Major brewers like AB InBev and MillerCoors may continue to see large market share due to their consistent sponsorships and advertising campaigns, but consumer interest is beginning to shift toward smaller craft brews, said Jim Watson, senior beverage analyst at Rabobank. If craft beer price points are set correctly, these smaller brands could take share in the mainstream category, he said.
The beer supply could drop by 20% in the US and double brew prices in Ireland before the 21st century ends due to the effects of climate change on barley harvests, according to a report published in Nature Plants. The study was conducted by British, Chinese and American scientists and included mathematical models of climate change's effects on barley.
Cannabis has become a presence in California vineyards, where it can serve as "a high-value commodity that could help reinvigorate a fading agricultural tradition along the state's Central Coast," Scott Wilson writes. Santa Barbara County is still dominated by vineyards, but it also has about 330 acres under cannabis cultivation.
Beer volume in the US dropped for the fifth year in a row, according to the Beverage Information Group's 2018 Beer Handbook. Light beer faced among the biggest declines at 3.1% last year, while craft beer enjoyed the largest growth at 4.9%.
When New Belgium Brewing's Katie Wallace wanted to tackle glass recycling for the brewer's North American operations, she started contacting other industry partners throughout the supply chain, including GPI. Eventually the groups would form the Glass Recycling Coalition, which helps businesses and communities solve local recycling problems and increase the amount of glass recycled.
Amazon will invest $10 million in the Closed Loop Fund to boost recycling efforts in the US, specifically by offering curbside recycling for 3 million US homes. "This investment will help build the local capabilities needed to make it easier for our customers and their communities to recycle and to increase the amount of material recycled across the country," says Amazon's Dave Clark.
About 54% of glass in the northeastern US went to secondary processors last year for cleaning, but another 38% headed to landfills, according to a report from the Northeast Recycling Council. The materials recycling facilities that had recently updated their plants reported the lowest rates of contaminated glass, the report noted.
Idaho Falls, Idaho, will begin glass recycling over the next six weeks after the town's city council voted to sign a contract with Momentum Recycling to install glass collection bins at 13 dropoff locations across the area. "Our citizens have been asking about glass recycling for many years and it's finally about to become a reality," said Councilman Jim Freeman.
Moline, Ill., residents now can recycle glass curbside as part of the area's single-stream system. The town will also introduce new recycling bins equipped with RFID technology to verify service and keep track of containers.
Residents of Duluth, Ga., will be able to bring glass for recycling to the Duluth Public Works Complex starting Jan. 1 as part of a four-month pilot program. Glass will be the only material accepted at the dropoff location.