Asahi completes its $7.9bn brewing deal in Eastern Europe

Japan’s leading brewer Asahi has completed its acquisition of a number of beer businesses in Eastern Europe from Anheuser-Busch InBev.Best known for its Super Dry beer, Asahi has paid €7.4 billion (US$7.9bn) for the businesses that were run by SABMiller in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, including brands such the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell, Poland’s Tyskie...

Quality draught beer switches to cans in Sacramento

A California craft brewer with a strong consumer base in the Sacramento area thanks to the quality of its draught brews is branching out into the retail market with a range of canned beers.Berryessa Brewing, located in farmland west of the state capitol, opened to the public in 2012, and although its beers – session IPA, a Pilsner, California...

Fourpure is UK’s Brewery Business of the Year 2017

London-based Fourpure has been named the UK’s Brewery of the Year 2017 by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) in their annual Business Awards.The awards, which took place recently at SIBA’s BeerX event in Sheffield, seek to recognise the top brewery businesses in the UK across a variety of categories, as well as naming retailers, pubs, bars and restaurants...

Organic low-calorie energy drinks launched across the US

A range of organic energy drinks has been launched in sleek cans across the US through the Sprouts Farmers Market retail chain.The range from Positive Energy, based south of Los Angeles, is packed in 12oz aluminium cans and comes initially in four SKUs that include the carbonated flavours of Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Mango Lemonade, and Pomegranate Blueberry, in addition...

Researcher Campden BRI starts up programme in Korea

UK-based food and drink research organisation Campden BRI is to set up a joint food research programme in South Korea.It has been awarded more than £500,000 in an agreement that includes The Korea National Food Cluster (FOODPOLIS) and Dongguk University.The contract, funded by the South Korean government, aims to enhance food safety, quality and product innovation.Campden BRI will be...

Police investigate ‘human waste’ found in Coca-Cola cans

A police investigation has been launched into how what is thought to be human waste got into empty cans at a Coca-Cola filling plant.Night-shift staff were alerted at the plant at Lisburn, Northern Ireland, after cans that had been shipped from Germany became clogged in the production line.The workers discovered that some contained what looked like human waste.Coca-Cola HBC Northern...

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...

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