Russia. State Duma plans to ban beer in plastic bottles

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The Russian Duma plans to ban beer in PET plastic bottles by 2013, which accounts for nearly half of the Russian beer market. Before the second reading in the Russian State Duma the draft of this ban was incorporated in the so-called “beer law “, as reported by Russian media. (more…)

Australia: GrainCorp reports limited supply of malting barley in most regions

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GrainCorp on Thursday advised that it had released the company’s harvest report for the 2010/11 harvest. The wetter than normal harvest conditions, particularly compared to 2009/10, affected grain quality in a number of ways: Levels of screenings were generally lower; Grain size was larger; Test weights were lower; and Moisture content of grain received was higher, GrainCorp said. (more…)

Heineken sees 2011 cost pressure after strong Q1

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Heineken NV (HEIN.AS), the world’s third-largest brewer, increased beer sales in all regions of the world in the first quarter, but it warned that its strong earnings would not be replicated throughout the year. (more…)