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Carlsberg CEO warns of possible Russian brewery closures as Ukraine standoff bites

Carlsberg’s CEO warned today that its Russian subsidiary Baltika Breweries is considering brewery closures due to a fragile consumer confidence affected by the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

NEW PRODUCT GALLERY: SIX HEINEKEN 2014 INNOVATIONS

‘We’re less afraid of failure!’ Heineken exec on UK innovation drive

Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden insists the company has changed its culture to be less afraid of failure and more realistic in its volume and value expectations...

Constellation Brands 'troubled' by Corona Extra recall due to glass particle risk

Constellation Brands' beer brand president says the company is 'troubled' by a recall of some bottles of Corona Extra on sale in the US due to they risk they might...

'DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE LACK OF MILLENNIALS AT NAPA VALLEY TASTINGS,' RESEARCHERS WARN

‘Don’t miss the point with US millennials’, Wine Intelligence warns industry

Wine Intelligence believes the millennial impact on the current US wine market has been overstated but says only those firms that cater for their future buying habits will survive.

'NO EVIDENCE OF AN IMMINENT THREAT': CARLSBERG

Carlsberg steps up security at Malaysian brewery on Islamic State attack threat

Carlsberg tells BeverageDaily.com it is maintaining heightened security at its Malaysian brewery near Kuala Lumpur, after sympathizers of terrorist organization Islamic State told police they had planned to attack the...

INDUSTRY VOICES: Stefano Zanette, president, Prosecco DOC Consortium

'As with Champagne, product protection is vital': Prosecco DOC Consortium

Italy’s Prosecco DOC Consortium reported world sales of 155m DOC bottles in 2013 and 13% growth. Here chairman Stefano Zanette tells us how the drink can retain sparkling superiority in...

‘Everyone thinks they know Moonshine, but no-one’s tried it!’ Palmetto UK distributor

The UK supplier of one of the largest US moonshine brands Palmetto believes the corn-based spirit can thrive after he overcame regulatory hurdles to launch it on this side of...

News in brief

AG Barr poaches Diageo supply chain guru as finance chief

Irn-Bru maker AG Barr has appointed Stuart Lorimer as finance director and he will join the soft drinks firm following a handover period at current employer Diageo.

Chasing the elusive ‘Green Fairy’: Absinthe row erupts in Switzerland

Swiss absinthe producers from Val-de-Travers are attacking a Swiss federal court ruling that could deny their region a national monopoly on the terms ‘absinthe’, ‘fee verte’ and ‘la bleue’.

Survata is 'democratizing' consumer insights, says CEO

Consumer insights are no longer a luxury only big brands can afford, says online survey expert

Until pretty recently, food marketers looking to test new product ideas, brand names or pack designs could look to friends, family, and colleagues for cheap - though notoriously unreliable -...

Australia

Virtual bottleshops see steady growth as more Aussies buy online

Amid news that online shopping while under the influence of alcohol is now a recognised phenomenon, a growing number of Australian adults are using the internet to buy alcohol. 

Diageo’s lackluster 2014 gives CEO Menezes bonus blues

Diageo revealed yesterday that CEO Ivan Menezes, his predecessor Paul Walsh and CFO Deirdre Mahlan took home less than 10% of their possible bonus pot in fiscal year 2014 due...

INDUSTRY VOICES: Seth Hillstrom, American Beverage Consortium Managing Partner

‘We’re closer than ever to personalized beverage marketing!’ – eBev exec

As we gear up for eBev 2014 in Atlanta Georgia, the American Beverage Consortium’s Seth Hillstrom tells us that personalized beverage marketing is here to stay, but warns that getting...

New labels would highlights calories, include 'added sugars'

Special edition - Nutrition Facts revamp: Radical overhaul or a missed opportunity?

Significant changes to the Nutrition Facts panel on foods & beverages have been proposed in the US and Canada, with the plan to include ‘added sugars’ tweak rules on dietary...

‘Profits are sent to the corrupt West!’ Russian Communists push for Coke, Pepsi sanctions

Coca-Cola Hellenic says it's too early to comment after the Russian Communist Party called for sanctions on Coke and Pepsi, whose profits the party insists ‘are sent to the corrupt...

News in brief

Wolf Blass bidding war? TPG makes rival $3.1bn approach to Treasury Wine Estates

Penfolds and Wolf Blass brand owner Treasury Wine Estates has received a second $3.1bn takeover approach from a global private equity firm reported to be TPG Capital Management.

Tall order: Aspall shortens its cider bottles to fit in

The UK cider firm has reduced the height of its cider packaging, enabling the bottles to stand tall on shelves and pub fridges.

Variable printed Ball cans put craft beer on the map

A Colorado craft beer company has put a personal touch on its cans with a number of distinct GPS coordinates for a scavenger hunt.

INDUSTRY VOICES: LAURENT JARDIN, SIDEL MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, GREATER MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

Aseptic drinks technology uptake in Nigeria 'only a matter of time’: Sidel executive

Laurent Jardin from Sidel talks trends ahead of an September 9 meeting with customers in Nigeria, and tells Ben Bouckley that Africa’s largest city Lagos is a beverage ‘trendsetter’.

KHS launches Innoket 360 Duo roll-fed labeler

KHS has launched a roll-fed labeling machine with two labeling stations and a capacity of up to 60,000 non-returnable PET bottles per hour.

News in brief

CCL Industries says CAD $18m deal for Bandfix will give Swiss foothold

Specialty label and packaging supplier CCL Industries has signed a binding agreement to acquire Bandfix for CAD $18m and says the purchase will give it a foothold in Switzerland.

ABI faces $92,400 fine after OSHA alleges ‘serious safety violations’

AB InBev (ABI) faces a $92,400 fine after OSHA alleged multiple serious safety violations at its Ohio brewery relating to ammonia systems, claims the brewer denies.

PURECIRCLE COMMENTS AFTER FACEBOOK FIRESTORM FORCES GLACEAU TO DITCH STEVIA

Vitaminwater style reformulations ‘always challenging’: Stevia supplier PureCircle

Coke stevia supplier PureCircle insists formulating beverages such as Vitaminwater is especially challenging but says hundreds of drinks have been successfully reworked with the zero-calorie sweetener.

Wine brand heritage doesn’t matter: Glossing the Rex Goliath effect

The success of newer US wine brands such as Rex Goliath and Barefoot suggests a new generation places less value on provenance and heritage than on what the drinks say...

Penfolds maker Treasury Wine Estates welcomes $3.15bn takeover bid

Penfolds producer Treasury Wine Estates has welcomed a $3.15bn takeover proposal from private equity firms Rhone Capital and KKR and will let them to conduct due diligence on its books.