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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.

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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.

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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?     

Water Wars: Nestle, Cascade Locks Try New Tack For Bottling Plant

January 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascade Locks City Council voted to seek the Oregon Water Resources Department's permission to swap a portion of its well water right for .5 cubic feet per second of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's right to draw 10 cubic feet per second from Oxbow Springs.

Proposed Illinois Legislation Would Ban Powdered Alcohol

January 27, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves. The bill defines powdered alcohol as "any powder or crystalline substance containing alcohol produced for human consumption."         

Thirst For Craft Beer Fuels Large Crop of Hops

January 27, 2015 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new report from the Hop Growers of America shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014. The thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.           

Colorado Lawmakers: To Ban or Not to Ban Powdered Alcohol?

January 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events. The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form.

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Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy' Groups

January 26, 2015 1:15 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating rapidly. 

$300K in Stolen Wine From Famed Restaurant is Found

January 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley, California, restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar in North Carolina. Napa County sheriff's Capt. Doug Pike says it's unclear how the 76 bottles ended up in Greensboro.

Starbucks' First-Quarter Profits Soar on Strong Sales, Traffic

January 23, 2015 7:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts.

Oranges vs. Orange Juice: Which One Might Be Better For Your Health?

January 22, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

While many health advocates advise consumers to eat an orange rather than opt for a serving of sugary juice, scientists found that there are certain nutrients in orange juice that might be easier for the body to absorb.        

Organic vs. Conventional Milk: What's Really in Your Cup?

January 22, 2015 9:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

While most consumers believe that a $6 gallon of organic milk is healthier than the $4 conventionally-produced kind, New Zealand researchers argue that the "differences" aren't so different after all.               

Millennials Drive Premiumization in Wine Industry

January 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As a Millennial myself, I can safely vouch for consumers of my age group in that we love wine. Whites, reds, sweet or dry, Millennials like to enjoy a glass of the good stuff. A new report studies the role of Millennials in driving premiumization in the global wine industry.

Beastie Boys Seek Additional $2.4M in Monster Energy Drink Suit

January 20, 2015 12:10 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Beastie Boys want to force the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.4 million in legal fees and costs so the rappers' $1.7 million jury award is not dwarfed by expenses in a copyright violation case, lawyers say.      

Dairy Industry Braces for Milk Bust Following 2014 Boom

January 20, 2015 7:30 am | by DANA FERGUSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Already disheartened by the current glut, which is due to global factors and overproduction, dairy farmers say they worry that futures markets predict dwindling prices in 2015. Over in the dairy aisle, though, shoppers are milking savings by the gallon.

Babies on Beer Bottles? New Hampshire Considers Alcohol Label Change

January 16, 2015 8:30 am | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Currently, a bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted by Founders Brewery Co., is illegal in the Granite State but legislation proposed this year would permit brewers to peddle their ales, stouts, porters and lagers even if the label shows images of minors.

Conductivity Transmitter

January 16, 2015 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Smartec CLD18 toroidal conductivity transmitter is for applications including the monitoring phase separation of product/water mixtures in the beverage industry, CIP systems, liquid concentration and others.

Study: When Chocolate Milk Removed From Schools, Total Milk Intake Drops

January 15, 2015 12:35 pm | by CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING (NRC RESEARCH PRESS) | News | Comments

Researchers measured milk consumption by children and found that when chocolate milk was removed from schools, the overall consumption dropped drastically by about 41 percent. Additionally, of the students who chose plain milk, there was a greater amount of milk wasted.

Connecticut Brewery Settles Dispute With Anchor Brewing

January 15, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Hartford brewery and restaurant has agreed to change the label on its bottled beers following a trademark dispute with the Anchor Brewing Co. in California. A settlement calls for City Stream Brewing to change the name on its bottle beer from "City Steam" to "Citysteam."

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