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Brown-Forman strong in US, but global economy leads to sales drop

Although net sales were up in the US, the rough global economy lead to a down quarter for liquor giant Brown-Forman.

Crown Metal Packaging to reportedly close Canada plant

Crown Metal Packaging Canada will reportedly close a factory in Chatham, Ontario, in October this year, according to the Chatham Daily News.

MillerCoors getting into RTD alcoholic beverage game at the right time: Mintel

MillerCoors hopes to regain lost market share with the launch of a new hard soda this January.

Praxair unveils sanitary version of oxygen stripping system

Praxair will show its dissolved oxygen control process at InterBev which features a new sanitary design.

Heineken on packaging R&D

Don’t work in silos! Heineken design manager on creating trendy beer packaging

How can designers create packaging that’s fresh, original and relevant to today’s consumers – without losing the company’s established branding? 

This week Down Under

Australian wine boxes feeling similar pinch to market for bottles

The proportion of Australian adults drinking wine has been in decline for some years, including the Aussie wine cask, whose popularity is also dropping.

Molson Coors sees changing consumer preferences in beer packaging, cuts packaging weight by 21%

Consumer preferences in beer are shifting away from heavy glass packaging to lighter aluminium cans and PET bottle formats, says North American brewing giant Molson Coors. 

Cereal beer? Wheaties and Fulton Beer partner for new craft beer

Wheaties, the popular breakfast cereal from food giant General Mills, has partnered with a Minnesota brewer to create craft beer HefeWheaties.

Chennai, India, plant will be up and running by the end of next year

Rexam refuses to stop investment activities despite Ball Commission concerns

Rexam says its Q2 2015 financial results are in line with expectations, and claims ‘although the Ball offer is taking some of our time, we continue to manage the business...

Rexam Board change as CFO takes extended leave of absence

Rexam has made a Board change following the announcement David Robbie, CFO, has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

Gin can match whisky’s success, says UK government, as exports boom

The UK’s booming gin industry could grow exports to match the success of whisky, following a revival in recent years.

Emerson creates a fizz improving champagne producer’s bottle line

Nicolas Feuillatte has partnered with Emerson to improve its bottling line, replacing a conveyor drive system without the need for an alignment controller.

Ball Corporation 2015 Second Quarter Earnings

Ball keen to get metal beer packaging line up and running in Mexico

Progress continues on capital projects to serve an increased demand for specialty containers and metal beer packaging in Northern Mexico as well as cost optimization initiatives in China and US...

The promise of premium: AB InBev confident in Chinese beer strategy

AB InBev says its premium and super-premium strategy in China is paying off, with the brewing giant building the category to meet ‘pent up demand.’ 

Wine firm invests £100k in new site

Yorkshire wine firm Bon Coeur Fine Wines has invested £100,000 in a 32,000m2 site at Melsonby.

‘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...

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