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Beverage Bites: News up to July 17, 2015

Glass fragments prompt wine recall, Bacardi cuts carbon emissions, and more beverage bites

Bacardi says a biomass boiler at a whisky distillery has cut its carbon footprint by 90%, while SodaStream is running a $2.75m advertising campaign on the streets of three US...

Beverage Bites: news up to April 9, 2015

Bacardi thinks fashion, Heineken cuts water consumption, and more beverage bites

This week international brewer Heineken set itself a new water consumption challenge, while a small UK brewer found itself in a twitter spat with a politician. Read on for more...

Green tea packs a stronger punch in China with new Bacardi spirit

Bacardi claims to have made a “breakthrough” in spirit production technology with a new liquor named TANG, that is distilled entirely from green tea leaves.


Celebrating Beverage Brilliance! Personality of the Year 2014 open for entries

The global beverage sector is thriving - driven by dynamic and creative individuals around the world. But do you or a colleague have what it takes to be recognized by...


Pack Expo 2014 in Pictures: 10 Snapshots from the Windy City!

Didn't make it to Pack Expo in Chicago this week? Get a taster of the action with our exclusive gallery, which takes in technology and trends from processing and packaging...

Getting into the spirit: Bombay Sapphire plans for further expansion

Bombay Sapphire’s master distiller is already planning to expand the brand’s newly commissioned Laverstoke Mill distillery, at a cost of millions, by installing two new stills.

‘Space might taste like raspberries’: Grey Goose partners with Virgin Galactic spaceflight

Grey Goose vodka has announced its official partnership with Virgin Galactic, the first commercial passenger flight into space. 

Bacardi bottles lose weight and keep in shape

Reducing bottle weight requires minimal investment but gives significant returns – without sacrificing iconic designs, according to Bacardi.   

Lighter rum: Bacardi cuts its packaging weight by 90%

The spirits brand is raising a toast to sustainability with lighter packing and recyclable bottles.

Not When Harry Met Sally…When Suntory bought Beam!

Suntory’s $16bn takeover of Beam Inc. shocked many industry insiders but the likes of Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Bacardi likely sighed with relief, according to Rabobank.


‘You’ve got to feel a little sorry for Schweppes’: Fever-Tree CEO delivers $42m tonic

Fever-Tree CEO Charles Rolls insists Schweppes is no longer the ‘great old British company it was’ and insists the brand is scared by his firm’s giant steps in premium spirits...

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Bacardi CEO Ed Shirley springs retirement shock

Bacardi CEO Ed Shirley has sprung a surprise by announcing his resignation after just over two years in the role.

Ardagh Glass strike called off

Workers at Ardagh Glass in Yorkshire and Scotland have called off industrial action which was due to start at the weekend, after management gave them an improved pay offer.

‘Transcendent spirit’ Bacardi risks losing lead in global rum sales

Bacardi is in danger of losing its ‘coveted position’ as the world’s bestselling rum to Philippines rum brand Tanduay, according to a new survey of spirits brands sales in 2012.

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Bacardi USA partners Coke and MIT to bring ‘spirits into digital age’

Bacardi USA has partnered with the Coca-Cola Company and university researchers to created a robotic bartending system called Makr Shakr, and says it can help ‘bring spirits into the digital...


OSHA cites AB InBev alleging ‘serious’ US safety violations

An influential US Department of Labor safety body has cited Anheuser-Busch, alleging that the firm failed to protect Houston brewery workers from exposure to carbon dioxide and other workplace hazards.


Bombay Sapphire Master Distiller talks of 'exciting times' on line extensions for Bacardi brand

Bombay Sapphire’s new master distiller Nik Fordham tells it is an ‘exciting time’ for the Bacardi-owned spirit in terms of brand extensions, while the broader gin category is enjoying...

Moody’s feels brighter about beverage industry prospects

Bond credit rating business Moody’s has revised its outlook for the global beverage industry upwards, citing rising middle class demand in emerging markets for high-end wines and spirits from the...

Bacardi Bottling Corporation faces $192,000 fine after worker ‘crushed to death’

Bacardi Bottling Corporation faces a fine of $192,000 after multiple OSHA citations for alleged safety violations, one of which led to a US young worker being crushed to death by...

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Campari exec jumps ship for Bacardi, hails Latin American 'opportunity'

Bacardi has announced the appointment of Gianpaolo Perego as its new regional president of Latin America, with responsibility or leading all the spirit's giant's operations the region.

Pernod Ricard will ‘continue to fight’ Bacardi for Havana Club US trademark

Pernod Ricard tells it will ‘continue to fight’ for its alleged US trademark rights to the Havana Club name, but bitter rival Bacardi USA expects its pending federal application...

Bacardi debuts new exotic flavoured rums in ‘breakthrough’ bottles

Bacardi claims that it is the first company to infuse flavored rums with two novel ingredient combinations, with the US launches also featuring 'breakthrough' temperature and light-activated bottles, as flavoured...

Bacardi loses court battle for Havana rum but vows to fight on

Bacardi has vowed to continue its fight over the Havana Club rum trademark in Spain after it lost its case for the third time over rival Pernod Ricard.

Diageo and Bacardi step up war of words over rum subsidies

A row between rum rivals Diageo and Bacardi escalated last week with the publication of a 13-page statement from Diageo accusing its competitor of leading a hidden campaign to sabotage...

Bacardi invests for whisky success

Spirits group Bacardi yesterday announced a $250m (€183m) investment into production of its Scotch whisky brands amidst increasing global demand for the drink.

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