Rob Creighton wrote:I know that Sleeman staff toured both Uni and Big Rock a few months ago but I don't know who else has.
burgermeister wrote:Sleeman's strategy is to buy breweries in each province it has a problem marketing to from out of province....They've had considerable success selling into Quebec from Ontario, but I'm guessing that they would want to take a bigger plunge into that market.
Wheatsheaf wrote:The only rationale behind these types of deals is the ridiculous restrictiveness of inter-provincial trade. It ensures that you can buy more Unibroue beers in Buffalo than you can in Toronto, and makes it necessary for the macros to buy breweries in multiple provinces rather than just building a huge plant somewhere and leaving the little guys alone.
burgermeister wrote:This kind of thing happens in the States all the time by the way. The bigger "Micro" buying up the smaller guy.
burgermeister wrote:You're partially right here. In fact, the inter-provincial trade restrictions that were in place to encourage breweries to open plants in each province they wished to do business in are no longer. The effective "import taxes" have been eliminated.
Wheatsheaf wrote:Sure, that's just the way business works. But I don't think that it's inevitable--or automatic--that all successful regional breweries in the US become acquisition targets. In Canada, however, it seems that you can only grow so big and grab so much market share before you cease to be seen as a simple craft brewery and begin to be noticed as a worthwhile business transaction to further the expansionist aims of a big macro.
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