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

Small Brewer Federal Excise Tax Bill Reintroduced

With the 113th Congress underway, the Brewers Association (BA) — the not-for-profit trade group representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies — announced the reintroduction of H.R. 494, the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation, which was reintroduced by Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), seeks to recalibrate the federal beer excise tax that small brewers pay on every barrel of beer they produce.


Craft Beer Pavilion Targets Pizzeria Market

On March 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, International Pizza Expo® is hosting a Craft Beer Pavilion. Space is available for a limited number of brewers wishing to place their products and sales materials in the hands of almost 7,000 attendees who are seeking ways to improve their independent and chain operations.


Bloomberg Banning Styrofoam Cups Next?

The Bloomberg administration is considering banning Styrofoam cups and containers — popular at thousands of delis and food carts across the city— as it prepares to roll out a major recycling announcement in the coming weeks, a Sanitation Department official said yesterday. (NY Post)


Study Links Diet Soda to Diabetes

Artificially-sweetened sodas have been linked to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes for women than sodas sweetened with ordinary sugar, according to French research unveiled on Thursday. (Ny Daily News)