Draft beer sales volume declined -6.6% nationwide during the weekend of October 21-24, compared to the weekend of October 7-10, according to BeerBoard, which tracks draft sales at on-premise retailers across the country. Of the 10 key markets BeerBoard highlights in its reports, South Carolina (-11.1%) saw the steepest decline in volume, followed by Texas (-10.5%), Florida (-8.3%), Illinois (-7.7%), Minnesota (-7.3%), Nevada (-6.7%), and Georgia (-4.2%).
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers must continue to sell its products to Atlantic Importing and Distributing of Rhode Island as the lawsuit between the two moves to trial, a Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.
Updates to the EIDL program include an increase of the loan cap from $500,000 to $2 million, the addition of a two-year repayment deferral period, an expansion of eligible uses for funds, and the creation of a 30-day exclusivity window to approve and disburse loans smaller than $500,000 to focus on the smallest businesses, according to a Brewers Association (BA) blog post.
Concerns about the delta variant are causing some consumers to avoid bars and restaurants, and the pandemic’s continuing effects have shifted days and times for consumers’ visits, on-premise market research firm CGA reported during a webinar last week.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B) announced its solution to the “better-for-you” trend Thursday: Bud Light Next, a zero-carb beer slated for release in early 2022, according to CNN Business.
Los Angeles County will require proof of vaccination to be shown before patrons can enter breweries, wineries, indoor bars, nightclubs and lounges, according to FOX11. LA County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the LA County Board of Supervisors Wednesday that the order will require patrons to have at least one dose of a vaccine for COVID-19 by October 7. Both doses will be required by November 4.
As part of President Joe Biden’s “COVID-19 action plan” announced last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing an “Emergency Temporary Standard” that will require employers of 100 or more employees to be fully vaccinated or require unvaccinated workers to undergo weekly testing before going to work.
The rise in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant has only deterred 15% of consumers from visiting on-premise establishments less frequently, market research firm CGA found.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association will require attendees of its annual convention and trade show to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test before entering the event, scheduled to take place October 3-6 in Las Vegas.
Businesses may have to prepare for less frequent on-premise visits this fall, as consumers are becoming increasingly more wary of visiting bars and restaurants with rising COVID-19 cases, according to a study released yesterday by investment banking and financial services firm Jefferies.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Delta variant plays wildcard and vaccinations lag, alcoholic beverage producers need to beef up their off-premise strategies heading into the back half of the year, Bump Williams of Bump Williams Consulting warned in his latest industry analysis.
Consumers are visiting on-premise establishments more often, with three-quarters of respondents visiting three or more times over the past three months, according to a July 29-August 2 survey by the market research firm CGA.
Craft breweries made up an estimated half to two-third of their 2020 volume losses by the midpoint of 2021, Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson said today during a presentation on the industry’s mid-year performance.
Masks are now “recommended and encouraged” for vaccinated attendees at the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) in Denver next month, the Brewers Association (BA) announced last week in an update to its CBC health and wellness site.