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07.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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THE SUMMER OF BEER

BEER HAS CERTAINLY seen its share of struggles over the last few years but nothing rejuvenates like the summer. In the 15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2O13, beer and malt beverage sales topped $11 billion, making it one of the largest selling categories of all food and beverage channels. Projections for 2O14 put sales on track to beat that number. Beer means big business for communities across the country. According to [...] Read More »

HOLY HOPS! PRICES GO SKY-HIGH

SEEMS THERE is a downside to the explosive popularity of craft beers: The craze for microbrews has led to a scramble for hops, the key ingredient used to add flavor and bitterness. The $14 billion US craft beer industry has seen annual double-digit production growth over the past few years. This has in turn doubled the price of the specialist aroma and flavor hops favored by craft brewers to about $7 to $1O a pound [...] Read More »