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Metal packaging sees big shift in smaller volume, higher value craft beers and ales

Challenging recycling targets and an increase in domestic products in countries such as China, India and Brazil, has led to a 'new freedom in the beverage can market', according to Smithers Pira....

Australia

Canny brands should use strategic smarts to topple top tipple

When it comes to Australia’s overall liqueur consumption, one brand towers over all the others: Baileys Irish Cream, which is more than three times more popular than second-placed Kahlúa, and...

Heineken's specially named beer honors new Prime Minister

Two Heineken-owned British pubs are offering a specially named beer, ‘Come What May’, to toast the new prime minister, Theresa May. 

Molson Coors responds to US decision on AB InBev & SABMiller deal

The US Department of Justice has reached a final agreement with AB InBev and SABMiller, which will allow Molson Coors to acquire SABMiller’s 58% stake in MillerCoors, as well as...

AB InBev & SABMiller deal gets US approval

The US Department of Justice says it will permit Anheuser-Busch InBev to proceed with its acquisition of SABMiller. A settlement requires AB InBev to divest SABMiller’s entire US business, including...

Videojet: Global beverage sales to grow 3.9% in 2016

Videojet Technologies, which supplies coding, marking and printing technology, has launched a Beverage Hub for manufacturers to keep up-to-date on changing coding and labelling requirements. ...

Millennials might be trendy: but rosé wine shouldn’t ignore the older generation

Millennials are known as trend-setters: and when it comes to the success of rosé wine they have been a key driver for the category. But rosé wine producers could find...

News in brief

Crown sets out 2020 sustainability goals

A new beverage can plant being built in Nichols, New York, will help support Crown Holdings’ progress in achieving its sustainability goals, says the company as it sets out its...

Guest article

The emerging revolution in yeast for craft brewers

With the majority of beer’s flavor and style created by yeast, it’s no stretch to say that yeast is a large part of what puts the 'craft' in craft brewing....

Tourism organisation launches ‘Spirit of Scotland’ craft beer

Crafting a new market: Scotland highlights opportunities for craft beer & tourism

The Scottish craft beer industry has the potential to capitalize on the food and drink tourism market (worth £900m / $1,192m a year to Scotland’s visitor economy), and the national...

Australian wine export figures show demand for fine wine

The value of Australia’s wine exports grew by 11% over the last year, driven by bottled exports at higher price points. 

‘The world’s first beer brewed by artificial intelligence’

London-based company, IntelligentX Brewing Co, has created a premium beer that uses complex machine learning algorithms to improve future batches.  

US brewers pledge to display nutrition and calorie information

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and Heineken USA are among the brewers in the US who have agreed to provide more information on beer labels, including calorie content and other nutritional information. 

Imports and exports: How Brexit could affect beer, wine and spirits

Brexit means both winners and losers in the beverage industry, says Rabobank, and beverage companies are looking for ways to mitigate risks and take advantage of new opportunities. 

Home brewing joins Internet of Things with launch of Aussie iBrew kit

The Internet of Things is about to shake up the home brew industry after one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of home brew ingredients announced the launch an automated system...

Hologram trade body claims 86% of US counterfeit goods now come from China

The International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) is calling for an urgent review after a US Chamber of Commerce report claims four fifths (86%) of all counterfeit goods now come from China.

IoT connected products to increase from 5bn to 21bn by 2020

‘Now is the time for brands to experiment with connected packaging in a structured way’

Gartner predicts the number of connected products in existence will increase from five billion to 21 billion by 2020, which means take up of the Internet of Things (IoT) will...

C&C Group reports solid start to year, but warns of Brexit volatility

C&C Group has heralded a ‘solid start to the year’, but warns of the uncertainty brought by the UK’s decision to leave the EU. 

Diageo delves into non-alcoholic spirits with Seedlip investment

Diageo-funded Distill Ventures has confirmed its investment in Seedlip, a distilled non-alcoholic spirit brand located in the UK. 

EU Commission to investigate if ‘AB InBev has abused its position’ on Belgian beer market

The European Commission has opened an investigation to assess whether AB InBev has abused its ‘dominant position on the Belgian beer market’ by hindering imports of its beer from neighboring...

Argentinian billionaire backs new Barossa winery

One of the world’s leading wine consultants has teamed up with an Argentinian oil-and-gas billionaire in a multi-million dollar vineyard and winery development in Australia’s Barossa Valley wine region....

Constellation Brands CEO credits upbeat Q1 sales to its premium wine and beer brands

Constellation Brands ended its first quarter with net sales of $1.9bn, a 15% year-over-year increase, driven by the company’s acquisitions of premium brands coupled with consumer demand for high-end alcohol...

AB InBev & SABMiller deal gets clearance in South Africa, with conditions

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has approved AB InBev’s takeover of SABMiller, with conditions. 

New product launches, June 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Smirnoff fruit cider, Nespresso Cuban coffee, craft soda & energy water

Smirnoff has announced its entry into the growing fruit cider category, while Nespresso is launching the first Cuban coffee to be sold in the US for more than 50 years....

Disappointing first quarter for Europe’s commercial beverage market, but rising confidence in sector: Canadean

Packaged water was the key driver for European soft drinks in the first quarter of 2016, according to market research company Canadean. 

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