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Burning Questions From the Craft Brewers Conference

  As the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) came to a close in 2019, one thing was abundantly clear — brewers had many questions related to scaling their business for future growth. During our panel discussion, we experienced good dialogue and will share some of the questions and answers in this edition. Assessing your organization at all levels is an important first step to ensure your foundation is solid and ready to scale for growth. Understanding how efficient you are with your current resources and determining whether you are set up appropriately is imperative in strategizing for the future. Are you challenging your current efficiencies with resources, people, technology, equipment and processes? Where and when will you need to add or […]

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ROI on Distillery Conferences

    Another distillery conference season has come and gone. Distillers, weary from their travel across the country, are unpacking their conference tote bags filled with business cards and supplier goodies. The follow up vendor emails are slowing trickling in while the distillery owners dread their upcoming credit card bills. But for now, conference attendees reflect on everything they learned and have taken away from their adventures. The first quarter of the year contains some of the biggest craft distillery relevant conferences and expos including the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Annual Distillers’ Convention & Vendor Trade Show, the American Distilling Institute’s (ADI) Annual Craft Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo, and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention […]

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Businesses Helping Businesses: Brewery Igniter® Services for Breweries

  The old adages about the business world, “It’s a dog eat dog world” or “It’s not personal its business” is transforming into “Let’s help each other be successful”. Successful businesses are coming together to work toward a common goal and helping each other. An example of this is H.G. Fenton Company, a real estate development and property management company in San Diego. Starting a new microbrewery is costly and involves many levels of risk. The barriers to entry can be substantial. Some call it an igniter and some call it an incubator. Webster’s Dictionary defines an incubator as “an organization or place that aids the development of new business ventures especially by providing low-cost commercial space, management assistance, or […]

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HOPS GROWING & CRAFT BREW TOURISM: BENEFITS OR DETERRENTS TO EACH INDUSTRY

Brewers from all over the world with a nose for hops head straight for the trellised fields of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where the hop growing industry is a global leader. The vast majority of these brewers wind up in Yakima Valley, Washington, which grows approximately 75% of the nation’s hop plants.  What is also growing in Yakima Valley and elsewhere in the U.S. is a craft brew tourism industry, bringing in revenue using the aroma of locally grown hops and the taste        of full-flavored craft beers to lure travelers near and far. According to the Brewers Association, a non-profit trade group representing breweries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the craft brewing industry […]

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A HIGH-TEMPERATURE WASHDOWN STATION TO MEET YOUR HIGH-EFFICENCY PRODUCTION NEEDS

(Warminster, PA USA) In food processing, dairy, beverage, chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical facilities, maintaining a clean environment is critical to consistent product quality. To keep production running on time, high temperature washdown stations are used to quickly and efficiently clean and sanitize equipment in place. For facilities with a hot and cold water supply, the HCX Water/Water Washdown Station is an excellent solution. The washdown station utilizes two individual globe valves to mix hot and cold water to a user adjusted temperature. Output temperature is clearly displayed on the integrated temperature display gauge for operational simplicity. To prevent accidental scalding, the unit is offered with our unique SmartFlow feature. “This is an in-line, over-temperature safety valve whose only purpose is […]

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Petition for a Writ Far-fetched? Nope!

  If a state regulatory agency with jurisdiction over the craft brew industry makes a decision that appears to be arbitrary and capricious, having a direct effect on your business, then, you have the right to petition a court for relief using a Writ of Administrative Mandamus. An unnecessarily fancy phrase meaning that a court of law reviews the administrative decision and decides if, under applicable law, the decision is not rational. Most times a writ is requested by an association or group of companies that are affected by the agency decision so that a positive result will affect many companies in the association or group. STATE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES State administrative agencies with jurisdiction over the craft brew industry create […]

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Crafting Marijuana Policies? Managing Employees in the Wake of Legalized Marijuana

Marijuana legalization is on the rise and quickly expanding to all corners of the United States. Nearly 2/3 of the states have legalized marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use.  Currently, 11 states and the District of Columbia allow recreational marijuana, and an additional 22 states allow medical marijuana. These numbers are expected to grow over the next few years as the societal and political perspectives on cannabis continue to shift in favor of legalization. Despite this shift, marijuana still remains an illegal Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act – in direct contrast with legalized marijuana at the state level.  Although federal law is superior to state law, businesses must comply with both – even if federal […]

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SAKÉ: THE NEW FRONTIER IN CRAFT BEVERAGES

  Saké has been around for thousands of years, but few Americans are familiar with the drink that is deeply rooted in Japanese culture. That is changing, and it’s changing quickly. With U.S. consumers eager to experience alternative beverages and explore new flavors, saké is on the cusp of a revolution here at home. As imports of saké rise dramatically, local artisans and entrepreneurs are seeing an opportunity for a new niche in the craft beverage market: local saké production. Currently, there are about 20 saké breweries (Kura) in the U.S., including several that originated as American outposts of Japanese companies. These breweries span from California to Maine, from Texas to Minnesota. Wherever they are located, the owners and master […]

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Enhancing your Beer Marketing Strategy with Partnerships

It can be hard to capture consumer attention in today’s digital age within the increasingly crowded and competitive craft beer industry. We live in a world of short attention spans, information overload, and the constant ding of gadgets begging us to look at something else. While there are many effective marketing strategies to help your brewery stand out in the digital landscape, sometimes it’s even more effective to bring a great marketing idea to life right at the shelf…particularly when it means partnering with another brand that your potential consumers already know and love. In these situations, one plus one can often add up to much more than two, benefiting both brands and helping your brewery grow in awareness and […]

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Nelson-Jameson and 3M™: Driving the Fight Against Food Allergens

With industry demand calling for new innovations in allergen testing, Nelson-Jameson is proud to offer 3M Allergen Protein Rapid Test Kits. These kits are a qualitative immunochromatographic assay for rapid in-plant monitoring of specific food allergens, and are designed for accurate detection of processed and unprocessed allergen proteins. With results available in 10 to 12 minutes, these fast, easy tests can be used for clean-in-place (CIP) final rinse water, environmental swab samples, raw ingredients and finished food products. We currently have the following test kits available: Almond, Bovine Total Milk, Cashew, Coconut, Egg White, Fish, Gluten, Hazelnut, Peanut, Pecan, Pistachio, Soy, and Walnut. All test kits include 25 tests per kit. Nelson-Jameson also offers 3M’s line of Allergen Protein ELISA […]

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