The Coca-Cola Companyopened another bottling factory in China Thursday, yet another step in its $4 billion, three-year investment plan in the country. The new plant is also Coke’s first in the key Hebei province, whose 72 million residents Coke described as one of China’s “most important growth markets.” Hebei, China’s sixth-largest province by population, has consumed 2.4 billion servings of Coke drinks, which include Fanta, Sprite, Power and Minute Maid, each year since 2008. (International Business Times)
Police and fire crews were called to the Yuengling Brewery in North Tampa shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday and found the building “engulfed in flames.” Officials said the blaze was started accidentally. Tampa Fire Rescue officials said workers in the building at 11111 N. 30th St. were evacuated safely. (Tampa Tribune)
Carlsberg has signed a deal to invest 600 million yuan ($98.4 million) to upgrade production lines in Sichuan, representing a major drive to expand its market share in its fastest-growing market. Jorgen Buhl Rosmussen, president and CEO of Carlsberg signed a deal with officials in Yibin to upgrade a major production line there. Another deal, with the Liangzhou government, will allow the company to have a barley supply base there. The two deals were signed at the ongoing 14th Western China International Fair. (ecns.com)
The Louisville-based distiller expects to invest more than $1.5 million in the renovation and modest expansion, including a tasting room, enhancements to the retail space, and aesthetic improvements. Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve’s master distiller, said, “We believe the interest in bourbon tourism will continue.” The number of visitors has grown steadily, with about 135,000 visitors last year. (Courier-Journal)
A new distillery — the first in the Twin Cities since Prohibition — is poised to become the latest specialty business that is shaking and, yes, stirring things up in the former Hamm’s Brewery complex on St. Paul’s East Side, which had stood empty since 1997. Bob McManus and Lee Egbert have renamed their Mill City Distilling company based in Minneapolis to 11 Wells Spirits to reflect their new roots in St. Paul where one of the nation’s bestselling beers was once brewed. At the brewery, 11 wells tapped into the fresh water below. (StarTribune)
Woodchuck Hard Cider has begun shipping its latest handcrafted cider style, Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple. It is the second offering from the Cellar Series line, which features a rotating selection of rare nique ciders. Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple was made with a little help from a fellow Vermont business. Vermont Smoke and Cure offered up its custom smokehouse and Cider Maker John Matson filled it with apple pomace. Apple pomace is the part of an apple that remains after it has been ground up and pressed for juice.