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Aussies consuming more alcohol for first time since 2007

Australians have been drinking more alcohol for the first time in a decade, fuelled by a growing taste for craft beers and cider.

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‘The pendulum is swinging towards in-house sustainable sourcing’

‘One of the most difficult issues associated with sustainable sourcing is whether companies should adopt third party standards or develop in-house schemes.

Global beer market trends

Euromonitor: Chinese stout market to reach 659 million liters in 2021

The world drank 193bn liters of beer in 2016, according to Euromonitor International.

Guest article

Nutritional dairy beverages

Nutritional beverage (Nutri-Bev) is a new example of product crossover between the dairy and food & beverage industries.

MEP sounds isoglucose health warning as EU quotas end

At the end of the month, the EU sugar regime will end, liberalising the market after nearly 50 years of production quotas. But one MEP is questioning whether the Commission...

Macb expands water recall due to spoilage

Macb has expanded a recall of flavoured water months after initial action was taken due to a ‘quality issue’.


Linfox buys out Lion from BevChain distribution joint-venture

Australian logistics major Linfox has bought out Lion’s 50% stake in BevChain for an undisclosed sum and will take full control of the drinks distribution and warehousing group.

drinktec 2017 preview

Gebo Cermex embraces the ‘Factory of the Future’ with AQFlex

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, has reinvented the design of packaging lines with AQFlex.

News in brief

Graphic Packaging to close US Paperboard Mill, axing 120 jobs

Graphic Packaging will close its coated recycled paperboard mill in Santa Clara, California, at the end of 2017.

Euromonitor: 20 most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030

Euromonitor International has identified 20 of the most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030 with analysis on eight megatrends with the furthest-reaching impact on industries and consumers in...

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Hobgoblin beer expands mini keg format

Hobgoblin beer has partnered with Ardagh Group to launch its Ruby and Gold beer in a 5L format, taking advantage of growth in off-trade mini keg.

Australians want to know who owns the craft beer they drink: survey

For the majority of Australian craft beer drinkers (64%), knowing who owns the beer they drink is important, according to the 2017 Australian Craft Beer Survey. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Philippines soft drinks industry offers alternatives to sugar tax

The Philippines soft drinks industry has ramped up its opposition to a possible sugar tax as the government sets out to increase the size of its proposed levy.

This week Down Under

Young drinkers say they are immune to alcohol warning labels

Alcohol warning labels on drinks bottles are having no effect on young Australians, say Australian researchers. 

News in brief

Diversey: As independent business we can be smarter and more agile

Sealed Air has completed the sale of its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business to Bain Capital Private Equity for $3.2bn.

Coca-Cola & PepsiCo support new commitments

Soft drinks industry to stop selling sugary drinks in EU secondary schools

The European soft drinks industry will voluntarily cease sales of drinks with added sugars to secondary schools in the European Union, industry association UNESDA announced today. 

Urban honey firm Bybi finds sweet success with CSR partnerships

Urban honey producer and social enterprise Bybi works with multinationals, such as Carlsberg, who ‘rent’ its hives in a CSR partnership that benefits both, Bybi founder Oliver Maxwell says.

Constantia Flexibles to meet demand for specialty laminates in coffee, confectionery & snacks

Constantia Flexibles has invested €6m ($7m) to meet a growing demand for specialty laminates in high property barriers, for confectionery, coffee and snacks.

Beverage launches with stevia outpace new product introductions in overall F&B category

Beverage launches using stevia are increasing at a faster rate than stevia product introductions in the overall F&B category, Mintel research shows. 

Kuwait police discover thousands of bottles of smuggled Scotch

Authorities in Kuwait have foiled an attempt to smuggle some 4,000 bottles of Scotch whisky into the country.

Ireland forging ahead with sugar tax amid industry pushback

The Irish government confirmed it plans to push ahead with the introduction of a sugar tax this April, despite industry calls for the move to be delayed.

Myprotein: Salmonella recall ‘isolated incident caused by 3rd party supplier’

Myprotein is recalling more than 10 products from multiple countries due to Salmonella.

SAB to create 10,000 jobs in South Africa through entrepreneurship campaign

The South African Breweries (SAB) has announced it will help create 10,000 jobs in South Africa by 2021 through its entrepreneurship programs. 

BillerudKorsnäs expands into alternative polystyrene packaging

BillerudKorsnäs has acquired a minority holding in Vericool in California.

Arol opens US HQ as part of global expansion

Arol North America, part of Arol Group, has opened a HQ in Buford, Georgia.

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