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Budweiser Prohibition to launch in the UK

AB InBev’s alcohol-free Budweiser Prohibition will be launched in the UK later this year.

Grape prospects for European varietals as Australian wine drinkers diversify

Young Australian wine drinkers are developing wide varietal repertoires and embracing European varietals such as Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer and Moscato, says Wine Intelligence.

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha expands 5.6% ABV beverage line

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha’s 5.6% ABV line is expanding its distribution and flavor offerings aiming to take the alcoholic fermented beverage nationwide in the US by mid-2018, the company said. ...

Aussies consuming more alcohol for first time since 2007

Australians have been drinking more alcohol for the first time in a decade, fuelled by a growing taste for craft beers and cider.

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Euromonitor: Chinese stout market to reach 659 million liters in 2021

The world drank 193bn liters of beer in 2016, according to Euromonitor International.


Linfox buys out Lion from BevChain distribution joint-venture

Australian logistics major Linfox has bought out Lion’s 50% stake in BevChain for an undisclosed sum and will take full control of the drinks distribution and warehousing group.

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Graphic Packaging to close US Paperboard Mill, axing 120 jobs

Graphic Packaging will close its coated recycled paperboard mill in Santa Clara, California, at the end of 2017.

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Hobgoblin beer expands mini keg format

Hobgoblin beer has partnered with Ardagh Group to launch its Ruby and Gold beer in a 5L format, taking advantage of growth in off-trade mini keg.

Australians want to know who owns the craft beer they drink: survey

For the majority of Australian craft beer drinkers (64%), knowing who owns the beer they drink is important, according to the 2017 Australian Craft Beer Survey. 

This week Down Under

Young drinkers say they are immune to alcohol warning labels

Alcohol warning labels on drinks bottles are having no effect on young Australians, say Australian researchers. 

Kuwait police discover thousands of bottles of smuggled Scotch

Authorities in Kuwait have foiled an attempt to smuggle some 4,000 bottles of Scotch whisky into the country.

SAB to create 10,000 jobs in South Africa through entrepreneurship campaign

The South African Breweries (SAB) has announced it will help create 10,000 jobs in South Africa by 2021 through its entrepreneurship programs. 

Beer trade marks rise 19%, thanks to craft beer boom

The number of new trade mark registrations for beer brands has risen by 19% in the UK over the last year, fueled by the popularity of craft beer.  

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Ardagh Group debuts ‘Matte & Mirror Impact’ can finishing at drinktec

Ardagh Group has expanded its can finishing portfolio with ‘Matte & Mirror Impact,’ which combines matte and glossy surfaces.

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Brewers Association heads to drinktec to expose American craft beer to ‘whole new consumer’

The Brewers Association Export Development Program (BA EDP) has seen an "explosion" of interest in American craft beer coinciding with an increase in exports to international markets.

Ball to close three beverage packaging plants

Ball Corporation will close three beverage packaging plants; Birmingham, Alabama; Chatsworth, California; and Longview, Texas, next year.


Wine industry given $50m to develop exports and local wine tourism

The government will give the wine industry a A$50m (US$40m) grant to support exports and regional development.

Anheuser-Busch & MillerCoors ship over 200,000 cans of drinking water to Hurricane Harvey victims

Anheuser-Busch is in the process of delivering more than 155,000 cans of emergency drinking water produced by its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery for US Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

European wine category to continue M&A activity with eye on US market, Rabobank says

The European wine industry has seen over 150 M&A deals since 2010, and a similar pattern is expected to prevail in the future, according to Rabobank.

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Sacmi Beverage division appoints former Sidel chief as GM

Sacmi Beverage division has hired Alessandro Painias as general manager, replacing Vezio Bernardi, who will head up the Group's Closures & Containers division.


Black Feather Whiskey CEO on US launch: ‘We see it as premium, not precious’

Black Feather Whiskey has launched in retail locations throughout Texas and Utah, with online nationwide distribution to follow soon, CEO Jeremy Rawle said.

CollaGin complaint upheld for ‘making therapeutic claims’

The Independent Complaints Panel has upheld two complaints against CollaGin – a UK gin distilled with pure collagen – for packaging that ‘suggested the product had therapeutic qualities or could...

This week Down Under

Drinks firms ignore sober Millennials at their peril

Not only are Australian Millennials less likely to drink alcohol than their parents, only around half have consumed grog in the past month—compared to 65% of Gen X-ers and 72%...

Whisky and beer lead UK food & beverage exports

Exports of beer have overtaken chocolate to become the UK’s third largest food and beverage export product by value; joining whisky which retains the top spot in F&B exports. ...

Krones responds to EN ISO 14119 standard with Schmersal safety sensors

Krones has partnered with Schmersal to equip its machines with safety sensors RSS36 and safety interlock AZM300.

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