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‘Demand for standard 12oz can has been declining for several years’

Ball Corporation to close one of its oldest US plants as it admits: ‘We compete against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market’

Ball Corporation says it is closing one of its oldest North American beverage packaging plants because it ‘competes against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market’.

Beverage bites: News up to July 31, 2015

Tea with ‘alcohol at potentially intoxicating levels’ recall; Blue Moon in Canada; & if Carlsberg did cases

A fermented tea brand is recalling products which could contain alcohol ‘at levels that may be intoxicating,’ while Ball announces it will close its Bristol, US, can end plant. Meanwhile,...

Tekni-Plex launches aluminum/foam liner for screwcaps to ‘support wine industry’s conversion to ROPP closures’

Tri-Seal, a division of Tekni-Plex has developed a laminated aluminum foil/foam barrier liner to replace tin/Saran barrier liners commonly used for ROPP (roll-on, pilfer-proof) screwcaps for wine.

Four former CTI employees found guilty of stealing ‘trade secrets’ from firm that makes cans turn blue when beverage is cold

Four former Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) employees have been found guilty by a Colorado jury of stealing trade secrets from the company, which makes cans turn blue when a beverage...

Beverage bites: News up to July 24, 2015

Heat threatens craft beer hops, Nestlé’s naked baristas, and more beverage bites

Several big beverage players released quarterly results this week, while hot weather was identified as a concern in hop growing regions. Meanwhile, Nestlé’s latest campaign features ‘actors wearing little more...

Smart Wine Bottle tackles counterfeit in Chinese market

A ‘Smart Wine Bottle’ is being used to help a wine company ensure its authentic products are reaching consumers in China, rather than counterfeit goods.

Beer boost: Crown eyes up beverage can growth markets

Crown Holdings says good ties with craft brewers bodes well for the future, as more companies look to cans for their products.

Australia

Small increase in grape prices gives beleaguered wine growers hope

Though 85% of grapes for the 2015 vintage were harvested at a loss, Australian winemakers have been applauding a small increase in average wine grape prices over the last year.

New product launches

What's hitting the shelves? A wine monster, pineapple vodka and more

Heineken, Nestlé, Beam Suntory and Diageo all have launches in our round up of beverages springing onto shelves across the globe. 

Ball’s bid for Rexam hits EU competition hurdle

Ball Corporation’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) proposed deal for Rexam is to be investigated by the European Commission after the agency said it had concerns it may reduce competition in the beverage...

Beverage Bites: News up to July 17, 2015

Glass fragments prompt wine recall, Bacardi cuts carbon emissions, and more beverage bites

Bacardi says a biomass boiler at a whisky distillery has cut its carbon footprint by 90%, while SodaStream is running a $2.75m advertising campaign on the streets of three US...

Aske Stephenson mixing up a stir with Bibby lab equipment

Bibby Scientific’s Rotary Evaporator is helping alcoholic beverage manufacturer Aske Stephenson produce pre-bottled cocktails.

Powdered alcohol: Will it encourage a shake-up of regulations?

The reaction to powdered alcohol may signal a new era for state-level alcohol policy action, according to a viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 

Cider: a threat to wine? Rabobank says cider’s success could encroach on other categories

Cider is bursting into the big leagues of the alcoholic drink market and could threaten categories other than beer, according to Rabobank.

Summer Fancy Food Show

Cocktail mixers from fruity to bitter showcase at Summer Fancy Foods

As craft cocktails grow in popularity, so too are bars’ and consumers’ shopping lists to include a laundry list of necessary specialty ingredients. To help simplify professional and home mixologists’...

Australia

Wine consumers tend to change habits after buying from the cellar door

A visit to a winery's cellar door has a lasting effect on consumer behaviour inside, and can even influence buying habits for months afterwards.

Calorie labelling of booze needed to cut obesity

Calorie labelling on alcohol should be introduced urgently to help stem the soaring rise in levels of obesity, according to the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health...

What do protected origin labels mean to consumers?

EU quality labelling schemes showing product origin do not always connect with shoppers, says research.

The drink of champagne-ions! Supplying Wimbledon is an ace opportunity, says Champagne Lanson

Exclusive Wimbledon bubbly supplier Champagne Lanson is running a ‘military operation’ to keep the Grounds well-stocked, particularly in the run-up to the finals this weekend.

‘Excellent news’: Cider campaign welcomes UK Budget pledge to keep duty exemption, contrary to EU directive

The UK government has pledged to retain a duty exemption for small-scale cider makers, a policy that has been threatened by the European Commission. 

This week Down Under

Victoria urges other states to form national ban on powdered alcohol

Victoria urges states to join it in national ban on powdered alcohol

Diageo to fight Smirnoff advert ban over alcohol and social responsibility

Diageo GB will appeal an advertising ban for a Smirnoff vodka TV advert, saying it is ‘deeply disappointed’ that the UK watchdog believes it implied the success of the social...

'Brewers shouldn’t fear society’s drive towards healthy living' - but it’s not all plain sailing, warns industry body

Increased information about beer will help consumers fit the beverage into a balanced diet - but The Brewers of Europe warns ‘misguided’ policies from governments and public health advocates damage...

Telling the story behind Australian wine will boost standing in global markets, says Wine Australia

Global perceptions of Australian wine fall short of the high-quality reality, says Wine Australia, as it prioritises increasing appreciation of the country’s products.   

Scottish whisky seeks world heritage status similar to champagne

Scotch whisky producers are hoping to follow French champagne makers and win United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage status for their products.

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