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Hard seltzers flying off shelves even faster lately, with another huge surge, again accelerating growth, gaining far more share. Seltzer segment up 303% yr-to-date thru Apr 11 in Nielsen all outlet, and 348% last 4 weeks. Gained 4.5 share of $$ YTD to 6.2, up 5.2 for 4 weeks. At same time, top 2 seltzer brands, White Claw and Truly withstood onslaught from some very big guns aimed at them. Bud Light Seltzer launched in Jan with major splash and lotsa fanfare while Corona Seltzer entered mkt a bit later. Those 2 supposedly coming with close to $100 mil in mktg between ’em. Yet each so far captured modest share. Meanwhile, White Claw and Truly barely skipped a beat. They still have 80 share of segment and growing at a faster clip than last yr, undoubtedly aided as biggest seltzer brands in pantry-loading period. They passed their biggest test yet, with flying colors. Hard seltzers got close to 8 share in latest week thru Apr 11 in Nielsen all-outlet (7.8). At 7.2 for last 4 weeks. Never got much past 6 last yr. That raises prospect of whole ‘nother level of growth ahead of this summer, when comps tuffer. Mike’s…

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  • Year 2020
  • Volume 51
  • Issue # 8
NYC megdistrib Manhattan Beer has unique view of what it’s like to sell beer in epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic. The disease is already deeply affecting its biz across so many dimensions: health of workforce, organizational structure, effect on sales, what the future might look like. What’s happening in NYC is a possible peek into future for other parts of US (hopefully not as severe). Manhattan founder/ceo Simon Bergson and coo Ed McBrien provided window into how this crisis has already changed Manhattan Beer.Dozens of Cases of COVID-19 Both Simon and Ed emphasize that NYC “just the leading edge” on effects of COVID-19, so “use the time to get prepared…. Start planning now,” urged Simon. Dozens of Manhattan Beer employees already diagnosed with COVID-19 and over 100 in quarantine. New cases come almost every day. Importantly, already 50 out of quarantine too, Simon notes, and back to work. By now Manhattan has well-established protocol for employee cases and “very good sense of what’s required,” said Ed. You have to screen and trace contacts, where they’ve been, who they’ve talked to, including customers. And then notify anyone potentially affected. Manhattan strictly follows CDC guidelines, regarding “close and prolonged contact,” i.e. anybody in…

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  • Year 2020
  • Volume 51
  • Issue # 7
Above premium beer jumped 6 mil bbls, 7% last yr to nearly 95 mil bbls, INSIGHTS estimates. Averaged 4.5 mil bbls of growth a yr last 5 yrs. This is the healthy half (or nearly) of the biz, as we’ve written. With the coming economic dislocation from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even possible that this multi-year trend could change. All the more reason to take a look at this snapshot of above premium market at a point in time, 2019. The scorecard looks very, very different in terms of share, size and momentum. And at least through March of this year, this is where the action is.Constellation remains #1 in the High End, selling 22.5 mil bbls for a 23.7% share of all high end segments. But that’s almost all Mexican imports so far. Constellation growth slowed to 6%. That meant it lost 0.2 share of the High End last yr. AB is #2 in the High End, sold almost 19 mil bbls of above premium volume INSIGHTS estimated. Up 1.6 mil bbls, 9%. All that growth and more from Michelob Ultra brand family, almost 60% of AB’s above premium volume. (AB craft biz up strong too.) AB #2 above…

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  • Year 2020
  • Volume 51
  • Issue # 6
As Mexican beers climbed past 70 share of total import mkt in US – and over 12 share of entire US beer mkt - Constellation grabbed over 60 share of imports in 2019. That in-cludes 6 of top 10 import brands, as Premier knocked Tecate out of the ring in 2019. Meanwhile, Modelo Especial reached big milestone last yr: became #1 import brand, as it passed portfolio-mate Corona Extra. By over 1 mil bbls. And, as noted last issue, it will mark another milestone any month now. Modelo Especial will soon become first import brand ever to ship over 10 mil bbls to US in a 12-mo period. All in, imports up just 756K bbls, 2.1% in 2019, Beer Inst reports from Commerce Dept da-ta. That’s smallest gain for imports in 5 yrs, as tuff Dec decline (-13%) knocked a full point off Jan-Nov trend. And that’s while import beer shipments got nice assist from no-alcs in 2019, predominantly Heineken 0.0. Without 125K-bbl boost from no-alcs, imports up just 630K bbls, 1.8%. Even so, imports now about 18 share of total US shipments. Passed subpremium beers as 2d-largest volume segment. Way ahead in $$. ...

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  • Year 2020
  • Volume 51
  • Issue # 3
Taxpaid shipments jumped 610,000 bbls, 4.7% in Dec, estimates Beer Inst. Tho taxpaids -2% thru Sep, 1% gain Oct-Dec improved trend to -0.8% for 12 mos, down 1.4 mil bbls. Imports up 1 mil bbls thru Nov. So if imports didn’t tank in Dec, looks like US biz could have been closer to flat for the yr. At AB’s SAMCOM, execs exulted about an industry that’s getting healthier. That’s certainly true in IRI universe, where volume up 2.3% for yr thru Dec 29, including 3.6% pop for 12 wks. While total beer trend nowhere near that good, plenty of folks forecast return to growth. Last week, Evercore ISI’s Robert Ottenstein wrote seltzer “juggernaut” is “poised to propel US beer biz to growth in 2020.” And he, like others, forecasts a doubling of segment in 2020 alone, having dramatically upped his estimate in just a few mos. That keeps happening with seltzers, which are again exploding outta the gate in 2020. White Claw up over 300% and Truly nearly 200% for 4 wks thru Jan 11, prior to launch of Bud Light Seltzer. How much will Bud Light Seltzer (plus Corona Seltzer, Vizzy) change competitive dynamics for seltzer? How much will…

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  • Year 2020
  • Volume 51
  • Issue # 2
As beer biz fragments, seltzers explode and taprooms abound, shipments numbers get harder and harder to measure with accuracy. But preliminary estimates for 2019 US volume confirm trends apparent all yr. Mike’s, Constellation, Boston and Diageo got significant growth while all other top-10 brewers down slightly (or more) in 2019. In fact, 3 big gainers combined for approx 4.8-mil-bbl increase last yr as top 2 shed over 4 mil bbls. Importantly, neither AB nor MC improved on their avg volume trends over last 10 yrs. We estimate AB -2.35 mil bbls, -2.8%, MC -1.95 mil bbls, -4.1% in US. As result, each gave up approx 1 share of US shipments. Those trends similar to how they performed in 2018. Then too, depending on final figs, AB may have dipped below 40 share for 1st time in over 30 yrs. Such continued underperformance helps explain AB’s strategic pivot to above premium away from core and MC’s “revitalization” plan and name change announced Oct 30. Constellation slowed to mid-single digit growth, but still up very respectable 1.3 mil bbls, 6%+ (with barely a drop of seltzer) and hit 11 share in US, we estimate. But Mike’s was growth leader in 2019, going…

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  • Year 2020
  • Volume 51
  • Issue # 1
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