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Growth in low pH beverages creates opportunity for pectin

As palates in North America change and acidified foods become more acceptable, space is created, too, for additives such as pectin that can handle specific pH regimes.

Chinese demand continues to boost Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow, with exports to the Greater China region growing 33% in 2016-2017 and exports to mainland China up 44%.

Consumers interested in cold brew coffee in European retail: Mintel

Cold brew coffee has become popular in the US, but the segment is still emerging in European retail. But Mintel observes that the concept is attracting interest from consumers this...

Diageo sees rise in Scotch whisky tourism

Diageo has seen a 7% rise in the number of tourists visiting its 12 distillery visitor centres in Scotland, which it says highlights another boom year for Scotch whisky tourism. 

Consumers deserve to know who is behind their craft beer, say independent brewers

The UK’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling for greater clarity for consumers on who is behind craft beer brands, as global beer companies continue to buy small, previously...

IFT 2017

Agropur reshapes US ingredients business to streamline customer experience

Agropur Ingredients has streamlined its US business by dividing it into three sectors: nutrition solutions, dairy solutions, and custom solutions to better serve their customers’ needs.

Ingredient exports to benefit under EU-Japan trade deal

Last week the EU and Japan agreed to a bilateral trade agreement, which will set significant duty-free quotas on EU exports of ingredients such as starch, butter, whey and processed...

Brewers’ pursuit of new beer flavors drives hop acreage growth in US

Hop acreage in the US Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) is spreading; driven by brewers’ quest to develop new and novel beer flavors to satisfy consumers evolving tastes. 

ZÜPA NOMA refreshes branding, teams with Whole30 to stand out in drinkable soup category

As the nascent drinkable soup category starts to take shape, newcomer ZÜPA NOMA is looking to carve out its own niche with refreshed packaging that will help its bottles pop on store...

Surge of M&A activity in global liquor industry shows no sign of ending

Diageo’s recent announcement of a record $1bn deal to takeover Casamigos, the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in the US (and co-founded by George Clooney), is just the latest indicator...

Nestlé Waters study: Majority of Americans believe that their community’s drinking water is at risk

Clean drinking water is more important than clean air to Americans and most citizens expect cross-sector collaboration from governments, businesses and environmental organizations to secure a clean water future, according...

UK wine organizations create unified body

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association and English Wine Producers will merge to become one single industry body: UK Wine Producers Ltd (UKWP).

Dow/DuPont to divest plastics business amid price hike fears

The Canadian Competition Bureau has reached an agreement relating to the proposed merger between DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company regarding its plastic packaging.

European Commission clears Dow/DuPont merger, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont on condition of the divestiture of DuPont's pesticide business, including its R&D organization.

PepsiCo Argentina closes Buenos Aires plant and relocates cookies, snacks & soft drinks production

PepsiCo Argentina has closed a plant, which produces cookies, snacks and soft drinks, in Florida, Buenos Aires province, and moved production to Mar del Plata, a five-hour drive away, axing...

Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global...

Del Monte Pacific and Fresh Del Monte Produce unite to target US

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) and Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. have announced a series of joint ventures to offer expanded refrigerated offerings across the US.

Guest article

Capitalizing on yeast innovation in the brewery of the future

The brewing industry has always embraced innovation to meet market demands, each time revolutionizing the business.

Industry giants unite to eradicate forced labour in global supply chains

Brands such as The Cola-Cola Company, Unilever and Tesco have shared their stories on how they eradicated forced labour in their global supply chains in a recently published report.

Dean Foods buys Uncle Matt's: 'It further underscores our commitment to the organic space'

Dean Foods – best-known for dairy brands such as Dean’s, Dairy Pure and Land O Lakes -  has acquired organic juice maker Uncle Matt’s Organic for an undisclosed sum as...

Rosé outpaces overall wine category as consumers ‘drink pink’ for summer: Nielsen

Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up during the summer months thanks to the pink...

World Tea Expo 2017

Opportunities for tea: RTD, Millennials, and office services

US consumers are trading up in tea due to increased competition and raised awareness, especially in the at-home tea drinking space, says a consultant.

Vega Coffee creates a 'more equitable coffee experience' with seed to cup subscription model

Startup Vega Coffee wants to create a “more equitable coffee experience” by empowering small-holder farmers to roast and sell their own beans directly to consumers through a subscription at a...

Scotch whisky exports rise

Scotch whisky exports increased by £79m ($100m) in the first quarter of 2017, coming in as one of the top two UK export products by value, along with Scottish salmon. 

Vinexpo: guest article

Why Uruguay is one of the most exciting wine countries in South America

Uruguay is no doubt a small wine country. The human population is outnumbered four to one by cows and Uruguay produces less wine than Japan. Although it might be dwarfed...

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