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The world’s most valuable beer & spirits brands

Johnnie Walker is the world’s most valuable whisk(e)y brand, while Bud Light tops the charts in beer. But 2017 is the year of Baijiu brands, says Brand Finance, with the Chinese drink now accounting for a greater share of brand value than any other spirit type. 

Top 10 craft beer producing countries: US and UK lead the way

The US remains the biggest craft beer producer; but the UK has more craft breweries per capita, according to a survey from Alltech and The Brewers Journal. 

The top 50 breweries and craft breweries in the US

The Brewers Association, the US trade group for craft brewers, has released its list of the top 50 craft brewers, along with a list of the overall top 50 brewing companies. Figures show that 40 out of the top 50 overall brewing companies are craft brewing companies. 

Australia

Bitter row erupts over bible, beers and gay marriage

Scenes of two conservative politicians discussing marriage equality over a beer and a bible are not often used as a backdrop for consumer marketing campaigns, even in the reddest of American states below the Mason-Dixon line.

AB InBev to bring beer to Mars

AB InBev has announced ambitious plans to bring a “microgravity” beer to Mars, a mission that will likely take decades to accomplish.

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Alcohol nutrition & ingredients labelling: Can the industry rise to the challenge?

Should your bottle of wine tell you how many calories you are consuming? Should your beer list its ingredients? Given consumers’ increased scrutiny over what they eat – and drink – the answer is yes. But of course, nothing is ever simple. 

Craft beer boom: 500 craft breweries open in a year in the UK

The number of new breweries opening in the UK has leapt up 55% in the last year, as the craft beer business continues to build its position as an increasingly important part of the drinks industry, according to UHY Hacker Young.   

European Commission report on consumer information on alcoholic beverages

Drinks industry invited to create self-regulatory proposal for nutrition & ingredients labelling on alcohol in Europe

The European Commission is inviting the alcoholic beverage industry to develop a self-regulatory proposal that provides information on ingredients and nutrition on all alcoholic beverages. 

Spirit, wine & beer industries dismayed by duty rise in UK Budget

The UK’s beer, wine and spirits industries have responded with dismay after the government announced alcohol duty rates will rise with inflation.  

Somerville Brewing Company spoons in Cap’n Crunch cereal into latest beer recipe

Somerville Brewing Company of Massachusetts is set to release its new Belgian-style ale featuring an unexpected ingredient: Cap’n Crunch Berries breakfast cereal. 

‘It’s been a great year for beer exports, but we can certainly do more’: BBPA

British beer exports to China up 500%

British beer exports to China have increased by 500%, according to figures published by HMRC, while beer exports overall rose by 6% in 2016.

AB InBev FY16

AB InBev and SABMiller integration ‘well under way’

Anheuser-Busch InBev has released its FY16 results: highlighting a challenging environment in Brazil; growth of its global beer brands; and progress on the integration of SABMiller.  

Cathay Pacific introduces craft beer best drunk at 35,000ft

Airline Cathay Pacific has launched Betsy Beer, the ‘world’s first' hand-crafted bottled beer’ that has been brewed with consumption at 35,000ft in mind. 

Molson Coors Canada and striking union workers reach benefits contract agreement

Molson Coors Canada and union workers at the Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, facility reached a collective agreement on employee benefits after nearly seven weeks of protests. 

Guest article

Brewery sanitation: 5 tips for brewers looking to clean up their act

You’ve heard it before: the alcohol in the beer kills any germs. For a while now, this notion has been treated as being more or less adequate safeguarding for brewers as far as food & beverage safety inspectors were concerned. But, the times they are a-changing, writes Adam Serfas, owner and president of R.S. Quality Products.  

Drinktec 2017

Call for speakers: Do you know what’s brewing in beer?

BeverageDaily and drinktec are collaborating to present a lively conference series at drinktec (Munich, September 11-15), which will provide small brewers with advice on how to scale up operations. We’re calling for speakers who are keen to get involved and share their expertise. 

Boston Beer Company highlights ‘softening of craft beer category’

The Boston Beer Company highlights the ‘general softening of the craft beer category’ and a challenging retail environment as new craft brews continue to enter the market. But it says flagship beer Samuel Adams is still set up for continued long term success. 

BrewDog offers paw-ternity leave for new dog owners

Scottish brewer BrewDog has announced it will offer Puppy Parental Leave to employees in both the US and the UK. 

Trouble brewing for Wal-Mart with lawsuit claiming there’s nothing ‘craft’ about its craft beer

Wal-Mart is facing a lawsuit alleging that its craft beer does not fit the definition of “craft” as outlined by the Brewers Association, and that consumers are unfairly paying a premium price.

Striking workers in Canada won’t stop until Molson Coors drops demands

Molson Coors plant workers in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, have been on strike since January 12, 2017, after a list of concessionary demands were made by the brewer that negatively impacted employee benefits, pensions, and hours.

Heineken to expand footprint in Brazil with Brasil Kirin acquisition

Heineken has confirmed it will acquire Brasil Kirin Holding , a producer of beer and soft drinks, in an effort to capture the fast-growing Brazilian beer market.

‘Gluten-removed’ beer not as safe as ‘gluten-free’ beer for those with celiac disease, study suggests

Beers labeled as “gluten-removed” may not be safe for those with celiac disease (CD) to consume, a study by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has found. 

‘Earnings growth on track’, says Carlsberg

Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart says 2016 was a ‘good year’ for the Carlsberg Group, having delivered 5% organic growth in operating profit in the year ending December 31, 2016.

Trump supporters call for Budweiser boycott after immigration-themed Super Bowl ad

Trump supporters are calling for a boycott of Budweiser following the beer giant’s Super Bowl ad - which depicts Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch’s arrival in America from Germany - interpreting it as a political statement against the President's stance on immigration. 

Beer is the drink of choice among Americans, with wine moving up in the ranks

Beer has edged out wine as US adults’ (21 years and older) drink of choice, according to a survey by The Harris Poll that included responses from 2,148 people in late January 2017.

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