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Carlsberg reports ‘mixed year’ in 2015

The Carlsberg Group has reported strong performance in Asia, but a challenging year for its Western and Eastern Europe businesses. 

Asahi bids for Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings Ltd has offered to buy SABMiller’s Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands, in a bid worth $2.9bn. 

Supermarket ad for wine brand ‘Fat bastard’ banned by advertising watchdog

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned an advert from supermarket Iceland for the ‘Fat bastard’ wine brand, saying it was ‘irresponsibly targeted’ because it could have been seen by children. ...

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Indian brewers: Lowering beer tax would do ‘immense good to society’

Over 90% of all alcohol consumed in India is in the spirits category, according to a survey by the All India Brewers Association which also found beer languishing at 7%...

From barrels to tanks: Will winemakers use concrete instead of oak?

Could a shift from oak barrels to concrete tanks save the wine industry millions?

Italian authorities seize fake Moët & Chandon champagne

Counterfeit champagne has been seized in Italy in what authorities have called ‘one of the most significant’ findings of its type.

Distilled spirit supplier sales up 4.1% in 2015

It was a good year for distilled spirits, as supplier sales were up 4.1% and volume was up 2.3%, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

Beer sector urges chancellor to cut duty in Budget

Drinks industry trade bodies have called on chancellor George Osborne to cut beer duty for a fourth consecutive year in next month’s Budget.

Sensient adds 'mocktails' flavours range

A range of flavours for cocktail-inspired soft drinks has been unveiled by Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe.

Australian wine exports to Asia: Growing markets, cultural differences, and following the trends

Australian wine exports to Asia are showing strong growth. To make the most of the opportunity, Australian wine brands need to be on the ground in exports markets and understand...

Wine and tea may decrease risk of erectile dysfunction: Study

Wine, tea and other flavonoid-rich beverages and foods may help reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a recent study.

Premium brands could boost profits in China’s high-volume beer market

China’s high-volume, low-profit beer market is set to be transformed, with increased “premiumisation” providing opportunities for imported and licensed foreign beer brands, says Rabobank.

Small spaces, big companies: Can big corporations keep craft’s cool factor after the acquisition?

Big beverage companies are buying up craft breweries in big numbers, but does going from craft to corporation lose the cachet for these brewers?

Pernod Ricard acquires majority share in Monkey 47 gin

French wine and spirits giant Pernod Ricard has acquired a majority share in Black Forest dry-gin brand Monkey 47.

Australia

Coopers marks another record year for traditionally brewed ales

The trend for Australians to move away from mass-produced beer continues as annual sales by Coopers, the country’s biggest privately owned brewer, reach another record while sales by major players...

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Orchard process provides cool solution to heat stressed vines

Evaporative cooling systems are being used in South Australian vineyards as part of a project to protect grapes during heat waves ahead of harvest.

Singapore conglomerate bids for ownership of Peroni and Grolsch

Singapore’s Fraser and Neave has confirmed that it hopes to buy into the European beer market through the purchase of Peroni and Grolsch from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Samuel Adams nitro beers launch across US

Three Samuel Adams nitro beers have been launched, with the brand promising more are to follow in the future. 

Sonoma Cider releases sarsaparilla-inspired cider

California-based Sonoma Cider is adding a new cider with elements of sarsaparilla and vanilla to its year-round mix.

USBevX launches its inaugural year: Expo and conference brings beer, wine, spirits and cider pros together

Spirits, cider, beer and wine industries can all learn from each other, say the organizers behind the inaugural US Beverage Industry Expo, or USBevX.

SABMiller sees strong quarter in Africa and Latin America

SABMiller has seen strong growth in its Africa and Latin America markets, it reported in its Q3 2015 trading update. 

‘The beer space is due for disruption’: BrewPublik eyes nationwide craft beer delivery expansion

The world of craft beer has become increasingly expansive and complex, in both flavor and variety. A North Carolina-based startup wants to make the world simpler for the average consumer.

From cocktails to craft: What do millennials want in alcoholic beverages?

Millennials value authenticity and experience, leading them towards craft beer, cocktails and fine wine, according to Fona International. 

Döhler launches test kit to help craft and microbreweries

Döhler has launched a test kit to analyse contaminants found in the beer brewing process and the hygiene of production and dispensing units.

Anellotech and Suntory to open 100% bio-based plastic test facility in 2016

Anellotech, a sustainable technology company has entered into the next phase of partnership with Suntory Holdings and will start construction on a testing facility (TCat-8), at the end of January.

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