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Beverage bites: news up to April 24, 2015

Heineken sees Asian growth, wine gets the comedy treatment, and more beverage bites

This week Ball Corporation announced expanded capacity for can ends at a Poland plant, while Coca-Cola said it was eyeing up the growing plant-based protein drinks market in China. Meanwhile,...

Teaching the world about wine: Wine & Spirit Education Trust wins Queen’s Award as Chinese market grows

China’s thirst for wine and spirits is accompanied by a passion to learn more about products, according to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

Company will hire up to 200 people at the facility

Ball Corporation to build first beverage packaging plant in Mexico

Ball Corporation has announced plans to build a two-line beverage can manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, with construction starting in the coming months.

‘Full bodied’ and ‘intense’ wines may lack the taste of low alcohol counterparts: Study

Low alcohol wines may offer better taste sensations than wines with a high content, according to a study which used brain scans to scientifically measure perceptions.    

Methanol poisoning from gin kills 19 in Nigeria

The ‘mystery disease’ which has killed 19 people in Nigeria has been linked to local gin contaminated with methanol, according to the Ministry of Health.

Carlsberg boosts Chinese beers and flagship brands with full Wusu ownership

Carlsberg says it is building both local beers and international premium brands in China, as it gains full ownership of Wusu Beer Group.  

‘A powerful triumvirate of sport, alcohol and social media is emerging,’ say researchers

Brands are using social media to ‘normalise’ alcohol consumption as an integral part of a sporting experience, according to a study from Australia’s Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

Crown boycott reaches US settlement

A boycott which broke out in Canada urging consumers not to buy beer manufactured in cans by Crown Holdings has reached a settlement in the US.

Better knowledge means better wine: The curious and complex world of wine microorganisms

A €4m ($4.32m) EU project has the potential to identify new and improved strains of wine microorganisms, which could improve future winemaking.

Beverage Bites: News up to April 17, 2015

Kruger and cognac, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola’s sports sponsorship, and more beverage bites

This week Danone and Nestlé both posted healthy results for their waters businesses, while PepsiCo scored a basket with NBA sponsorship. Meanwhile, two barrels of cognac will shortly start making...

“A good week” - for whom? Context helps clear Diageo’s Guinness tweet

A tweet from Diageo GB, which featured a photo of its Guinness brewery gates in Dublin, has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog after Alcohol Concern alleged it was...

EFSA reviews chemicals in food and drink

EFSA has published an overview of its most recent data on chemical contamination of food and drink aimed at the general public.

News in brief

Invisible Sentinel completes validation phase for brewPAL

Invisible Sentinel has completed the validation phase of an assay to detect beer spoiling microbes and will launch it globally next month.

Australia

Back to the future: When hi-tech turns to old-fashioned viticulture

A South Australian vision of a vineyard of the future is already producing results in viticulture today.

Crown workers to protest at Carnival Cruise Lines AGM in London

Boycott row with Crown Holdings Canada spills over into London

A boycott has broken out in Canada urging consumers not to buy beer manufactured in cans by Crown Holdings.

Firing on all flavours: Treatt opens new beverage centre to develop future flavours

The scale of innovation in the beverage industry, coupled with consumers’ constant appetite for something new, is boosting the evolution of flavours, according to Treatt.

‘The year of the can:’ Constellation Brands outlines plans for 2016 beer growth

Constellation Brands insists growth targets for its beer business are ‘definitely not pie in the sky,’ as it reports a 12% increase in net beer sales in FY2015.

Cheers! Anton Paar targets craft brewers with beer monitor

Anton Paar is targeting craft beer quality with a system which measures the speed of sound and temperature.

Beverage Bites: news up to April 9, 2015

Bacardi thinks fashion, Heineken cuts water consumption, and more beverage bites

This week international brewer Heineken set itself a new water consumption challenge, while a small UK brewer found itself in a twitter spat with a politician. Read on for more...

News in brief

IMCD and DSM expand food enzymes partnership

DSM and ingredients distribution firm IMCD N.V. have expanded their food enzymes partnership to include Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Southeast Europe, Nordics, Turkey and UK & Ireland....

Taste beyond the tongue: How do other senses influence flavour?

Taste is much more complex than the experience of basic flavours on the tongue – it also encompasses our other senses to a larger degree than most people realise, according...

Whisky industry urges free trade to boost exports

Sinking whisky exports underline the need for the next government to press for more open markets and ambitious Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), urges the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

‘Let’s inform, not mislead:’ Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could see spirits suffer, says Spirits Europe

Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could mislead consumers: according to industry body Spirits Europe.

Calorie labelling should be mandatory for alcoholic drinks, say public health MEPs

Calorie content labelling should be made mandatory for alcoholic beverages in the EU as soon as possible, say public health Members of European Parliament (MEPs).

News in brief

Ardagh Group launches wine bottles with Stelvin closures

Ardagh Glass Group North America has launched two 750ml wine bottles with Stelvin closures for its Claret Regal and Burgundy Inspiration brands.

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