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Anheuser-Busch adds Hiball and Alta Palla to non-alcoholic portfolio

Anheuser-Busch has acquired organic energy drinks manufacturer Hiball in a deal that will be completed by the end Q3 2017.

Chinese demand continues to boost Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow, with exports to the Greater China region growing 33% in 2016-2017 and exports to mainland China up 44%.

Craft in a froth after watchdog decides not to pursue beer majors

The craft brewing industry has hit out at Australia’s competition watchdog’s decision not to take action against beer majors over distribution contracts that they say shut them out of pubs...

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Ardagh Poland redesigns Łomża Brewery beer bottle

Ardagh Group Poland has created a sleek bottle for Łomża Brewery’s Jasne beer.

MillerCoors cuts back 2016 water use by 15 billion gallons

MillerCoors decreased its water usage by 15 billion gallons in 2016 – the equivalent of 500 million kegs of beer – thanks to innovative irrigation initiatives and heavy rainfall across its key barley growing regions.

Guinness Storehouse to enhance visitor experience with €16m expansion

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin has announced a €16m ($18m) expansion plan that will double the size of the Gravity Bar.

Australia

Lion refutes rumour that XXXX brewery will close

Australian brewery major Lion has categorically denied that its iconic Castlemaine Perkins brewery in Brisbane will close after media reported that staff had been notified of the closure.

Study investigates effect of global warming on grape harvesting

The slight increases in temperature in Mediterranean regions could potentially result in labor, productivity and economic losses for European wineries, suggests a new study. 

Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery to create new brewery in Lithuania

Carlsberg and US craft brewer, Brooklyn Brewery, are to establish a new brewery in Klaipėda, Lithuania, with brewers collaborating to create small-batch classic and experimental beers. 

Diageo sees rise in Scotch whisky tourism

Diageo has seen a 7% rise in the number of tourists visiting its 12 distillery visitor centres in Scotland, which it says highlights another boom year for Scotch whisky tourism. 

Consumers deserve to know who is behind their craft beer, say independent brewers

The UK’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling for greater clarity for consumers on who is behind craft beer brands, as global beer companies continue to buy small, previously...

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Changes to the beverage status quo

‘As a whole, the beverage portion of the US Food and Beverage Manufacturing sector continues to maintain a steady 2.3% growth to $145bn, according to data from the 2016 Global...

Budweiser celebrates its 12 US breweries with state names on packaging

Budweiser has launched a series of limited edition packaging across each of the states where it has a brewery, with cans and bottles in these markets now featuring the state...

Brewers’ pursuit of new beer flavors drives hop acreage growth in US

Hop acreage in the US Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) is spreading; driven by brewers’ quest to develop new and novel beer flavors to satisfy consumers evolving tastes. 

Surge of M&A activity in global liquor industry shows no sign of ending

Diageo’s recent announcement of a record $1bn deal to takeover Casamigos, the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in the US (and co-founded by George Clooney), is just the latest indicator...

Cracka Wines to be first Aussie company to crowd-source equity funding

An Australian wine retailer has set out to raise A$5m (US$3.8m) by crowd-sourcing equity funding from its customers as it embarks on expansion into sales in Asia.

UK wine organizations create unified body

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers will merge to become one single industry body: UK Wine Producers Ltd (UKWP).

Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers.

API launches Holonique Boutique for custom decorative packaging

API has launched a custom decorative holography service called Holonique Boutique.

Heineken defends itself after tequila-flavored beer criticism

Heineken has defended itself after being criticized by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT - The Consejo Regulador del Tequila) in Mexico for its tequila-flavored beer, Desperados.

Brewers Association debuts new seal to differentiate craft brewers from ‘big beer’

The Brewers Association has launched a new seal to help distinguish US independent, craft beer from mass-produced “big beer” on the store shelf.

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Capitalizing on yeast innovation in the brewery of the future

The brewing industry has always embraced innovation to meet market demands, each time revolutionizing the business.

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B.O.M. Brewing to expand operations to the US

B.O.M. Brewing is set to expand its operations to the US market this fall where it will tailor its beer to the American palate, according to the brewery’s founder. ...

Diageo looks at packaging in innovation agenda

Diageo says it will increase the use of alternative materials in packaging as part of its ‘innovation agenda’: particularly with attention to plastic packaging that meets its sustainable packaging commitments. ...

Rosé outpaces overall wine category as consumers ‘drink pink’ for summer: Nielsen

Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up during the summer months thanks to the pink...

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