Chris Furnari

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Key Anheuser-Busch ‘Beyond Beer’ VP Randy Ornstein Suddenly Exits

Randy Ornstein -- who oversaw the sales strategy for alcoholic brands like Bon & Viv spiked seltzer, and non-alcoholic offerings such as Hiball Energy as the vice president of Anheuser-Busch’s Beyond Beer division -- has departed the company as of June 4.

Canada’s Moosehead Breweries Enters Cannabis Sector in JV with Sproutly

Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery is getting into the cannabis business. Moosehead Breweries Limited and Sproutly Canada, which aims to become the leading supplier of water-soluble cannabis solutions, yesterday announced their intent to form an exclusive joint venture that will develop, produce and market cannabis-infused beverages.

Boston Beer Names Welch’s President as New CMO

After an eight-month search, the Boston Beer Company has identified its next chief marketing officer. The country’s second-largest craft brewery today named Lesya Lysyj, who is currently the U.S. president of Welch’s Foods Inc., as its new CMO.

Harpoon to Partner with Polar on Forthcoming Hard Seltzer Line

Boston’s Harpoon Brewery is latest craft brewery jumping into the hard seltzer space. The company's new product line, a collaborative effort with Worcester, Massachusetts’ Polar Beverages, is called Arctic Summer.

Anheuser-Busch to Acquire Fast-Growing Cutwater Spirits

The world’s largest beer company today announced the purchase of fast-growing Cutwater Spirits, a craft distilling venture that was originally born inside of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Canada’s Collective Arts Brewing to Enter Cannabis Market

The Hamilton, Ontario-based craft brewery, located about 50 miles from the New York border, has established a sister company called Collective Project Limited that will develop and sell cannabis-infused beverages, which may include non-alcoholic beer, as well as cold brew coffee or tea.

New Age Beverages Eyes Global CBD Beverage Market with Morinda Merger

In an effort to establish itself a global provider of cannabidiol (CBD) infused beverages, New Age Beverages Corporation (NASDAQ:NBEV) today announced plans to merge with Morinda, Inc., a Utah-based company that produces and sells Tahitian Noni Juice.

Clearly Kombucha Acquired by Molson Coors

California-based Clearly Kombucha has been acquired by Molson Coors for an undisclosed fee, marking the multinational brewing company’s first purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage brand.

Anheuser-Busch VP of Non-Alcohol Departs

Michael Taylor, the vice president of non-alcohol at Anheuser-Busch who oversaw the acquisition of the Hiball and Alta Palla brands last year, has left the company to join Green Flash Brewing as CEO.

Cold Spring Brewing Scoops Up North Carolina Co-Packer

Brynwood Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm with existing investments in a variety of food and beverage companies, yesterday announced that Cold Spring Brewing had purchased Carolina Beverage Group.