Cider Seen as Next ‘Craft’ Brew as Sales Climb 25% This Year

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A decade ago, it seemed hard cider had met its match, as fast-charging hard-lemonade brands stole a big slice of the category’s sweet-drinking audience. But now the bite is back, as cider sales rebound thanks to surging interest from a new consumer base: sophisticated craft beer drinkers searching for taste adventures. (more…)

Kenya’s EABL bets on canned beer to beat new rules

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Kenya’s East African Breweries is investing in a beer canning line to tap a growing market of consumers who drink at home after the country introduced tough new restrictions on sale of alcohol in bars, its chief executive said. (more…)

Independence Brewing Co. tugs Texas beer market

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In 2004, Amy Cartwright delivered 650 kegs of beer to Austin-area bars with her Honda Accord. In the last fiscal year, the craft beer microbrewery she and husband Rob Cartwright founded delivered more than 5,000 kegs. (more…)

Heineken sparks beer wars with Nairobi office

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Global beverage giant Heineken has opened a regional headquarters in Nairobi to help push its brands in the market, setting the stage for a market share war with East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) and SABMiller. (more…)

Business takes a critical look at climat change challenge

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During COP17 this week, the South African Breweries Limited (SAB), along with other leading South African corporations, will critically examine the challenge of climate change and how business can make a meaningful impact. (more…)

European Union – Malting barley unlinks from other grain markets

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Different from other grains, malting barley prices in the EU have moved slightly higher. Just like crude oil, corn and wheat have reacted on growing concerns of a slowdown of economic growth and the European debt crisis, whereas malting barley has remained stable and even trended higher for some origins and shipment periods. (more…)

India. City pubs may soon serve freshly brewed beer

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Delhiites will no longer have to travel all the way to Gurgaon to enjoy freshly brewed beer. Soon, tipplers in Delhi will have their own ‘micro brewpubs’ to get their beer brewed to the specific taste they prefer in terms of flavour, bitterness, viscosity and other variables. (more…)