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How smaller companies can improve sustainability

The aims and achievements of the drinks sector's giants provide a strong lead to the industry's sustainability drive but progress will also...

Why wine has become a slave to water - Comment

The importance of water in the production of wine has grown in recent years, to such an extent that many wine companies are struggling. Chri...

The future for drinks industry's waste products

A fledgling partnership between Jose Cuervo and the Ford Motor Co underlines the potential for the innovative and environmentally positive r...

Wine industry ready for environmental changes?

Late last month, Chris Losh attended the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, held in Brighton on the south coast of England. Among th...

Latest Interviews

Coca-Cola's water stewardship director - interview 30 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

In achieving its goal to replenish water equivalent to its 2015 sales volumes "back to nature and communities", Coca-Cola gave itself a compelling sustainability story to tell consumers. Greg Koch, senior director of Global Water Stewardship at Coca-Cola, spoke with Ben Cooper about what "replenishment" means, and why getting the minutiae of the methodology right is so important.


just The Answer - Heineken Ethiopia GM 14 Mar 2013

Andy Morton

Heineken last week announced plans to build a 1.5m-litre capacity brewery in Ethiopia, which, with the second-largest population in Africa, is a major focus for international brewers.

Latest News

Carlsberg hits back at anti-patent pressure group 21 Nov 16

Andy Morton

Carlsberg has defended itself against accusations of patent law abuse after securing the rights this year to three new types of barley.


India drought hits United Breweries' beer supply 19 May 16

Andy Morton

Heineken's majority-owned Indian brewer, United Breweries, has said it is will look to invest in more waste-water recycling programmes after "acute shortages" forced it to decrease beer production.


Climate change driving early harvests in France 22 Mar 16

Lucy Britner

The impact of drought on wine grape harvests has largely disappeared in France and Switzerland as overall climate change plays a larger role, according to a combined study from NASA and Harvard University.


Marlborough's future in the hills - Peter Yealands 16 Mar 16

Andy Morton

New Zealand winemaker Peter Yealands has warned that Marlborough could run out of vineyard space in the next few years, kickstarting a move into the region's hard hillside terrain.


Packaging deposit schemes doomed to failure - CCE 8 Mar 16

Keith Nuthall

Deposit schemes for drinks packaging will not increase reuse or recycling rates, a senior Coca-Cola Enterprises executive has claimed.


Heineken "mindful" of Nigeria amid currency woes 24 Feb 16

Andy Morton

Heineken is keeping an eye on Nigeria as currency turmoil makes it harder for the company to get money out of the country.

Latest blogs

Drinking & Driving? Ford and Jose Cuervo's Tequila cars 19 Jul 16

Lucy Britner

A couple of months ago, US-based Saltwater Brewery developed 'edible six-pack rings' in an effort to curb threats to wildlife.


Are you fodmap-compliant? The latest health fad uncovered 23 Nov 15

Andy Morton

Forget gluten-free. Fodmaps are the latest food trend, and if you work in the soft drinks industry it is important to know where you stand with them.

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