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2016 Beverage Innovation summit: Have you registered yet?

Diet soda sales plummet further, but what's taking their place?

Bottled water, sparkling flavored water, energy and sports drinks, and ready-to-drink coffee have all made strong gains in the New Year as shoppers have continued to spurn carbonated soft drinks...

Beer sector urges chancellor to cut duty in Budget

Drinks industry trade bodies have called on chancellor George Osborne to cut beer duty for a fourth consecutive year in next month’s Budget.

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DRY Sparkling to debut Fuji Apple at Target, pushing craft soda trend forward

DRY Sparkling just saw the first production of their latest Fuji Apple flavor run last week, which will be distributed nationwide at Target in April, the company told Beverage Daily.

Australian wine exports to Asia: Growing markets, cultural differences, and following the trends

Australian wine exports to Asia are showing strong growth. To make the most of the opportunity, Australian wine brands need to be on the ground in exports markets and understand...

Premium brands could boost profits in China’s high-volume beer market

China’s high-volume, low-profit beer market is set to be transformed, with increased “premiumisation” providing opportunities for imported and licensed foreign beer brands, says Rabobank.

What’s hitting the shelves? Matcha teas, Aquavit, and sparkling Ocean Spray

From super-premium functional teas to vegetable-rich cold-pressed juices, here are some of the beverages that have been springing onto shelves so far this year.  

News in brief

ABF installs wastewater treatment plant

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies has partnered with Associated British Foods (ABF) on a wastewater treatment plant in Thailand, for handover in June 2016.

Small spaces, big companies: Can big corporations keep craft’s cool factor after the acquisition?

Big beverage companies are buying up craft breweries in big numbers, but does going from craft to corporation lose the cachet for these brewers?

‘Artificial sweeteners are dinosaurs’: Food and beverage analyst discusses 2016 trends

Health is reigning supreme in the beverage market in 2016, but are the right companies taking advantage of this consumer demand?

Lower alcohol wines: What are the opportunities - and the challenges?

Consumer interest in health and wellness is opening a door for lower alcohol beverages. But does this actually translate into sales in the wine category?

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Tesco found to have 'seriously breached' Groceries Supply Code of Practice

UK supermarket giant Tesco has been found to have “seriously breached” the legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice that was created to protect grocery suppliers.

USBevX launches its inaugural year: Expo and conference brings beer, wine, spirits and cider pros together

Spirits, cider, beer and wine industries can all learn from each other, say the organizers behind the inaugural US Beverage Industry Expo, or USBevX.

Beverage bites: news up to January 22, 2016

Coca-Cola at World Economic Forum; PepsiCo launches new Mtn Dew Kickstart flavors; and more beverage bites

This week Coca-Cola’s CEO Muhtar Kent has been at the World Economic Forum in Davos; Diageo increased availability of nutritional information about its brands; and PepsiCo added four flavors to...

IN PICTURES: Beverage trendspotting at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

From bone broth, birch water and yaupon tea to macadamia milk, the Winter Fancy Food Show is a great place to go beverage trendspotting. FoodNavigator-USA hit the showfloor at the...

Alkaline water company Essentia distributes to wider audience

Alkaline bottled-water company Essentia has announced two new distributors it has partnered up with to reach a wider audience.

From cocktails to craft: What do millennials want in alcoholic beverages?

Millennials value authenticity and experience, leading them towards craft beer, cocktails and fine wine, according to Fona International. 

'Green food': Euromonitor's top consumer food trend for 2016

How can 'Big Food' become synonymous with sustainability in 2016?

One of 2016’s biggest food industry trends will be the switch to sustainable, says Euromonitor, affecting everything from invisible ingredients to finished products, business acquisitions to public policy – but in...

China

Starbucks unveils benefits plans, e-strategy and increased store count

The chief executive of Starbucks has said the Chinese market is shaping the future of the chain after the opening of its 2,000th store in the country.

Stevia may benefit from consumer desire for natural claims: Mintel

While stevia, a natural sweetener, is not yet widely known in the US, the product may benefit from consumers demanding healthier products.

'Organic is now mainstream': Daymon exec talks Gatorade’s organic launch

PepsiCo recently announced the launch of organic Gatorade for 2016, something an executive with Daymon Worldwide said is a forward-thinking move that is quickly becoming the norm.

Africa: The fastest growing beer market

The beer market in Africa is predicted to grow faster than any other region over the next five years, driven by a rising population, urbanization, and increased GDPs.

Smart investments will further boost Constellation Brands' beer fortunes, says CEO

Constellation Brands sees a bright future in the high-end beer market, and its strategies to embrace the category’s potential include a new 10m hectoliter brewery in Mexicali, more capacity for...

Dispatches from FiE, Paris

Refreshment and nutrition drive demand for vegetable ingredients

Vegetable ingredients are winning favor with consumers who value them as a healthy part of their diet, but how will the category evolve in 2016 and beyond?

Tea and coffee: Two of 2015’s biggest grocery growers

Liquid coffee and liquid tea were two of the biggest dollar value growers in grocery stores in 2015, according to Nielsen.

Cactus, birch, lychee and lemongrass: Soft drink consumers turn to natural flavors and functional innovations

Consumers are demanding more natural flavors in soft drinks, driven not only by taste but also by functional properties of ingredients, according to Canadean. 

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