The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s 77th Annual Convention will take place September 28 – October 1, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. The general session will feature a diverse lineup of speakers, including appearances by one of America’s best-loved political couples, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill.
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Nebraska Brewing Company announced expanded distribution into the states of Kansas and Minnesota. Distribution rights have been granted to The Kansas Craft Alliance of Kansas and Original Gravity of Minnesota in the respective markets. Kim Kavulak, Vice President of Nebraska Brewing Company, said, “Both of these markets have the mature craft beer scene we look for when considering new territories. We are thrilled to work with the respective distributors in these states to bring Nebraska Brewing Company beer to an eager group of consumers.”
Remarkable Liquids Distributing based in Albany, New York, preps to enter the New York City market with an expanded portfolio on July 28. After a year and a half of bi-weekly deliveries the company will offer greatly expanded sales service and six new suppliers.
Left Hand Brewing Company announced their return to the Iowa market in early August. Left Hand, in partnership with Johnson Brothers of Iowa, will officially re-enter the state and feature their portfolio of brands including Milk Stout Nitro. “We’re thrilled to re-introduce Left Hand to the Iowa market and to offer our accounts and beer drinkers our full line,” comments Lyle Stutzman of Johnson Brothers.
Call it Facebook for the famous. Facebook has unveiled a new standalone app called "Mentions," which is designed to help famous people manage their presences on the site. The app is only available to users with "verified" accounts -- celebrities, government officials and other public figures.
As America’s craft brewing movement continues to explode, beer tourism is becoming big business. Beer makers have responded by opening beer-themed hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. Bon Appetit magazine highlights its favorite American lodgings to grab a brew and some shut-eye too.
Oregon, Washington and Vermont have filed lawsuits against the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy for making “deceptive” marketing claims. More states are expected to follow. The defendants in the cases are Living Essentials, which manufactures, markets, distributes, advertises and sells 5-Hour Energy, and Innovation Ventures, which developed the formula for the drink in 2004 and is the worldwide, exclusive licensee of the trademark, copyright and trade dress (the visual appearance of a product or its packaging).