Suntory seeks to boost sales in China to Y100 bil

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Beverage maker Suntory Holdings Ltd will seek to boost annual sales in China to 100 billion yen from the current 30 billion yen by stepping up marketing of vintage wines, health foods and other high-quality products for wealthy Chinese. (more…)

Microbreweries turning from glass to metal

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Baxter Brewing in Maine has joined a growing number of small craft-beer breweries distributing their brews in cans — just like mainstream mass-produced beers — rather than in bottles. A decade ago, it’s believed there weren’t any U.S. craft breweries canning their suds. Nowadays, nearly 100 sell at least one beer variety in metal. (more…)

US. Demand For Craft Beer Boosts Local Brewery

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Demand for locally-produced beer is growing across the country, and here in the Mid-South it’s fueling the expansion of a brewery in Memphis.
“We need to increase our refrigeration space, and increase our production capabilities in terms of extra boilers, more fermentation tanks, so we have more time and space to age the beers,” said Chuck Skypeck, founding partner of Ghost River Brewing. (more…)

Heineken to be inaugural participant in United Nations Global Compact LEAD

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During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jean-Fran?ois van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Heineken NV, joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and CEOs of other leading international companies for the launch of Global Compact LEAD.
This new platform created by the UN Global Compact has been established to set a new benchmark for corporate sustainability. (more…)

UK. Hopes and trends for 2011

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With 2011 sizing up to be a thrilling year for beer, the drinks business picked the brains of several leading on-trade operators and industry observers and, like a FIFA executive prodding a German octopus, asked them for their predictions. (more…)