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Bud Friends America: Anheuser-Busch Putting Cash into U.S.

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 7, 2011 11:31 AM

Anheuser-Busch may be owned by the Belgium company InBev, but that doesn’t mean it’s forgotten the country of its origin: the US of A.

In case you hadn’t noticed, things have been a little tight on the financial front for most folks recently so the brewer is doing something that could help all Americans in one way or another — investing “more than $1 billion in its breweries and other facilities nationwide that will support the growth of its brands and reinforce its commitment to local U.S. communities where it operates.”

"Our beer brands are the favorites of millions of U.S. adults, and supporting their growth requires an ongoing commitment to quality, innovation and technologically advanced operations," stated Luiz Edmond, president of Anheuser-Busch InBev North America, in a press release. "Our employees, local leaders and communities where we operate are a part of our success, and we are pleased to make business investments that are good for all of our stakeholders."

A lot of the dollars spent also help the company go greener at many of its breweries.Continue reading...

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Fortune Brands Ditches Name for a Shot of Beam

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 4, 2011 05:01 PM

They say to never mix business with pleasure but it’s been working for the folks at Jim Beam since 1795.

It’s been working so well, in fact, that Fortune Brands ditched its non-liquor-related businesses and changed its name to Beam Inc. on Tuesday, when it began trading under its new moniker on the New York Stock Exchange.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Beam president and CEO Matt Shattock celebrated the change Monday in the Bluegrass State, where the company will build “the company’s global research and development center,” according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Shattock also “unveiled a new logo for the company," whose execs will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday to celebrate its new public identity.Continue reading...

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Budweiser Goes Big in Brazil

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 3, 2011 01:59 PM

Anheuser-Busch InBev is planning to market America's Heartland brew — Budweiser — to Brazil as a premium brand.

Its plan is do more than just tell Brazilians "This Bud's for you" in Portuguese. AB InBev is planning to sell the world's third-largest beer market (and other emerging markets) on the American Dream, as AB InBev CMO Chris Burggraeve comments to Bloomberg Businessweek.

The move also makes sense as beer sales in America have lost their momentum in the last five years. Imports and craft beers along with lower-calorie brews are taking away major chunks of the marketplace once dominated by some big-name brands. For companies such as MillerCoors and AB InBev, that’s meant the loss of beaucoup bucks.Continue reading...

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Booze Newz: Johnnie Walker Chills With Porsche, and more

Posted by Jennifer Sokolowski on September 30, 2011 05:02 PM

Chillin’ Like a Villain with Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Porsche Design Studio have teamed up to create the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Collection of mini-bars designed to keep your bottles of Johnnie Walker ready to sip in style.

The made-to-order Johnnie Walker Blue Label Private Bar, available from Harrods, features state-of-the-art motion sensors to activate opening, revealing three bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label and four crystal glasses, “presented on a precisely angled surface – 24 degrees, like the bottle’s label” and “subtly illuminated to showcase the perfect serve of JWBL.”Continue reading...

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Booze Newz: Novel Trashy Beach Marketing, Papal Beer and more

Posted by Jennifer Sokolowski on September 23, 2011 05:01 PM

California's Barefoot Wine & Bubbly has long supported efforts to keep beaches clean and “barefoot friendly.” Now the wine brand taken some of that beach trash and put it to use – in a billboard touting its new film, One Beach.

As you can watch above, the billboard — located in Venice, Calif. — used 18,000 pieces of beach detritus, and turned out to be a visually stunning reminder — in keeping with the brand's name — to keep beaches clean, beautiful and safe.

The campaign — which echoes Corona's "Save Our Beaches" effort in Europe — used the reclaimed trash motif in its poster announcing the film launch on Facebook.Continue reading...

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Right Beer, Right Now: SABMiller Drinks Up Foster’s in $10B Deal

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 21, 2011 01:19 PM

British-based brewing company SABMiller has been avidly pursuing Foster's, including a bold move to snatch up Australian beer maker in August with a hostile takeover offer of $9.51 billion Australian ($9.68 billion US), but the Aussies didn’t go for it.

So the persistent SABMiller sweetened its proposal to A$9.9 billion, which was enough to finish things off and seal the deal for the Foster's board, according to Agence-France Presse.

Foster’s and its many beer brands can now be served up by company execs alongside SABMiller’s Grolsch, Pilsner Urquell, and Miller Genuine Draft.Continue reading...

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Booze Newz: Absolut Pinstripes, Guinness Celebrates Arthur's Day & more

Posted by Jennifer Sokolowski on September 16, 2011 05:01 PM

SoCo with a Kick

Brown-Forman’s Southern Comfort is joining the flavoured spirits trend, but instead of going for sweet, like Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey or Jim Beam’s cherry-flavored Red Stag, SoCo is bringing out the spice with its new Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper.

The liqueur is splashed with Tabasco and aimed at the shot-drinking young male market as well as being promoted as a key ingredient for spicy cocktails. The brand surely hopes the new product will be a shot in the arm, as the overall Southern Comfort brand had an 11 percent drop in revenue during the quarter that ended July 31.Continue reading...

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Booze Newz: ABSOLUT Runway, 9/11 Wine and a Cab Sav for NFL Fans

Posted by Jennifer Sokolowski on September 2, 2011 04:01 PM

ABSOLUT Mode: Reflections of Fashion

The ever-chic ABSOLUT brand continues its long association with the world of high fashion with the ABSOLUT Mode Edition, a 12-faceted bottle wrapped in a silk cloth design and a sleek ad campaign starring model Shannan Click, shot by Sharif Hamza. The bottle is now available exclusively at Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in the UK, and after Sept. 5, the special edition will be sold at other major UK retailers.

British designer Gareth Pugh has designed an even more exclusive edition of the bottle featuring a “batwing” design inspired by the iconic “Stealth” jacket from his Autumn 2007 collection. This limited edition bottle will only be available after Sept. 7 by going to the W London Insider at the W London in Leicester Square and saying the password “Reflections of Fashion.” No word on the price for this bottle or how many will be available, so latecomers may find themselves speaking nonsense for nothing.Continue reading...

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