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INSIGHTS Express is designed for busy beer execs who want faster news and more info. Available via fax or email (your choice), INSIGHTS Express delivers subscribers breaking news, key numbers, pithy quotes, and other interesting info 2X a week. That's over 100 issues each year.

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  • Year 2014
  • Volume 16
  • Issue # 25
“This was a tough volume quarter for us and for the beer industry overall,” acknowledged MC ceo Tom Long in MC’s Q2 earnings release this morn. But Q3 off to better start, as MC STRs up low-single digits for 4 wks thru Jul 27, “due to improvements with our premium lights” as well as shift of some volume from Jun to Jul given timing of Jul 4. Recall that Q1 report headlined “MC Weathers Tough First Quarter” and Q2 was “challenging.” Indeed, Q2 quite a bit tuffer for MC than Q1. Shipments volume decline was more than twice as steep in Q2 (-5.3% vs -2.5%) tho depletions drop-offs were in closer range. MC able to manage costs pretty well in Q2, up just 2.4% per bbl. But it didn’t get same rev/bbl hike that AB InBev managed in US (+3.9%). MC rev/bbl up 2.6%, 1.1% from mix, 1.5% from pricing. That was lowest rev per bbl increase of last 6 qtrs and lotsa talk on conference call about mix factor, with one analyst noting “puzzlement” that it wasn’t better given MC’s increase in above premium segment and dropoff in economy. SABMiller’s Gary Leibovitz pointed out that if MC adds about…

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  • Year 2013
  • Volume 15
  • Issue # 97
Boston Beer blew thru analyst expectations and stock soared 12% yesterday to over $203 and a mkt cap of $2.6 bil (a small brewer?). It’s up again today. Boston’s growth markedly accelerated in Q2; depletions up 24% in qtr. Boston up even faster in scan data; gained 35% last 13 weeks thru Jul 14 in IRI all-outlet + convenience data. Boston Beer up 29.5% and gained 0.4 share of $$$ in IRI yr-to-date. That’s more than any other player in the industry (Crown gained 0.3) and also quite a bit faster than Boston’s all-channel depletions growth of 22% thru Jul 20. Even 22% on Boston’s base is still some pretty crazy growth. But is it sustainable? Angry Orchard has been killing it, but comps get much tuffer from here. So its future growth depends on how high is up for cider. Twisted Tea picked up steam after slow start. Most interesting: “pretty good turnaround” in Boston’s Sam Adams biz that started late in 1st qtr. Seasonals up 24% for 13 weeks in IRI, Lager up 12% and Variety Pack up 39%, a strong set of numbers. If mainstream light beers getting even tuffer and craft beer has indeed achieved a…

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  • Year 2013
  • Volume 15
  • Issue # 96
Echoing comments last week from Constellation ceo Robert Sands, GuestMetrics came out with 4th qtr stats that suggest a “weak 4th quarter and holiday season” for alc bevs in general and beer in particular. While alc bev units flat thru 1st 9 mos, trends “deteriorated” in Q4 and particularly Dec, said GuestMetrics ceo Bill Pecoriello. Down 1.5% in Q4. As for beer, that had been down 0.5% on-premise thru Sep, but dropped 2% in 4th qtr.

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  • Year 2013
  • Volume 15
  • Issue # 5
“Anheuser Busch and MillerCoors are using their control to squeeze independent beer distributors and marginalize craft beer makers, hurting both America’s drinkers and brewers.” That’s the charge yesterday from yet another DC think tank, New America Foundation. NAF, a “non-profit, nonpartisan public policy institute,” with key financial support from the Ford Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates, among others, asks: “Big Beer Blitzes America: Is Anheuser Busch Too Strong?” Echoing the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), it warns that the pending ABI-Modelo deal will increase ABI’s control over US beer biz, and ratchets up pressure on DoJ’s review of the deal, or at least increases attention inside the beltway (see Express #s 129, 131 and 134). What’s more, the combined ABI/MC “assault on distributors threatens to break down America’s system of local alcohol control, established at the end of Prohibition to safeguard social order and promote the health of consumers,” NAF suggests. Yikes. Really? NAF will host, a “conversation about how citizens should structure a modern market for beer, wine and alcohol” that “balances the interests” of all, next week in DC. On the program: Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and Steve Higginbotham, director of the Wholesale Beer Distribs of Ark. That…

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  • Year 2012
  • Volume 14
  • Issue # 136
Strong letter to Washington Monthly editor from Beer Institute’s prexy Joe McClain takes mag to task and corrects “at least a few of the egregious errors” in lengthy “Last Call” essay by Tim Heffernan (see Express 131). Joe reminds Wash Mo that big brewers support 3-tier system and have “opposed any effort to dismantle or weaken” it because “it has worked so well.” That includes in Washington State when Costco-backed initiatives to take it apart surfaced. Joe also pushes back vs Heffernan’s “false alarm” about US consolidation leading to UK-like drinking problems. Indeed, US drunk driving and youth drinking rates have fallen to “historic lows” during period of both brewer consolidation and “proliferation of new small brewers.” Beer consumers and investors have thrived. Finally, brewers and importers have partnered with “law enforcement, community leaders and families” to tackle and reduce problems. A final, right-on shot: real lesson from UK is that “higher taxes and increasing prices don’t reduce problems.”

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  • Year 2012
  • Volume 14
  • Issue # 132