Diageo adds new black raspberry Ciroc to vodka portfolio

UK – Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company, has revealed an extension of its “ultra-premium” Cîroc vodka portfolio with the limited-edition black raspberry variant. According to FoodBev, Cîroc black raspberry infuses five times distilled vodka with “the delicate natural flavours of fresh, crushed black raspberry essence to create a distinct smooth finish”. “We’re incredibly…

PepsiCo and Loop Industries sign multi-year supply agreement for Loop-branded 100% sustainable plastics

USA - Loop Industries, Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic and PepsiCo, Inc. have announced a multi-year supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop’s joint venture facility in the United States. According to the company, it will also incorporate Loop PET plastic, which is 100% recycled material, into…

Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are the largest waste contributors, says Greenpeace

CANADA – Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization, has released an audit which said that Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are the top three contributors to ocean waste and pollution. According to the organization, together with their partners in the Break Free From Plastic movement, they enlisted the help of 10,000 volunteers across 42 countries to…

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…

Coca-Cola Amatil acquires minority stake in restaurant tech start-up Tabsquare

AUSTRALIA - Cola Amatil has announced it has taken a minority stake in Singapore-based restaurant tech start-up, TabSquare via its corporate venturing platform, Amatil X. According to the company, TabSquare provides artificial intelligence [AI]-powered smart in-restaurant solutions to improve the restaurant experience for diners and improve operational efficiency for restaurant owners. It is the second…

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…