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Brown-Forman sees 3% drop in Q2 but holds positive outlook for North American premium whiskey portfolio

Brown-Forman may have suffered a 3% loss in net sales, declining to $830m in Q2, but the CEO Paul Varga said the decline was to be expected after the company...

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Lightweighting has cut the weight of a 330ml beer bottle in half compared to 20 years ago

‘The final step in the craft brewer’s process is also one of the most important – choosing the right packaging. Understandably, brewers want something that will highlight the nature of...

‘A big year for small beer’: 10 trend highlights for US craft beer in 2016

The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association for small and independent US brewers, looks back on the defining trends of 2016 for the craft beer industry. 

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Byron Bay botanicals give punch to crowdfunded gin start-up

Australia’s newest distillery start-up has been using crowdfunding to bring to market a dry gin made from a wealth of local botanicals developed with the help of Scottish whisky master...

EU economy loses €35bn a year due to counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is predicted to increase 3% per year worldwide leading to a rise in the anti-counterfeiting market over the next five years with CAGRs ranging from 12.8% to 16%, says...

‘Immense opportunity for alcohol brands to engage with US shoppers in store’: IRI

While many beverage brands focus their products and marketing on millennials, they may be unknowingly neglecting an ‘enormous portion of consumer dollars’ in the Generation X and baby boomer categories,...

Hop Pop: Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

A team of Chicago-based t-shirt printers and part-time “soda enthusiasts” collaborated to make non-alcoholic Hop Pop, a hops-flavored soda that can function as a standalone craft beverage or as a...

A European brewing sector - with a global significance

Beer production and consumption is on the rise within the EU, but trade with the rest of the world is also becoming increasingly significant, according to the Brewers of Europe. ...

Belgian beer added to UNESCO heritage list

Belgium’s beer culture has joined traditions from around the world on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

'Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire' gin flavor

Croxsons and Eden Mill’s launch ‘12 Gins of Christmas’

Glass packaging company Croxsons has partnered with Eden Mill to produce 12 miniature glass bottles for a Christmas gift set.

AIPIA Congress 2016

‘9 Green Bottles’: Who will design Heineken’s next generation smart bottle?

Nine companies battled it out for a place on Heineken’s Design & Packaging Team to design its next generation smart bottle, at the AIPIA Congress in Amsterdam.

European brewing sector ‘firmly on the path to prosperity’

Beer is experiencing a renaissance in Europe, with 7,500 breweries and an industry that adds the equivalent of the GDP of Luxembourg annually to EU output, according to the latest...

News in brief

Usain Bolt named ‘chief entertainment officer’ for Maison Mumm

French champagne house, Maison Mumm, has appointed Usain Bolt as ‘Chief Entertainment Officer’. 

New Zealand wine industry assesses impact of earthquake

Around 20% of wine storage capacity in New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region was damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake earlier this month, but the industry is planning for the upcoming vintage...

Dow: ‘Industry needs to convert away from epoxy and BPA’

Dow says Canvera can coating keeps beverages flavorful and fresh

Dow Coating Materials (DCM), part of Dow Chemical Company, has picked up a number of awards for its Canvera disruptive technology claiming the industry needs to move away from epoxy...

From blue cheese to Blue Brew

Whey is a common dairy product for boosting protein levels in sports and health nutrition, but a UK brewery is working with dairy company Arla to use it in a...

Cross-over innovation: What beverage packaging can learn from other industries

What has chocolate got to do with glass? And what do cars have in common with bottles? The Ardagh Group has been investigating how technologies regularly used by other industries...

Gerhard Schubert and KHS develop customized packaging system for breweries

Gerhard Schubert and KHS, beverage bottling systems, have partnered to develop a customized packaging system for breweries and beverage manufacturers.

Michigan craft brewery first to use 100-year-old barley in limited-edition lager

New Holland Brewing Co. will be Michigan’s first craft brewer to revive the use of Spartan barley, a relic grain that has just started sprouting up in the state after...

Australia

Social media blurs lines between alcohol and sport, researchers claim

An Australian study into how alcohol companies use sport to sell their products via social media suggests that businesses go beyond simple promotion by encouraging their audiences to create and...

Sidewood's Adelaide Hills expansion guided by Gallic touch

New vineyards, a bottling plant and French-inspired wines are helping an Adelaide Hills winery rapidly expand its operations.

Drink associations to appeal against minimum unit pricing in Scotland

The drinks industry has applied to appeal in the UK Supreme Court against Scotland’s plans for minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcoholic beverages. 

Beverage can design changes when beverage is chilled – and then again when drunk

Crown has launched two-step thermochromic cans: which change color when the beverage is chilled; but then also reveal another design once the drink has been consumed. 

AIPIA Congress 2016

Stora Enso expands RFID technology across wine, food and dairy markets

Stora Enso is continuing to expand its intelligent packaging (IP) technology across the wine, food and dairy market sectors, working with brand owners and customers to help them to understand...

AIPIA Congress 2016

Digimarc: ‘Think about packaging as your own built-in media network’

Active, intelligent packaging is similar to the 1950s phenomenon of TV, according to Digimarc, which creates digital barcode scanners for products including ice cream tubs, biscuits and chips.

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