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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.

AB InBev and Keurig announce R&D joint venture for in-home alcohol drink system

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain are partnering to create an in-home alcohol drink system, covering a range of alcoholic beverages. 

China direct

Craft brews should stand out in China’s stagnating beer market

Riding on a trend towards premiumisation, craft beer, though still a very small market in China, is likely to continue gaining considerable share and should enjoy remarkable performance.

Ball predicts double digit growth for craft beer cans

Ball Beverage Packaging Europe predicts the uptake of cans among craft brewers will continue; expecting double digit growth in this sector.

‘And the winner is…’ Who will design Heineken’s next generation smart bottle?

Heineken has chosen three out of nine companies to work on its next generation smart bottle, following an Elevator Pitch Contest at the AIPIA (Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association) Congress.

Tipple trends: Aussie grog consumption stays static

Australia may be best known as a nation of beer drinkers, yet still more than a quarter of the country’s adults consume spirits at least once every month.

AB InBev sells its interests in Distell Group to PIC in South Africa

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell its entire indirect shareholding in Distell Group Limited to South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation Ltd, a state-owned pension fund. 

AB InBev sells SABMiller’s central and eastern European business to Asahi

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell the former SABMiller businesses in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania to Asahi for €7.3bn ($7.75bn).

‘A big year for small beer’: 10 trend highlights for US craft beer in 2016

The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association for small and independent US brewers, looks back on the defining trends of 2016 for the craft beer industry. 

‘Immense opportunity for alcohol brands to engage with US shoppers in store’: IRI

While many beverage brands focus their products and marketing on millennials, they may be unknowingly neglecting an ‘enormous portion of consumer dollars’ in the Generation X and baby boomer categories, according to IRI. 

A European brewing sector - with a global significance

Beer production and consumption is on the rise within the EU, but trade with the rest of the world is also becoming increasingly significant, according to the Brewers of Europe. 

Belgian beer added to UNESCO heritage list

Belgium’s beer culture has joined traditions from around the world on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

AIPIA Congress 2016

‘9 Green Bottles’: Who will design Heineken’s next generation smart bottle?

Nine companies battled it out for a place on Heineken’s Design & Packaging Team to design its next generation smart bottle, at the AIPIA Congress in Amsterdam.

European brewing sector ‘firmly on the path to prosperity’

Beer is experiencing a renaissance in Europe, with 7,500 breweries and an industry that adds the equivalent of the GDP of Luxembourg annually to EU output, according to the latest figures from The Brewers of Europe. 

From blue cheese to Blue Brew

Whey is a common dairy product for boosting protein levels in sports and health nutrition, but a UK brewery is working with dairy company Arla to use it in a different way.

Gerhard Schubert and KHS develop customized packaging system for breweries

Gerhard Schubert and KHS, beverage bottling systems, have partnered to develop a customized packaging system for breweries and beverage manufacturers.

Michigan craft brewery first to use 100-year-old barley in limited-edition lager

New Holland Brewing Co. will be Michigan’s first craft brewer to revive the use of Spartan barley, a relic grain that has just started sprouting up in the state after roughly 50 years off the grid.

Australia

Social media blurs lines between alcohol and sport, researchers claim

An Australian study into how alcohol companies use sport to sell their products via social media suggests that businesses go beyond simple promotion by encouraging their audiences to create and share their own booze-boosting content. 

Beverage can design changes when beverage is chilled – and then again when drunk

Crown has launched two-step thermochromic cans: which change color when the beverage is chilled; but then also reveal another design once the drink has been consumed. 

Deliveroo and Heineken partner to launch beer delivery brand

Deliveroo and Heineken have partnered to deliver beer and cider to the door in 20 minutes.

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