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The amount of change in the craft beer industry has been rapid, vast and disruptive over the past 10-plus years. Craft-beer-centric regions like San Diego, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest have been particularly exciting and even other historically less craft-beer-centric regions such as Austin, Atlanta, Chicago and Ashville have turned into new craft hubs, complete with craft beer tourism.
BREWING: In a Competitive, Growing Industry, Brewers Employ Stock, Cash, Culture and Other Methods to Retain Workers
The nation’s craft beer companies brewed 24.5 million barrels in 2015, according to figures recently reported by the Brewers Association trade group, besting the prior year’s production by 13 percent as retail sales grew by 16 percent, reaching $22.3 billion.
CONTRACTING: Cos. Scheduling Maintenance, Repairs Months Ahead
When it rains, it pours. At least, that’s what many would-be roof repair customers thought last fall when talks of a “monster” El Nino filled the news. While the severe rains didn’t quite materialize in San Diego, the roof repair demand did.
RETAIL: Updated Equipment, Lower Profile Are New Strategy
New ownership has taken over an Oceanside-based gun component and accessories manufacturer — the target of a 2014 raid by federal agents over allegedly improper sales — aiming to attract less negative attention and concentrate on management fundamentals.
Video game headset maker Turtle Beach Corp. on March 24 reported annual revenue of $162.7 million, down from $186.2 million in 2014, attributing the drop to a faster than expected decline in revenues from older generation products and the strong dollar’s negative impact on its international sales.
TRANSPORTATION: San Diego Emerges as Hotbed of Electric Bike Industry
Electric bikes are far from ubiquitous on California streets but are quickly growing in popularity as American consumers catch up to the far more ebike friendly Europe and Asia. And San Diego is a hotbed of ebike makers, with both American headquarters of major European manufacturers and budding local companies.
San Diego’s EDF Renewable Energy on Wednesday said it had sold the development assets of a proposed 20-megawatt solar power project in San Bernardino County to a subsidiary of Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy.
RF Industries Ltd., which makes cable assemblies and connectors for electronics, reported a first quarter net loss of $353,000, or 4 cents per share, on net sales of $7 million.
Directors of WD-40 Co. named Daniel T. Carter to a seat on its board of directors, effective March 21.
AG: Avocado Farming Method May Boost Yield, Sustainability
Avocado farmers, struggling for years with soaring water prices, are starting to embrace a relatively untested planting method that could double their yield and might even curb water use.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on March 11 that it received a U.S. Navy contract valued at $5.49 million.
The number of aerospace workers in San Diego County has snowballed over the last decade to slightly more than 12,000, according to a new report.
The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a $28.2 million contract modification for work on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Higgins.
Senomyx Inc., a San Diego biotech that makes flavor-enhancers, announced financial earnings for the fourth quarter and full 2015 year.
HEALTH: Surfer Sunscreen Inspires Pair To Develop Camo Face Paint With SPF
While the military develops robotic pack animals and “super vision” contact lenses, it’s surprising to see untapped innovation in something as low-tech as camouflage face paint.