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AB InBev ‘surprised’ at SABMiller reaction, after takeover proposal refused

AB InBev says it is ‘surprised’ at SABMiller’s reaction to its mega-brewer proposal: after SABMiller yesterday rejected a $103.6bn / £68bn takeover approach. 

TPP trade agreement ‘good news' for US confectioners: SUA president

The recent finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for confectioners and sugar-using manufacturers across the US, according to Rick Pasco, president of Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

AB InBev makes bid for SABMiller; reveals two prior rejected offers

Anheuser-Busch InBev has made an offer to SAB Miller, valuing the company at around $103.6bn / £68bn, it announced this morning.  It says the combination of the two companies can...

Strongbow ad banned for suggesting alcohol is as important as personal relationships

The UK’s advertising watchdog has banned a Strongbow advert for implying that a “relationship with Strongbow was as important as a significant romantic relationship.”

Best global beverage brands: Who joins Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Budweiser?

Coca-Cola has taken the #3 spot in Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands Report, which identifies the most valuable brands across the world. Pepsi, Budweiser, and Nescafé also feature in the...

A post-workout brew: Crafting a protein-packed beer for the fitness crowd

Supplemental Brewing has launched a protein-infused beer for athletes "who don’t want their workouts to get in the way of their weekend."

Entrepreneur looks to add beer syrup to the craft cocktail lexicon

Craft beer is a versatile drink, with flavors spanning from light and fruity to dark and ashy. Kentucky native Russ Meredith has taken versatility a step further, concocting a way...

Update on European Commission Phase II proceedings

Ball receives warning Rexam deal may increase price of aluminium cans and bottles

Ball has allegedly received a statement of objections (SO) from competition watchdogs over its deal with Rexam, warning it may increase the price of aluminum cans and bottles.

More than half of consumers eat across a 15-hour span daily, study finds

Consumers end up eating for much longer stretches of the day than they had anticipated with over half of adults eating over a 15-hour span daily, says new research.


Moonlighting winemakers exploit thirst for boutique gin

The growing demand for boutique gin has seen a steady increase in Australian winemakers working on the side as distillers.


Brown-Forman starts construction of $50m Slane Distillery

The official ground breaking ceremony for Brown-Forman’s $50m Slane Distillery in Ireland took place today, representing its entry into distilling Irish whiskey. 

Special Edition: Active, Intelligent Packaging

What are the problems with packaging design today?

Packaging which you cannot open, designs which are not interactive, products that do not carry an emotional message and do not connect with the consumer, are all the problems with...

Carlsberg workers take industrial action: Unite

Nearly 200 Carlsberg engineers, brewers, processors and packers will take part in an a continuous ban on overtime and work-to-rule on Thursday (October 1), after the firm imposed what Unite...

AB InBev and SABMiller: bid could be made this week

AB InBev could make its offer for SABMiller this week, with reports over the weekend suggesting a $106bn bid is on the cards. 

Crown to open second beverage can line in Turkey

Crown Holdings is planning to open a second beverage can line at its plant in Osmaniye, Turkey, with operations expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.

Heineken launches joint venture in Ivory Coast with $172m brewery

Heineken has announced a joint venture in Ivory Coast to produce and market beer in the country, under the name Brassivoire. The foundation stone for a $172m beer production site...

AB InBev buys Golden Road Brewing, applauding ‘awesome portfolio’ of craft beers

Anheuser-Busch InBev is buying Golden Road Brewing, pointing to its ‘awesome portfolio’ of beers, the culture and passion for the beer, and its growth and achievements in Los Angeles as...

Feature: Spotlight on California Wine Month

‘It’s unbelievably beautiful here right now:’ Wine can use California’s positive vibe to overcome industry challenges

California: home to Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge, 1,300km of coastline and of course plenty of sunshine. With California Wine Month well underway, the Wine Institute says the...

EuroPack Summit 2015, Monaco, France

Why storytelling adds value to a product – people will want to buy it

When you give meaning to something, people want to pay for it and this applies to any brand or product, according to Erwin Dito, former innovation and packaging director Western...

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FDA sounds warning on untreated juice

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against drinking untreated fruit juices.

Exotic imports take on local brews in craft beer scene

On an Arctic roll: Icelandic import carves place in craft beer space

Whilst demand for locally brewed craft beers is reaching saturation point, consumers are thirsting for exotic imports, according to Icelandic craft brewery Einstök.

EuroPack Summit 2015, Monaco, France

China beer market is declining but individualization and online purchases have risen

The beer market in China has declined recently but individualisation and people buying their beer online has risen in the country, according to Thomas Delory, global procurement team leader, Packaging...

Beverage Bites: News up to September 17, 2015

The reaction to AB InBev and SABMiller announcement: Beverage Bites special

Yesterday AB InBev and SABMiller confirmed they are exploring a mega-brewer tie-up, which would create a force controlling an incredible 30% of global beer volumes. So what would this mean...


5 things we learned about appealing to ‘healthy beverage shoppers’

Appealing to health-focused shoppers isn’t always easy. Linda Gilbert, the founder and CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, had some tips to make it easier for the beverage and dairy industries....

Craft beer: IRI eyes up new consumers and new consumption occasions

Craft beer continues to be “one of the true success stories in the beverage alcohol industry,” according to IRI - but with myriad offers what should brands do to stand out?...

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