McCain Foodservice Has Added IPA Beer Battered Onion Rings to Its Portfolio

McCain Foodservice Has Added IPA Beer Battered Onion Rings to Its Portfolio

McCain® Foodservice is jumping on the craft beer bandwagon. The frozen food supplier has added onion rings battered in Brew City® IPA Beer to its expansive portfolio. 

McCain® is taking this beloved appetizer to the next level by incorporating the consumers' recent craft beer obsession. 

According to a recent press release by McCain, "craft beer has grown 16 percent compared to domestics and imports in the last four years."

The onion rings still offer that sweet onion flavor, but also has a hoppy flavor from the Brew City IPA beer. 

McCain® is anticipating that this appetizer will help to increase check averages and recommend that the rings are served with dipping sauces, like chipotle ranch and orange marmalade. 

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Top 10 NYC Breweries: July 2018

Top 10 NYC Breweries: July 2018
  • These NYC breweries are anything but ordinary.

  • Home to 38 breweries, here are the ones you don’t want to miss.

It’s no secret that New York City has a plethora of places to eat. Foodable Labs has recently ranked the top 25 of the best restaurants. But what about breweries?

New York City is currently home to 38 breweries and growing. Before Prohibition caused the end of brewing in NYC, the city was once a prime brewing location in the 19th century. Fun fact: the first commercial brewery in North America was built on what is now Manhattan’s Stone Street.

So what are some great spots to check out?

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Is the Craft Beer Movement Losing Steam?

Is the Craft Beer Movement Losing Steam?

The craft beer scene over the last five years has changed significantly. 

It all started with the craft beer boom, where suddenly consumers were gravitating to local brews. 

Craft beer soon became its own section on beverage menus across the country. 

But in the last two years, more and more big beer players have started to buy-out small and independent craft breweries causing some loyal fans to call the smaller craft beer breweries "sell-outs." 

Could this be why consumers are losing interest in craft beer? 

According to recent data from the market research firm IRI Worldwide, the sales volume of craft beer at retail stores increased by 1.7 percent so far in the first half of 2018. 

Although this is still growth, it's the craft beer industry's slowest rate in a while. 

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Puerto Rico is Leading the Way in Adoption of the Independent Craft Brewer Seal

Puerto Rico is Leading the Way in Adoption of the Independent Craft Brewer Seal
  • What will it take for the remaining craft breweries to adopt the seal?

  • Will these efforts and technicalities benefit or hinder the growth in the craft beer segment?

It looks like the Brewers Association (BA) has been able to convince many small and independent craft breweries to adopt the Independent Craft Brewer Seal.

This many to be exact— 3,524.

This effort, of course, emerged as big beer companies, like Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), had been slowly but steadily acquiring more and more craft breweries to expand their portfolio and better capitalize on the small-batch beer consumer trend.

Foodable took interest on the subject last year and decided to compare three previously craft beer brands that were acquired by big beer companies to compare consumer sentiment before and after their buyouts. The result? The two brands that were acquired by a bigger beverage company actually had higher sentiment scores after the acquisition. This could be due to many different factors, including more resources for equipment, quality lab testing, and even marketing.

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Get Your Homebrew on With Help From Funky Buddha

Get Your Homebrew on With Help From Funky Buddha

Funky Buddha has long been revered as one of America’s favorite breweries. Just this year they ranked No. 3 in consumer sentiment according to Foodable Labs! But, did you know Funky Buddha started as a homebrewer's dream?

Watch this special episode of Beer Artisan in honor of National Homebrew Day to learn how you could be brewing Funky Buddha level brews, too!

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