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New product launches: September 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Protein Nesquik; vegetable brandy; and Baileys pumpkin spice

In the southern hemisphere Coca-Cola is heralding the first signs of spring with its ‘superfruity vavavoom’ (Glaceau fruitdropwater); while in the northern hemisphere, Baileys is embracing the autumnal months with...

Siemens: F&B manufacturers are slow to embrace IoT and Industry 4.0 demands

Food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers are slow to meet the rising demand in digitalization and adapt their machines to customized packaging, according to Siemens.

Calls for Asian sugar tax as Kiwi review awards poor marks to Mexico

The World Health Organisation has asked countries on the west side of the Pacific to consider imposing a tax on all soft drinks in a bid to tackle rising rates...

Busy Aussies don’t leave breakfast drinks just for brekkie

The meal that is widely considered to be the most important of the day is regularly missed by almost a quarter of Australians—though few have time for breakfast-in-the-bottle alternatives.

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery gears up for fall brewing season with new flavors and updated packaging

Over the two years that Chicago-based Maplewood Brewery & Distillery has been in business, its approach to brewing and distilling has been constantly evolving, creating a full line up of...

Special edition: Foods for seniors

Food for seniors: The million dollar opportunity that industry is in denial about

By 2030 almost one fifth of the global population will be over 60 with their own demands and aspirations. But, as Mintel analyst Richard Cope explains, the food industry still...

Ginnovation: What does the future hold for gin?

Some of the more weird and wonderful innovations in gin include ant gin, meat gin, and lobster gin. Back in the mainstream, innovation has helped the category reach new consumers...

Is pumpkin beer passé? Craft brewers see squashed demand as the fall favorite fades

It seems that every craft brewer worth its salt has made a pumpkin beer to appease the masses during the autumn months, but declined sales in 2015 have led some...

Tetra Pak Index report

100% juice products to expand beyond fruit base drinks to vegetables, exotic plants and coconut

100% juice products are capturing the imagination of consumers and driving growth, which will see expansion beyond traditional fruit base drinks to include vegetables, exotic plants and coconut, according to...

Australia

Tea companies should target teens as market grows slowly

Despite its well-publicised coffee craze in recent years, Australia firmly remains a nation that loves its tea—only tap water, milk and hot coffee are more widely consumed.

Brooklyn Brewery transfers distribution rights to Carlsberg UK

Carlsberg’s UK division has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with Brooklyn Brewery to handle the independent brewer’s beer portfolio in the UK market from December 30, 2016.

Mintel report shows Chinese energy drink consumption increased by 25%, four times more than the US

A new Mintel report shows that Chinese consumers drank an additional 545m liters of sports drinks in 2015 compared to the previous year, a 25% volume growth.

Cultured coffee… the beginning of a new fermented foods revolution?

Some fermented foods (beer and sauerkraut), have been around for years, while others (flavors, sweeteners, ‘animal-free’ dairy proteins) are pretty new. But what if you could use microbes to transform...

Vonpar conslidates its candy, Neugebauer and Mu-Mu brands into one factory

Vonpar Alimentos, a beverage distributor for Coca-Cola and Heineken, has consolidated all candy production including its Neugebauer chocolate and Mu-Mu dulce de leche brands into one factory in Southern Brazil.

UK youngsters still consuming twice as much sugar as they should be

Young children are drinking more than double the amount of sugar they should be – although consumption of sugary drinks has fallen, according to a UK-wide dietary survey.

Mintel: 52% of UK sports and energy drink consumers would cut back or stop the habit if sugar tax is enacted

The upcoming UK sugar tax in 2018 is expected to have an adverse effect on volume sales of sports and energy drinks with 52% of consumers in the UK saying...

Brazil sees exports of grape juice drinks soar in Japan

Brazil has seen exports of grape juice drinks soar in Japan, but wine exports are struggling to get a foothold abroad, according to IBRAVIN Brazilian wine institute.

Coca-Cola’s Gold Peak brand to debut cold brew coffee and tea latte lines, keeping up with growing $2bn RTD coffee market

Coca-Cola’s premium iced tea brand Gold Peak announced that it will be entering the ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee market with the launch of a cold brew coffee line and "tea lattes"...

Kids copycatting parents’ drink habits is heightened for fizzy drinks

Young children are almost three times as likely to consume fizzy drinks if their parents frequently do, according to research carried out by the UK-based Natural Hydration Council.

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons to set up shop in UK

Tim Hortons will begin opening restaurants in England, Scotland, and Wales as part of the company’s global expansion plan. A similar deal was struck earlier this year in the Philippines. ...

Chinese plant protein drinks grow as manufacturers look beyond soy

Manufacturers in China should be looking at moving past traditional soy-based drinks by incorporating multiple types of plant protein in functional beverages, says Mintel.

Heineken increases focus on Southeast Asia with purchase of Carlsberg brewery in Vietnam

Heineken has acquired a brewery in Vietnam from competitor Carlsberg in order to capitalize on growth expected in the Southeast Asian beer market. 

Asian food and beverage margins at risk due to rising sugar prices

Asian sugar production is expected to see its first deficit in over five years after a drought last year prompted by El Niño-induced pulled output down to a five-year low,...

Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

Enova Foods collagen tea claims to reduce wrinkles in 4 weeks

Enova Foods is targeting the health and wellness sector by expanding its protein snack bars and launching a collagen tea.

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