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Bank holiday beers: Why alcohol consumption data doesn't match sales figures

Alcohol consumption during bank holidays, celebrations and other special occasions is inadequately measured in normal consumption surveys, according to a study that suggests 12m more bottles of wine a week...

News in brief

AB InBev opens Vietnam brewery to embrace beer potential of Southeast Asia

Anheuser-Busch InBev says Vietnam is the ‘next turning point’ for growth in Southeast Asia, as it officially opened its first brewery in the country yesterday.

Friday feature

The Hills CEO: Shipping cider to England is like selling sand to Saudi

The Australian cricket team will not be the only Australian icon on British shores this northern summer. The Hills Cider Company, South Australia’s largest producer of artisan ciders, has sent...

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference, Amsterdam

What's brewing in beer? Premiumisation, Africa, non-alcoholic and craft

Look beyond the headline figures and there are promising prospects for beer, according to Canadean. Opportunities include the African market, premiumisation, non-alcoholic beers, and the continued popularity of craft. 

beverage bites: news up to May 21, 2015

Wine in the limelight; Pepsi launches Limon; and more beverage bites

This week is a good one if you like drinking wine: it’s Aussie Wine Month, English Wine Week, and London Wine Week. Meanwhile, Pepsi Limon hits the shelves, while Tesco...

Neenah shows paper packaging options

Neenah Packaging has released two swatchbooks with colours, textures, weights and custom make options for premium packaging.

Gin made with ants: Distillery adds new dimension to insect potential

A UK craft distiller and a Danish food lab have collaborated to produce Anty Gin: a product using the essence of red wood ants and botanicals. 

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies, Amsterdam

Are you Twitter ready? Social media strategies must add value, says Twitter guru

Social media strategies need to refrain from insistently pushing brands; but instead add value for consumers, explains Ashley Vinson, head of brand strategy Benelux, Twitter. 

Rockwell Automation to demonstrate PlantPAx system update at Achema

Rockwell Automation has updated its PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) with virtualisation, batch management and integrated motor control capabilities and will showcase the system at Achema (Frankfurt, June 15-19 2015).

Vitro to go ahead with Monterrey expansion

O-I speaks out about its $2.15bn Vitro F&B glass container acquisition

Owens-Illinois (OI) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Vitro, the largest supplier of glass containers in Mexico, expected to close within 12 months.

Ball eyes RTD tea and kids' drinks categories for in-can straw technology

Just weeks after its integrated straw solution landed in the Polish market, Ball Packaging Europe has revealed that it has a broader target audience in mind than flavored alcoholic beverages...

Beverage Bites: news up to May 15, 2015

What do Pepsi, the International Space Station, and Usher have in common? This week’s beverage bites

This week Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company released its first quarter trading update, while Constellation Brands takes on a former US army captain as its chief marketing officer for wine and...

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference, Amsterdam

“Do we really need smart people, just to sell beer?!” Words of wisdom from Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference

What’s brewing in beer; which markets have the muscle to grow; and what can big brands and craft brewers learn from each other? From twitter strategies to TV ads, here are...

China

China to dominate world wine consumption; Australia has most to gain

Asian countries led by China will dominate global wine consumption in the next three years, leading to dramatically changing markets that will see Australia among the main beneficiaries.

Selling wine to the French?! English wine producers eye up export potential

English wine producers are developing export markets for their wine, as sales in the UK boom.

beverage bites: news up to May 7, 2015

Diageo's Canada investment, Ocean Spray gets colorful, and more beverage bites

Diageo invests in Canadian canning line, Ocean Spray sponsors The Color Run UK, and more beverage bites.

Smurfit Kappa launches double head filling machine for bag-in-box liquids sensible to oxygen, such as wine

Smurfit Kappa has launched an automatic bag-in-box (BIB) filling machine, as an addition to an existing range, which includes the BIB 700 Evolutive and the BIB 700 SUP machines.

Australia

Off the grog: Australian drinking now at a 50-year low

Australians are drinking less alcohol now than at any time in the last 50 years, according to official figures. 

Australia

Australian wine seeing record growth in China and UK

Australian wine exports to China are continuing to recover, and in some quarters are even experiencing record sales, according to industry figures released this week.

MEPs adopt EU alcohol resolution

MEPs adopted a resolution on calorie content of alcoholic drinks yesterday, a move welcomed by industry and stakeholders across Europe who hope it will spur the Commission into legislating.

What does 170-year-old Champagne taste like? ‘Spicy, smoky – with fruity and floral notes’

Champagne salvaged from a Finnish shipwreck can offer winemakers new insights into wine conservation, according to researchers. 

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Caja Roja chocolates ‘sweet’ choice at Hispack 2015 Líderpack Awards

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Nestlé Caja Roja chocolates picked up awards in the Food Packaging category of The Liderpack Awards at Hispack 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, last week (April 21-24).

Craft beer has expanded taste profiles, says sommelier, as online map charts European flavours

The craft beer phenomenon has helped expand consumers’ taste and flavour profiles, while niche tastes such as sour and salty are set to grow, according to a UK beer sommelier.

Australia

Drinks companies time social media to coincide with big matches

Alcohol companies have been finding new and sophisticated ways to use the power of social media to pitch drinking as pivotal to the sporting experience, a new Australian study shows.

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,...

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