Chain Beverage Buzz: Feb. 22, 2010

Anheuser-Busch laid off 90 from its sales division last week, including some individuals with on-premise responsibilities, with additional layoffs on the horizon. The reorganization of the A-B sales and marketing departments and company-owned distributorships should yield $90 million in savings for the brewer.


Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants Inc. founding president and chief executive Scott Barnett announced last week he is stepping down from the post. His responsibilities will be assumed by vice presidents Gail Taggart and Tim Busald.


T.G.I. Friday’s added seven new selections to its drinks menu, including four teas, two slushes and two dessert drinks. Included in the teas are two featuring Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka.

TGI friday's drinks


Restaurants and bars that ante up a fee may be exempt from a pending statewide smoking ban in Kansas. The Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association is staying neutral on the proposal as it appears to allow restaurateurs to determine how best to serve their patrons.

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