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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 July 31, 2015

Tea with ‘alcohol at potentially intoxicating levels’ recall; Blue Moon in Canada; & if Carlsberg did cases

A fermented tea brand is recalling products which could contain alcohol ‘at levels that may be intoxicating,’ while Ball announces it will close its Bristol, US, can end plant. Meanwhile,...

Exotic varieties are flowering in an otherwise declining juice market: Canadean

Mixed flavours, premium juices, HPP and cold-press beverages are bucking the trend in an otherwise declining juice market, according to Canadean.

#RibenaGate: Tesco to stop selling children’s drinks with added sugar, including Capri Sun and Ribena

Supermarket giant Tesco will stop stocking children’s drinks with added sugar, in order to 'make a positive difference to children’s health'. 

News in brief

PepsiCo and Starbucks join forces in Latin American RTD coffee market

PepsiCo and Starbucks are partnering to distribute RTD coffee and energy drinks from Starbucks in Latin America, eyeing up a market worth $4bn and projected to grow by 22% over...

Beverage bites: News up to July 24, 2015

Heat threatens craft beer hops, Nestlé’s naked baristas, and more beverage bites

Several big beverage players released quarterly results this week, while hot weather was identified as a concern in hop growing regions. Meanwhile, Nestlé’s latest campaign features ‘actors wearing little more...

Nichols acquires Feel Good Drinks

Vimto brand owner Nichols Plc has acquired Feel Good Drinks from German drinks supplier MBG International Premium Brands for an undisclosed amount.

Australia

Small increase in grape prices gives beleaguered wine growers hope

Though 85% of grapes for the 2015 vintage were harvested at a loss, Australian winemakers have been applauding a small increase in average wine grape prices over the last year.

What does the true Duff Beer taste like - and when might you find out?

Fox has launched Duff Beer, a beverage already well-known as the fictional beer from The Simpsons. However, plans for its roll-out into South America and Europe are being kept under...

Ball’s bid for Rexam hits EU competition hurdle

Ball Corporation’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) proposed deal for Rexam is to be investigated by the European Commission after the agency said it had concerns it may reduce competition in the beverage...

UK ketones firm contacted by pro cycling teams

Ketones get rough ride at Tour de France

The use of potentially performance enhancing ketones at the Tour de France cycling race has raised questions about their efficacy, legality and scale of usage.

Beverage Bites: News up to July 17, 2015

Glass fragments prompt wine recall, Bacardi cuts carbon emissions, and more beverage bites

Bacardi says a biomass boiler at a whisky distillery has cut its carbon footprint by 90%, while SodaStream is running a $2.75m advertising campaign on the streets of three US...

Desert-inspired flavours and water-saving innovation: How climate change will shape the food industry

The water crisis affecting the food industry is set to get worse –  but food companies are finding ways to overcome it, say experts.

Souring on sweet: How sugar health concerns are spurring sour flavours

Ongoing consumer concern about sugar consumption means some consumers are turning away from sweet tastes altogether, according to market research organisation Mintel.

Brain health drinks could be as big as energy drinks

Demand for psychoactive drinks for adults is exploding, following new research showing the cognitive health benefits of various natural products, a leading analyst has claimed.

Cider: a threat to wine? Rabobank says cider’s success could encroach on other categories

Cider is bursting into the big leagues of the alcoholic drink market and could threaten categories other than beer, according to Rabobank.

Summer Fancy Food Show

Cocktail mixers from fruity to bitter showcase at Summer Fancy Foods

As craft cocktails grow in popularity, so too are bars’ and consumers’ shopping lists to include a laundry list of necessary specialty ingredients. To help simplify professional and home mixologists’...

South Asia radius

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

Australia

Wine consumers tend to change habits after buying from the cellar door

A visit to a winery's cellar door has a lasting effect on consumer behaviour inside, and can even influence buying habits for months afterwards.

What do protected origin labels mean to consumers?

EU quality labelling schemes showing product origin do not always connect with shoppers, says research.

Summer Fancy Food Show

U.S. tea sales climb as consumers seek healthy drinks & new flavors

Sales of tea in the U.S. are growing quickly as more Americans are drawn to the beverage for its health benefits, rich history and artisanal qualities, according to industry stakeholders....

'Brewers shouldn’t fear society’s drive towards healthy living' - but it’s not all plain sailing, warns industry body

Increased information about beer will help consumers fit the beverage into a balanced diet - but The Brewers of Europe warns ‘misguided’ policies from governments and public health advocates damage...

Telling the story behind Australian wine will boost standing in global markets, says Wine Australia

Global perceptions of Australian wine fall short of the high-quality reality, says Wine Australia, as it prioritises increasing appreciation of the country’s products.   

Craft beers boost popularity of high strength beverages

High strength beers are booming - but for how long? 1 in 4 beers launched in 2014 were high ABV, says Mintel

Almost one in four beers launched in 2013 and 2014 were high strength – a significant rise since 2012 -  with craft beer driving acceptance and popularity among consumers, according to Mintel.

Beer bargains and dear drinks: Which are the cheapest – and most expensive – cities for beer?

Geneva, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are the most expensive cities to buy beer in – while cities like Krakow, Kiev and Cape Town offer drinkers more for their money,...

Dispatches from the Nespresso Coffee Conversation, Portugal

Beyond the bean: Coffee is about far more than taste - what about when, where, and why you drink it?

The taste and flavour of the coffee you drink is important – but the quality of the experience is far broader than the first sip, said coffee experts as they...

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