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CEO ALAN CLARK INSISTS SOFT DRINKS CENTRAL TO SAB GROWTH STRATEGY

SAB Miller sells Appletiser to Coke in $260m deal as firms ink Africa bottling mega merger

The Coca-Cola Company and SAB Miller have inked a deal to combine their non-alcoholic bottling operations in Southern and East Africa into a $2.9bn turnover business that will accelerate sales...

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Petainer speaks out after failed bid to acquire APPE

Petainer has spoken out about its growth ambitions after being named the ‘reserve’ bidder on the purchase of APPE Packaging Division, owned by La Seda de Barcelona Group, losing out...

O-I completes €55m factory upgrade in Italy

Owens-Illinois (O-I) has spent €55m on upgrading its San Polo facility in Italy, to better serve the Italian beer and non-alcoholic beverage markets.

WINE VISION 2014: COMBATING THE 'NEW-AGE PROHIBITIONISTS'

‘The wine world is under attack, and it needs to up its game’, Wine Economist Mike Veseth

Eminent wine writer and economist Mike Veseth warns that the wine world needs to combat the threat of ‘new age prohibitionists’ and authentic, interesting and affordable spirits and beers.

Australia

Wealthy Aussies don’t just opt for champagne—they’ll guzzle anything

High earners in Australia are not only more likely to drink more champagne, but also more beer, wine and spirits than their less affluent neighbours, according to Roy Morgan Research.

WINE VISION 2014: TYLER BALLIET COMPARES WINE LEXICON WITH THAT OF 90s PC

‘People should stop thinking about their own brands and just market wine!’ Wine Riot founder

The brains behind the successful Wine Riot events in the US, Tyler Balliet, believes that winemakers should forget their own brands and simply focus on marketing wine to a new...

Bulgaria strip stamp change threatens premium spirits, spiritsEUROPE warns

spiritsEUROPE revealed today that it has written to the Bulgarian Finance Minister asking him to delay a duty strip stamp change, which it warns could cost premium spirits producers.

Europe Glass EBITDA for the quarter decreased by 1%

Ardagh third quarter results sees ‘sluggish’ beer category

Ardagh Group has released its 2014 third quarter results reporting revenue of €1,311, an increase of 16% compared to 2013, claiming growth in other market sectors ‘offset continued sluggishness in the beer sector’.

Sick of skateboarding kids and milk carton cows? Tetra Pak exec urges smarter design decisions

Tetra Pak's Suley Muratoglu has challenged packaging designers and brands to shake up the beverage and liquid dairy markets with better graphic design implementation.

WINE VISION 2014: INTERVIEW WITH Jean-Guillaume Prats

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux First Growths’: Moët-Hennessy Estates & Wine CEO

Jean-Guillaume Prats, Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine CEO, says he believes great wine produced in California’s Napa Valley will rival the finest Bordeaux in future years.

CONFERENCE STRIVES TO 'DEFY CONVENTIONAL THINKING' ON WINE

Meet the Glitterati of the Wine World! Wine Vision 2014 in Pictures

Wine Vision 2014 brought together the glitterati of the wine world - including the likes of Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine president and CEO - Jean-Guillaume Prats - to discuss issues...

Aldi planning move into China, possibly by 2018

German discount supermarket giant Aldi Süd is examining market conditions for a potential launch in China. 

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Smurfit Kappa opens €28m Bag-in-Box plant in Spain

Smurfit Kappa has opened a €28m Bag-in-Box plant in Ibi, Spain, due to growing demand in the region.

WINE VISION 2014: FOCUS ON...SMART VIRAL MARKETING

‘Nice wine, no corkscrew?’ Mirabeau En Provence solution strikes YouTube gold with 8 million+ views

Mirabeau En Provence owner Stephen Cronk says the desire for a direct consumer connection inspired him to record a 50 second YouTube video that's won the Rosé producer a staggering 8m+...

Celebrating beverage brilliance: Personality of the Year 2014 open for entries

The global beverage sector is thriving - driven by dynamic and creative individuals around the world. But do you or a colleague have what it takes to be recognized by...

PACK EXPO 2014: FOCUS ON...BEER FILLING TECHNOLOGY

Whistle-stop stand tour: KHS USA at Pack Expo 2014

Gary Maus, VP of sales and marketing at KHS USA talks us through the company’s filling technology on show at Pack Expo 2014, and claims the Innofill Glass Micro filler...

BRAU BEVIALE 2014: FOCUS ON...GLUTEN-FREE BEER

DSM claims craft brewer interest in gluten-free beer enzyme

DSM Food Specialities claims that, far from being cautious, craft brewers are embracing the possibilities its enzyme to create gluten-free beer offers.

Mintel: Big brewers should target non-alcoholic beer sweet spot in Europe

Mintel says European consumers have a growing thirst for non-alcoholic beer, and analyst Jonny Forsyth suggests big brewers should work harder to hit this sweet spot, particularly among older consumers.

Australia

Grapes (and wine drinkers) owe a debt to 30m-year-old viruses

Researchers in Queensland have been toasting the prehistoric viruses that they’ve found are partly responsible for the genetic make-up of modern-day grapes.

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Jean Claude Van Damme fronts Coors Light Aussie campaign

Coca-Cola Amatil has signed up actor Jean Claude Van Damme in a multi-million dollar campaign to plug the launch of Coors Light Draft in Australia.

Boost for bioplastics: Corbion Purac eyes up PLA demand with $75m factory

Corbion Purac will construct a PLA (Polylactic acid) production plant in Thailand, as it eyes up global growth in demand for the bioplastic base. 

Ditching chief scientific adviser role is ‘madness’

The EU has been slammed for ditching the role of chief scientific adviser to the president, with one informed source calling the decision “madness”.

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Shipwrecked beer recreated by scientists

A 170-year old beer found in a shipwreck is to be recreated by the Finnish-based brewery Stallhagen and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

KHS CEO reveals first digital direct PET printing machine beverage sale

KHS CEO Matthias Niemeyer says the company’s digital direct printing system is ideal for technology driven co-packers as the company predicts the first PET beverage bottles made using its technology...

BRAU BEVIALE 2014: PACKAGING INNOVATION FOCUS

Whistle-stop stand tour: Crown BevCan Europe & Middle East

With Day Two of Brau Beviale in full swing, we worked in a whistlestop tour of the Crown BevCan Europe & Middle East stand, exploring the company’s Smartcan and Instant...

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