New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg doubled down on his citywide big-soda ban Monday by calling on the state to do the same. The new law takes effect March 12 and affects all establishments regulated by the health department, but it will not affect venues overseen by the state agriculture department, such as supermarkets and grocery stores. (Washington Times)
Anheuser-Busch InBev and U.S. Justice Department negotiations are heading toward an accord that will give the brewer antitrust approval to buy Grupo Modelo SAB, three people familiar with the matter said. The discussions center on AB InBev’s revised proposal to sell control of all Modelo brands in the U.S., and a brewery in Mexico, to Constellation Brands Inc. to resolve a U.S. lawsuit seeking to block the deal, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are confidential. (Bloomberg)
Honest Tea is launching a new beverage line called Honest Splash, 70-calorie juice-based drinks sweetened only with organic fruit juice containing between 30 and 31 percent juice. Honest Splash is available in re-closable 12-fluid-ounce recyclable plastic bottles and sold both individually and in six-bottle packages. Honest Splash is available in three varieties: Berry Good Lemonade, Goodness Grapeness and Super Fruit Punch.
Minnesotans who want liquor stores to open on Sundays said it's about convenience, but opponents argued at a Senate committee hearing today that many liquor stores don't want to increase costs by opening for another day. Minnesota is one of 12 states that outlaw Sunday liquor sales. It's an issue that comes up year after year, but has never made much headway at the Capitol. (Duluth News Tribune)
Carlsberg is in talks to increase its stake in Chongqing Brewery Co, its joint-venture partner in China, the Danish brewer said on Monday. The company, which inherited a stake in Chongqing Brewery through its takeover of Britain's Scottish and Newcastle, raised it in 2010 to make it the biggest shareholder in the Chinese company with 29.7 percent. (Reuters)
New Belgium Brewing is launching a new series of beers called Hop Kitchen. In 2013, four hoppy brews will be released under the new line in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in select markets. “Hop Kitchen allows us to continue exploring hop varieties from around the world,” said New Belgium Brewer Grady Hull. “We will rotate hop-inspired selections to complement the Belgian and wood-inspired beers in our Lips of Faith series.”