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Arizona Lawmakers Sponsor Clashing Beer-Production Bills

February 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Competing beer-production bills will be up for a vote before an Arizona Senate committee today, but lawmakers are nudging the two sides to work things out. The Senate will hear legislation that has come out of conflict between breweries and wholesale alcohol distributors.

Mike's Hard Lemonade 'Exploring a Sale'

February 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Mike's Hard Lemonade is in the very early stages of exploring a sale — one worth $1 billion. The Chicago-based company has initiated a sale process that is likely to attract the interest of large beverage companies.         

A Powerful Solution to Production Downtime

February 6, 2015 9:40 am | by ABB | News | Comments

Auckland, New Zealand-based Fonterra is the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, reaching over 100 countries. Globally, the company produces over 22 billion liters of milk each year, of which 750,000 liters are handled at their Takanini facility located just outside of Auckland. 

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VIDEO: Coca-Cola's Strangest Flavors

February 5, 2015 1:45 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Most soda drinkers have a favorite flavor in their choice of carbonated beverages. But did you know Coca-Cola has some of the strangest flavors worldwide? From Green Tea Coke to pine nut flavored, would you be caught sipping one of these unique drinks?

US Beer Industry Welcomes Reform of Federal Beer Tax

February 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Beer Institute | News | Comments

The American beer industry welcomed bipartisan legislation introduced today to comprehensively reform the federal beer tax imposed on brewers and beer importers. The bill would remove barriers to growth in the industry, encouraging capital and workforce investment.

Cocktails Go Sky High as Airline Drink Options Take Off

February 5, 2015 8:50 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flying, at least for non-millionaires, has gotten grimmer in recent years. But things are looking up on the drinks cart. Alaska Air, for example, took a crafty approach, teaming with local distilleries Sun Liquor in Seattle and Bendistillery in Oregon.

Ky. Bourbon, Tenn. Whiskey Sales Up in US; Exports Top $1B

February 3, 2015 12:20 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey scored another round of U.S. sales growth in 2014, while exports topped $1 billion for the second straight year. Mixed together, U.S. revenues for bourbon and Tennessee whiskey rose by 9.6 percent to $2.7 billion.

VIDEO: Should Americans Be Drinking More Milk?

February 3, 2015 11:45 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Milk sales in the U.S. have dropped to a 30-year low, a trend the dairy industry describes as devastating. Industry executives say it's because their products and packaging are old fashioned and in need of innovation, but some families also have health concerns. 

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VIDEO: Diageo Says Vodka Acquisitions Are 'Unlikely'

February 3, 2015 10:40 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Diageo's Chief Executive Officer Ivan Menezes says Vodka acquisitions are unlikely, even though the market is getting more competitive. Menezes talks with Jonathan Ferro on Bloomberg Television's "On the Move."           

Budweiser Ad Stirs Controversy Among Craft Brewers, Drinkers

February 3, 2015 9:59 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Regardless of which team you were cheering for during the Super Bowl, chances are you probably had a beer in your hand. Many beer drinkers were offended by Budweiser's "Brewed the Hard Way" commercial because of its slap to the craft brew industry.

Coca-Cola Bets the Farm on 'Premium Milk'

February 3, 2015 8:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Fairlife, which Coca-Cola formed in partnership with dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers in 2012, says its milk goes through a filtration process that's akin the way skim milk is made. Fairlife says its milk has 50 percent more protein than regular milk and is lactose free.

Milk Does a Body Good? A Look at the Science

February 2, 2015 2:15 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign last week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? Here then is a quick review of what science currently says about milk's health benefits.

Court Upholds Deceptive Ad Claims Against POM

February 2, 2015 9:35 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court said Friday that many advertising claims for POM Wonderful juice were deceptive in asserting that it curbs the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction and is clinically proven to work.  

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Hatfields, McCoys Make Moonshine Legally in Southern W.Va.

February 2, 2015 8:30 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press | News | Comments

After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

Germany Sees First Increase in Beer Sales Since 2006

January 30, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Statistical Office says German breweries saw their first increase in sales volume in 2014 after seven years of declines. The office said overall sales of German beer in 2014 were 9.56 billion liters, or about 2.525 billion U.S. gallons, an increase of 1 percent over 2013.

Silicon Valley Bank Foresees Breakout Year Ahead For US Wine Industry

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Silicon Valley Bank | News | Comments

While the large supply of wines in the cellars should normally indicate continued depressed pricing, Silicon Valley Bank believes 2015 will be a year of both volume and price increases in the fine wine segment, driven by an improving economy and higher demand.

Pabst Brewing Considers Returning to Milwaukee

January 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago, but now its current owner is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made.

VIDEO: Why a 200-Year-Old Brewer Turned to Robots

January 28, 2015 3:20 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Some things in business simply cannot be hurried. Badische Stattsbrauerei Rothaus in Germany hasn't changed the recipe of its beer since the 1790s, but the company needed to change the way it packaged its bottles. So, it turned to robots.   

Survey Says Spain is Most Likely to Unveil New Wine Region in 2015

January 28, 2015 1:20 pm | by Carinena | News | Comments

According to a survey of 350 industry experts including retailers, beverage directors and sommeliers by research provider Wine Opinions to identify the next great wine discovery for 2015, Spain is most likely to unveil a "yet to be discovered" wine region.

Drink Up: Study Says Compound in Beer Can Ward Off Alzheimer's

January 28, 2015 1:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Who says beer isn't good for you? Science says it is! According to researchers, beer doesn't just satisfy your taste buds and get you drunk, it also is quite healthful. The solution to help guard these cells from damage? Xanthohumol.   

New Exec. Named to Lead Jack Daniel's Brands

January 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brown-Forman Corp. has announced a new executive for its Jack Daniel's Brands. Jack Daniel's is Louisville-based Brown Forman's flagship brand. Mark McCallum is set to start this Sunday as the executive vice president and president of Jack Daniel's.

Cocktail Keurig Brings Bartender to Your Kitchen

January 28, 2015 9:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development Magazine | Articles | Comments

The self-proclaimed “Nespresso for cocktails,” the Somabar makes your favorite drinks in the comfort of your own home. The team behind the robotic bartender began researching the technology after experiencing automated beer dispensing in Tokyo three years ago.

Happy Birthday, Beer Can! Cheers to 80 Years

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

On Jan. 24, 1935, Krueger Brewing of Richmond, Virginia sold the very first beer can. While the beer cans of 80 years ago don't look too different from the cans of today, consumers had to actually crack open a cold one by using a can opener. 

Seattle Brewery Sold: Elysian Brewing Now Owned by AB InBev

January 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by Anheuser-Busch | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch has agreed to buy Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry's most innovative and sophisticated brands.

Hangover Cure 101: Research Says This Drink is the Perfect Remedy

January 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

New research presented at the 12th Annual Scripps Natural Supplements Conference shows that RESQWATER is an effective anti-hangover drink and helps support sleep quality and next-day cognitive function. A perfect cure or just a hoax?     

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