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Anheuser-Busch Assists Isaac Relief Efforts

Helping communities cope with disasters has been an Anheuser-Busch tradition since 1906 when it donated to victims of the San Francisco earthquake.    Anheuser-Busch has shipped 4,312 cases of emergency drinking water—or 103,488 cans—to affected areas to support Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. The emergency water has been made available to communities and relief organizations assisting

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Buys Grupo Modelo

Anheuser-Busch InBev is acquiring the rest of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona beer, in a deal valued at $20.1 billion, BusinessWeek reported. A-B InBev, which already owns a 50% stake in Modelo, plans to purchase the remaining stock for $9.15 per share. Under the terms of the deal, Grupo Modelo—which brews and

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Beer Sales in C-Stores Up Over $200 Million in 2011

Convenience stores were the leading channel for beer sales among off-premise retailers. The Beer Institute released new data today showing beer sales in convenience stores rose by 1.3% in 2011 totaling over $16.7 billion in sales. Convenience stores were responsible for nearly 17% of total beer sales in 2011, comprising the largest share of off-premise

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Heineken Honors Crescent Crown Distributing with Red Star Award for Business Performance

HEINEKEN USA announced that Crescent Crown Distributing of Surprise, Ariz., has received the organization’s Red Star Award for its efforts in driving the success of the HEINEKEN USA portfolio at the company’s annual National Distributor Conference in Atlanta, Ga. last week. Crescent Crown was honored for its execution that crossed portfolio lines and results that

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Convenience Store Sales Topped $680 Billion in 2011

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of

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Beer Bounces Back

It’s always nice when a general statistical look at an industry can be confirmed locally, and that is the case with convenience store beer sales as 2011 closes. The Beer Institute confirms that the convenience channel is one of the most important for beer. The category accounts for 30% of total U.S. industry volume. A

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Understanding What Your Customers are Buying

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, examine the market basket of 18-34-year-old convenience store shoppers. By Trish Temmerman, Contributing Editor. Numerous reports are being written about connecting to and interacting with the Millennial (18-34 year-old) generation. These Millennials, numbering 71 million-plus according to the 2010 U.S. Census, are a key shopper

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Heineken Serenades on Valentine’s Day

“The Serenade” is part of the brand’s “Open Your World” global campaign. Heineken is helping ignite romance this Valentine’s Day with the launch of a new Facebook application called “The Serenade.” Based on the brand’s second global film “The Date,” the new app enables Heineken consumers to send humorous personalized songs to potential partners, inviting

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RaceTrac Debuts Prototype Store

“The whole goal is to take you back to the idea of a neighborhood store versus a traditional gas station,” says RaceTrac spokesperson. RaceTrac opened a new store this week on the corner of Cherokee Street and Lake Acworth Drive in Acworth, Ga., that is set to serve as the prototype for all new RaceTrac

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Heineken Partners With UEFA Champion League Soccer

At retail, UCL-themed soccer display enhancers will encourage shoppers to text-in for the chance to win Heineken and UCL experiences and prizes. Heineken, a global premium beer brand, and the UEFA Champions League (UCL), the world’s most prestigious soccer club competition, are once again joining forces to bring the spectacular artistry and competition of Champions

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Heineken Welcomes Colbert

Colbert to lead a team of more than 80 sales and marketing professionals. Heineken USA has appointed Jeffrey Colbert as region vice president sales, central region, effective immediately. In his new role, Colbert reports to Scott Blazek, senior vice president of sales, and is responsible for driving HUSA performance and delivering results through the effective

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QSR White Castle Testing Beer and Wine Sales

Can alcohol sales and an expanded array of food choices provide the boost White Castle is seeking? QSR chain White Castle, a 90-year-old hamburger chain that sells square “slider” burgers, has begun serving beer and wine in an Indiana location as part of a test program, the Chicago Tribune reported. And White Castle is not

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Heineken Launches “Sunrise” Campaign

New campaign supports responsible consumption. HEINEKEN has launched the latest phase in its global approach to encourage the responsible consumption of its brands. The new theme, titled “Sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers” continues to use Heineken, the world’s most international premium beer brand, to deliver and reinforce this important message. This initiative is an integral

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NACS 2011 Novamex

Are you capitalizing on the biggest growing demographic in the US? Novamex will help you get there with three outstanding products: Jarritos Mexican Soft Drinks in a variety of flavors, Camaronazo, a shrimp based drink that is a perfect bundling opportunity with snack and beer sales and Cholula, which is the fastest growing hot sauce

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Getting Crafty in the Cold Vault

Beer sales are hot right now and driving the push are specialty brews and imports. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumer interest in more flavorful food and beverages has led, among other things, to the rise of craft beers. Retailers: Start your engines. Craft beers offer more challenging tastes, authenticity and often even a quirkiness

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Are you capitalizing on the biggest growing demographic in the US? Novamex will help you get there with three outstanding products: Jarritos Mexican Soft Drinks in a variety of flavors, Camaronazo, a shrimp based drink that is a perfect bundling opportunity with snack and beer sales and Cholula, which is the fastest growing hot sauce

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Heineken USA Names New Senior Brand Director

Osminkina brings global marketing and new brand/business development experience to marketing team. Heineken USA has appointed Olga Osminkina to the position of senior brand director, Heineken Lager.  In her new role, Osminkina will report to Laurent Theodore, vice president of marketing for Heineken and will be responsible for the overall strategy and sustained development of

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Heineken USA Enhances Retail Partner Support

New hires include Nick Lake as senior director, category management, and  Monique Acevedo as vice president of innovation. Heineken USA has appointed two new senior leaders.  • Nick Lake was appointed as the company’s new senior director, category management, effective Oct. 11. Lake will report to Steve Ward, vice president of national accounts.  • Monique

Flying J Loses Beer License

A Flying J truck stop in Sioux Falls, S.D., has lost its alcohol license after it was caught selling alcohol to minors four times in the last five years, Keloland TV reported.  The Sioux Falls City Council decided Monday night not to renew the store’s beer license.  “I know of many other businesses down here

Sheetz Wins Beer Battle

Sheetz Inc. has once again won the right to sell beer at its Convenience Restaurant in Altoona, Pa., after this Wednesday’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). “We are happy that the PLCB has decided to grant Sheetz the right to sell beer at our Altoona Convenience Restaurant,” said Stan Sheetz, president and

NACS Releases State of the Industry Report

C-store sales jumped 5% in 2009 despite the economic conditions, reduction in overall consumer spending. Convenience store in-store sales grew 4.9% in 2009, one of the lone bright spots in a battered U.S. economy that saw overall retail sales drop 7%, according to figures released today by NACS. The industry numbers were announced in Chicago

Buzzing Over Beer Sales

State of beer: Despite a strong outlook for 2010, U.S. beer shipments dropped by 2.2% in 2009. Thousands of        Barrels Shipped $2,008 2,009 Change Anheuser-Busch $107,025 104,800 ($2,225.00) MillerCoors $64,500 63,300 ($1,200.00) Crown Imports $11,583 11,000 ($583.00) Heineken USA $8,960 8,575 ($385.00) Pabst $5,900 5,700 ($125.00) Selling beer, wine and other adult

Anheuser-Busch Eliminates 90 Positions

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s U.S. division cut about 90 jobs in its sales division Thursday, including several vice presidents, some 350 other layoffs are occur in the coming months as part of the company’s restructuring, The Wall Street Journal reported. The job reductions linked to the reorganization are intended to help the world’s largest beer maker

Colorado C-stores Take Step Toward Full-Strength Beer

Colorado’s convenience-store owners won a victory this week when the state’s House Business Affairs and Labor Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would allow c-stores of under 5,000 feet to sell products with a higher alcoholic content than the reduced-strength beer that they now are limited to selling, Denver Business Journal. The proposal won by a

Kansas C-Stores Offer Compromise on Beer

A struggle over liquor laws in Kansas continues, the Kansas City Star reported. C-stores and grocery stores have for years sought the right to sell full-strength beer in Kansas, but liquor stores have successfully blocked the legislation. This year the grocers and convenience store owners came up with a compromise for state lawmakers-allow c-stores to

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