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President Trump Ends Tariff Exemption on Canadian Aluminum

President Trump Ends Tariff Exemption on Canadian Aluminum

With the nation’s can supply tightening, President Donald Trump yesterday announced the reimposition of a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum, claiming that America’s neighbor to the north was flooding the market.

Island Active Lager Fills Hole Left by Saint Archer Gold on Publix Store Shelves

Island Active Lager Fills Hole Left by Saint Archer Gold on Publix Store Shelves

Molson Coors Beverage Company’s hibernation of the Saint Archer Gold brand is benefitting upstart active lifestyle lager maker Island Brands. In the Southeast, grocery chain Publix has begun filling the void left by Gold with the Charleston, South Carolina-based beer maker’s Island Active — an 88-calorie, 4.2% ABV light lager, which launched in March just ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ball Adds Canning Capacity as Craft Breweries Feel the Crunch

Ball Adds Canning Capacity as Craft Breweries Feel the Crunch

Breweries nationwide are under pressure from a tightening can supply, but relief could be on the way — next year. The Ball Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminum cans, announced a new production line at its facility in Rome, Georgia, will come online next week, joining another new production line at its Fort Worth, Texas, facility, Ball executives said during a conference call discussing Q2 earnings. Even with the addition of those new production lines, demand is outstripping supply.

Craft Brew Alliance Shipments Decline 10.2%, Depletions Down 9% in Second Quarter

Craft Brew Alliance Shipments Decline 10.2%, Depletions Down 9% in Second Quarter

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were easy to see in Craft Brew Alliance’s latest earnings report. Shipments of CBA products during the three-month period ending June 30 — in the thick of the pandemic and its shut down of on-premise establishments — declined 10.2%, to 206,900 barrels, down from 230,500 barrels in Q2 2019.

Philadelphia-Based Dock Street Brewing Changes Front-of-House Service Model

Philadelphia-Based Dock Street Brewing Changes Front-of-House Service Model

After some tense weeks of picketing and negotiating, Philadelphia-based Dock Street Brewing announced it would change its service model so that front-of-house employees at its West Philadelphia location would be paid regular hourly wages, rather than relying on tips.

NBWA Cancels In-Person Annual Convention Scheduled for Orlando; Event Moves Online

NBWA Cancels In-Person Annual Convention Scheduled for Orlando; Event Moves Online

The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Annual Convention won’t be taking place in-person in Orlando, Florida, this October after all. The largest meeting of beer wholesalers in the country will instead go virtual from October 4-7. The NBWA was set to host its Annual Convention in Orlando in early October, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered those plans unfeasible.

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

Massachusetts Legislative Session Extended, Leaving Hope for Franchise Law Reform

The clock seemed to expire last week on Massachusetts craft brewers’ hopes of finally achieving franchise law reform. After finally reaching a compromise with wholesalers after a decade of contentious negotiations, the measure (S. 2841) unanimously passed the Senate but couldn’t get out of the House Ways and Means Committee before the expiration of the legislative session last Friday.