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What’s hitting the shelves? Coffee & broccoli; coconut tea; and strawberry & cream gin

From the US to Scandinavia, and the UK to Australia, we take a look at some of the new products reaching beverage aisles across the globe this month. 

Beer: Low in sugar and carbs, but myths and misinformation abound, says report

Beer is low in sugar compared to other alcoholic drinks but misinformation about the beverage abounds, according to a report released this week.

Che bello! Australian Tuscans getting as good as the originals

A wine region over 15,000 kilometres from Tuscany is emerging as a primo producer of Italian varieties and styles, and has even matching the Italians at their own game.

Saltwater Brewery launches edible six-pack rings for beer

Saltwater Brewery has partnered with We Believers advertising agency to launch the first 100% biodegradeable edible six-pack rings for beer.

North America alcohol sales stay afloat, as global alcohol consumption slowly sinks

Global alcoholic drink consumption declined 0.7% for the first time in over 10 years translating into a loss of roughly 450m gallons of alcoholic drinks sales since 2014, a new Euromonitor report revealed.

dispatches from Analytica 2016

Shimadzu unveils mid-range ICP-MS

Shimadzu has launched its ICPMS-2030 to the European market at Analytica 2016.

Brooklyn Brewery: Top 5 tips for growing craft beer businesses

Craft brewers are thriving as the category continues to boom. But growth for a small brewer also brings challenges: evidently there’s the need to increase capacity, but what about dealing...

‘There’s a premium on being interesting, relevant and unique’

Guinness on the future of advertising: Consumers judge - and reward - interesting stories

With the evolution of technology, consumers now have much more power over what they see and share – and so brands are rewarded for telling interesting and engaging stories, explains...

Sapporo Beer's imported claims called into question in the US

Sapporo U.S.A Inc. was hit with a potential class action lawsuit alleging the company misleads US consumers by touting its beer as the oldest beer in Japan, and markets the...

NEWS IN BRIEF

AB InBev to transfer SABMiller’s Panama business to Ambev

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to transfer SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Ambev. In exchange, Ambev will transfer to AB InBev its business in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. 

SABMiller packaging shows when beer is at the perfect drinking temperature

SABMiller has launched a ‘smart sensor’ technology that tells consumers when their beer is at the perfect drinking temperature.

Beer bites: Words of wisdom from Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference

What are the key trends defining today’s beer industry; what are the markets to watch; and how will the industry be shaped in 2016? From digital marketing to craft beer,...

Should strawberry move over just yet? Pineberry flavored alcoholic drinks in the works

R&D company Comax Flavors has developed a pineberry flavor for alcoholic beverages that it hopes will become a mainstream flavor choice for consumers. 

Colorado’s Eddyline Brewery expands into New Zealand, drawing on founders’ kindred connection to the country

Eddyline Brewery has made its first global expansion into Nelson, New Zealand, where the craft brewer opened a brewery and pizzeria, representing the first of several global “basecamps,” the company...

Hanovia launching ‘more efficient’ UV system for beverage water treatment

UV disinfection company Hanovia’s core industry is working with food and beverage manufacturers, which is why it is launching its new PureLine Ultraviolet Energy Optimised (UVEO) disinfection system in the Middle East region at...

Bird's-eye vine view could show stresses in wider Aussie agriculture

A project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region has brought remote sensors and aerial imagery to maximise irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine growing areas.

Tennent’s beer to arrive in India through Mahou San Miguel partnership

C&C Group has signed a new partnership with Mahou India to brew and distribute selected Tennent’s beer lines in India.

Aussie winery finds success from ‘cellar door’ sales approach in China

Establishing cellar doors in China to provide a winery experience directly to consumers is proving a successful formula for a South Australian wine company.

News in brief

AB InBev offers to sell more of SABMiller’s European brands

Anheuser-Busch InBev has offered to sell SABMiller’s central and eastern European assets, as it seeks the European Commission’s approval of its acquisition of SABMiller. 

Australia

Barossa Valley brothers develop bottle top to free sulphites from wine

An innovative bottle closure with the potential to significantly reduce wine allergies is being developed in Australia’s most famous wine region.

Brown-Forman answers consumer demand for premium whiskey with purchase of BenRiach Distillery

Brown-Forman Corp. has agreed to purchase The BenRiach Distillery Company for approximately $416m. The deal will add three Single Malt Scotch Whisky brands to Brown-Forman’s product portfolio: The GlenDronach, BenRiach,...

Small Town Brewery to roll out 10.7% ABV version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer across US

Small Town Brewery and Wisconsin Brewing Company are partnering to launch a national rollout of a higher strength 10.7% ABV version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) nationwide in...

Plans to build a 4th bottling line in 2017

Maison Johanès Boubée partners with Smurfit Kappa to extend Bag-in-Box shelf life of wine

Smurfit Kappa has partnered with 
Maison Johanès Boubée, one of the largest wholesalers in France, with a filling and Bag-in-Box line to extend the shelf life of its wine at...

Australian bush gin prepares to take on world

A small distillery on a remote Australian island is preparing to take its award-winning gin to wider markets.

Former Smurfit Kappa boss to become CEO in June

Ardagh to expand into beverage can market with $3.42bn Ball acquisition

Ardagh Group has announced it will expand into the beverage can market by acquiring ‘certain metal manufacturing assets and support locations’ from Ball Corporation and Rexam for $3.42bn.

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