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Boston Consulting Group Report Outlines Benefits of Franchise Laws

Another week, another round of discussion about franchise laws, and this time it’s by way of the Boston Consulting Group, a global management-consulting firm and advisor on business strategy. The group, which said it has studied direct store delivery (DSD) across multiple consumer categories for more than 20 years, published a report crediting much of […]

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For Small and Large Brewers, the U.S. Market Is Open

The U.S. beer market is open, freely competitive, and driven by consumer choice. Brewers who capture the hearts of consumers are the most likely to succeed. Those who miss shifts in consumer identities, norms, attitudes, and tastes will suffer. The success of small brewers making craft beers is proof of these points. Despite fears that […]

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Beer Industry Veteran Questions Franchise Reform Efforts

Last week’s Beer Marketer’s Insights spring conference saw plenty of personalities offering their points of view on franchise law reform, with one well-respected speaker who said he hoped to upset enough people to drive both wholesalers and suppliers to the negotiating table. Longtime beer industry veteran Mike Mazzoni offered up his remarks on what has […]

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Pepin Distributing promotes Garcia to president

A longtime vice president at Pepin Distributing Co. has moved into the president’s role Randy Garcia is just the second president in the 50-year history of the Tampa-based beer distributor, a statement said. Tom Pepin, who was president, will remain CEO of the firm. The promotion was a surprise to Garcia, who said he didn’t […]

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Orlando Brewing now available in Sarasota and Manatee

Two beers from organic brewery Orlando Brewing are available starting today on draft and in bottles in Sarasota and Manatee counties, according to Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, the brewery’s local distribution partner. Look for Right on Red Ale and I-4 IPA initially, according to Devyn Dugger, sales director with Gold Coast Eagle. Here’s the brewery’s […]

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Texas’ Saint Arnold Brewing Co. expands into Florida

Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is expanding to Florida’s Gulf coast this month. Expect to see the brewery’s Fancy Lawnmower Beer, Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale on tap at bars and restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties on Nov. 20, according to Saint Arnold founder and brewer Brock Wagner. […]

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Craft beer distribution: Study the market, distributors and your own operations

Craft beer distribution: Study the market, distributors and your own operations

Craft brewing is a unique industry in America, not just for its creative, bold products, but also because of the regulation of its distribution and sales, which keeps alive its independent, local spirit amid intense monopolistic forces. Just how important is wholesale distribution to craft beer? For starters, it was a key in ending Prohibition. […]

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Pepin Distributing expands warehouse to meet demand for craft beer

Normally, businesses scale back when sales slip. Pepin Distributing did quite the opposite. Despite a slight drop in overall beer sales, the local distributor has completed a $12 million warehouse expansion to make room for a trendy, niche product: craft beer. Craft beer sales make up just 5.5 percent of the Tampa beer market but […]

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