Can designs reflect the travels of a brewer’s founders

South London craft brewer Fourpure has launched two of its seasonal brews in cans with labels designed by London agency Mr B & Friends.Founded by brothers Daniel and Thomas Lowe in 2013, the brewery produces speciality beers, with a range of ‘curious’ flavour notes discovered and inspired from the brothers’ travels.As one of the first craft brewers in the...

JBS to consolidate its international meat businesses

Although Brazil-based global meatpacking giant JBS posted sales in the final quarter of 2016 that were down 11.7 percent at R$47.2 billion (US$14.9bn) compared with the same period a year earlier, it turned the net loss of R$275m ($87m) in the last three months of 2015 into a profit of R$694m ($219m).Year-end 2016 sales were up 4.6 percent at...

Meat packer JBS to buy Plumrose USA

The US division of Brazilian meat packer JBS has agreed to buy Plumrose USA, the canned ham, bacon and deli-meat owned by Danish Crown, for US$230 million.Plumrose USA, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, was founded as a sliced ham company in 1932 and has grown to provide meat products, including premium bacons, packaged deli meats, deli counter hams, cooked...

Coca-Cola to expand its capacity in Malaysia

Work is expected to start soon on the expansion of Coca-Cola Malaysia’s filling plant at Bandar Enstek, near Nilai.A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the new four-hectare site earlier this week, which is adjacent to the current 12.5 hectare Coca-Cola plant.Stephen Lusk, chief executive of Bottling Investment Group Singapore -Malaysia-Brunei, said construction of the RM500 million (US$112m) project was...

Female marketing team targets women with Lime-A-Rita relaunch

Anheuser-Busch is redesigning its Lime-A-Rita mixer range in a US relaunch that will be marketed by women exclusively to women.It is the first time that the brewer has marketed a brand this way, and is using a team of female marketers, agency partners, and brewmasters for the makeover.Originally launched in 2012, the brand will be widened to include five...

Nestlé and Coke wind up their Nestea joint venture

The Nestea iced tea joint venture that was set up 16 years ago by Nestlé and Coca-Cola has been wound up so that the two companies can pursue their own separate strategies.The joint venture, Beverage Partners Worldwide, was created to sell Nestea worldwide but the brand faced strong competition from a similar global venture between Unilever and PepsiCo that...

Cambodia Brewery opens its second production plant at Phnom Penh

The prime minister of Cambodia yesterday inaugurated a new brewery built by a subsidiary of Heineken Asia Pacific on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh.Representing a US$100 million investment, it is the second to be constructed by Cambodia Brewery Ltd (CBL) and will triple its brewing capacity for brands such as Tiger, ABC, Anchor, Crown and Heineken.Production of...

Craft beer goes mainstream in the UK with Heineken

Heineken is pitching into the craft beer segment in the UK with the launch this month of two products under the Maltsmiths Brewing brand.The beers, a Bavarian-style Pilsner and American-style IPA, have been developed from scratch by Alex Brandon-Davies and Sarah Bartels, the first two ‘Maltsmiths’ at Heineken.They are being brewed at the Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh using state-of-the-art...

Profits jump almost a third at Monster Energy

As Monster Energy continues to benefit from its distribution deal with Coca-Cola, the California based energy drinks firm reported that sales were up 12 percent year-on-year in 2016, at $3.05 billion.The increase in net profit for the year, despite a slight dip in the fourth quarter, was even better, rising 30.4 percent to $713 million. As a percentage of...