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Bird's-eye vine view could show stresses in wider Aussie agriculture

A project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region has brought remote sensors and aerial imagery to maximise irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine growing areas.

Tennent’s beer to arrive in India through Mahou San Miguel partnership

C&C Group has signed a new partnership with Mahou India to brew and distribute selected Tennent’s beer lines in India.

Aussie winery finds success from ‘cellar door’ sales approach in China

Establishing cellar doors in China to provide a winery experience directly to consumers is proving a successful formula for a South Australian wine company.

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AB InBev offers to sell more of SABMiller’s European brands

Anheuser-Busch InBev has offered to sell SABMiller’s central and eastern European assets, as it seeks the European Commission’s approval of its acquisition of SABMiller. 

Australia

Barossa Valley brothers develop bottle top to free sulphites from wine

An innovative bottle closure with the potential to significantly reduce wine allergies is being developed in Australia’s most famous wine region.

Brown-Forman answers consumer demand for premium whiskey with purchase of BenRiach Distillery

Brown-Forman Corp. has agreed to purchase The BenRiach Distillery Company for approximately $416m. The deal will add three Single Malt Scotch Whisky brands to Brown-Forman’s product portfolio: The GlenDronach, BenRiach,...

Small Town Brewery to roll out 10.7% ABV version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer across US

Small Town Brewery and Wisconsin Brewing Company are partnering to launch a national rollout of a higher strength 10.7% ABV version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) nationwide in...

Plans to build a 4th bottling line in 2017

Maison Johanès Boubée partners with Smurfit Kappa to extend Bag-in-Box shelf life of wine

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with 
Maison Johanès Boubée, one of the largest wholesalers in France, with a filling and Bag-in-Box line to extend the shelf life of its wine at...

Australian bush gin prepares to take on world

A small distillery on a remote Australian island is preparing to take its award-winning gin to wider markets.

Former Smurfit Kappa boss to become CEO in June

Ardagh to expand into beverage can market with $3.42bn Ball acquisition

Ardagh Group has announced it will expand into the beverage can market by acquiring ‘certain metal manufacturing assets and support locations’ from Ball Corporation and Rexam for $3.42bn.

'The wine industry has been slow to innovate beyond the glass bottle and cork'

‘An end to the red versus white battle’: Could smart wine bottle herald a new way to drink wine?

Smart wine bottle Kuvée says the success of craft beer proves that today’s consumers seek variety, convenience and authentic products, which is what it hopes to offer consumers when it...

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Glen Turner extends rum recall for bottles containing fragments of glass

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced Glen Turner has extended its recall of rum products produced for Asda and Aldi as they may contain small fragments of glass.

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What’s hitting the shelves? Pepsi premium cola, organic Capri Sun and new Pimm’s cider

From protein waters to bourbon brands, we take a look at some of the new products bounding into beverage aisles across the globe this month. 

This week Down Under

First gluten-free barley beer ships out of Australia to Germany

A science-based Aussie invention has succeeded in taking the world's first gluten-free barley beer to German supermarkets.

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow

China has overtaken the UK to become the second largest market by value for Australian wine exports, according to the latest figures from Wine Australia. 

AB InBev accepts Asahi offer for Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell SABMiller brands Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime to Asahi Group Holdings. 

Prosecco sales grow by a third in one year, against static wine sector

Prosecco sales in the UK have grown by a third in the last year, far outpacing the growth of champagne and the wine sector overall, according to figures from IRI. ...

What, exactly, is a standard drink? Researchers highlight variations in alcohol consumption guidelines

The definition of a ‘standard’ alcoholic drink varies greatly between countries, observe researchers in a study published this week. 

Anheuser-Busch acquires Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Anheuser-Busch has announced it will acquire Devils Backbone Brewing Company, a craft brewer based in Virginia, US. 

Australia

Contrary to opinion, WA wines can break into China’s vast market

A common belief that Western Australian wine volumes are not big enough to make any significant inroads into the Chinese market is incorrect, and the state’s wineries are in fact...

Not Your Father’s Root Beer appeals to ‘whole new market’, founder says

Small Town Brewery has found success crafting distinct brews inspired by classic American flavors with Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) and more recently, Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, available...

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Chinese consumers demand premium beer products

The Chinese beer market is the world’s largest, yet it is experiencing negative volume growth after growing continuously for the past 24 years, according to China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA)....

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Could craft beer suffer as industry faces hop shortages?

Craft beer prices could rise due to a ‘potentially serious shortage’ of hops, according to reports. 

Smithers Pira: ‘Slowest growing packaging type for 2015-2020 is glass’

Champagne houses are looking to pioneer isothermal packaging

The slowest growing packaging type for 2015-2020 is glass, according to Smithers Pira.

‘Beer made by winemakers using a winemaker’s approach’: Chapel Down and Curious Drinks outline beer ambitions after smashing crowdfunding target

Curious Drinks, the beer and cider business of English winery Chapel Down, has smashed its crowdfunding targets and raised £1.7m ($2.4m) for a new brewery. Chapel Down CEO Frazer Thompson...

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