Jessica Infante

Jessica Infante

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Jessica Infante is the Reporter for Brewbound.

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Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform Among New Guild President’s Priorities in 2020

Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform Among New Guild President’s Priorities in 2020

Newly named Massachusetts Brewers Guild’s president Sam Hendler wants to finally resolve the contentious franchise reform debate with the state’s wholesalers. Hendler, a co-founder and co-owner of Framingham, Massachusetts-based craft breweries Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and the Springdale Beer Company, acknowledged that the franchise law reform effort has been dragging on long before he was of legal drinking age. “I was a high school senior when it started,” he told Brewbound.

Last Call: Financial Analysts Project Additional Hard Seltzer Growth; FIFCO USA Pulls Plug on Pura Still

Last Call: Financial Analysts Project Additional Hard Seltzer Growth; FIFCO USA Pulls Plug on Pura Still

The hard seltzer category could reach about 10% of the beer market in the next few years, according to research reports from two leading financial services firms. Meanwhile, FIFCO USA has stopped production of Pura Still, the 95-calorie, 4.5% ABV spiked still water brand after less than two years, according to a memo sent to wholesalers this week. Finally, Iron Heart Canning, the country’s largest mobile canning service provider, announced today an agreement to acquire Michigan Mobile Canning.

Craft Beer Pioneer Carol Stoudt Discusses Upcoming Retirement, Brewery Closure

Craft Beer Pioneer Carol Stoudt Discusses Upcoming Retirement, Brewery Closure

After more than three decades in the beer industry, Carol Stoudt plans to retire in the spring and cease brewing operations at her namesake brewery in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. “I got together with a few people from my team and just pointed to the calendar and said, ‘This is it,’” she explained. “It’s a very, very difficult decision.”

Molson Coors Sales Hit Nearly $10.6 Billion in 2019

Molson Coors Sales Hit Nearly $10.6 Billion in 2019

Molson Coors Beverage Company reported nearly $10.6 billion in net sales for 2019, a decline of 1.8% compared to 2018. In a press release, Molson Coors Beverage Company president and CEO Gavin Hattersley called 2019 “a challenging year” for the company.

Trillium Launches Partnership with Urban Farming Institute of Boston, While #IAmCraftBeer Movement Pushes Forward

Trillium Launches Partnership with Urban Farming Institute of Boston, While #IAmCraftBeer Movement Pushes Forward

Seven years after establishing Trillium Brewing Company, co-founder JC Tetreault said the Canton, Massachusetts-based craft brewery was not living up to his intention for the business to “being a very good reflection of the broader community around us.” Enter the Urban Farming Institute of Boston (UFI), an organization dedicated to promoting farming in urban neighborhoods.

Last Call: Molson Coors Sued Over Vizzy Seltzer Name; Coronavirus Affects Beer Sales and Production in China

Last Call: Molson Coors Sued Over Vizzy Seltzer Name; Coronavirus Affects Beer Sales and Production in China

The parent company of Brizzy Seltzer Cocktails has filed a lawsuit against Molson Coors Beverage Company in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, alleging that the second largest U.S. beer manufacturer’s Vizzy Hard Seltzer name “is nearly identical to Brizzy in sight, sound and appearance” and infringes upon its trademark.

Anheuser-Busch InBev CFO to Step Down; Replacement Named

Anheuser-Busch InBev CFO to Step Down; Replacement Named

The long-rumored exit of Anheuser-Busch InBev CFO Felipe Dutra was officially announced today. The world’s largest beer manufacturer revealed that Dutra will step down from his role as chief financial and technology officer, effective April 29 following the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

Press Clips: Carol Stoudt to Retire, Brewery to Cease Operations; Seven Stills’ License Suspended for Tied House Violations

Press Clips: Carol Stoudt to Retire, Brewery to Cease Operations; Seven Stills’ License Suspended for Tied House Violations

Stoudts Brewing Company will cease operations at the end of the winter, as founder Carol Stoudt retires after 33 years, according to a press release. The California Bureau of Alcoholic Beverage Control has suspended San Francisco-based Seven Stills Brewery and Distillery’s operating license for 90 days for violating the state’s tied house laws, according to a report from SFGate.com.

Regional Cider Brands Grew Sales, Category Share in 2019

Regional Cider Brands Grew Sales, Category Share in 2019

Cider category dollar share shrank in 2019, however, the growth of regional and local producers proved to be a bright spot, Danny Brager, senior VP of market research firm Nielsen’s beverage alcohol practice, shared Thursday during the American Cider Association’s (ACA) annual CiderCon conference in Oakland, California.

Super Bowl LIV Ushers in First Major Beer Occasion of 2020

Super Bowl LIV Ushers in First Major Beer Occasion of 2020

Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Miami marks the first major beer-drinking occasion of 2020. In 2019, U.S. consumers spent $1.2 billion on beer at off-premise retailers in the two weeks leading up to the game between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, according to market research firm Nielsen. Those sales were roughly flat, though, down 0.5%, compared to 2018.