US. Craft Brewers Alliance Names Andrew Thomas President of Commercial Operations

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Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. (CBA) /quotes/comstock/15*!hook/quotes/nls/hook HOOK -1.60% , an independent craft brewing company, has hired Andrew (Andy) Thomas to complement and enhance the company’s growth opportunities in providing quality craft beer and new beer experiences to consumers. In his role as the president of commercial operations, Thomas will be accountable for all sales and marketing activities at CBA and will report directly to CEO Terry Michaelson. Thomas recently served as a consultant for CBA. (more…)

Is the Thirst for Craft Beers Changing?

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The beer-making industry is generally characterized by steady and predictable growth, yet this year major brewers have had a tough time meeting expectations so far. The sector has been slow to recover in the wake of the financial crisis. In the first quarter, three of the four major U.S. beer-makers failed to meet their target earnings per share. (more…)

Molson aims to tap craft beer market

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Molson Coors Canada has launched the Six Pints Specialty Beer Co., a new stand-alone segment targeted at the craft and specialty beer industry. (more…)

US. Small craft beer brewers on cusp of toasting potential victory

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A bill designed to protect the state’s smallest craft brewers is poised for Gov. Pat Quinn’s approval, but not everyone is celebrating. The legal battle that led to legislative intervention has created problems for one popular brewery and has brewpubs wondering why they shouldn’t enjoy the same privileges as small breweries. (more…)

US. Craft Brewer Sales Growth Accelerating in Latest Scan Data

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Craft brewers had another excellent sales report in Symphony IRI Group scan data of beer sales in supermarkets, drug stores and convenience stores. The strong latest results showed faster growth than the year to date, which showed faster growth than the 52-week rolling year. (more…)