Global wine consumption increased by 0.6% in 2017, while over 66 billion gallons of alcohol were consumed during the year, per IWSR Drinks Market Analysis data. However, the success of US wine exports will depend highly on "securing effective trade agreements" with other nations, noted California's Wine Institute.
As the craft brewing category grows, brewers like New Belgium are working to mitigate the impact their operations have on the environment. "Since the glass bottle is our largest source of emissions, we have focused a great deal of effort on glass over the years, including lightweighting our bottles and founding the Glass Recycling Coalition to improve glass recycling rates across the country," said New Belgium's Dana Villeneuve.
Molson Coors has acquired the Clearly Kombucha line of nonalcoholic fermented teas. "We believe the kombucha category is in its early stages," said Pete Marino, president of Tenth and Blake, the MillerCoors craft and specialty portfolio.
Direct-to-consumer sales at brewery taprooms and brewpubs grew 24.2% last year, according to the Beer Institute, while growth in the overall sector rose just 1.6%. Some state legislatures are considering rewriting laws to allow taprooms and brewpubs broader legal ability to sell alcohol.
The New Orleans Department of Sanitation has resumed glass recycling, allowing residents to drop off glass items for monthly pickup. The news comes two months after the city suspended glass recycling temporarily while its processing plant underwent a facility expansion program.
Gwinnett County, Ga., will discontinue glass recycling pickup service beginning July 1, and suggests that residents dispose of glass with their regular trash. The county offers two dropoff locations for glass, but Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful says that alternative is "inadequate."
A new report from Greenpeace reveals the presence of plastic and hazardous chemicals in Antarctica, which is one of the most remote parts of the globe. The discovery indicates that plastic pollution now affects every corner of the planet, said Greenpeace's Frida Bengtsson.