Anheuser-Busch Sales Drop

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by dumpman, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. dumpman

    dumpman Savant (310) Rhode Island Feb 6, 2010 Verified Subscriber

  2. Icarus

    Icarus Savant (260) Minnesota Oct 6, 2012

    Found that amusing,let's see how much more of a crappy product we can put out while the sheep keep buying it.
  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,060) New York Mar 12, 2009 Verified

    Hard to get to the top of the heap, even harder to stay there. They all know this lesson but somehow never learn it.
  4. seplo

    seplo Savant (455) Connecticut Sep 8, 2009

    Its good news for the craft beer world, shows that the ppl in general are getting more familiar with craft and they like it, hopefully BMC drinkers will see the difference in the beer and God willing try something different...CHEERS

    Not to mention that craft beer sales are constantly on the rise:D
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  5. nhindian

    nhindian Savant (420) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2010

    I'm sure there is a large group of people who buy BMC that don't do it for the flavor.
  6. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Champion (975) Kansas Jul 5, 2009 Verified

    Unfortunately, as long as college kids exist, this company will never completely fail.
  7. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    Not all the products they produce stink, some are nice. In a whole do they hurt the craft cultural-yes. But they also help. If a larger brewer like this was not in place the the options of beer to pick was just from a local community or not from BMC I have a feeling the cost of craft would rise-just because it could and not because of quality all the time. And when/if that ever happen another larger company will come along and do the same that InBev has done; its just a matter of time. IMO......
  8. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,120) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Verified

    Yeah - what a bunch of dumbasses only making $1.82 billion in profits.
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  9. WillCarrera

    WillCarrera Advocate (505) Ohio Oct 11, 2010

    If you read the original article that the MSN article links to you'll see one of the the hugest pieces of bullshit ever to come from these guys. They really do think that we're either stupid or can't taste the difference whenever they cut costs and put out shittier product. In a section about declining sales of Becks and Bass in the US after moving production here and using cheaper ingredients:

    AB InBev doesn’t see what the fuss is about. Chibe says the company hasn’t altered the ingredients of either beer. So why are customers rebelling? “You know, it could be that they are getting fresher beer, and they’re getting used to that,” he offers. “We are very, very disciplined as brewers. We’re committed to quality.”

    Really? The problem with your flagging sales is that your product is so fresh we can't handle it? Sorry but no, fuck you guys.
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  10. nicnut45

    nicnut45 Savant (300) Illinois Jan 6, 2007

    Wont be long before they start using politics and lobbyists to try and crush the little guys.
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  11. Alexmc2

    Alexmc2 Savant (385) Oregon Jul 29, 2006 Verified

    Just wait til they buy the beverage unit of Pepsico.
  12. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    How do you make a light cola with no taste and make a profit? Oh wait its called bottled water. :p
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  13. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Savant (290) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    oh jesus fucking christ.... we only profited 1.82 billion last year. lets turn into cheap asses and cut corners to make our beer even shittier and lay off workers. 1.82 billions dollars a quarter os more than those 1400 laid off workers will make in their life x 20. fucking corporate america is disgusting
  14. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (570) New York Dec 9, 2011 Verified

    They probably have already, knowing their tactics.
  15. Yes, they have. They were instrumental in crafting the modern three-tier system of distribution. This in order to crush local breweries who were overtaking them in sales prior to prohibition. They have a whole history of using government as a club against microbreweries.
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  16. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    LOL you two are funny if you think this does not already happen, why do you think the three tier system has really had now change in decades....
  17. nicnut45

    nicnut45 Savant (300) Illinois Jan 6, 2007

    I always thought the three tier system has been in place since the end of prohibition. I dont think this was a recent invention of the beer giants. However, corruption always has been used by many a large corporation.
  18. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    You are right but they lobby to keep it in place which helps hurt craft...
  19. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,430) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    Cutting corners to increase profit? Sounds like a bad business model to me.
  20. When you're selling water to people who are buying based only on advertisements it doesn't really matter. Water is water and sheep will always be sheep.
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  21. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    Why I disagree... Cutting corners is something every company does-its just a matter of what corners they cut. People all have different taste and those with some different than yours does not make them subhuman.
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  22. BlindSalimander

    BlindSalimander Savant (275) Texas Aug 16, 2010

    Along with Wall Street and anyone that invests in this company.
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  23. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    LOL which we are all products off... Its so funny to hear people complain about "corporate america" when we all depend on "it" the business, tax, services, product / market channels government etc... we are all part of this. We shop at stores for our goods and use utility and public services. All of us buy items based on cost-in some factor. Unless you live on a 100% self sustaining farm shutup. Dont hate corporate america-because its you.
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  24. cavedave

    cavedave Poobah (1,060) New York Mar 12, 2009 Verified

    Haha, when you hear people complaining about evil capitalists it is because in their minds they imagine that it is the first step to a lifestyle "off the grid", as well as absolving them of the responsibility of being part of the "problem" that clear thinking about things would make obvious they are. BMC are just the low hanging fruits for these arm chair revolutionaries.

    I am someone who actually has lived "off the grid" and this is my take - thank you American capitalism for making my life so easy to enjoy.
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  25. Right now I am selling cased of Beck's for cheaper then Bud Light. And Becks sales are still falling at my store. That is how bad it is.

    I can only hope that someday A-B sells all of it's brands that I still have a little bit of respect for and still drink becuase they are good such as.

    Alexander Keiths

    Imagine a company that owned just these brands, and had respect for them!!!
  26. It's just a sign of the times and eventually all great empires fail.. Most people drink beer just to get a buzz.. While us "beer geeks" appreciate more robust flavor, it is too much for the average joe who only has a beer once in a while to get a buzz and prefers something a little more on the watery side.. In my life I've seen so many businesses fail and the next flourishes selling the exact same product.. I think of nobody beats the wiz changing to circuit city then changing to pc Richards and sons.. Or Kentucky fried chicken changing their name to KFC.. You get the point... Products and ingredients don't have to change sometimes just change the label and the name and its good enough.. When Budweiser changes things it works as you see they do bud platinum, select, ice, etc.. Nobody can tell a difference it's just effective marketing.. I think buds best chance is to change their name, label, etc.. Get rid of the Clydesdale horses and all that corny stuff and modernize! I really think we will see this change someday.. Most people like the watered down alcohol offered by Budweiser and will prob be fine switching to worse ingredients as long as they get a buzz.. People drink bud to get drunk not because of taste..
  27. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,050) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    Wait... You mean there are advantages to electrification, flush toilets, painless dentistry, and canned beer????
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  28. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    LOLOL this thread would be much better with the sounds of dueling banjos playing in the background...
  29. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,050) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    Here, let this take its place....

    Or there's this (again, not dueling banjos, but...):

  30. maltmuncher

    maltmuncher Aficionado (195) Aug 22, 2012

    Sure go classy, artistic and skillful instead of scary took the left in fork at the road with moonshine odors in the air...
  31. Yes, because I've never seen anyone over the age of 25 drink anything from BMC :rolleyes: