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BrewDog offers paw-ternity leave for new dog owners

Scottish brewer BrewDog has announced it will offer Puppy Parental Leave to employees in both the US and the UK. 

China

Australian team start studying grain in world’s biggest selling spirit

Research is underway to help Australian farmers better understand a key ingredient in baijiu, China’s national drink and the world’s top-selling spirit.

Trouble brewing for Wal-Mart with lawsuit claiming there’s nothing ‘craft’ about its craft beer

Wal-Mart is facing a lawsuit alleging that its craft beer does not fit the definition of “craft” as outlined by the Brewers Association, and that consumers are unfairly paying a...

Novozymes wins landmark case for biotech patent in alcohol beverages

In a rare landmark case on the validity of patents covering biotech innovations, the Supreme People’s Court of China has decided in favor of Novozymes, in a trial against two...

Researchers to improve the quality of aged brandy

Itene (Packaging, Transport and Logistics Institute) has partnered with the Agricultural Research and Training Institute of Andalucía (Ifapa) to determine the factors that influence the quality of aged brandy, in...

Striking workers in Canada won’t stop until Molson Coors drops demands

Molson Coors plant workers in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, have been on strike since January 12, 2017, after a list of concessionary demands were made by the brewer that negatively impacted...

Ardagh Group to convert beverage cans from steel to aluminium

Ardagh Group will convert its beverage can production in Rugby, UK, from steel to aluminium next year.

Heineken to expand footprint in Brazil with Brasil Kirin acquisition

Heineken has confirmed it will acquire Brasil Kirin Holding , a producer of beer and soft drinks, in an effort to capture the fast-growing Brazilian beer market.

Drinkers on the pulse: Australia gets its first lentil craft beer

A craft brewery in the Adelaide Hills has released Australia’s first beer made with lentils.

‘Gluten-removed’ beer not as safe as ‘gluten-free’ beer for those with celiac disease, study suggests

Beers labeled as “gluten-removed” may not be safe for those with celiac disease (CD) to consume, a study by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has found. 

O-I to close container glass manufacturing plant, axing 230 jobs

Owens-Illinois (O-I) will close a container glass manufacturing plant in Schiedam, The Netherlands, in August, axing 230 jobs.

Pernod Ricard delivers ‘strong’ H1 results, with Jameson in demand

Strong growth in the US for Jameson Irish Whiskey has helped boost Pernod Ricard’s H1 performance, the wine and spirits giant reported this morning. 

‘Earnings growth on track’, says Carlsberg

Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart says 2016 was a ‘good year’ for the Carlsberg Group, having delivered 5% organic growth in operating profit in the year ending December 31, 2016.

Pinkster launches Gin Jam from left-over berries

British gin brand Pinkster has launched a Gin Jam, described as ‘mildly alcoholic’ and ‘ideal for putting the tipple in your teatime’.

Trump supporters call for Budweiser boycott after immigration-themed Super Bowl ad

Trump supporters are calling for a boycott of Budweiser following the beer giant’s Super Bowl ad - which depicts Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch’s arrival in America from Germany - interpreting...

Beer is the drink of choice among Americans, with wine moving up in the ranks

Beer has edged out wine as US adults’ (21 years and older) drink of choice, according to a survey by The Harris Poll that included responses from 2,148 people in late January 2017.

Gruppo Campari acquires super-premium Bulldog Gin

Gruppo Campari is to acquire most of the assets of Bulldog London Dry Gin, in an all-cash transaction that will result in distribution to shareholders of around $70m.

From the show floor: Vinisud wine show, France

Innovation spotlight: How wine entrepreneurs are embracing both tradition and technology

With mobile apps, software, online marketplaces and more, a group of wine start-ups are proving that the wine industry is far from being stuck in its traditional ways. 

Constellation Brands: 'It's too early to know' how Trump policies will affect Mexican beer portfolio

Constellation Brands says it is “too early to know” how US President Donald Trump’s policies – and in particular a 20% tax on imports from Mexico - will affect its business.

Tuatara: ‘We’re changing the shareholding, not the recipe’

DB Breweries buys New Zealand craft brewery, Tuatara Brewing Company

Heineken subsidiary DB Breweries has bought New Zealand craft brewery Tuatara Brewing Company. 

Liqui-Box innovates bag-in-box wine packaging as demand for boxed wine grows

The bag-in-box wine packaging market is expected to gain 4% growth by 2020, according to Euromonitor, which may mean flexible liquid packaging manufacturer Liqui-Box has innovated its bag-in-box packaging at...

Diageo launches premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe & Co

Diageo announces €25m investment for Irish Whiskey distillery

Diageo is to invest in a whiskey distillery at the former Guinness Power House at St. James’s Gate, as it launches a new premium Blended Irish Whiskey, Roe & Co....

Kosher wine popularity booms among non-kosher consumers, says Royal Wine Corp.

Kosher wine is a beverage trend that continues to grow in popularity, especially among mainstream consumers, because of its perceived higher-quality image due the exacting process the wine must go...

Australian craft pioneer changes focus from beer to $260 whisky

One of Australia’s early craft breweries has grown up to become a premium whisky distillery.

Diageo Scotch & whiskey global sales rebound from sluggish growth one year ago

Diageo reported a strong sales gain for the second half of 2016 due to rising global demand for Scotch and whiskey following increased marketing efforts in the US.

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