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AB InBev & SABMiller deal gets clearance in South Africa, with conditions

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has approved AB InBev’s takeover of SABMiller, with conditions. 

New product launches, June 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Smirnoff fruit cider, Nespresso Cuban coffee, craft soda & energy water

Smirnoff has announced its entry into the growing fruit cider category, while Nespresso is launching the first Cuban coffee to be sold in the US for more than 50 years....

Disappointing first quarter for Europe’s commercial beverage market, but rising confidence in sector: Canadean

Packaged water was the key driver for European soft drinks in the first quarter of 2016, according to market research company Canadean. 

FTC approves Ball's acquisition of Rexam in the US

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Ball Corporation’s proposed acquisition of Rexam, granting final regulatory clearance.

Our/Vodka, ChariTea, and Lemonaid band together on spirit mixer 4-pack for summer

Our/Vodka alongside ChariTea and Lemonaid have launched a four-pack spirit and mixer collection for the summer aiming to “solve drink dilemmas” for consumers attending outdoor events and other social gatherings....

MillerCoors defeats Blue Moon ‘craft beer’ lawsuit once more

A federal court has dismissed a class action claim that MillerCoors misleads consumers by marketing their Blue Moon Belgium beer as “craft beer.”

Special Edition: Antioxidants, polyphenols & carotenoids

Pint of polyphenols? Culture shift needed to find value in brewery waste

The EU has offered up big money for a project to get high value polyphenol compounds from brewing industry waste. Yet the leader of the project says a business culture...

Canned drinks: product differentiation more affordable

Various options for making a beverage can distinctive in terms of graphics, structure and additional features are becoming more affordable and will change the way brands differentiate themselves over the...

What does the future hold for UK craft beer?

The US craft beer movement is undoubtedly an impressive success story, and UK craft brewers can learn from its achievements. But that doesn’t necessarily mean blanket imitation.

Singapore

C&C ties up third Asia-Pacific distribution deal in two months

C&C Group has announced yet another new distribution partnership to distribute more of its portfolio brands in Asia with the signing of an agreement with InterBev in Singapore, a subsidiary...

Heineken launches ready-made cool box packaging for Sol lager

Heineken has unveiled insulated 'ready-made cool box' packaging for its Sol lager brand, which keeps beers cool for consumers as they enjoy summer events.

Is the future less rosy for rosé wine?

Rosé has been a tremendous success story for the UK wine industry, going from zero to hero and attracting new consumers to the wine category. But rosé wine is now facing...

The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland

‘Our quest: To share the finest Scottish craft beer:’ Brewers eye up potential of exporting to Asia

Scotch whisky’s revered reputation is providing an opening for a new wave of Scottish beverages in Asia: craft beer.

‘An important opportunity against a competitive backdrop’: 150th anniversary for Jack Daniel’s can draw in new consumers, says Brown-Forman

The Jack Daniel Distillery celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and Brown-Forman sees the milestone as an opportunity to promote its flagship brand in a competitive market where craft is...

Heineken: ‘F1 is bigger than a race – it’s a global event’

Heineken to become Formula 1 global partner

Heineken and Formula One Management have announced that Heineken will become a Global Partner of F1, a partnership that will enable it to reach F1 spectators and 400m television viewers...

The world’s top 10 beer brands

Budweiser takes the top spot in the BrandZ Beer Top 10 Brands list, but which other brews feature in the rankings? 

Bundaberg Brew CEO talks about making it big stateside from Down Under

An iconic beverage in its homeland Australia, Bundaberg Brew became a little hidden gem when it came stateside. With a new deal with Safeway and Albertsons, the company wants to...

Winner and losers in the UK alcoholic beverage industry

Prosecco’s rise shows no signs of slowing down, but is the future less rosy for rosé wine? Mintel picks out the winners and losers in the UK’s alcoholic beverage industry...

Artifacts suggest China was brewing beer 1,000 years before Stanford archaelogists once thought

The recent discovery of archaeological artifacts in China suggest that the native Yangshao people may have concocted a beer recipe roughly 5,000 years ago, pushing back the advent of barley...

South Africa Competition Commission sets conditions for AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller

South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller should be approved with conditions. 

NHS calls for minimum price on Scottish alcohol

Rising alcohol sales in Scotland has strengthened the case for introducing minimum unit pricing, according to Scotland’s public health minister Aileen Campbell.

Perspectives on Africa and Asia: Understanding these growing beer markets

Both Africa and Asia offer opportunities for beer brands: but neither market can be tackled with a ‘one size fits all’ approach.  

Standard Knapp targets craft brewers with its ‘soft catch’ packer

Standard Knapp has launched a 939S Versatron Soft Catch Servo Case Packer, for case packing in the craft beer industry.

Gondi to buy Constantia Flexibles folding carton business

‘Mexico experiencing growth in high value-added packaging market’

Constantia Flexibles Group, which makes flexible packaging and labels for the food, beverage, dairy and confectionery market, is selling its non-core folding carton business in Mexico, Aluprint Plegadizos, to Grupo...

C&C continues beer expansion in China with Tennent’s distribution deal

C&C Group has signed its fourth strategic partnership in recent months with a new distribution agreement with Vandergeeten to distribute its Tennent’s portfolio in China. 

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