New ale to celebrate diversity uses Ardagh cans

French craft brewer R for Diversity has unveiled a new ale in cans, the latest to appear in a country that is witnessing a gradual shift from wine to niche beers among young drinkers.The 5% ABV golden beer is packed in a matt black 330ml can made by Ardagh and features a six-colour rainbow, the symbol of the LGBTQ...

PepsiCo bids for Rockstar to expand energy drinks business

PepsiCo is to buy Rockstar Energy Beverages in a move that would enable the drinks and snacks giant to extend its reach into the functional drinks market.The maker of global supermarket staples such as Pepsi and brands including Mountain Dew has agreed to pay US$3.85 billion for Las Vegas-based Rockstar. PepsiCo will also pay out a further $700 million...

Brazil’s Ambev to invest in more brewing capacity

Ambev plans to open a new brewery in Brazil’s northern region as part of a R$2 billion (US$432 million) investment to expand production capacity and meet increased competition in the country.As well as the new brewery, Ambev, the largest division of the global Anheuser-Busch InBev group, will build a new malting facility in south east Brazil and additional premium...

Canning investment for Chongqing Brewery in China

A new canning line is being planned in China by Chongqing Brewery to keep up with demand for its products.The brewery, which is controlled by Denmark’s Carlsberg, and its partner Yibin Company have signed agreement on additional capacity projects with the government of Yizhou in Sichuan Province.Yibin is providing the funds for the investment of ¥264 million (US$38m) in the...

Mock canned tuna to be launched by Bumble Bee

Canned seafood giant Bumble Bee Foods has gone into business with a mock tuna maker to capitalise on the growing popularity of veganism.The California-based canner of tuna, salmon and other seafood has formed a venture with plant-based food manufacturer Gathered Foods, which makes a range of meatless fish products.The deal, which is also part of a revamp that...

Blossom Hill to debut canned wine-gin hybrid

UK wine brand Blossom Hill has begun canning its successful Gin Fizz range of ready-to-drink fruit-flavoured beverages.The 8.5% ABV wine-gin hybrid drink will be sold as two cocktails – lemon and rosemary, and rhubarb – in 200ml cans through the Tesco supermarket chain priced at £2.50 (US$3.25), according to drinks trade reports.Blossom Hill launched the beverages a year ago in...

Campbell reports ‘high-quality’ second-quarter sales

Campbell Soup has reported "high-quality" second-quarter results, while planning to build stocks of ingredients in response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in the US.Net sales for the three months to the end of January were comparable with the same period last year at US$2.17 billion, with organic net sales increasing by 1 per cent, driven by gains...

Anheuser-Busch InBev chief reveals impact of virus on sales

Former SABMiller executives are notably absent from the management team that will lead Anheuser-Busch InBev following its US$103 billion acquisition of the London-based brewer is completed in October.
The chief executive of the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev), has revealed the impact that the COVID-19 virus has had on its operations in China.Carlos Brito estimates that because of the shutdown of industries in the Hubei region where the virus first broke out, which includes Wuhan where A-B InBev has facilities, the brewer has lost sales...

Craft brewers face competition from hard seltzers

While cans are breathing new life into the UK’s craft brewing industry, beer makers face a new threat: alcoholic seltzers.Low in calories, medium in alcohol and fizzier than prosecco, the beverages made from fermented fruits have taken US fridges by storm and are poised to do the same in Britain.New companies with witty names like DRTY Hard Seltzer...

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