Promoting regional food manufacturers and suppliers is good business. But national retailers have been aggressive about getting rid of smaller suppliers, preferring to reduce the number of SKUs, or products, and allowing manufacturers to buy up and fill up center aisles. These trends go in cyles; the chain like WalmartMORE HERE

There are few things more satisfying, food wise, than putting good cream on the top of fruit, or adding sour cream, or whipped cream, or coffee with cream, or tea with milk, or bread with butter, or cold or hot cereal with milk. Cream on top, buttered bread, ice cream,MORE HERE

Pabst will open an innovation center at their former home, Milwaukee. Great news BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Visit his personal website at GarlandPollard.comMORE HERE

MILWAUKEE – Pabst, that icon of Milwaukee, is returning to its former home. The company will open a microbrewery and testing center at the old Pabst brewery in Milwaukee. Pictured here is a part of the Pabst revival in the city including the famous Pabst sign and the Brewhouse SuitesMORE HERE

A new book by Dan Backer and Lance Watson taps brewing history to detail the can designs of nearly 500 beer brands. The book, published by Chronicle (Amazon link at right) shows major and minor brands. Like other Chronicle books, it is handsomely produced at is quite authoritative. It isMORE HERE

At one time, Pabst Blue Ribbon was a great brand. Through bad marketing (or no marketing), it declined. Then, some college kidsĀ found out that it tasted just as good as Bud. And they renamed it PBR and it became hip again. Of course it was a bit more complicated thanMORE HERE

St. LOUIS – So AB Inbev releases its new logo, just after its takeover of Anheuser-Busch. At the same time, it is preparing layoffs. These layoffs were in preparation just before Christmas. According to AP, there are to be about 1,500 fired. Apparently, some were proposed before the buyout, butMORE HERE