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Track global drinks trends and the latest launches across energy and sports drinks, dairy drinks and hot drinks, spirits, wine, beer, cider, juices, waters and CSDs! We also focus on beverage branding and positioning, marketing and advertising.

Beverage Bites: News up to April 17, 2015

Kruger and cognac, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola’s sports sponsorship, and more beverage bites

This week Danone and Nestlé both posted healthy results for their waters businesses, while PepsiCo scored a basket with NBA sponsorship. Meanwhile, two barrels of cognac will shortly start making...

Southern hemisphere

Cola is king in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia

Soft drinks may not be to the taste of the world’s government authorities, but they remain extremely popular among ordinary citizens in the lower Asia-Pacific. 

$86m factory now operational as distribution broadens

Beijing and beyond: Capri-Sun expands operations in China

Capri-Sun is expanding its presence in China, announcing a partnership with Reignwood Group that will give it the necessary sales and distribution muscle. 

What does ‘responsible innovation’ really mean?

Many food firms talk about the need for ‘responsible innovation’, but what does this buzzword actually mean to the consumer and the industry?

Dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

‘What I already drink – but better!’ What can functional beverages offer consumers?

Consumers are keen to learn more about beverage ingredients, which is good news for the functional drink category, suggest beverage entrepreneurs. 

Beverage Bites: news up to April 9, 2015

Bacardi thinks fashion, Heineken cuts water consumption, and more beverage bites

This week international brewer Heineken set itself a new water consumption challenge, while a small UK brewer found itself in a twitter spat with a politician. Read on for more...

How has social media changed food marketing?

The rise of social media has led to a shift in the way consumers view food brands – and the way that food brands interact with their customers, according to...

Mars Drinks strikes deal with Taylors of Harrogate

Mars Drinks has sealed an agreement with Taylors of Harrogate to include its premium coffee and tea in Mars Drinks’s UK-wide portfolio of workplace products.

Anti-sugar campaign hits sports drinks and juices

Sales of sports drinks and fruit juices continue to plunge in what looks like a consumer reaction to concerns raised by anti-sugar campaigners.

Whisky industry urges free trade to boost exports

Sinking whisky exports underline the need for the next government to press for more open markets and ambitious Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), urges the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Beverage Bites: news up to April 2, 2015

Coca-Cola Life hits Australia, Suntory’s cool ice cubes, and more beverage bites

This week Molson Coors acquired an Indian brewer, while Heineken announced a global reshuffle of its business. Meanwhile, there’s a new Life down under… read on for more nuggets of...

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that...

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the...

Australia

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city....

Beverage Bites: News up to March 26, 2015

New CFO for Coca-Cola Amatil, how to succeed as a tequila don, and more beverage bites

Jose Cuervo’s ‘Don of Tequila’ competition; Diageo introduces nutritional labelling; and Martyn Roberts’ journey from Louis Vuitton to Coca-Cola: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature.  ...

‘Cautiously optimistic’ outlook for Europe, Coca-Cola partners with will.i.am, and more beverage bites

PepsiCo announces $500m Egypt investment; Canadean predicts 2015 will see the best beverage performance since 2011 in Western Europe, and Coca-Cola and will.i.am launch sustainable design brand: some of the...

Coca-Cola sustainability consultancy expands in the Middle East

Anthesis Group consultancy firm, whose clients include Coca-Cola, Tesco, Arjo Wiggins and Reckitt Benckiser, has acquired TEP, in the UAE.

SPECIAL EDITION: JOY IN JUICE AND SMOOTHIES

Westerners show 'willingness' to pay more for 'healthier and natural' juice: Euromonitor

Despite a fall in juice volumes in Europe and US in recent years, Western consumers have shown a "willingness" to pay more for juice products perceived to be healthier and...

What's hot in beverage technology?

To Drinkfinity – and way beyond! Technology evolves to meet demand for personalized drinks

Personalised beverage hydration systems, one-of-a-kind bottles, and capsules which can transform a plain glass of water into something else entirely - the marriage of technology and personalisation is changing the...

Wine in 2015: Five key trends to raise a glass to

How is social media changing the shape of the wine world? What does a thriving cocktail culture mean for port? And where is the epicentre of wine growth going to...

Behind the buzzword: Premiumization

Savvy shoppers and the potency of premiumization: Brands need to justify ‘premium’ tags

Consumers are prepared to pay for high-end products – but sticking the word ‘premium’ on a bottle is no longer enough, according to Mintel.

Plant waters take center stage at Expo West, but can they emulate coconut water's meteoric success?

FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson talked to three players in the emerging 'plant waters' category at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West trade show to find out whether they have what...

Beverage Bites: news up to March 12, 2015

Nestlé goes flying, Tesco vs Coca-Cola, and other Beverage Bites

Heineken invests in a new Mexican brewery; Tetley USA donates 10 million cups of tea; and Ardagh’s birthday present for Coca-Cola: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s...

Beverage bites: news up to March 5, 2015

Bacteria and beer pong; Diageo’s Mexico investment, and more beverage bites

An ‘exploding’ African beer market; Diageo’s Mexican investment; and the bacteria involved in the game of beer pong: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature. ...

FOUNDER PLANS TO SHAKE-UP DULL US AMBIENT DAIRY-FREE AISLE

‘People think we’re insane!’ UK coconut mylk brand Rebel Kitchen braves US 'beast'

Sometimes entrepreneurs have to take a ‘leap of faith’, says Rebel Kitchen founder Tamara Arbib, as she takes her coconut ‘mylks’ to the US just over a year after an...

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