Craft Brew Alliance forms distribution partnerships with 3 US-based beer companies

USA - Craft Brew Alliance, Inc., a leading craft brewing company, has made strategic brewing and distribution partnerships with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), Cisco Brewers, and Wynwood Brewing Co. through three separate purchase agreements. Formally launched in 2015, CBA’s craft partner strategy has contributed significantly to the evolution of the company, and new agreements represent…

AB InBev opens new automated ‘robo-warehouses’ in UK brewery

UK - AB InBev, a multinational drink and brewing holdings company, is opening a new automated warehouse with space to store 23 million pints of beer at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales. According to the company, the 80,000 cubic metre warehouse will enable AB InBev to meet growing UK demand for beer…

National craft beer associations form Independent Brewers of Europe partnership

EUROPE - European craft brewing associations Independent Brewers of Ireland, The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), Syndicat National des BrasseursIndépendants (SNBI), Unionbirrai, Scanian Beverage Producers, Det Fri Øl, and Craft Brewers Netherlands have formed the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE). According to Food & Drinks Insight, the partnership will represent craft brewing associations from various parts…

Kenya Breweries’ trains 300 youth and women through vocational courses

KENYA - Diageo’s local operator Kenya Breweries Limited has unveiled about 300 youth and women graduates from its vocational training and entrepreneurship programme dubbed Heshima. Heshima is a local training initiative aimed at equipping youth and women from across Kenya with entrepreneurial skills at the same time tackling the issue of unemployment among target groups.…

Molson Coors Canada and HEXO complete join venture to launch Truss

CANADA – Molson Coors Canada, the Canadian business unit of Molson Coors Brewing Company, and HEXO Corp. have announced that they have closed the deal to form a joint venture to pursue opportunities to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market following legalization. HEXO is an adult-use cannabis brand built by innovators and explorers,…

Tanzania’s US$13m Chamwino wine plant to be completed by 2020

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s Chamwino District Council is set to complete a US$13.11 million (Tsh30 billion) wine plant by 2020 to provide grape farmers in Dodoma region with a ready market for their commodity, reports theCitizen. The plant will have a capacity of 15,000 metric tons of juice, 40,000 tons of concentrate grape, 60,000 tons of…

Coca-Cola Nigeria launches affordable 1litre PET bottle of Coke ‘Mama’

NIGERIA - Coca-Cola Nigeria has unveiled a new affordable 1litre PET bottle of Coke, Mama that celebrates family integration by ‘encouraging intimate family moments and making every moment worth sharing’. According to BeverageIndustryNews, Mama is further demonstration of Coca-Cola’s commitment to uplifting and uniting families and friends, as they join and share meals and intimate…

Beam Suntory announces Albert Baladi as new CEO replacing Matt Shattock

USA - Beam Suntory Chairman & CEO Matt Shattock has announced that he will transition CEO responsibilities effective April 2019 to Albert Baladi, the company’s current Chief Operating Officer and President – North America. According to the company, Shattock will remain a member of the Beam Suntory Board as non-executive Chairman and a member of…

Coca Cola Co and Coca Cola Amatil to buy 45% stake in beverage business Made Group

AUSTRALIA - Australia's first kombucha maker, The Coca-Cola Co and its local bottler Coca-Cola Amatil have agreed to buy a 45% stake in Melbourne-based beverages business Made Group. Made owns popular beverage brands including Cocobella coconut water and coconut yoghurt, Rokeby Farms high-protein smoothies and yoghurt, Impressed cold-pressed juices and almond milk, and vitamin enhanced…

Cost-efficiency measures pull PepsiCo India back to profitability

INDIA - Snacks and beverage major PepsiCo India has reported US$25.89 million net profit for the year 2017/18 after seven years of making losses, reports ET Retail. PepsiCo’s return to profitability since 2011 was attributed to cost-efficiency measures, higher capacity utilisation and focus on high-margin products. According to its latest filings with the Registrar of…