October 2, 2018
A Letter from Our CEO
I wanted to write a letter about the layoffs that occurred in our company today.
The craft beer market is rapidly evolving and, in many ways, more challenging. More breweries, more choices…very much like the late 90’s when the craft beer segment had similar pressure. At that time, it took nearly seven years to rebound and our company weathered that storm very well. Here we are again a few years into it, history repeating itself. We are dedicated to weathering the storm, to continue to be successful both in the U.S. and globally. In order to do that, we took difficult but necessary actions.
We are reducing employee headcount by 12%, which impacts all departments across the country. We do not take this lightly and are making every effort to do it in the right way, as these actions impact our valued co-workers, friends and community who have contributed to our tribe story.
We are taking steps to drive our flagship IPA, loved by beer drinkers who are craft fans or otherwise. Despite over 7,000 breweries in the U.S., all of which make 3-4 IPA’s, maintaining this spot isn’t easy.
Lagunitas has been built on our determination to look to the future for the good of our people and consumers alike. We believe these changes put us in a position to meet the future head-on, with a team that is well-suited to get us there.
Maria Stipp, CEO