Yes craft beers are the rage especially on draft, but have noticed certain hotels in my town are buying keg root beer (for their soda guns) most likely for cheaper prices than bibs. My company did carry 5.15 kegs of virgils rb and orange cream they just didn't move. Maybe this could be another new source of sales if trend catches on with chain resorts. The root beer is from a small batch craft and natural soda brewer so quality is much better than a Barqs. Maybe add a private label line of keg root beer? A thought...
Pumpkin comes and goes with the season. Especially beer. Distributor I work for is currently selling quite a bit of Wasatch Pumpkin Ale and Indian Wells Spicy Pumpkin. Tend to blow most inventory out by end of Nov. Tough sell in March especially if out of code.
Very true. The ginger brew is just a fad with lots of competition emerging overnight. The craft soft drink market, not the exotics but the mainstays such as cola, cream soda, and root beer, is in its early stages with huge potential once national marketing is in place. As this market grows, major accounts agree to product placement, and CR has his distributor ducks in a row (so to speak) look for one of the majors to jump in and make an offer none of us can refuse. May take a couple years but this is my opinion.
I work for the exclusive distributor of Reeds in Southern Nevada. The ironic thing is Kombucha has made it into the remote regions of Northern New Mexico and still hasn't seen our docks in Las Vegas. Its coming I'm told just hasn't happened yet. With Tesco selling of all 21 Fresh n Easy markets in LV market to billionaire Ron Burkle for a vision revamp, this might be a nice window of opportunity to explore. It's original concept catered to those looking for something different in a neighborhood market. Lots of prepared, just heat and serve meals, great produce, along with a hundred diff beer and wine bottled exclusively for their private label. Bold concept in Cal, NV, ARZ but just missed the mark. Lets see what materializes with new owner and marketing strategy.