Beverage World presents the latest news from across the worldwide beverage market.

Study Finds Beer Has Anti-Virus Powers

Consuming large quantities of a key ingredient in beer can protect against winter sniffles and even some serious illnesses in small children, a Japanese brewery said citing a scientific study. (The Financial Express)


For Those Facing NYC Ban, Size Does Matter

Soda makers and restaurants say they will face daunting logistical hurdles such as needing to retool manufacturing, change distribution systems and even introduce new plastic cups if New York's ban on large-size sweet drinks in food outlets survives a legal challenge. (Reuters)


Beer Makers Cry Foul on French Levies

Stephane Bogaert, the head of French microbrewery Brasserie Saint-Germain, is crying foul. The French government passed this week a law that adds 480 million euros ($628 million) in new taxes on beer, while leaving wine unscathed. (BusinessWeek)


Tiny SodaStream Stealing Pepsi, Coke Mojo

As Americans spend less on sugary drinks, investors betting on beverage giants Coke and Pepsi are finding their portfolios rather parched. It’s quite a different story at Israel-based SodaStream, the small but fast-growing maker of at-home soda and seltzer machines. (New York Post)


Chicago Experiencing Craft Beer Boom

It’s no secret that people in Chicago drink a lot of beer. The hard part is choosing just one type of beer. The ‘Windy City’ --and the country -- is now experiencing a craft brewing boom with the number of local brew houses more than doubling in the past year, according to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. (Fox News)


College Students Invent Way to Keep Beer Cold

Like a lot of college students, Max Chautin went to his share of keg parties while studying political science at Johns Hopkins University. But for the 2011 grad, sipping cold beverages was about more than socializing--it was a form of market research. (Reuters)