Heineken has maintained its ties with football by extending its Champions League sponsorship and signing on as the official beer of Euro 2020.
Big Drop Brewing Co has teamed up with four of the UK’s leading craft breweries to produce a limited edition range of 0.5% abv collaboration brews.
Majestic has teamed up with Curious Brewing to produce a beer aimed at Sauvignon Blanc drinkers.
Waitrose sold ten weeks’ worth of beer in just four days in its Oxford Botley Road store via its “Unpacked” scheme, where beer (and wine) was made available for consumers to buy using refillable containers.
ABInbev has reported its UK business has had a “strong third quarter”, driven by the continued popularity of Corona and Budweiser, however its overall global business delivered weaker than expected sales over the period. As a result the company lowered its profit growth forecasts for the year, sending shares tumbling 10%.
Brewgooder has joined forces with craft brewer Fourpure to launch two new beers that will fund clean water projects.
Carlsberg has announced it has made big steps with its plans to create the world’s first ‘paper’ beer bottle, made from sustainably-sourced wood fibres that are both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable.
Nisa has announced it is helping retailers transition into colder weather with a Hail the Ale event to help drive footfall and sales.
Tennent’s has announced enhanced investment of £14.23 million in sustainability, as part of its strategy to boost its contribution to the fight against climate change. The investment is enabling the company to introduce green technology and strategic partnerships.
As part of this the producer aims to be free from single-use plastic in its packaging by 2021, eliminating 150 tonnes of plastic from the environment each year. From next Spring the brand’s larger canned product formats will use cardboard packaging as an alternative to hi-cone rings and shrink wrap. Smaller packs will follow later in the year.
Tennent’s has also become the first brewer to join companies such as John Lewis, Tesco, Unilever and Coca-Cola in becoming a member of The UK Plastics Pact, described as “a trailblazing, collaborative initiative that brings businesses together with governments and NGOs to tackle the problem and move us towards a system which keeps plastic in the economy and out of the environment”.
Meanwhile a newly-built water treatment plant, known as anaerobic digestion, is now operational at Tennent’s Wellpark home. This allows for the on-site treatment of wastewater generated as a by-product of brewing. Alongside this, plans are underway to ensure that all of the brewery’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2025, twenty years ahead of the Scottish Government’s targets.
Tennent’s is made from 100% Scottish barley and the beer’s by-products are then entirely recycled for use as animal feed or organic compost, helping Wellpark to send zero waste to landfill, which it has done since 2014.
The producer has also linked with the 2015 Climate Group to engage people throughout Scotland in the issue of climate change. The not-for-profit organisation, which equips young people with climate change knowledge and leadership skills, will work with Tennent’s to run a series of workshops in pubs throughout the country. Inviting the public to come and join ‘A Pint and a Plan’ sessions, the collaborative gatherings are designed to turn talk into advocacy and action. A full programme of these events will be released in December.
Martin Doogan, group engineering manager at C&C, Tennent’s parent company, said this activity represents a sizeable and enduring investment in the future.
He said: “As Scotland’s oldest surviving business, and one of its best-loved, we take our responsibility to do the right thing very seriously.
"Sustainability is a core part of our brand and today marks a significant step-change in our plans. We’ve leveraged our scale and influence, our passion for innovation and our network of contacts to ensure that we act decisively against climate change, without delay.
“It’s a leap in the right direction – but we’re not complacent and we’re not finished. We will continue to seek out ways to minimise our environmental impact across our entire business, from our transport fleet, to international deliveries. Our commitment is to lasting environmental change; in our company, in our industry and beyond.”
Michael Mackenzie, trustee of the of 2050 Climate Group, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Tennent’s on our ‘A Pint and a Plan’ workshops. These are a novel way to grab people’s attention and to encourage them to take tangible action on climate change. We can’t wait to get started.”
The business has also released an advertising campaign highlighting the importance of sustainability. Ads, which will appear on digital and out-of-home across Central Scotland, will have the strapline: ‘Because Life is Bigger than Beer’. As part of this a new brand film has also been released on social media.
The Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel has not upheld a complaint about two craft beers produced by UK brewers.
Black Sheep Brewery has extended out of beer and created its first-ever gin, with plans to produce a full collection of sprits in the future.
Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I is the latest producer to announce plans to eliminate plastic rings from all of its products.
Beer Hawk has launched a chilled supply chain proposition to offer craft brewers a new route to market.
Drygate Brewing Co claims it has launched “Europe’s first reforestation beer”, and it has pledged to plant 10,000 trees with the proceeds.
Popular ale brand Hobgoblin has been given a stripped back new look as part of the biggest overhaul in its 31-year history.
Tennent’s Lager, the official beer of Scottish Rugby, is offering fans the chance to win a money-can’t-buy experience to see the national team play pitch side with its latest on-pack promotion.
Greene King has launched 4 x 335ml four-packs of Old Speckled Hen in a bid to earn a place in the fridge at convenience stores across the UK.
A 4.6% abv session NEIPA from Shrewsbury was named the world’s best beer at the International Beer Challenge Awards 2019 in London last night.
Hong Kong’s richest family has secured a deal to buy 220-year-old brewer Greene King for £2.7 billion.
Stourbridge-based brewery Sadler’s has launched its popular Peaky Blinder lager in 33cl cans in time for season five of the hit BBC show.
Adnams has reported half year losses to June 30 rose to £783,000 from £557,000 in the previous year, but beer volumes grew for the first six months of 2019.
Brewers from across the globe are celebrating after dazzling a demanding judging panel and scooping medals in the International Beer Challenge 2019.
ABInbev’s UK business saw strong volume growth for the second quarter of 2019, boosted by a number of its brands.
Diageo GB reports it has had “a positive year” in the UK, with sales up 4% driven by both the beer and spirits categories.
Camra’s 2019 Great British Beer Festival - for which DRN will be the Official Off-Trade Media Partner - will boast a range of live craft keg beer for the first time in the event’s 42-year history.
Molson Coors has acquired London-based craft brewer, Hop Stuff Brewery and Taprooms.
BrewDog has created a product exclusively for The Co-op for the first time.
The Isle of Skye Brewing Company has acquired Black Wolf Brewery and its beer brands from VC2 Brands.
The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has promoted James Calder to chief executive.
Craft beer discovery club Beer52 has invested in the Brighton-based brewery Lost+Found.
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