A wine industry group has issued a positive forecast for Calif. grapes despite recent wildfires, thanks to the fact that the vast majority of the harvest was already off the vine before the fires hit. "The vintage promises to be of excellent quality," said Wine Institute CEO Robert Koch.
With the cannabis market expected to reach $50 billion by 2026, former Anheuser-Busch CMO Chris Burggraeve is forecasting a trajectory for marijuana that parallels that of craft beer. "The same way that craft beer started and, for the longest time, was ignored and then exploded, there's no reason why the same thing wouldn't happen in this space," said Burggraeve, a member of the GreenRush Group's advisory board.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has tapped company veteran Michel Doukeris as CEO of its North American unit following the news that Joao Castro Neves will be departing the firm. Vice President of Sales Alex Medicis will also be leaving AB InBev and will be replaced by Brendan Whitworth, who joined the company four years ago.
Pabst Brewing Company has launched Not Your Father's Bourbon, an 86-proof, small-batch product that brings the firm into the craft spirit space. "As a brand that has been embraced by many consumers outside of the beer category, this is an exciting partnership that will help us push the envelope, continue to reach our consumers on their turf and create added awareness for all Not Your Father's family of products," said Pabst's Gleb Lifshits.
Strategic Materials has begun operations at its new glass recycling facility in Delavan, Wis. "We've nearly doubled our capacity, and are able to meet end-market demand with a higher-quality product," said CEO Denis Suggs.
Recycling industry experts anticipate a loosening of contamination limits in scrap paper shipments from 0.3% to 1%, although some wonder about the impact of spotty enforcement on the change. "The previous standards were not strictly enforced, so the real question is how strictly, even if these are adopted, would they be enforced," said Anne Germain of the National Waste and Recycling Association.
A recent Pennsylvania State University study found that bisphenol A, a chemical found in food and beverage cans and some plastic packaging, may have passed from female rabbits to their offspring during pregnancy. Effects of BPA exposure on the rabbits in the study included chronic inflammation of the intestines and liver of the offspring.