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Latis Imports and Radeberger Gruppe USA End Sales Arrangement

Latis Imports and Radeberger Gruppe USA End Sales Arrangement

Less than a year after it was acquired by Dutch beer maker Bavaria N.V., Latis Imports has announced plans to mutually end a sales agency agreement with Radeberger Gruppe USA (RGUSA) that began in January 2014. In a press release, Latis Imports, which was founded in 2007 and imports products from Palm Belgian Craft Brewers and Rodenbach, said the partnership with RGUSA would conclude on September 30, 2017.

Former Pabst Exec Lands at Monkey Rum

Former Pabst Exec Lands at Monkey Rum

Rich Pascucci, who most recently served as the chief growth officer for Pabst Brewing Company, has been tapped to help lead Evolution Spirits, makers of Monkey Rum. Pascucci joined Evolution Spirits earlier this month and will serve as its chief growth officer and head of sales. The company was co-founded by television personality Zane Lamprey and is backed by Vita Coco co-founder Mike Kirban, former Vitaminwater CMO Rohan Oza and other notable beverage industry insiders.

Avery Brewing Announces 2 Executive Hires

Avery Brewing Announces 2 Executive Hires

Brian “BK” Krueger will join the Boulder, Colorado-headquartered company as director of sales and marketing. Krueger, who has plenty of experience in the Colorado market after a 16-year career as sales executive with New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, will fill the role being left by Dustin LeMoine, who the company is promoting to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

New Belgium, The Bruery to Expand East Coast Presence

New Belgium, The Bruery to Expand East Coast Presence

Colorado-headquartered New Belgium Brewing Company is said to be opening a taproom at Mohegan Sun next month, according to a press release issued by the Connecticut casino and resort. Meanwhile, Southern California’s The Bruery today announced that it would open a brick-and-mortar store in Washington, D.C., in November.

Green Flash Acquires Nebraska-Based Production Facility

Green Flash Acquires Nebraska-Based Production Facility

Green Flash Brewing Co. announced plans today to open a third brewery — this time in the Midwest. The San Diego-headquartered company has acquired a 10,000 sq. ft., 10,000-barrel production facility with a tasting room and restaurant in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nielsen: Beer Growth Trailing Wine and Spirits

Nielsen: Beer Growth Trailing Wine and Spirits

New data from market research firm Nielsen confirms what many beer executives have long feared: The beer category is continuing to cede sales to wine and spirits. On-premise volume sales of beer over the 52-week period ending June 17 were down more than 2 percent, according to a new Nielsen report outlining the latest beverage alcohol trends.

BrewDog Secures $7 Million in Crowdfunding Campaign

BrewDog Secures $7 Million in Crowdfunding Campaign

Nearly a year after launching its “Equity for Punks” USA crowdfunding scheme, Scottish craft beer company BrewDog PLC has announced that it raised $7 million, falling considerably short of a stated $50 million target.

ZX Ventures Funds Development of New Non-Alcoholic Beverage Made From Spent Grain

ZX Ventures Funds Development of New Non-Alcoholic Beverage Made From Spent Grain

In an effort to find a different use for spent grain — a byproduct of the beer brewing process – Anheuser-Busch InBev, via its ZX Ventures ‘global disruptive growth group,’ has backed a non-alcoholic beverage startup hoping to turn leftover malt into a drinkable product. A-B is hoping that a proprietary fermentation process, developed internally, can transform at least some of the nearly 8 billion pounds of spent grain produced across the beer industry each year into an isolate that will be used in a new line of plant-based barley beverages called “Canvas.”

4 Breweries Close Their Doors in 2-Week Span

4 Breweries Close Their Doors in 2-Week Span

Four craft breweries have shuttered in less than two weeks, the most well-known of which, Rubicon Brewing Company, had operated in Sacramento for nearly 30 years.

With Funky Buddha Purchase, Constellation Shifts Acquisition Strategy to ‘Local Brands’

With Funky Buddha Purchase, Constellation Shifts Acquisition Strategy to ‘Local Brands’

Constellation Brands has acquired fast-growing Florida-based craft beer producer Funky Buddha and, in the process, formed a new “High End Craft and Specialty” business group specifically tasked with overseeing the company’s present and future craft brewery purchases. Financial terms of the deal, which closed yesterday, were not disclosed. The structure is similar to Constellation’s 2015 purchase of San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing, which was worth $1 billion, Brewbound understands. A sale price was not disclosed, but the all-cash deal is for 100 percent of the company, according to KC Sentz, who co-founded the brewery with his brother Ryan Sentz.

Constellation Brands Acquires Funky Buddha

Constellation Brands Acquires Funky Buddha

Constellation Brands today announced the acquisition of Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.