Anchor Brewing Company building in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, 2020 (Photo: HaeB on wikipeida, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anchor_Brewing_Company_building,_San_Francisco_(2020).jpg, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode)

USA | There are still entrepreneurs who like a challenge. The colourful and often sad story of San Francisco’s Anchor brewery is about to add a new chapter. Because on 31 May, media reported that the billionaire founder and CEO of Chobani Yogurt, Hamdi Ulukaya, acquired the firm lock, stock, and barrel.

Bottle of Samuel Adams Summer Ale in a snowy landscape (Photo: Spenser Sembrat on Unsplash)

USA | As if doing business in such tough times was not difficult enough – Boston Beer again fell prey to rumourmongers, who suggested that it was in sales talks with Japan’s brewer and drinks firm Suntory, the owner of US whiskey brands Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam.

Sign saying sorry we are closed (photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)

USA | How times are changing for the craft brewing industry. A decade after Lagunitas’ founder Tony McGee opened the Chicago brewery and taproom, all production will return to Lagunitas’ original brewery in Petaluma, California, on 1 August.

Landscape in Montana (photo by Matthew Lancaster on Unsplash)

USA | So Gallo seeks to transform itself into a total alcohol beverage firm? The world’s leading wine, spirits, and RTD supplier Gallo, on 15 May, announced a “strategic investment” in Montucky Cold Snacks, marking the group’s first venture into the beer category. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

a man's hand with money (photo by Lucas Favre on Unsplash)

USA | Union members and Molson Coors agreed to a three-year contract, ending the more than three-month-long strike of 420 workers at Molson Coors brewery in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hand holding a Tecate can up against the sky (Photo: Jakob Owens on Unsplash)

Mexico | Heineken's chain of convenience stores, branded as Six, is gearing up for expansion in Mexico by adding 1000 new outlets this year. With over 17,000 outlets nationwide, Six offers a variety of products, including snacks, juices, soft drinks, and Heineken’s beers. Competition with the market leader in convenience stores, Oxxo (owned by FEMSA), which had nearly 23,000 outlets in 2023, is set to intensify.

White Truly Grapefruit can amids other cans, detail (Photo: Camden Hailey George on Unsplash)

USA | In its recent first quarter 2024 earnings call (29 April), Boston Beer positively surprised investors by reporting a 3.9 percent increase in revenue to USD 426 million, while depletions (that is sales to retailers from distributors) were flat compared with the same period last year. The revenue hike came after a disappointing fourth quarter 2023, which had seen Boston Beer’s revenue decline 12 percent due to the continuing malaise of its Truly hard seltzer.

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USA | Celebrating his 30th anniversary as brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, Mr Oliver has launched a campaign with the help of several breweries around the world to showcase the versatility of the African grain fonio.

Outside view of a Primus store (Photo: courtesy of Cerveceria Primus)

Mexico | Why has it proven so difficult for domestic craft brewers and foreign brewers to make a splash in the Mexican beer market, although punters seem to like a beer? In 2022, domestic beer consumption was 99 million hl or 75 litres per capita. Some 40 million hl beer were exported.

Two neon signs next to each other, saying “Real Pizza” and “Craft Beer” (Photo: Leigh Cooper on Unsplash)

USA | According to the Brewers Association (BA), the number of operating craft breweries continued to climb in 2023, reaching an all-time high of 9,683, including 2,071 microbreweries, 3,467 brewpubs, 3,900 taproom breweries, and 245 regional craft breweries.

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