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Molson Coors sets target of zero waste to landfill by 2025

Molson Coors has set out its new sustainability strategy: which includes achieving zero waste to landfill across its major manufacturing facilities, improving water efficiency by 22%, and reducing absolute carbon emissions by 50% in its direct business by 2025.

Craft, premium and alcohol-free beers boost Carlsberg results

Carlsberg has seen 25% volume growth in craft and specialty beers, while the brewer reports an overall rise in net profit but decline in volume in H1 2017.

Ardagh takes ‘sensory experience’ to the next level with thermo ink tailored messages

Ardagh Group is expanding its thermochromic ink portfolio with the launch of Reveal Impact cans which change color and reveal a hidden message for promotional activities.

Constellation Brands acquires Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery

Constellation Brands has acquired Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery as part of the company’s goal to expand its high-end beer segment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Craft beer segment shows steady 5% growth with 2,739 more breweries planned

The US craft beer market saw volume production increase 5% for the first six months of 2017, a slowdown from 8% volume growth in the comparable period last year, according to the Brewers Association mid-year 2017 growth report.

Sapporo acquires Anchor Brewing bringing the San Francisco beer to new global markets

Sapporo Holdings will acquire Anchor Brewing Company, maker of Anchor Steam beer, in a deal which will bring the California-based brewer to new international markets.

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Adelaide David and Goliath gain from different visions

Two breweries from opposite ends of the craft beer spectrum in South Australia have been making waves on the national stage.

Heineken celebrates ‘early success’ for non-alcoholic Heineken 0.0

Heineken says its Heineken 0.0 brand is already enjoying early success, as the non-alcoholic beverage goes after new consumption occasions in Europe.

AB InBev global beer brands carry Q2 growth

AB InBev revenue grew by 5% for Q2 2017 driven by continued premiumization of its beer portfolio in international markets outside of the US, the company said.

‘Coming soon: BrewDog Australia’: Craft brewer sets out Aussie brewery plans

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has announced its plans to build a brewery and taproom in Australia.

AB InBev: new low-alcohol beer launches

Low ABV beer category can be boosted by highlighting consumer choice

An increasing number of drinkers are keen to moderate their alcohol consumption, and educating consumers about the different styles and strengths of beer now available to them will be a key factor for the success of the lower ABV category, according to AB InBev. 

Heineken and U.S. Beverage import partnership brings specialty global beer brands to US

Heineken Americas Export has partnered with U.S. Beverage (USB) to import certain international specialty beer brands into the US market. 

Anheuser-Busch adds Hiball and Alta Palla to non-alcoholic portfolio

Anheuser-Busch has acquired organic energy drinks manufacturer Hiball in a deal that will be completed by the end Q3 2017.

Craft in a froth after watchdog decides not to pursue beer majors

The craft brewing industry has hit out at Australia’s competition watchdog’s decision not to take action against beer majors over distribution contracts that they say shut them out of pubs and clubs.

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Ardagh Poland redesigns Łomża Brewery beer bottle

Ardagh Group Poland has created a sleek bottle for Łomża Brewery’s Jasne beer.

MillerCoors cuts back 2016 water use by 15 billion gallons

MillerCoors decreased its water usage by 15 billion gallons in 2016 – the equivalent of 500 million kegs of beer – thanks to innovative irrigation initiatives and heavy rainfall across its key barley growing regions.

Guinness Storehouse to enhance visitor experience with €16m expansion

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin has announced a €16m ($18m) expansion plan that will double the size of the Gravity Bar.

Australia

Lion refutes rumour that XXXX brewery will close

Australian brewery major Lion has categorically denied that its iconic Castlemaine Perkins brewery in Brisbane will close after media reported that staff had been notified of the closure.

Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery to create new brewery in Lithuania

Carlsberg and US craft brewer, Brooklyn Brewery, are to establish a new brewery in Klaipėda, Lithuania, with brewers collaborating to create small-batch classic and experimental beers. 

Consumers deserve to know who is behind their craft beer, say independent brewers

The UK’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling for greater clarity for consumers on who is behind craft beer brands, as global beer companies continue to buy small, previously independent breweries. 

Budweiser celebrates its 12 US breweries with state names on packaging

Budweiser has launched a series of limited edition packaging across each of the states where it has a brewery, with cans and bottles in these markets now featuring the state name, initials and motto. 

Brewers’ pursuit of new beer flavors drives hop acreage growth in US

Hop acreage in the US Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) is spreading; driven by brewers’ quest to develop new and novel beer flavors to satisfy consumers evolving tastes. 

Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers.

Heineken defends itself after tequila-flavored beer criticism

Heineken has defended itself after being criticized by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT - The Consejo Regulador del Tequila) in Mexico for its tequila-flavored beer, Desperados.

Brewers Association debuts new seal to differentiate craft brewers from ‘big beer’

The Brewers Association has launched a new seal to help distinguish US independent, craft beer from mass-produced “big beer” on the store shelf.

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