Coronation Street fans will be celebrating 50 years of the show this year with a Coronation Street Ale from Manchester-brewer JW Lees, a pie from northern pie maker Holland's and Imperial Leather soap.
The ITV soap opera has launched a tie-up with great British brands as part of its golden anniversary year. Others involved include Warburtons bread and Typhoo tea. All the classic brands will be involved in a series of events during 2010, with the launch event taking place today (11 February) at the "Replica Rovers" pub at Granada's studios. [...more]
Remy Cointreau's Piper Heidsieck champagne is to cut 45 jobs as it moves away from private label business.
This is a quarter of Piper's 160 employees.
Chris Mason, MD of Remy Cointreau's UK distributor First Drinks, told Drinks International: "As far as I'm aware, this is part of the company's evolving new strategy to focus its efforts on the brands Piper and Charles Heidsieck.
"It (Remy Cointreau) had significant business in private label champagne, including airline pouring business. As I understand it, this is where the job losses will occur."
Mason said the jobs [...more]
Stella Artois is coming home. The world-famous lager is to be produced at the giant Anheuser-Busch Inbev brewery in Samlesbury after a two-year absence.
The kegging line is running again after being mothballed and 24 workers have been taken on to man it.
The Evening Post can reveal that Budweiser may also be kegged in Lancashire next year when Anheuser-Busch shuts down another brewery next year. [...more]
Sai Gon Alcohol Beer and Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), leading brewer in Vietnam, expects an increase in domestic demand for beer in this year, it is reported on Wednesday. Sabeco anticipates Vietnamese brewers to produce about 2.7 bln litres of beer in 2010 to meet rising demands of local consumers. Sabeco, which owns approximately 35% nationalwide […] [...more]
Heineken said Monday that it would buy the beer operations of Femsa, one of the biggest brewers in Mexico, in an all-share transaction that values the business at $7.6 billion. The move further consolidates the beer industry into a few global players. The move will make Heineken a “more competitive player in Latin America, one […] [...more]
Miguel Torres Jr of the Torres family in Spain has been appointed executive president of the company's Chilean subsidiary, based in Curicó.
He recently moved to the region, where his key objectives will be to increase sales in export markets including the UK, implement organic viticulture and develop new wines from Empedrado, a new winemaking region south of Concepción.
Torres, a fifth generation winemaker, said: "My family and I are delighted to move to Chile and embark upon a new personal and professional chapter in Curicó. We are lucky to have a great team behind us at Viña Miguel Torres which undoubtedly still have a lot of potential for growth, particularly in export markets". [...more]
Foster’s Group could lose its licence to produce and distribute the Stella Artois beer brand in Australia. According to reposrts circulating in the Australian press – Anheuser-Busch InBev may give the licence to Lion Nathan when it expires, as it has already been granted the licence for the Budweiser brands in Australia and New Zealand. […] [...more]
Ball Corporation announced today that Michael L. Hranicka has been named president, metal beverage packaging, Americas. Hranicka joined Ball in 2005 as vice president, sales and marketing for Ball's metal food packaging business. In 2007 he became senior vice president, sales and marketing for Ball's expanded metal food and household packaging products division, Americas, and in 2009 was named executive vice president and chief operating officer, metal beverage packaging, North America. Hranicka reports to Raymond J. Seabrook, Ball's executive vice president and chief operating officer, global packaging. [...more]
Canopy Management, the Napa Valley wine brand creation, sales and marketing company announced three new team members. Mr. Mack Hoehner and Ms. Kelly Howell joined the company in sales, both with the title of Vice President/Partner. Ms. Mary Ann Vangrin has been named Partner/Director of Communications and Social Media. Canopy Management was founded in 2008 by industry veterans Terry Wheatley and Brian Wurtz who are Chief Marketing Officer/Partner and President/Partner, respectively.
An innovative wine company pioneering the use of social media to develop wine brands with direct input from the consumer, Canopy's mission is to break down walls between the marketers and marketplace. The portfolio is currently distributed in 38 states and broke the 120K case shipment mark in 2009. Wines include Middle Sister, pro-mis-Q-ous, Monogamy, Purple Cowboy, Kate & Cassie, Deep Purple, Little Chica, Good Daughter and Cocca di Papa and are all under $15. Canopy headquarters is located in a Craftsman-style bungalow in downtown Napa called "The Clubhouse."
"We all report to the consumer," comments Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Terry Wheatley.
Mack Hoehner comes to Canopy Management from Foster's Wine Estates where he ran sales as Vice President, Southwest Zone. Kelly Howell also comes from Foster's where her most recent position was Vice President, On-Premise National Accounts. [...more]
Internationally known winemaker Joel Aiken has left the position of vice president of winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) in Napa Valley to begin working as a consulting winemaker.
Aiken developed an interest in winemaking as an undergraduate at UC Davis, where he earned his Masters of Science degree in Enology. Upon finishing his studies at Davis in 1982, he was named BV's Assistant Winemaker, and progressed up through the organization as Winemaker, Director of Winemaking and finally as VP of Winemaking, a position he held from 1999-2009. [...more]
Rexam PLC, the global consumer packaging company, confirms that, following the announcement of 13 November 2009, Graham Chipchase assumed the role of Chief Executive on 1 January 2010. [...more]
Sab Miller Angola plans to invest US$120 million in a tin can factory that is due to start operating in October, 2010, in Viana municipality, Luanda province. [...more]