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Brands: Take Politics Out of Recycling

Michael Washburn, vice president of sustainability at Nestlé Waters, made the case for extended producer responsibility (EPR), encouraging it as a way to solve for a whole range of social, environmental and economic challenges. Nestlé is the third largest beverage company in the U.S., using 20 billion PET bottles per year for its beverages and Washburn said the company wanted those bottles back. "Unlike something like carpet, PET [bottles] disappear very quickly and that represents a challenge. (Waste & Recycling News)

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All States Don't Drink Equally

Since 2008, beer consumption has fallen as much as 11% in some states. Americans still, however, consume a massive amount of the foamy beverage — an estimated 6.3 billion gallons in 2011. Nationwide, 28.3 gallons of beer a year were consumed for every American of legal age. Some states consume far less than others. In Connecticut, only 21.8 gallons were purchased per resident in 2011. In Utah, it was just 19.2 gallons. In three states, however, the Beer Institute estimates that more than 40 gallons of beer were consumed per person. Based on Beer Institute's report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 states that drink the most beer. (USA Today)

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A-B InBev/Modelo Deal in Jeopardy?

Dark clouds are starting to gather over Anheuser-Busch InBev's bid to buy Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. Antitrust regulators from the Justice Department in recent weeks have been quizzing beer distributors and craft brewers about the competitive implications of the $20 billion deal, which would give beer behemoth A-B InBev ownership of the nation's most popular import label: Corona. They've started to hear from U.S. senators concerned about the deal, too. Then on Tuesday, a Washington, D.C., antitrust trade publication reported that the Justice Department was putting some of its top lawyers on the case, and appeared “unlikely” to let the deal go through as currently structured. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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Carlsberg Invests in Russia Environmental Initiatives

Carlsberg Group, the world’s fourth largest brewer, and its subsidiary Baltika Breweries, Russia’s largest beer company, are to invest up to 1 billion Rubles (around EUR 25 mln) in environmental projects in Russia related to water, agriculture and climate change. A partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) was signed in St.Petersburg today, witnessed by Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and a delegation of high-level officials from the public and private sectors.

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SABMiller Appoints New India Marketing Chief

SABMiller India has appointed Darioush Afzali as Marketing Director. In his new role, Darioush Afzali will be responsible for the management of the entire brand portfolio of SABMiller India that includes Foster’s, Haywards 5000, Knockout, Royal Challenge, Miller High Life and the newly launched Indian specialty beer Indus Pride. He replaces Derek Jones, who has moved on to a new assignment within the SABMiller group. Darioush will be directly reporting to Paolo Lanzarotti, Managing Director, SABMiller India. (Best Media Info)

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New Effort to Protect Scotch from Sub-Par Copies

The new proposals are designed to protect Scotch whisky, by making sure that the “real thing” goes through the five specified production processes of fermentation, distillation, maturation, blending and bottling/labeling. (The Scotsman)

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