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‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

Euromonitor: Global alcoholic drinks market sees slight lift but remains in negative territory

The global alcoholic drinks market was in negative growth territory for the second year in a row registering a 0.2% in volume terms led by a slowdown of the North...

Challenging the definition of beer? The growth of NABLAB

The non-alcoholic beer and low-alcohol beer sector (NABLAB) is growing against a background of stagnant beer volumes. Can innovation in this sector disrupt the entire beer industry and challenge the...

The future of the beer market: ‘You can’t talk about growth without talking about premiumization’

Premiumization will be key for the beer market going forward, but that doesn't mean simply charging more for products: they must offer added value and an experience, say industry experts.

Could rum be the dark horse of spirits? Rum author and importer sees it chip away at whiskey’s supremacy

Driven by the rising price of whiskey many US consumers are switching over to rum in the search for an alternative brown spirit. 

Craft spirit growth outpaces craft beer with premium whiskey leading the way

Craft spirit growth is outpacing that of craft beer in the US, registering a CAGR of 13% and 6% respectively, with premiumization and on-premise alcohol sales being key trends driving...

Extreme weather & natural disasters across wine regions cause $10bn in annual wine losses

Mendoza and San Juan wine regions of Argentina face the highest risk of production losses due to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, according to a wine index study by...

The Beverage Forum 2017

Beverage Marketing Corporation: Bottled water will continue as ‘undisputed’ top player of beverage market

Bottled water maintains the undisputed number one position in the non-alcoholic beverage market and will for some time, according to Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) Research.

China direct

Craft going draft in China’s booming brew market

Demand for draft beer will account for almost a third of the booming Chinese craft beer market by 2020, according to new analysis. 

The Beverage Forum 2017

Boston Beer Company: Craft brewers will keep innovating the category despite consolidating beer landscape

Per capita beer consumption has declined 25% since 2000 and “it would’ve been significantly more than that if it weren’t for craft beer,” Boston Beer Company founder, Jim Koch, said...

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Wine and pig meat the highest EU exports for February 2017

EU exports reached €10.7 bn in February 2017, an increase of 1.2% compared to last year, says Commission.

South Asia radius

India sees 1000% beer growth in six years

Having seen substantial growth since 2011, India’s beer market is expected to reach volumes of nearly 470bn litres by the end of this year—a near thousand-fold increase since 2011.

Mintel: Older Canadians are drinking less beer, turning to cider and fruitier flavors

As Canadians age, they are drinking less beer with baby boomer women leading the decline in consumption. But cider and local craft beer can help soften some of the downturn,...

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Emerging markets continue to drive growth for Nestlé and Unilever

Industry giants Nestlé and Unilever report steady sales growth driven by emerging markets for first quarter of 2017 and predict continued growth throughout the year.

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Number of distilleries in the UK rises

The UK saw a 17% increase in the number of distilleries in 2016, bringing the total to an estimated 273 distilleries. 

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Loews Corporation & CCC to become Loews Packaging Group

Loews Corporation has agreed to acquire Consolidated Container Company (CCC) for $1.2bn creating Loews Packaging Group.  

Craft Brewers Conference 2017

Brewers Association: Craft beer must resist imposing ‘old order’ of big beer

The craft beer industry must resist and fight the imposing threat of large beer corporations who are seeking to monopolize the beer market, president and CEO of the Brewers Association...

Former Aussie PM announces Hawke’s Brewing Co.

Bob Hawke, who was Australia’s Prime Minister between 1983 and 1991, has helped launch a lager brand.

Partake Brewing on non-alcoholic craft beer: ‘It’s time for the two fastest growing segments of the beer market to converge’

Consumer interest in non-alcoholic beer is growing while craft beer maintains its popularity, and so Partake Brewing believes the time is right to launch its non-alcoholic craft beer. It has...

‘With the UK moving from a nation of tea drinkers towards an ever-growing coffee culture, consumers will look for simpler ways to enjoy their favorite brew’

Pyramid coffee bags promise convenience for connoisseurs: ‘Less mess, less fuss, less waste’

Raw Bean is launching its biodegradable pyramid coffee bags called ‘bean bags’, aiming to appeal to consumers who don’t want the hassle of using a cafetiere or want to avoid...

Soft drink brands must play into health trends in order to compete: GlobalData

Despite declining market share, there is hope for soft drink manufacturers who can adapt to the highly-competitive beverage market by utilizing major health trends like reduced sugar and digestive benefits,...

More than half of consumers think 'hybrid beverages' are a pricey gimmick, Mintel survey finds

Despite the emerging trend of blurring category lines in the functional beverage sector, many consumers still hesitate to believe the claims and attributes on pack, let alone make a purchase,...

Britvic eyes up opportunities in ‘vibrant’ soft drinks category

British soft drinks producer Britvic says there are still ‘huge opportunities’ for growth within the soft drinks category: notably in low/no calorie drinks, personalized drinks, and the convenience channel. ...

Misfit Juicery’s two-prong approach to addressing the anti-sugar trend’s threat to juice

Startup Misfit Juicery is taking a two prong approach to the growing threat to the juice category posed by consumers’ increasing concern about sugar, and in doing so is setting...

UK and EU wine industries united as Brexit Article 50 is signed

The European wine trade is calling for ‘legal certainty and the maintenance of smooth wine trade’ between the UK and EU, as the UK today signs Article 50 to formally...

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