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In Crowded Marketplace, Breweries Search For Unique Identities

December 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times | News | Comments

Breweries everywhere are constantly on the lookout for clever names for their products. And it is getting more difficult, with 3,100 craft breweries across the country. After deciding on a name, many breweries search online to see if others have already claimed it. 

Sale of Oregon Craft Brewery Provokes Backlash Among Fans

December 11, 2014 9:45 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

What did the brewers do to provoke such a backlash? Change the hops or yeast? Abandon a favorite ale recipe? No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives to a U.S. commercial strategy office in New  York.

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Chinese Demand For Dairy Products Spurs US Exports

December 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

What’s behind this trend, and how can U.S. processors benefit? Milk and cheese are relatively new to the Chinese diet, says Todd Shilk, dairy category manager at Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, but consumers’ taste for them is growing.   

VIDEO: Meet a Sommelier...For Water

December 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Martin Riese is the only certified water sommelier in America. Who knew water could be described as sweet, fruity, earthy, salty, bitter, smooth, etc.? As a water sommelier, Riese gets to use his palate to try out the many different waters of the world. 

VIDEO: Women Want Whiskey

December 10, 2014 9:05 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Some of the most well-known whiskeys today were either founded, owned, managed or saved by women. As Michelle Miller reports, there are even clubs to experience and learn about different whiskeys and whiskey cocktails.        

Large UK Pub Chain, Heineken Clash Over Beer Cost

December 10, 2014 8:15 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the United Kingdom's biggest pub chains has dropped Heineken products from its 926 properties in a confrontation over the Dutch brewer's demand to sell products at higher prices in the Republic of Ireland.          

Consumer Trends: How Americans Are Enjoying Their Wine

December 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by E. & J. Gallo Winery | News | Comments

As a whole, the survey told us that Americans are enjoying wine more often than ever before by bringing it into dining, entertaining and even the most casual experiences — all while demonstrating an eagerness to experiment with various flavors and formats.

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Bud Light Adding Messages to Bottle Labels

December 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Bud Light | News | Comments

Each of the new bottles of Bud Light will feature a different "Up For Whatever" message on its label that is intended to inspire spontaneous fun, no matter where or when it's enjoyed. Some Bud Light bottles, for example, will be labeled as "The perfect beer for leaving your comfort zone in another time zone."

How Adult Beverage Brands Are Prioritizing Sustainability

December 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Christine LaFave Grace, Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Two weeks ago, BuzzFeed ran an article with the headline “How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It.” The piece discusses how climate change likely will have a significant impact on which wine grapes can be grown where.   

Machine Harvesting May Increase Apple Supply For Hard Cider Market

December 8, 2014 12:50 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Cider, or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States, is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the U.S., boasting a 54 percent increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. 

VIDEO: Czech Republic Beauty Regimen Includes Bathing in Beer

December 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Beer is not just for drinking anymore. ABC's Hamish Macdonald goes inside the spa where a bathtub of hops is part of the beautify regimen in the Czech Republic.                         

Alcohol Sales to Show Modest Growth in 2015

December 8, 2014 8:45 am | by Technomic | News | Comments

In looking at specific adult beverage categories in on-premise channels, Technomic finds the largest category — beer — challenged in terms of volume. BarTAB Report outlines sales growth of 2.3 percent for beer in 2015.      

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Research Shows Antioxidant Capacity of Orange Juice is 'Undervalued'

December 5, 2014 1:00 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. 

VIDEO: Starbucks' New 'Willy Wonka' Of Coffee

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Making a bet that consumers want a unique experience and high-end, expensive coffee, Starbucks is opening a new Roastery in Seattle. CEO Howard Schultz gives Poppy Harlow a tour.                    

BeBevCo Signs License Agreement For KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink

December 4, 2014 12:40 pm | by Bebida Beverage Company | News | Comments

Bebida Beverage Company, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of relaxation and energy drinks is pleased to announce it has signed a long term license agreement with Sparkling Drink Systems International (SDS), the Global Beverage Solution Provider.

Portland Customers Can Now Order Starbucks Via Mobile

December 4, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Starbucks launched a mobile order-and-pay-ahead option in Portland this week as it prepares to expand the offering nationally over the next year. In major cities, the chain says it plans to offer delivery later in 2015 as well.      

Alcohol Industry Celebrates 81 Years Since the End of Prohibition

December 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America | News | Comments

In 1933, the last three of the 36 required states voted to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending Prohibition and paving the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system. The alcohol industry today contributes thousands of jobs to state economies.

Virginia Brewery Taps 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe

December 4, 2014 9:44 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Reynolds family.             

Looking for a Cup of Joe? Martha Stewart Dips into Coffee Business

December 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A spokeswoman for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. confirmed that plans are in place for the company to open a New York coffee shop. The shop wil be in the Chelsea neighborhood, within the same building that holds the company's headquarters.

Consumer Trends: A Drink For All Seasons and Reasons

December 3, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Harris Poll | News | Comments

When it comes to alcoholic beverage choices for American adults (aged 21 and up), how much does the "when" of it factor into the type of drink one chooses? As it turns out, quite a bit. Beer is the top drink choice to consume throughout the year. 

Nostalgia Plays Big Role in Limited-Time Holiday Flavors

December 3, 2014 11:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Limited-time flavors are a proven way to attract customers throughout the year. But flavors like candy cane and gingerbread are particularly popular because of the power scents and flavors have to evoke time spent with loved ones.     

Brown-Forman Reports Slightly Higher Net Income

December 3, 2014 11:30 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday its second-quarter net income rose slightly because of sales growth for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand along with its tequilas and pricier premium whiskeys, offsetting declines for some of its other staples.

Business Groups Push to End Indiana's Ban on Sunday Alcohol Sales

December 3, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some business groups have started a new push aimed at ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores. Liquor store owners have opposed lifting the Sunday ban, arguing the change would benefit large chain grocery and convenience stores.

VIDEO: Flavor On Tap With Personalized Beer

December 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

It might look like a coffee machine, but this technology is designed to enhance the taste of your favorite beer. Now, beer-drinkers could have the opportunity to personalize the taste of their favorite brew if pubs adopt new technology at the pump.

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