Firestone Walker begins canning Nitro Merlin Milk Stout

US brewery Firestone Walker has opted against a widget for the launch of the canned version of its Nitro Merlin Milk Stout. After being marketed as a draught beer for more than two years, the brewery was keen that the product was instantly recognisable to its customers. Nitro Merlin Milk Stout is the California-based brewery’s first-ever canned nitro beer, with six packs...

First canned flavoured water rollout in Brazil

Flavoured water is being canned and sold in Brazil for the first time. Rio de Janeiro based Eklo Water has teamed with Crown Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia S.A. (Crown Brazil) to release the first flavoured water in aluminium cans in the country.Launched in red berry and citrus flavours that are free of sodium, calories and preservatives, Eklo Water is...

Waitrose to enforce age limit on energy drinks sales

British supermarket chain Waitrose is to ban sales of high-caffeine energy drinks to customers aged under 16 from March, following calls to introduce a minimum age limit due to concerns over the impact of sugar and caffeine on children.Shoppers at the retailer purchasing drinks that contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre of product will be asked to prove they...

Molson Coors expands its cider portfolio in the UK

Award-winning English cider producer Aspall Cyder Limited has been bought by Molson Coors Brewing in a deal thought to be worth about £40 million (US$54m).Based in the county of Suffolk for almost 300 years, Aspall joins a portfolio of local premium craft brands such as the Sharp’s brewery in Cornwall.Sky News reported in September that Molson Coors, owner of...

London craft brewer updates its can coding systems

London-based craft brewer Fourpure has updated the coding systems for the primary and secondary packaging used on its canned beers to improve productivity.The award-winning brewery has incorporated a 8900 Continuous Inkjet and a TJ725 Thermal Inkjet supplied by Linx Printing Technologies into its packaging line in Bermondsey.The 8900 is capable of printing three lines of code onto the bottom...

Tax cuts to boost sales of craft beers in the US

Producers of craft beer, artisanal spirits, hard cider and mead have plenty to cheer about as the result of a provision hidden in the sweeping tax overhaul recently passed by the US Congress, and reported by Reuters.In Part IX , tucked in the sections from 13801 to 13808, is the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) which...

Queensland artist honours local culture on craft beer labels

A newly-established craft brewery at a popular tourist location in Queensland, Australia, chose the run up to Christmas to launch its beer in cans decorated by a local artist.The Imperial Hotel at Eumundi, north of Brisbane, hosts the brewery which restarted a tradition for local beer earlier this year.The cans rolled off the canning line in the week before...

Get up to speed with the UK’s soft drinks levy at Campden BRI’s seminar

In anticipation of the soft drink levy that will be introduced by the UK government in April 2018, food and drink research association Campden BRI will hold a seminar on  27 March 2018 to discuss sugar reduction in beverages.The soft drink levy will affect producers and importers of soft drinks that contain more than five grams of added sugar...

Molson Coors to bring China’s biggest beer to the UK

China’s most popular beer brand is to be sold nationwide in the UK by Molson Coors UK and Ireland.The rights for on- and off-trade marketing and distribution of Snow, one of the world’s biggest beer brands, have been negotiated with Chinese brewer China Resources Snow Breweries.It will join other brands in the Molson Coors World Beers portfolio that includes...

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