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BEVERAGE BITES: 19/01/15-23/01/15

Refresco Gerber under hammer for $1.7bn, Coke splashes cash on London Eye

Here’s what made the headlines during the working week commencing Monday January 19 2015, in our new section Beverage Bites, which brings you the best bite-sized beverage news.

Safety failings cost brewery £29k

Safety failings that led a worker to trap his foot in a rotating stirrer have resulted in a £29,000 bill for a Herefordshire brewery, after a successful prosecution by the Health...

'Honey - they're drunk, the kids!' Study links TV alcohol ads to hazardous underage drinking

A new US study has linked viewing and liking alcohol advertising on TV with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking among underage youths.

Chinese rain strikes sales but SAB Miller predicts return to 'normal state of play'

SAB Miller says the knock-on effects China’s wet summer continued to hold back the group’s performance in Q3 2014, but tells BeverageDaily.com it is confident the market will bounce back,...

Australia

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic

Almost 7m Australian adults drank beer at least once in any given month, with over three-quarters of these being men and nine out of 10 choosing at least one local...

‘Same again, thanks.’ UK consumers hesitant to try new alcoholic drinks: Canadean

Eight out of ten out-of-home consumers ‘rarely or never’ try new alcoholic drinks, according to Canadean. 

UPDATED: Furnace rebuilds, equipment updates on tap for 2015

Ardagh Group to make up to $71m capital investments at its Indiana, US glass facility

Ardagh Group, Glass North America, will receive a tax abatement of approximately $6.1m over 10 years from the City of Winchester and a grant of $300k for local equipment purchases...

ASK THE EXPERT: FOCUS ON JAPAN

Zen and the Art of Japanese Beverage Packaging...

As EP Resources reports on a changing Japanese beverage landscape marked by a C-store surge, report author Stuart Hoggard talks trends including taller, slimmer bottles, and a willingness among global...

Drinks industry should strive for better supplier collaboration: Crimson & Co

The drinks industry needs to strive for greater supplier collaboration, says supply chain consultancy firm Crimson & Co, as product portfolios become increasingly varied and complicated. 

A glass of wine a day keeps heart failure away? Researchers link moderate alcohol intake to reduced risk

Consuming up to seven drinks a week could lower the risk of developing heart failure, according to a study published today in the European Heart Journal. 

Heineken inaugurates Ethiopia's biggest brewery

Heineken has officially inaugurated what it claims is Ethiopia’s biggest brewery. With a total capacity of 1.5m hectolitres, it says the €110m ($95m) Kilinto brewery will enable it to meet...

Brewer profile

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game

Last year was the worst for Australia’s mainstream beer industry since before the Second World War, though one Adelaide brewer, which operates on the premium cusp of the market, has...

Can C&C Group investments reverse US cider woes?

C&C Group believes the opening of a new cidery in August, product innovations and better sales execution will help boost performance of Woodchuck, its main US hard apple cider brand. ...

Analyst suggests ‘aggressive’ ABI pricing could spur Samuel Adams beer sales

One US analyst believes that a more aggressive US pricing strategy led by Anheuser Busch InBev could reignite sales growth for craft beer competitor Samuel Adams.

Vidrala acquires Encirc (formerly Quinn Glass) for $476m

Encirc: 'No job losses and contracts with Diageo and Britvic continue as normal'

Vidrala, through its subsidiary Inverbeira Sociedad de Promoción de Empresas, has acquired Encirc (formerly Quinn Glass) whose clients include Diageo and Britvic, for €408.6m ($476m).

Selling sake to the Japanese: Scottish brewery to export rice wine to Japan

Scotland’s Arran Brewery is planning the country’s first sake brewery – and will sell the traditional rice wine to Japan.

News in brief

Special Brew review: Carlsberg ponders 9% ABV change

Carlsberg UK is reviewing its 500ml cans of Special Brew and Skol Super, as it pledges it will not sell any carbonated product with more than four units of alcohol...

‘Ho, ho, ho and a lighter bottle of rum!’ Ardagh R&D trims Sailor Jerry bottle weight 20%

Ardagh Group claims to have broken new technical ground by producing a cork-mouthed bottle for William Grant & Sons brand Sailor Jerry that uses a special process to help cut...

Whale testicle beer brewer backs controversial drink: ‘We don’t consider the fin whale endangered here’

The owner of an Icelandic brewery poised to launch a controversial whale testicle-flavored beer tells BeverageDaily.com the beer has a ‘unique smoked flavor’ and insists Icelandic whaling is sustainable.

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News in brief

‘Urine deep trouble!’ – UK conman prosecuted for fake whisky sale

A UK conman has been prosecuted for trying to sell bottles of vodka and whisky that he had refilled with urine and even laced with faeces.

CONSTELLATION BRANDS BEER BUSINESS HAS ‘EXCEPTIONAL MOMENTUM’

Modelo Especial tipped to topple Heineken as No.2 US imported beer

Constellation Brands announced yesterday that its Mexican beer brand Modelo Especial is poised to overtake Heineken as the No.2 selling imported beer in the US.

ATTORNEY UNLAWFULLY USED $400,000 OF INVESTOR FUNDS IN 2011/12

Feds bust Dallas lawyer for vodka fraud, FBI investigation continues

A Dallas lawyer who established a company to launch a vodka brand then unlawfully used investor funds for his own benefit faces steep fines and a long jail sentence after...

Watching TV linked to unhealthy understanding of nutrition

People who watch more television have a poorer understanding of nutrition that means they tend to eat more unhealthily, say researchers.

Anheuser-Busch settles US legal row over Japanese beer brand Kirin Ichiban

A lawyer representing US consumers accusing Anheuser-Busch of deception over the Japanese credentials, or otherwise, of Kirin Ichiban beer says he is pleased to have settled the case.