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Nielsen CGA: On-Premise Sales Velocity +325% Over 2020; Florida Strongest On-Premise Market

Nielsen CGA: On-Premise Sales Velocity +325% Over 2020; Florida Strongest On-Premise Market

Sales velocities at bars and restaurants have more than tripled year-over-year (+325%) now that the calendar is cycling the strictest lockdown period in 2020, according to Nielsen CGA, market research firm NielsenIQ’s on-premise arm. “Across all states, value velocity remains strongly positive compared to last year, when on-premise decline was at its height,” Nielsen CGA reported.

Brewers Association’s State of the Industry: Overall Alcohol Consumption Steady; Premiumization Persists

Brewers Association’s State of the Industry: Overall Alcohol Consumption Steady; Premiumization Persists

Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson this week delivered his annual state of the industry report virtually for the second time, due to the 2020 cancellation and 2021 postponement of the Craft Brewers Conference, now slated to take place this fall. In 2020, the nation’s 8,764 craft breweries posted a 9% decline in beer volume, so Watson delved into the market forces and consumer trends that led to the first volume decline recorded in BA history during a webinar for members.

Last Call: Sierra Nevada to Reopen Taprooms in May; GoPuff Raises $1.1B, More Than Doubles Valuation

Last Call: Sierra Nevada to Reopen Taprooms in May; GoPuff Raises $1.1B, More Than Doubles Valuation

Sierra Nevada has announced it will reopen its breweries in Chico, California, and Mills River, North Carolina, to the public in May after what will be a 14-month hiatus from on-site service, according to a report in the Chico Enterprise-Record. Philadelphia-headquartered, on-demand delivery platform goPuff announced the completion of a $1.15 billion fundraising round earlier this week.

Alcohol E-Commerce Household Penetration More Than Tripled in 2020

Alcohol E-Commerce Household Penetration More Than Tripled in 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced most Americans to stay home except for essential errands last spring, on-demand alcohol delivery e-commerce platform Drizly’s sales skyrocketed. “We saw years’ worth of growth — five years’ worth of growth — in just a three-month timeframe,” Drizly chief operating officer Cathy Lewenberg said.

NielsenIQ: Hard Seltzer Pushes Beer Category to 0.4% Growth Against ‘Tough’ March 2020 Stock Up Period Comps

NielsenIQ: Hard Seltzer Pushes Beer Category to 0.4% Growth Against ‘Tough’ March 2020 Stock Up Period Comps

Off-premise beverage alcohol dollar sales fell for the first time in more than a year, declining 1.9% for the week ending March 13 as the industry faces tough comparisons due to the shift in consumer purchasing a year ago, as shoppers stocked their fridges as on-premise shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to market research firm NielsenIQ.

Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Oregon lawmakers are considering a tax hike on alcoholic beverages that would increase taxes on malt beverages by $70 per barrel. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in the early hours of Saturday, February 27. The bill includes a $25 billion fund for grants for bars, restaurants and breweries.

Platform Beer’s Columbus Taproom Staff Resigns, Citing Unsafe Working Conditions

Platform Beer’s Columbus Taproom Staff Resigns, Citing Unsafe Working Conditions

Employees of Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Platform Beer Company’s taproom in Columbus, Ohio, walked out en masse on Saturday, February 27, citing unsafe working conditions, according to social media posts.

“As a global pandemic ravaged the world, the country, the state and our very own city, Platform’s handling of the situation — and the praise for its employees — has been almost entirely performative,” the staff wrote in a letter that was shared online.