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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.

Constellation Brands: 'It's too early to know' how Trump policies will affect Mexican beer portfolio

Constellation Brands says it is “too early to know” how US President Donald Trump’s policies – and in particular a 20% tax on imports from Mexico - will affect its business.

Tuatara: ‘We’re changing the shareholding, not the recipe’

DB Breweries buys New Zealand craft brewery, Tuatara Brewing Company

Heineken subsidiary DB Breweries has bought New Zealand craft brewery Tuatara Brewing Company. 

Australian craft pioneer changes focus from beer to $260 whisky

One of Australia’s early craft breweries has grown up to become a premium whisky distillery.

Drinks industry calls for duty cuts as Brexit looms

UK spirit, wine and beer industries are calling for a cut in duty, saying that as Brexit looms they need the government’s support more than ever.

Beer tourism boom brews up across the US, showing no signs of slowing

An estimated 10 million people visit craft breweries every year, signalling that beer tourism is no longer just a trendy hobby but a lifestyle choice more on par with the long-standing popularity of wine tourism.  

Ball expands further into craft beer market

Ball has expanded further into the craft beer market producing cans for Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Norway.

Heineken in talks over Kirin Brazil business

Heineken has confirmed it is in discussions with Kirin Holdings to buy Brasil Kirin Holding SA. 

AB InBev: Voluntary severance program for managers in South Africa

AB InBev has confirmed it is running a voluntary severance offer program in South Africa, but emphasizes that no employee will be forcibly retrenched following the merger of AB InBev and SABMiller. 

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Asahi ambitious for more acquisitions despite European buying spree

Japan’s biggest beer firm Asahi is weighing up further European acquisitions following last year’s two bumper deals with AB InBev.

Stella Artois announces commitment to Matt Damon clean water campaign

Stella Artois has announced its commitment to a Water.org campaign, which will help provide 3.5 million people with long-term, sustainable access to clean water by 2020.

Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals findings

Beer and soda cans found to have traces of bisphenol A in laquer coating

Scientists from the Danish Consumer Council, THINK Chemicals, have found eight out of 14 cans tested in a laboratory contain endocrine disrupting bisphenols in the lacquer on the inside of a can.

Whiskey & craft beer help drive Ireland's record F&B exports

Irish whiskey exports to double by 2020

Irish whiskey exports are projected to double by 2020, according to Irish food board Bord Bia, with the category being the fastest growing spirit in the world. 

Starbucks removes alcohol from menu, returning focus to coffee

Starbucks has announced that it has discontinued its “Evenings” menu concept, which includes beer and wine options. 

Alcohol and soft drinks show strong growth in Christmas supermarket sales

Beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks were among the categories with the strongest growth over the Christmas period, as UK supermarkets saw the best Christmas trading period for four years. 

Guest article

Harnessing yeast’s natural biodiversity to help fuel innovation in craft brewing

Yeast, the humblest and most fundamental of beer ingredients, is back in the spotlight and ready to play a starring role in the new world of beer, write Zachari Turgeon and Matthew Dahabieh of Renaissance BioScience Corp.

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