January 16, 2020
CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective Emerges as Fastest Growing Top 20 Craft Brewery in 2019 IRI Data
January 16, 2020
Longmont, Colo. (January 16, 2020) CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, comprised of Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft Beers, Deep Ellum Brewing, Perrin Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing, achieved unprecedented growth in 2019. Momentum was driven by relentless innovation including the company’s foray into the hard seltzer category, flourishing flagship brands and refreshed packaging. These initiatives boosted shipments from 420,000 barrels in 2018 to 480,000 barrels in 2019, an increase of 60,000 barrels, or 14%.
In IRI scan data for Total U.S. Multi-Outlet and Convenience, CANarchy saw an increase in 2019 within its beer portfolio of 22% despite total craft beer being up less than 3%. When factoring in incremental hard seltzer brand growth, this trend accelerated to 29%. Growth was led by Cigar City Brewing, which saw an increase of 36%; Oskar Blues Brewery, which saw an increase of 33% and Squatters Craft Beers, which saw an increase of 36%. CANarchy secured the best YTD dollar trend among the Top 20 Craft Beer Providers and closed out 2019 with accelerated trends in the last four weeks of reported data.
Matt Fraser, President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “Leading into and throughout 2019 we made a concerted effort to utilize data insights paired with input from our valued distributor and retailer partners in order to make informed decisions in the ever-changing environment that we’re competing in. This approach provided a healthy balance that allowed us to drive smart innovation while generating healthy core brand growth throughout the collective.”
Leadership in Hard Seltzer Space
Through its ongoing commitment to innovation, CANarchy became the first national craft brewery to produce its own hard seltzer. CANarchy’s foray into the hard seltzer category contributed to roughly two thirds of the company’s shipment growth in 2019, and helped CANarchy brands reach a wider, more diverse consumer base. CANarchy seltzer sales are led nationally by Oskar Blues’ Wild Basin Variety Pack. Perrin’s Clear Coast, Squatters’ Grandeur Peak and Deep Ellum’s Blind Lemon provide variety and leverage local appeal in their home markets.
New Beer Innovation
Successful new beer offerings in 2019 included Oskar Blues’ Can-O-Bliss IPA Series and Squatters’ Juicy IPA. Can-O-Bliss is among the Top 10 New Craft 6-Packs introduced in 2019 according to retail IRI scans in Total U.S. Multi-Outlet and Convenience. Juicy IPA is currently the top-selling IPA brand in Utah. Within the Squatters portfolio, Juicy IPA is now the #2 best-selling beer overall and #1 in draft volume and distribution.
Healthy Flagship Brands
Every flagship in the portfolio experienced an increase in retail scans compared to 2018. Jai Alai IPA by Cigar City Brewing was the top performing flagship brand, which experienced a 41% YoY increase. Jai Alai is seeing success in new markets and its home state of Florida. The Tampa-based brewery’s flagship IPA saw an increase of 37% in Florida and is now the #1 Independent Craft Brand in Florida Multi-Outlet and Convenience. Other successful flagships include Apricot Hefeweizen by Wasatch, which saw an increase of 20%; Hop Rising Double IPA by Squatters, which saw an increase of 15% and Dallas Blonde by Deep Ellum, which saw an increase of 14% compared to 2018 IRI data.
Variety Pack Performance
The Oskar Blues CANundrum Mixed Pack transitioned from a 12-pack to a 15-pack offering in Q4 2018. In 2019, CANundrum saw a near triple digit rate of sale increase and a +71% dollar sales increase in IRI retail scan data. Furthermore, CANarchy launched Cigar City’s first mixed 12-pack offering and the CANarchy IPA Mix 12-Pack offering, a coast-to-coast curation of four IPAs from across the collective.
Packaging and Design Innovation
Five of the seven CANarchy brands transitioned from 6-pack rings to full wrap recyclable cardboard cartons in 2019. Perrin, Wasatch and Three Weavers designs were reimagined, with updates to logos, cans and secondary packaging.
A Vision for Growth
As demonstrated by its broad range of successes and strong momentum in 2019, CANarchy represents a progressive vision for independent craft breweries to thrive in the increasingly competitive and challenging craft beer space. By sharing resources, ideas and support among breweries, CANarchy is able to offer the freshest, highest quality products possible to craft beer lovers throughout the U.S. and across the globe.
Tony Short, Chief Executive Officer, elaborated, “When matched up against our competitors in the craft space and throughout the broader beer category as a whole, we believe that our 2019 results position CANarchy to continue to gain momentum and drive growth into 2020. Coupled with maximizing efficiencies available through our cross-country footprint, we’re tremendously excited about our position in the marketplace.”
For more information about CANarchy, please visit https://www.canarchy.beer/
About CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective
Founded in 2015, CANarchy is a disruptive collective of like-minded brewers dedicated to bringing high quality, innovative flavors to drinkers in the name of independent craft beer. The portfolio of craft breweries includes Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing Company and Three Weavers Brewing Company. In 2018, CANarchy was ranked #8 on the BA’s list of the Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewers as ranked by sales volume. In 2019, CANarchy grew shipments by 14% to 480,000 BBL and was the fastest growing among the top 20 craft suppliers in IRI Total U.S. Multi-Outlet and Convenience retail scans. The collective provides craft beverages throughout the United States and in parts of 17 countries spanning five continents.