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4-18-14

Alaskan Brewing Company announced the start of a facility expansion, the installation of a new beer canning line, and the beginning of distribution into South Dakota and Michigan. “We have been working on getting into these states for quite a while now, and we couldn’t be happier about our new distributor partners,” said Jon Blakley, sales operations manager for Alaskan. “South Dakota connects our Midwest territory, and Michigan is a major new market for us – it’s the first state we have entered that operates on East Coast time! Michigan beer drinkers are very knowledgeable, so we think our beer is going to do really well there.”

4-18-14

Sonoma Cider’s market presence continues to expand rapidly as evidenced by eight new distribution partnerships in the last month, bringing the total to 24 partners in 14 markets since the brand launched in November 2013. According to Cidermaster and CEO, David Cordtz, “We’re flattered by the enthusiastic response Sonoma Cider has received from the distributor community. Our vision of offering hand-crafted organic ciders nationwide is quickly becoming a reality, allowing us to support the growing interest in the category.”

4-18-14

Capital Region Business Beat profiles DeCrescente Distribution Company, founded in Mechanicville in 1948 by Angelo DeCrescente. At first there was only a single truck and the company was run out of his garage. DeCrescente now employs nearly 400 people and services more than 4000 locations across 11 counties. "We're basically getting the product to the retail accounts," said Tom Turcotte, DeCrescente's V.P. of Operations. "Whether it's an on-premise account like bars, restaurants, those types of things. Or off-premise, the Price Chopper's/Walmart's of the world. Or it could be your small corner store, those types of places."

4-18-14

Anthony Norkus from Louis Glunz Beer appeared on the "You and Me This Morning Show" in Chicago to showcase five different beers that will be popular this year.

4-18-14

In a move that threatens to upend another piece of the financial services industry, Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, announced that it would allow customers to make store-to-store money transfers within the United States at cut-rate fees.

4-18-14

Retail food prices rose 0.4% in March, the same as in February and the largest amount since September 2011. By comparison, the prices of all consumer goods rose 0.2% in March and 0.1% the month before, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4-18-14

Twitter Inc. said its new mobile-advertising product will be able to reach more than 1 billion devices, rivaling the number of users on Facebook Inc. The ads, aimed at software makers seeking to encourage downloads of their applications, will be carried both on Twitter and outside the microblogging service.

4-18-14

Draft Magazine highlights six vanilla beers that are perfect to sip this spring.

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