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Aussie winery finds success from ‘cellar door’ sales approach in China

Establishing cellar doors in China to provide a winery experience directly to consumers is proving a successful formula for a South Australian wine company.

Coconut and kefir: Rhythm's fermented drinks

The ‘next generation’ of digestive health drinks? Rhythm tunes into consumer trends

Rhythm Health believes its coconut-based kefir beverages and snacks can be the ‘natural successor’ to the current drinks for digestive health on shelves, because its products also tap into consumer...

Inside the Coca-Cola plant: picture gallery

Take a tour around Coca-Cola HBC Italia's Nogara plant, the biggest Coca-Cola factory in Europe in terms of production capacity.

News in brief

AB InBev offers to sell more of SABMiller’s European brands

Anheuser-Busch InBev has offered to sell SABMiller’s central and eastern European assets, as it seeks the European Commission’s approval of its acquisition of SABMiller. 

High Brew Coffee sees ‘hyper-growth’ of cold-brew drinks helped by $4m investment

High Brew Coffee, a ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee manufacturer, is set to expand its distribution to several major markets including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, and Houston, thanks to a...

Australia

Barossa Valley brothers develop bottle top to free sulphites from wine

An innovative bottle closure with the potential to significantly reduce wine allergies is being developed in Australia’s most famous wine region.

Brown-Forman answers consumer demand for premium whiskey with purchase of BenRiach Distillery

Brown-Forman Corp. has agreed to purchase The BenRiach Distillery Company for approximately $416m. The deal will add three Single Malt Scotch Whisky brands to Brown-Forman’s product portfolio: The GlenDronach, BenRiach,...

Analyst: ‘It may be too early to say Pepsi True is a flop, but it’s definitely not a success’

The 2014 launch of Pepsi True was a low-key affair, so the complete radio silence from the brand ever since could just reflect a desire to keep things that way....

Small Town Brewery to roll out 10.7% ABV version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer across US

Small Town Brewery and Wisconsin Brewing Company are partnering to launch a national rollout of a higher strength 10.7% ABV version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) nationwide in...

Nichols plans relaunch of sugar-free drinks range

Nichols announced a relaunch of its sugar-free brands this summer, following the news of the tax on sugary drinks, and predicted earnings would be in line with expectations.

Coca-Cola CEO: ‘Our still business is performing well’

Coca-Cola is increasing focus on its non-carbonated product portfolio, and repackaging existing namesake sodas.

Loose leaf tea in the bulk food dept? 'We want to bring new consumers into the category,' says Tiesta Tea

The founders of Tiesta Tea always thought there’s a posh, unapproachable aura around loose leaf tea, but they also contend that the loose leaf format is the best way to...

Australian bush gin prepares to take on world

A small distillery on a remote Australian island is preparing to take its award-winning gin to wider markets.

new product launches april 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Pepsi premium cola, organic Capri Sun and new Pimm’s cider

From protein waters to bourbon brands, we take a look at some of the new products bounding into beverage aisles across the globe this month. 

PepsiCo reduces reliance on colas, focusing on ‘guilt-free’ beverages instead

PepsiCo believes a decreased reliance on colas and its increased portfolio of “guilt-free” products will put it ahead of competitors in 2016. 

NOA Potions offers high-end beverages that are like “meditation in a bottle,” founder says

Recognizing that in today’s on-the-go culture, most people don’t have time to escape to a secluded island to unwind, the founder of NOA Potions created a premium beverage that blends...

Food firms improve sustainability promises - but are they following them up with action?

The world's top 10 food firms are improving their promises and pledges on sustainability, food security and workers' rights, according to Oxfam’s Behind the Brands report. But is there any action...

AB InBev accepts Asahi offer for Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell SABMiller brands Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime to Asahi Group Holdings. 

Juice company Tabletree bolsters culled cherry juicing operations with new plant in Montana

Due to growing demand for its cherry juice made from culled cherries, Canadian company Tabletree is expanding with a new juice plant near Flathead Lake, Montana, set to be fully...

Nestlé on bottled water business: ‘We are playing in the right category with the right mix of brands’

Nestlé continued to see ‘solid growth’ across all geographies in its water business over the latest quarter, with momentum in both international brands and emerging markets.  

Joyride brings cold brew coffee by the keg to US offices and cafes

Joyride Coffee says it has one goal in mind: to make bad office coffee a thing of the past, by bringing cold brew coffee kegs with specialty coffee to offices...

News in brief

Which high-protein ready to drink beverages taste the best?

New research from DuPont Nutrition & Health exploring what drives liking in ready to drink high-protein beverages – a $2.7bn category in the US – revealed that products combining dairy...

Anheuser-Busch acquires Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Anheuser-Busch has announced it will acquire Devils Backbone Brewing Company, a craft brewer based in Virginia, US. 

Chocolate tea: Taking craft to the next level

The entrepreneurs behind MiCacao, a US start-up which makes an organic ‘tea’ from cacao shells, say their product is ready to tap into a craft movement which is stretching beyond...

Not Your Father’s Root Beer appeals to ‘whole new market’, founder says

Small Town Brewery has found success crafting distinct brews inspired by classic American flavors with Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) and more recently, Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, available...

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