COVID-19’s Impact on the Beer Industry: Analysis from the National Beer Wholesalers Association

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Across the country, COVID-19’s impact on the beverage alcohol industry has been overwhelming since mid-March of 2020. From on-premise shutdowns to supply chain challenges, the beer market continues to see significant disruptions. Less draft beer When on-premise licensees were forced to close their doors, brewers, distributors and retailers around the U.S. were left grappling with what do to with the untapped …

NC beer distributors deliver food to grocers, pantries

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By Catherine Muccigrosso (Courtesy:  Charlotte Observer) Some North Carolina beer and wine distributors are lending a hand to help stock grocery and food pantry shelves amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. With the approval of the state ABC Commission, the NC Beer & Wine Wholesalers and NC Retail Merchants associations are teaming up to help the supply chain. “It’s a difficult time in the supply …

Things You May Not Know About Beer

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As you deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, it’s always a good thing to talk about beer. Here are some tidbits about the business you may not know: Modelo Especial is now the number four beer in America and, before long, it could be number two.  The Mexican import has grown rapidly in recent years and is now …

Carolina Eagle Expands Its Eastern N.C. Footprint

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Distributor Profile 2019 delivered a dream come true for Russ Saputo of Carolina Eagle Distributing.  A 20-year veteran of the beer business and a proud graduate of East Carolina University, Russ has always wanted to be a beer distributor in his college town of Greenville, NC.    In March 2019, Carolina Eagle purchased Anheuser-Busch distribution rights to a five-county region …

Coastal Beverage Steers Beer, Expansion

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(Credit:  David Fredericksen, Wilmington Business Journal) Imagine 600,000 cases of beer on a warehouse floor. One heck of a beer run.   But first you’d have to maneuver through a maze of white hallways and open locked doors with a special card. And be careful not to take a wrong turn into the giant, cold storage facility that’s kept at …

Get Ready for Seltzer Wars in 2020

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Without question, the biggest story this year in the beer business has been the explosive growth of hard seltzer.    Up to now, just two brands—White Claw (60% market share) and Truly (26%)—have had a firm grip on the seltzer business. Through October 5, hard seltzer has generated $1.2 billion of sales in 2019.  Industry analysts believe that number will …

Do Millennials Drink Wine?

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Millennials are used to being blamed for the demise of everything from movie theaters to golf.  Now, according to one newspaper story, they aren’t going to wine tasting rooms, either.  The fact is that those between the ages of 23 and 38 aren’t drinking all that much wine.  Millennials comprise nearly 30% of the U.S. voting age population but consume …

Spiked Seltzer—The Drink of Summer 2019

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It seemed as if everywhere you turned this summer, from backyard barbecues to concerts and the beach, there was a spiked seltzer in someone’s hand. With its low ABV and calorie count and creative flavors, spiked seltzers exploded.  Seltzer is perceived by many as a healthier alternative beverage.   Seltzers now comprise about 6 percent of all beer sales by …

Tryon Distributing of Charlotte has been named the Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year.

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Tryon Distributing of Charlotte has been named the Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year by the Brewers Association.   The award was presented May 1 at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, TN.   The award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively, market, sell and promote beer from small and independent brewers.  Tryon is …