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

Craft brewing reaches new heights

The craft brewing industry has continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers. American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of the year.


Amazon may launch drive-thru grocery store

For decades, drive-thrus have served up everything from coffee to prescriptions to dry cleaning — not to mention burgers and fries. Now Amazon.com Inc. wants to add another item to the list: Your groceries.(San Francisco Business Times)


Kabul vendors buzzing over alcohol-free beer

Hot dogs. Bodybuilding. Leonardo DiCaprio's Titanic hairdo. They're all Western fads that have gripped the Afghan capital at some point in the past few years. But these days it's nonalcoholic beer, a popular thirst-quencher among young men eager to keep up with Western tastes in a country where alcohol is forbidden (but readily available, for a price). (Radio Free Europe)


Pepsi, Coke back Obama climate change goals

The Obama administration recruited some big-name corporate help Monday to help push its climate change plans in the United States and across the globe. Thirteen major companies made anti-pollution commitments that mirror the president's plans, and agreed to back the administration's efforts at climate change talks later this year. (USA Today)


Venezuela could run out of beer by next month

Venezuela could stop making beer by August, as local breweries run out of ingredients needed to produce the country’s most popular alcoholic drink. A brewery shutdown would reduce the country’s beer supply by a terrifying 80 percent, according to industry leaders. (Fusion)


Olivia Newton-John joins the wine biz

Superstar Olivia Newton-John’s ever-expanding career is getting even sweeter. The “Grease” star is already a best-selling singer, esteemed Hollywood actress, the founder of a cancer foundation, a successful Vegas headliner—and now she’s selling her own brand of wine. (Fox News)