Minnesota craft brewer commits to cans for sustainability

A US craft brewer is switching all its remaining bottled beers to cans as part of a plan to increase capacity, lower its carbon footprint and be more sustainable.Lift Bridge Brewing Co started at Stillwater, Minnesota, in 2008, initially bottling its beers but added 16oz cans to its range in 2013.Now it has decided to switch its remaining beers...

Molson Coors acquires non-alcoholic brand

Molson Coors has acquired California-based Clearly Kombucha, as it seeks to take advantage of the growing health and wellness category.The deal was made by TAP Ventures, a division within Molson Coors’ enterprise growth unit. It was tasked with identifying investment opportunities outside of the traditional beer segment.A spokesman explained that the deal aims at providing its US distributors with...

Anheuser-Busch takes over from Nestlé in Forbes rich list

Anheuser-Busch, Nestlé and Pepsico have been placed as the top three food and drink companies in the world by Forbes in its Global 2000 list.The annual rankings put together the world’s most powerful public companies as measured by a composite score of revenue, profit, assets and market value.Anheuser-Busch jumped 85 spots to number 41, thanks to its $56 billion in...

Multivac opens production site in Bulgaria

Multivac has opened a production site in Bulgaria at a cost of €18.8 million ($22.1m), with more than 150 jobs created as a result. It is the company’s first plant in Eastern Europe.The manufacturing plant has a total surface area of around 20,000 sq m. In addition to a factory building with technology for the production of parts, the...

Starbucks and Arla Foods extend partnership

After seven years of partnership, Starbucks has signed a new long-term 21-year strategic agreement with the dairy cooperative Arla Foods. This gives Arla Foods license to continue to manufacture, distribute and market Starbucks premium milk-based ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages for the EMEA region.Duncan Moir, vice president channel development and foodservice, Starbucks EMEA, said: “The strength of our relationship with Arla...

Tulip chief to step down

Steve Francis is step down from his position as chief executive of Danish Crown brand Tulip Ltd as part of its turnaround programme.In a planned move following the successful completion of the first phase of the business transformation, Danish Crown chief and Tulip chairman Jais Valeur will now take on the role of executive chairman.Steve Francis was appointed as...

Mahou San Miguel joins with distributors on sustainability

Mahou San Miguel is working with 20 of its domestic distributors to improve the sustainability of its distribution chain. The Spanish brewer is doing this through training on how to incorporate sustainability into its business models through new urban distribution solutions and efficient delivery methods.Part of an initiative launched in 2015 named ‘We Advance Together’, the Spanish business is...

Timoney breaks the glass ceiling in US brewing

Maggie Timoney will take over as chief executive of Heineken’s USA division from the beginning of September, becoming the first female chief executive to be appointed at a US brewer.Currently, Timoney is the chief executive and managing director of Heineken Ireland, having taken over from David Ford in 2013. She has worked in the beer and cider business for...

US tax on sugary drinks rejected by Trump

Recommendations that the US increase sales taxes on sugary drinks in the fight against obesity have been rejected by President Trump’s administration.This is despite the move being backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and similar taxes being implemented elsewhere, such as in the UK.Two years ago, Dr. Douglas Bettcher, who heads WHO’s non-communicable diseases department, said consumption of...