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Interview, Part 2: Tom Looney, President, Diageo Guinness USA

In Part 2 of this SND interview, Diageo Guinness USA president Tom Looney discusses plans for the beers in the DGUSA portfolio beyond Guinness, as well as the fate of the pouch business and the group’s latest efforts on the innovation front. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 10, 2014

Interview, Part 1: Tom Looney, President, Diageo Guinness USA

Diageo Guinness USA (DGUSA) has a portfolio led by Smirnoff Ice, the biggest brand in the ready-to-drink (RTD) category, as well as Guinness, one of the world’s most iconic beer brands. DGUSA has experienced some rough sledding in recent years, due mainly to the vicissitudes of the RTD business. In the six months ended December 31, 2013, the unit’s net sales fell 10%, following a 6% sales decline in Diageo’s full fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. In April of last year, veteran Diageo executive Tom Looney became DGUSA’s new president, moving from his previous role as Diageo NA’s chief commercial officer. SND executive editor David Fleming met recently with Looney to discuss developments at DGUSA under his leadership. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 8, 2014

Impact Databank: Light Beer Heads Toward 10-Year Low As Other Categories Steal Share

As American consumers gear up for the July 4th holiday weekend, they’re less likely to purchase light beer than they have been in many years. Continue reading →

Posted in News on July 3, 2014

Canned Beer Enjoys A Major Renaissance, Led By Top Craft Brewers

Hooligan’s bar, an 80-year institution on Milwaukee’s East Side, last year largely abandoned its bottled beer list in favor of canned beer, aiming to stock greater variety without expanding storage capacity. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 24, 2014

Impact Databank: Imported Beer Posts Fourth Straight Year Of Growth In U.S.

While the ongoing struggles of mainstream brews led the total U.S. beer market to decline 1.5% to 2.7 billion (2.25-gallon) cases last year, the imported beer segment enjoyed its fourth consecutive year of growth in 2013. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 6, 2014

Impact Databank: Amid Beer Market Slowdown, Specialty Brews Offer Bright Spot

While the overall U.S. beer market has taken a hit from difficult economic conditions and competition from other drinks categories—losing nearly 6.7 million barrels (or 93 million 2.25-gallon cases) since 2009—specialty beers are providing a growth avenue for the category. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 23, 2014

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