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Craft brewers are no lightweights in alcohol-free beer trend

It’s not just the big brands who are staking a claim in the NABLAB (non-alcoholic beer and low-alcoholic beer) sector; craft brewers such as UK-based St Peter’s are courting consumers...

Philippines

Industry leaders on edge after Duterte vows to abolish sugar promoter

Industry heads are resigned to the fate of their segment’s official promoter, which the Philippines president recently vowed to close in a bid to streamline government and curb corruption.

FI Asia 2017

Healthy ageing NPD in Asia: Can functional foods follow supplements’ lead?

The vast majority of new product launches targetting the main health concerns for seniors remain in the supplement space, with analysts arguing there is vast potential for the region’s food...

Grape prospects for European varietals as Australian wine drinkers diversify

Young Australian wine drinkers are developing wide varietal repertoires and embracing European varietals such as Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer and Moscato, says Wine Intelligence.

‘Consumers are increasingly concerned about the origin of the products they are buying’

CSB-System IT enterprise is creating 150 jobs at its headquarters in Aachen, Germany, as it plans to opens offices in Brazil, China and South Korea.

Unilever adds Pukka Herbs to portfolio as part of ethical product drive

Unilever has bought organic herbal tea business, Pukka Herbs tea in the latest addition to a stable of brands that reflect its commitment to ethical practices and meet consumer demand...

Aussies consuming more alcohol for first time since 2007

Australians have been drinking more alcohol for the first time in a decade, fuelled by a growing taste for craft beers and cider.

Global beer market trends

Euromonitor: Chinese stout market to reach 659 million liters in 2021

The world drank 193bn liters of beer in 2016, according to Euromonitor International.

Guest article

‘The pendulum is swinging towards in-house sustainable sourcing’

‘One of the most difficult issues associated with sustainable sourcing is whether companies should adopt third party standards or develop in-house schemes.

Guest article

Nutritional dairy beverages

Nutritional beverage (Nutri-Bev) is a new example of product crossover between the dairy and food & beverage industries.

Euromonitor: 20 most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030

Euromonitor International has identified 20 of the most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030 with analysis on eight megatrends with the furthest-reaching impact on industries and consumers in...

Australians want to know who owns the craft beer they drink: survey

For the majority of Australian craft beer drinkers (64%), knowing who owns the beer they drink is important, according to the 2017 Australian Craft Beer Survey. 

News in brief

Diversey: As independent business we can be smarter and more agile

Sealed Air has completed the sale of its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business to Bain Capital Private Equity for $3.2bn.

Coca-Cola & PepsiCo support new commitments

Soft drinks industry to stop selling sugary drinks in EU secondary schools

The European soft drinks industry will voluntarily cease sales of drinks with added sugars to secondary schools in the European Union, industry association UNESDA announced today. 

Sugarcane supply chain: Industry urged to address forced labour issues

Mondelēz and Archer Daniels Midland are among a number of food and beverage companies making ‘limited’ efforts to understand and assess forced labour risks in their sugarcane supply chains at the...

drinktec 2017 preview

Hot trends to look out for at drinktec 2017

'What are the key trends influencing the wine industry?

drinktec 2017 preview

Brewers Association heads to drinktec to expose American craft beer to ‘whole new consumer’

The Brewers Association Export Development Program (BA EDP) has seen an "explosion" of interest in American craft beer coinciding with an increase in exports to international markets.

drinktec 2017 preview

‘Challenges in efficiency, energy saving, performance & connectivity have intensified’

The challenges that beverage companies face in efficiency, energy saving, performance and connectivity have ‘intensified considerably’ in recent years, according to Carel.

Sports drinks, fresh fruits top back-to-school grocery lists

Sports drinks seem to signal the start of the school year, according to numbers crunched by market data firm Nielsen.

Australia

Wine industry given $50m to develop exports and local wine tourism

The government will give the wine industry a A$50m (US$40m) grant to support exports and regional development.

Guest article

How to market beverages to a ‘hipster demographic’ in China

‘"Hipsters" in Chinese has a special meaning. The closest approximation, 文艺青年, literally translates to “young people into literature and art.”

European wine category to continue M&A activity with eye on US market, Rabobank says

The European wine industry has seen over 150 M&A deals since 2010, and a similar pattern is expected to prevail in the future, according to Rabobank.

Euromonitor: Coffee to eclipse tea in consumption in the UK by 2021

Annual coffee consumption in the UK is projected to overtake tea consumption by 2021 with black tea registering the steepest sales declines, according to Euromonitor. 

This week Down Under

Drinks firms ignore sober Millennials at their peril

Not only are Australian Millennials less likely to drink alcohol than their parents, only around half have consumed grog in the past month—compared to 65% of Gen X-ers and 72%...

Whisky and beer lead UK food & beverage exports

Exports of beer have overtaken chocolate to become the UK’s third largest food and beverage export product by value; joining whisky which retains the top spot in F&B exports. ...

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