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By Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business
Bud Light is releasing its first-ever hard seltzer featuring the fall flavor. The alcoholic beverage includes a blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla flavors that the company describes as “literally the taste of fall.” (Don’t tell Starbucks.)
The new drink, which will be available nationwide beginning September 6, is part of a new fall-themed variety pack. The 12-pack also includes toasted marshmallow, maple pear and returning favorite apple crisp. The latter flavor was released last year as part of a holiday-themed pack.
Bud Light Seltzer regularly releases variety packs to appease picky drinkers, including new flavors such as cherry limeade and blue raspberry. That helps the brand standout in an increasingly competitive market that regularly sees new flavors and brands go on sale.
That competition has proved problematic for Boston Beer’s Truly Hard Seltzer. The company warned in July that the brand was fading in popularity because sales were “softer” than anticipated, with the spate of new brands causing “consumer confusion.”
Analysts at Cowen recently warned that “seltzer’s summer slump” might not end anytime soon because the “category is slowing more dramatically” than expected.
Still, Bud Light Seltzer is proving to be a strong seller for parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev. It’s the third top-selling brand behind White Claw and Truly, according to Nielsen.
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