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North American Breweries is continuing to strengthen its roster with seasoned craft executives. Tom Cardella, the former CEO Tenth & Blake, who retired from the beer business in 2014, has joined the NAB board of directors.
Former Kona Brewing President Mattson Davis has launched his own consulting firm, Ulu Development, a name that pays homage to the breadfruit plant that grows abundantly on the Hawaiian Islands. With a focus on assisting startup food and beverage companies, the firm’s goal is to coach business owners in the areas of entrepreneurship, brand development, go-to-market strategies, creative partnerships and even long-term succession planning, Davis said.
New York craft beverage producers could have an easier time getting their products in the hands of consumers if Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way this year. Noting the success of New York’s growing craft beverage industry in his annual State of the State address last Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo listed the need for new regulations as a top priority in 2016.
Brewbound is pleased to unveil its entire 2016 events schedule, one that will include six Brew Talks meetups and two full-day Brewbound Session business conferences.
Seven months after separating from the brewery he helped to start, former Knee Deep Brewing co-owner Jeremy Warren is getting back in the game with Revision Brewing, a brewery founded on creative versatility and a name fraught with meaning. In an interview with Brewbound, Warren described the new venture as his second attempt to build a company where he can experiment with the unique styles and production methods that excite him.
After nine months of searching, Craft Brew Alliance has finally selected the site for its new 30,000 sq. ft. Kona Brewing facility in Hawaii. Located near its original brewpub, the 2.6 acre site in Kailua-Kona will be capable of producing 100,000 barrels and serve as a potential gateway to Far East export markets.
Oskar Blues Brewery released a year-end review of its growth in 2015 this week, one that boasted of double-digit increases in sales and production for the company. Oskar Blues, the nation’s 24th largest beer maker, saw a 30 percent increase in sales last year, producing some 192,000 barrels of beer by the end of 2015.
Crazy Mountain Brewing today announced it would open its own beer importing company in the U.K., partnering with startup American Craft Beer Company Ltd. for sales, marketing and logistics support. The Colorado-based craft brewery, which is currently distributed in 20 U.S. states and five countries, has leased a warehouse with cold-storage capabilities and will begin self-distributing its products under the name “Crazy Mountain Brewing Company U.K.” next month.
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Untappd, a leading mobile app that allows consumers to rate and review the beers they drink, today announced it has merged with Next Glass, a wine and beer recommendation platform. With the merger, Untappd will become a subsidiary of Next Glass and co-founders Tim Mather and Greg Avola will begin working full-time on improving the app.
Malteurop, a global provider of malt to brewers and distillers, has filed a lawsuit against three former employees and their company, Proximity Malt, a craft beer industry-focused startup that was founded in February 2015. In the suit, filed Dec. 17, 2015 in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Malteurop North America claimed that Proximity Malt and a member of its team stole confidential information that was used to help launch the new company.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken a step to clear the way for the $6.7 billion tie-up of Ball Corporation and Rexam PLC, according to a report prepared by The Capitol Forum, a subscription-based regulatory analysis service covering antitrust and global mergers and acquisitions.
After changing wholesalers in Wisconsin and Maryland late last year, San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing has moved the brand in at least one other key market: New York City. The company is also considering moves throughout the rest of the state, a source familiar with transaction told Brewbound. The company — which was recently purchased by Corona-maker Constellation Brands for $1 billion — is in the process of terminating its contract with Sheehan Family Companies, a beer distributor that operates four wholesale outfits throughout the state, the source said.