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

NHL Lockout Drying up Beer Sales in Canada

The NHL lockout is causing a major headache for brewer Molson Coors Brewing Co. amid the game’s Canadian popularity. Without games on the nation’s TV screens, beer sales are getting dented up north. (WSJ)


Japan To Get New Fat-Blocking Soda

Kotaku reports that on November 13, Japanese Pepsi distributor Suntory will release a new kind of Pepsi cola called Pepsi Special, which includes the fiber molecule known as "dextrin," which some say helps prevent the digestive system from absorbing fat. Bottles of the soda will sell for 150 yen, about $1.87, across the country. (Huffington Post)


Coke Hellenic Profit Crimped by Austerity, Costs

Coca-Cola Hellenic, the world's second-largest bottler of Coca-Cola Co. soft drinks, posted a 12% drop in nine-month profit, hurt by austerity in its debt-laden markets, higher commodity costs and currency shifts. (Financial Mirror)


Coca-Cola To Launch Photo-Sharing Network

In another extension of its "happiness" theme, Coca-Cola will launch a Happy Places photo-sharing social network tied to its free mobile apps for the same purpose, according to BrandChannel.com. (MediaPost)


Beer Enters the Dark Ages

Is black the new pale yellow? Things are looking that way when it comes to beer. While the typical light American lager has been suffering through years of watered-down sales, breweries big and small are following the craft beer trend by focusing on darker, more flavorful beers. (Time)