Crystal Ball 2018

It’s that time of the year again!

For those of you who may have missed it, below were my crystal ball predictions for 2017.

2017 Prediction What actually happened
Craft beer revenues grows 5%-7% Average revenue growth of breweries was between 4%-5%
The price of contract brewing decreases by 40% at the end of 2017. It’s currently dropping. Not by 40% but it is certainly dropping
Restaurant Groups and Real Estate groups begin buying breweries Happening every day. If they are not buying them they are using private labels
Foreign beer groups begin buying US breweries (que Russian national anthem) Many deal occurred and will continue
More breweries open Yup

Score ⅘ = 80%

On to 2018…..

Sheesh, what will happen this year?

Well, if you attend my webinar, you will know that we are currently experiencing an industry plateau.

More on that in a minute.

Here are my 2018 Predictions for the craft brewing industry

  • OSHA and FDA turn up the heat on craft breweries
  • Craft beer revenues grow between 3%-5%
  • There will be 3 public closures per month
  • Craft breweries cut between 10%-15% of their production staff
  • More breweries open

2018 is all about disciplined profits.

Are you looking for disciplined profits in 2018?

Let me help you find them.



– cf

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