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Heineken and Carlsberg back brewers’ pledge for nutritional labeling on beer

Heineken, Carlsberg, SAB Miller, and AB InBev are backing a pledge from The Brewers of Europe, which commits to listing ingredients and nutritional information on beer. 

Beverage Bites: News up to March 26, 2015

New CFO for Coca-Cola Amatil, how to succeed as a tequila don, and more beverage bites

Jose Cuervo’s ‘Don of Tequila’ competition; Diageo introduces nutritional labelling; and Martyn Roberts’ journey from Louis Vuitton to Coca-Cola: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature.  ...

‘Dangerously high’ levels of arsenic in California wine, alleges lawsuit: but industry slams the science

California wine is ‘perfectly safe,’ says the industry body Wine Institute, after a lawsuit alleged some low-cost products contain ‘dangerously high’ levels of inorganic arsenic.  

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Ardagh Group saves €116k a year on energy bills for defrosting, drying and preheating cullet

Ardagh Groupclaims to havefound the most energy efficient way of defrosting, drying and preheating cullet (recycled glass) saving €116k a year at its plant in Nienburg, Germany, with an annual...

Australia

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered that the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within just minutes.

A meeting of wines: Geisenheim University and Wine Intelligence join forces

A new collaboration agreement between two wine knowledge powerhouses could yield joint research as well as scientific and market analysis and testing services for commercial wine producers.

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.

Beer with superfoods: Dr Jekyll's adds twist to the US craft beer market

Ale with gingko leaves, walnut oil, hawthorne berry, and even garlic: a group of Californian entrepreneurs are mixing beer with superfoods in their brand Dr. Jekyll’s. 

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To Drinkfinity – and way beyond! Technology evolves to meet demand for personalized drinks

Personalised beverage hydration systems, one-of-a-kind bottles, and capsules which can transform a plain glass of water into something else entirely - the marriage of technology and personalisation is changing the...

Behind the buzzword: Premiumization

Savvy shoppers and the potency of premiumization: Brands need to justify ‘premium’ tags

Consumers are prepared to pay for high-end products – but sticking the word ‘premium’ on a bottle is no longer enough, according to Mintel.

Diageo U-turn on supplier payment terms: ‘A victory for common sense,' says SME forum

Drinks giant Diageo has committed to 60-day supplier payment terms for SMEs, after threatening to extend the terms to 90 days on new tenders.

Victory for capitalism as O-I wins $455m from Venezuelan Government

Owens-Illinois European Group (OIEG) has been awarded more than $455m for Venezuela's expropriation of two plants; in Los Guayos and Valera, in a tribunal organised by the International Centre for...

Palcohol fired up with fighting talk as it faces prospect of state bans

'Unfounded speculation is no basis to outlaw a product:' Palcohol announces TTB approval but battle rumbles on

Palcohol – the powdered alcohol that's sparked furious US debate over the last year – says it has been given the green light by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and...

Classic cocktail craze: Gruppo Campari sees triple digit Campari growth in Argentina

Gruppo Campari is looking to Argentina and Brazil as key emerging markets for the group that are driving growth across the Americas.

‘Bridging beer’ and Chibuku to go: SAB Miller plays Africa’s price ladder

SAB Miller has stressed the importance of Chibuku and ‘affordable clear beer’ made using local ingredients as ‘bridging beers’ to trade Africans up to mainstream and premium brands.

News in brief

Anheuser-Busch investigates reports that Bud Light YouTube ad ran with ISIS video

Anheuser-Busch says it is working with YouTube and its media buying agency after hearing reports that one of its YouTube adverts ran as a pre-roll to an ISIS video. 

O-I acquires Bennu Glass renaming its plant O-I Kalama

Owens-Illinois (O-I) has acquired Bennu Glass, a single furnace glass plant in Kalama, Washington, US.

Land of Fire and Honey...Jack Daniel’s fuels Brown-Forman

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire could replicate the success of Tennessee Honey, Brown-Forman says, as it pushes the cinnamon-flavored whiskey out across the US. 

Brown-Forman CEO: ‘Mixability & premiumization’ potential gives US whiskey edge over Scotch

Brown-Forman boss Paul Varga insists that Scotch and vodka are less versatile than American whiskey, as the distiller of Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort revealed its Q3 fiscal 2015 results.

Beverage bites: news up to March 5, 2015

Bacteria and beer pong; Diageo’s Mexico investment, and more beverage bites

An ‘exploding’ African beer market; Diageo’s Mexican investment; and the bacteria involved in the game of beer pong: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature. ...

Australia

Men from Mars, women from Venus in liquor store tastes

As Australia’s alcohol market shrinks, researchers have told retailers they should understand better that men and women don’t always look for the same qualities in a liquor store, with different...

South Africa calls for bulk wine withdrawal to ‘create value at origin’

The South African wine industry is keen to raise the country’s reputation as a premium wine producer by shifting its export emphasis from bulk to bottled.

Beverage bites: news up to February 26, 2015

George Clooney’s tequila, why a latte is less likely to spill than coffee, and more beverage bites

George Clooney’s tequila, a fire at Diageo’s Burghead Maltings and why a latte is less likely to spill than a standard coffee. Just some of the news nuggets in this...

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

Beam Suntory insists it will fight a US class action filed last week accusing the company of deceptive advertising for describing San Diego’s Jim Beam bourbon as ‘handcrafted’.

‘We don’t want your plonk!’ German wine consumers turn to higher quality wine

German consumers are prepared to pay more for a better quality still wine, says Mintel, as drinkers become sceptical of mass-production and demand authenticity and quality. 

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