Australia

What beer goes with best with your barbie? The answer may be changing from lager to something else... pic:getty/kolbz

Big brewers find ways to profit from the growing culture of drinking less, drinking better

Though smaller than ever, Australia’s beer market has ‘never been more profitable’

By Richard Whitehead

The iconic image of the larrikin lager drinker cracking open an endless succession of cold ones couldn’t be more wrong, going by long-standing trends in the Australian beer industry, which is seeing consumption slump to a four-decade low.

Lion Dairy and Drinks' portfolio includes flavored milk and iced coffee. Stock picture:getty/theeradechsanin

Kirin considers sale of Lion Dairy and Drinks

By Rachel Arthur

Japanese beer and beverage giant Kirin has announced a strategic review for Lion Dairy and Drinks - a producer and distributor of dairy products and beverages in Oceania – with the sale of the unit one of the options.

Cascade's brewery has operated in Tasmania since 1832. Pic: Carlton & United Breweries.

News in brief

Cascade stops using plastic six-pack rings

By Rachel Arthur

Australian beer brand Cascade is discontinuing the use of plastic six-pack rings on its cans; with other Carlton & United Breweries brands to follow over the next 12 months.

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,...

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Boost for Australian grape and wine technology with new partnership

By Rachel Arthur

Wine Australia and the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) have signed a $9m ($6.6m USD) co-investment research, development and extension agreement. The partnership will work on projects such as a smartphone app for on-the-spot nutrient assessments...

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