U.S. craft brewers see strong growth in sales and volume
The Brewers Association has released midyear data showing American craft brewing sales and volume are up by double digits. The trade association reported that during the first six months of 2013, craft beer dollar sales were up 15 percent and volume was up 13 percent over 2012 figures.
Also during the first half of 2013, roughly 7 million barrels of beer were sold by small and independent craft brewers and there was an increase of nearly 450 breweries from the same time in 2012, with 1,605 breweries planned.
The organization said as of June 30, the 2,538 breweries currently operating in the U.S. are the most there have been at any time since the 1870s.
For more findings: www.brewersassociation.org.
Headlines Barbershop hosts food drive
Through Aug. 15, locally owned Headlines Barbershop is hosting a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank on Spratt Street. This is the first of several activities the barbershop – founded by local barber Derrick Bennett in 2008 – has planned to give back to the community. The demand for food from Second Harvest, which provides food to nearly 600 agencies in the greater Charlotte area, constantly outweighs the food bank’s supply, Bennett said.
Headlines Barbershop is at 5309-A E. Independence Blvd. Details: www.headlinesbarbershop.com.
Don’t pay for frozen yogurt container
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services Standards Division is asking customers of frozen yogurt shops across the state to be aware of what they’re actually paying for. In a release last week, officials said many customers are unaware the weight of the frozen yogurt container should not be included in the price they pay.
“The weight of the container is referred to as tare weight and it must be removed from product weight.”
Officials urge consumers to diligently check their receipts or ask the salesperson if the cost of the cup has been deducted from the sale, as customers should only be paying for product, not the packaging. The department asks anyone who may have been charged for packaging weight, or if a business is using a scale that has not been inspected, to call 919-707-3225.
Watch CLT for Helen Schwab’s review of Kabob House on East Independence.
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