Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Look, it’s lame wordplay week here at mtlb, so deal. Third largest beer retailer in the U.S. is 7-Eleven? I guess so. If McDonald’s can sell an emulation of the Starbucks *experience* for $3 less a cup, why can’t 7-Eleven take on Bud with its Game Day Ice and Light private label brand? I ASK YOU. Bad move? Probably not.
There are worse demos and worse ways to go after them in times like these. It doesn’t have to win awards for taste either. As McDonald’s found out, it just needs to be “not bad”—for a cheaper brew. ($6.99—$8.99 per 12-pack and 24-ounce singles between $1.49—$1.89. By comparison, a 12-pack of Bud Light is about $13 around here.)
Only hurdle I could see to wide adoption is the ginormous offensive line all stadium concession deals represent—no way 7-Eleven penetrates that. Which is fine. My guess is they’ll be happy to *tap* into the couch potato demo and maybe even the college crowd too, given the proximity of their stores to many universities.
Posted 11:45 PM