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Bend baijiu like Beckham: Diageo talks up Chinese turnaround but sales keep falling

Diageo chief Ivan Menezes today talked up the company’s turnaround plan for ‘challenged market’ China – where the company is betting on Beckham-backed Haig Club whisky and lower-cost baijiu -...

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Today's the big day! It's our free-to-access online event on Beverage & Dairy Treatment technology, which will include speakers from big names Zenith, Meiji, LiDestri Food and Beverage and Refresco-Gerber.

Beckham ‘no longer likely to hold such appeal to children’: ASA

Diageo escapes red card: ASA clears David Beckham Haig Club whisky advert

Diageo’s Haig Club whisky advert featuring footballing icon David Beckham has been cleared by UK media regulator the Advertising Standards Authority.

Hydrogen sulfide-preventing yeast: developer to expand to new markets in 2015

Music to wine's ears: Renaissance Yeast ups the tempo with product launches and sales crescendo

After launching its technology last year, a Canadian business is upping the tempo on its ‘renaissance’ of wine yeasts. 

MULTINATIONAL INSISTS IT VALUES 'OPEN AND FAIR' SUPPLIER RELATIONS

‘Broken big business ethics’: Diageo attacked for extending supplier payment terms

A UK-based small business lobby today attacked drinks giant Diageo for extending payment terms to new suppliers from 60-90 days under what the former claims is the cover of a...

'ONE GREEN FIBER BOTTLE': CARLSBERG CSR DIRECTOR Q&A

Carlsberg hopes for ‘viable’ wood fiber beer bottle within three years

Carlsberg tells BeverageDaily.com it hopes to have a viable wood fiber bottle by early 2018, and says it could help cut its fossil fuel dependence despite initially only forming a...

News in brief

Closing the taste for beer can packaging

Closure Systems International (CSI) has made some of its plastic closures available for metal beer can packaging.

Australia

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems

Australians are not in fact drinking more alcohol and cases of drink-fuelled violence are not on the up, in spite of longstanding beliefs in the contrary, if an industry analysis...

Sidel: ‘We disagree China is a country of copycat manufacturers’

Sidel has defended China when it comes to its reputation for being a ‘copycat nation’ copying manufacturer’s designs and machinery, to sell them to the F&B industry.

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.