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Asahi ambitious for more acquisitions despite European buying spree

Japan’s biggest beer firm Asahi is weighing up further European acquisitions following last year’s two bumper deals with AB InBev.

Cognac exports reach record high

Cognac exports rose in 2016 to reach record levels in both value and volume, according to figures from the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC).  The US continues to be...

China

Treasury Wine Estates awarded Ben Fu trademark after legal battle

Treasury Wine Estates has won a landmark legal dispute in Beijing over its right to use the Chinese transliteration as a brand name for its flagship Penfolds wine.

BillerudKorsnäs expands into the Internet of Packaging

BillerudKorsnäs, which manufactures beverage, snacks and confectionery packaging, is further expanding into the Internet of Packaging by investing in a minority holding in UK technology firm Hanhaa.

Washington state pushes for expansion of wine growler laws

A proposed bill in Washington state would allow businesses to sell wine in growlers and let consumers fill the reusable containers with wine from taps at places like grocery stores...

Stella Artois announces commitment to Matt Damon clean water campaign

Stella Artois has announced its commitment to a Water.org campaign, which will help provide 3.5 million people with long-term, sustainable access to clean water by 2020.

Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals findings

Beer and soda cans found to have traces of bisphenol A in laquer coating

Scientists from the Danish Consumer Council, THINK Chemicals, have found eight out of 14 cans tested in a laboratory contain endocrine disrupting bisphenols in the lacquer on the inside of...

Gin proves a festive favorite with Christmas sales up 18%: IRI

Christmas sales of gin have confirmed the spirit’s renaissance in the UK, with gin now the biggest growth driver in the spirits category, according to IRI. 

Australia invests $5.3m in R&D projects on Shiraz terroir

Wine Australia has today announced a six year, $5.3m AUD ($4m USD) R&D investment that will look at Australia’s unique terroirs and how they influence wine style and quality. ...

New Zealand

Study lifts lid on how much alcohol branding kids see on sports TV

Kiwi viewers can be exposed to four alcoholic drinks brands every minute as they watch sport on the television, leading some children to assume that drinking alcohol was “part of...

Whiskey & craft beer help drive Ireland's record F&B exports

Irish whiskey exports to double by 2020

Irish whiskey exports are projected to double by 2020, according to Irish food board Bord Bia, with the category being the fastest growing spirit in the world. 

Australia

Vineyards test virtual gate in a bid to keep grape pests out

Software initially developed to safeguard the Canadian poultry industry is now being trialled by Australian wineries to help keep pests and diseases out of premium vineyards.

Current controls on alcohol marketing do not protect youth, argue public health experts: but industry defends self-regulation

Young people are exposed to ‘extensive alcohol marketing’ and governments around the world need to strengthen rules, say public health experts, as a supplement on the subject is published in...

Starbucks removes alcohol from menu, returning focus to coffee

Starbucks has announced that it has discontinued its “Evenings” menu concept, which includes beer and wine options. 

Alcohol and soft drinks show strong growth in Christmas supermarket sales

Beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks were among the categories with the strongest growth over the Christmas period, as UK supermarkets saw the best Christmas trading period for four years. ...

Guest article

Harnessing yeast’s natural biodiversity to help fuel innovation in craft brewing

Yeast, the humblest and most fundamental of beer ingredients, is back in the spotlight and ready to play a starring role in the new world of beer, write Zachari Turgeon...

Wine not? StackTek innovates traditional wine packaging space with portable, single-serve solution

US wine packaging company StackTek is challenging the wine industry to stop thinking about wine in a traditional “precious” way with its stackable, break apart single-serve glasses, whose adoption is...

China direct

Wine demand skips from officials to public as import market re-emerges

China’s wine market is emerging from a recent state of flux to offer cheer to the growing number of wine businesses that are invested in one of the world’s biggest...

API creates shimmery Liqueur packaging to target millennials

API has partnered with E & J Gallo Winery in the US to create a holographic Micro Glitter foil for its Viniq Shimmery Liqueur packaging.

AB InBev and Keurig announce R&D joint venture for in-home alcohol drink system

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain are partnering to create an in-home alcohol drink system, covering a range of alcoholic beverages. 

New food safety and hygiene course for drinks manufacturers

Appetite Learning has launched a new course, Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Drinks Manufacturers, a course specifically tailored to the beverage industry.

Rémy Cointreau completes Westland Distillery acquisition

The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced the closing of the Westland Distillery acquisition, helping expand its portfolio in the fast growing high-end single malt whiskey category.

Pernod Ricard announces ‘world’s first connected cocktail library’

Pernod Ricard has turned its attention to the rise of ‘hometainment’ - consumers turning to their homes for new social experiences alongside the concept of the smart home - and...

Australia

Kids following 'European model' three times less likely to binge drink

Children given sips of alcohol by their parents are much more likely to be drinking full measures by 16, but less likely to binge drink, according to a study of...

What’s hitting the shelves? New year, new product launches

From sparkling wines to flavored milk, we take a look at some of the new product launches around the globe. 

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