BA EDP Seminars at CBC San Francisco

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The Brewers Association Export Development Program at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco, will be hosting 3 seminars on Thursday, March 24th in Continental Ballroom Parlor 7-9 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square downtown.

Continental Ballroom Parlor 7-9 rooms are located on level “B”, ballroom level in the conference hotel – the seminars start at 1:40 pm on Thursday.

Seminar Topics: Brazilian Market, UK Market and Export Panel Discussion led by your peers who are currently exporting.

1:40pm – 2:40 pm, Continental Ballroom Parlor 7-9
Andreas Fält (Vertical Drinks) – Vertical Drinks is the leading importer of American craft beer to the United Kingdom with distribution partners that extend elsewhere in Europe. Vertical Drinks has, over the past two years, issued trade leads to import small volumes from multiple breweries in a mixed shipment for UK retail shops and on-premise accounts.  The latest lead was issued in December 2010.  Andreas will discuss the latest developments in the UK market for American craft beer and relay success stories from the trade lead process.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Continental Ballroom Parlor 7-9
Gilberto Tarantino (Tarantino Import Company) – Tarantino is a leading importer of American craft beer to Brazil.  Gilberto is seeking additional brewery partners for import to that market and will be speaking about the market’s development over the past two years and his company’s efforts to market and promote American craft beers while educating Brazilian trade and consumers.

4:20 pm – 5:20 pm, Continental Ballroom Parlor 7-9
Export Panel Discussion – A panel of brewery representatives (panelists confirmed: Jim Caruso, CEO Flying Dog Brewery; Greg Koch, CEO Stone Brewing Co; Ron Lindenbusch, CMO Lagunitas Brewing Co) will discuss their participation in EDP and their perception of export opportunities and challenges for U.S. craft beers.   

More information can be found on our website:

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco for the Craft Brewers Conference!


Mark L. Snyder
Export Development Program Manager & BA Forum Moderator
Brewers Association

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