anheuser-Busch facility in Merrimack, New Hampshire boasts the highest beer sales per person in the United States. In 2O1O, an average of 32.7 gallons of beer, the equivalent of nearly 35O 12-ounce cans, were sold per legal drinking-age person in New Hampshire, according to estimates from industry lobbying group, the Beer Institute. The overall rate for the rest [...] Read More »

THE BITTER BATTLE GOES ON . . .

A few months ago, Molson Coors Canada scored a major coup when it was awarded an exclusive beer sponsorship in Canada that would make it the official beer of the NHL, with additional consideration for Coors Light. That deal took the sponsorship away from Labatt’s (made by Budweiser). But the celebration for Molson has been put on ice as Labatt’s cried foul and went to court over the deal. A Canadian judge issued a ruling [...] Read More »

NO FIZZ FOR US BEER MARKET

Domestic beer seems to have lost its mojo. Wine and spirits may be holding their own these days but there’s still no love happening for the US mainstream beer industry. Beer makers have seen their domestic sales volume slump for some time as the tough economy took an added toll on its core customers. The key market of men 21- to 34-years-old has been hard hit by high unemployment cutting into their buying power. Companies [...] Read More »

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