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‘Bountiful 2018 harvest’ predicted for US hops

By Rachel Arthur

The 2018 Pacific Northwest hop acreage is forecasted to increase to a record high, while US hop grower Hopsteiner says advances in technology will further boosts this year’s harvest.

Lion acquires London craft brewer, Fourpure Brewing Co

Lion acquires London craft brewer, Fourpure Brewing Co

By Rachel Arthur

Australian-headquartered Lion has acquired London craft brewer Fourpure Brewing Co. And while Fourpure says the beer and culture will remain the same, it wants to embrace the opportunities the acquisition brings: ‘We truly hope you will see some change,...

Economies of scale make sense for most businesses - but not necessarily for craft. Pic:getty/jacoblund

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Craft brewing and business strategies: ‘Small is the new big’

By Rachel Arthur

Throw out the rule book. When it comes to the craft beer business, bigger is not always better; and profit maximisation is not always the ultimate goal. Here’s why craft breweries need to think differently to other businesses.

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New funding granted to USDA-ARS for hops research

By Beth Newhart

The Brewers Association (BA) announced late last week that a grant of $900,000 has been awarded to the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) for the 2018 fiscal year in support of hops research.

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‘It’s hip to love hops!’ Five consumer trends in craft beer

By Rachel Arthur

Craft beer is here to stay: but what are consumers looking for? And what does this mean for the craft brewing industry? The good news is that craft beer consumption continues to rise; but a new report warns that building brand loyalty will be an uphill...

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‘Optimism and dynamism’ among independent UK brewers

By Rachel Arthur

In the UK, 63% of independent brewers say they expect their turnover to increase this year: showing ‘the optimism and dynamism’ of the sector against a backdrop of unprecedented competition and continued dominance of big beer, according to SIBA, the UK’s...

After completing a test pilot of its shrink-wrapped 24-can variety packs, Oskar Blues will be rolling out the new packaging to retailers nationwide.

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Oskar Blues sees adoption of larger format craft beer packaging on the rise

By Mary Ellen Shoup

After being among the first craft breweries to can its beer nearly 20 years ago, Oskar Blues of Colorado has introduced its latest packaging innovation of 24-can variety packs using collated shrink packaging engineered by The Dow Chemical Company. And...

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