The 10 best breweries in the world 2020, according to Ratebeer’s users

The beer world’s answer to Tripadvisor, Ratebeer, has just released its top 100 brewery ranking for 2020. The ranking is based on 10 different weighted scales, which look at factors such as user reviews of the past year and top performing beers, but also includes historical all-around performance, a brewer’s strength across a range of styles, and a few other factors to compare newer and older, larger and smaller brewers under a single method of processing. While the vast majority of brewers are based in the US this year, Ratebeer’s top 10 has featured producers from around...

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How A-B is Hacking Innovation

Dear Client: Last week was A-B’s third annual “I-Week” at The Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The “I” is for innovation. Indeed, it’s a sort of “hack-a-thon” for beverages. During the week’s course, tens of ideas are prototyped and vetted across thousands of consumers, both in person and online. By week’s end, twenty or … Continue reading “How A-B is Hacking Innovation” You are unauthorized to view this page. Read the full article

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HK Deliveroo offers Coronavirus relief measures for local F&B businesses

Deliveroo Hong Kong has announced a 15-20% discount in commission fees for its restaurant and wine merchant partners to support them as numbers of dine-in customers fall due to the coronavirus situation. Due to the impact brought by Covid-19, the Hong Kong government has imposed school closures until 16 March and extend the work from home arrangement for civil servants for another week until 23 February. As per official advice, a number of local offices have followed the government’s lead or minimised employees’ office working hours. Because of the special arrangement and also public...

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Taiwan’s Yilan Distillery to produce rubbing alcohol to stop coronavirus

The Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation (TTL), the largest manufacturer and distributor of cigarettes and alcohol in Taiwan, has said it will temporarily halt the production line at the Yilan Distillery and start to manufacture rubbing alcohol instead to help counter Covid-19. The coronavirus concern has driven skyrocketing sales for hygiene and healthcare products around Asia. First, it was the face mask craze, and the list for panic-buying even extended to toilet roll. Known as an effective sterilising agent, rubbing alcohol has seen shortages as a result of the outbreak. In Taiwan, TTL...

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What’s Up Stella’s Sleeve in 2020?

Dear Client: Could Anheuser-Busch’s largest import, Stella Artois, soon see a return to its days of double-digit growth? A-B’s VP of Premium/Super Premium Brands, Peter Van Overstraeten, believes it’s possible.  Here’s why.   Recall the brand has had a rough go of it the past couple years. After posting double digit gains in 2017, the brand … Continue reading “What’s Up Stella’s Sleeve in 2020?” You are unauthorized to view this page. Read the full article

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ProWine Singapore postponed

ProWine Singapore, due to be held this March, has been postponed it has been announced due to concern over Covid-19 (coronavirus). Informa markets the organisers of the FHA-Food & Beverage show in Singapore, which the ProWine event is held alongside, has said that with the latest developments of the Covid-19 virus the event was being pushed back to a later date for health reasons. Martyn Cox, event director, Hospitality, Food & Beverage – Singapore for Informa Markets, said: “The safety and well-being of our exhibitors, event attendees and staff is our top priority. There...

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What is Burgundy? Part Two: The Middle Ages

When we left the story at the end of the first part, the Franks had conquered the Kingdom of Burgundy in AD 534. Although rolled into their wider domains, which they were beginning to refer to ‘Francia’, the Merovingian dynasty of Frankish kings did sometimes style themselves as kings of ‘Francia et Burgundia’. The course of Frankish history for the next two centuries is very complex and we have more than enough complexities to contend with so, in short, the Merovingians gradually saw their power stripped away by overbearing nobles, most particularly the mayors of the...

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How Molson Coors Will Respond After a “Challenging” 2019

Dear Client: Molson Coors chief Gavin Hattersley didn’t beat around the bush in yesterday’s earnings call. The first line out of his mouth was “Look, 2019 was a challenging year for Molson Coors Beverage Company.” Indeed, there weren’t a whole lot of positive numbers Gavin could point to within the past year for their biggest … Continue reading “How Molson Coors Will Respond After a “Challenging” 2019” You are unauthorized to view this page. Read the full article

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Molson Coors Q4 U.S. Depletions Only Down 1.7%

Dear Client: It looks like things are getting sequentially better for Molson Coors Beverage Company.  Today they reported depletions down 1.7% and shipments up 2.5% for the U.S. fourth quarter. That’s a far better showing than their previous quarter results, where shipments were down 6.2%, and depletions down 3.9%. Although, they were facing some pretty … Continue reading “Molson Coors Q4 U.S. Depletions Only Down 1.7%” You are unauthorized to view this page. Read the full article

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db Eats: Ampéli

db’s resident bon vivant, Lucy Shaw, heads to smashing Greek newcomer Ampéli on Charlotte Street for sensational smoked cod’s roe, subtly spiced potato burik, and a cherry-scented Xinomavro. The concept: Perhaps it’s ‘The Durrells’ effect, but the Greek islands are definitely having a moment in the UK. While Brits have long flocked to Crete and Corfu, lesser known islands like Milos, Tinos and Sifnos are becoming increasingly popular with travellers keen to keep away from the crowds of Santorini and Mykonos. The Greek islands offer beleaguered Brits...

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