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Metal packaging sees big shift in smaller volume, higher value craft beers and ales

Challenging recycling targets and an increase in domestic products in countries such as China, India and Brazil, has led to a 'new freedom in the beverage can market', according to Smithers Pira....

Australia

Canny brands should use strategic smarts to topple top tipple

When it comes to Australia’s overall liqueur consumption, one brand towers over all the others: Baileys Irish Cream, which is more than three times more popular than second-placed Kahlúa, and...

Millennials might be trendy: but rosé wine shouldn’t ignore the older generation

Millennials are known as trend-setters: and when it comes to the success of rosé wine they have been a key driver for the category. But rosé wine producers could find...

Uncle Matt’s probiotic waters further blur line between juice, water and functional beverages

Uncle Matt’s Organic expands its portfolio beyond juice with the launch of its fruit-infused, cold-pressed probiotic waters, which also continue to blur an already fuzzy line between juice, water and...

Tourism organisation launches ‘Spirit of Scotland’ craft beer

Crafting a new market: Scotland highlights opportunities for craft beer & tourism

The Scottish craft beer industry has the potential to capitalize on the food and drink tourism market (worth £900m / $1,192m a year to Scotland’s visitor economy), and the national...

Guest article

Fads in focus: Coconut oil – panacea or artery clogger?

There is barely a food or beverage category that has not been invaded by coconut in some shape or form, says Euromonitor International contributing analyst, Simone Baroke. But is the world...

Starbucks to bake on site for first time through Princi tie-up

Starbucks Corporation has invested in Italian boutique bakery Princi and will be bringing the company’s products to its recently announced premium Starbucks Reserve Roastery sites.

Naturally technicolored beverages will emerge as next big trend, Mintel predicts

Technicolor product launches are an emerging trend among beverage startups and mainstream brands alike, serving as a legitimate marketing tool for reaching a digital audience. 

Australian wine export figures show demand for fine wine

The value of Australia’s wine exports grew by 11% over the last year, driven by bottled exports at higher price points. 

Australia

Soy drinks’ growing popularity not just among health watchers

New market research has revealed that soy drinks are now more popular with Australians than energy drinks, sports drinks, iced teas or breakfast drinks.

NutriBlade offers wheatgrass in a convenient ready-to-drink format that ‘actually tastes good’

Athletes and health conscious consumers who for years have endured the strong taste and off-putting texture of wheatgrass and the mess that comes with juicing it as a tradeoff for...

US brewers pledge to display nutrition and calorie information

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and Heineken USA are among the brewers in the US who have agreed to provide more information on beer labels, including calorie content and other nutritional information. 

Imports and exports: How Brexit could affect beer, wine and spirits

Brexit means both winners and losers in the beverage industry, says Rabobank, and beverage companies are looking for ways to mitigate risks and take advantage of new opportunities. 

Brexit: What beverage companies think it will mean for their business

Brexit could help UK businesses realize there are opportunities outside of Europe – but it could also result in complications, uncertainty and slowed growth for the beverage sector.

Diageo delves into non-alcoholic spirits with Seedlip investment

Diageo-funded Distill Ventures has confirmed its investment in Seedlip, a distilled non-alcoholic spirit brand located in the UK. 

Constellation Brands CEO credits upbeat Q1 sales to its premium wine and beer brands

Constellation Brands ended its first quarter with net sales of $1.9bn, a 15% year-over-year increase, driven by the company’s acquisitions of premium brands coupled with consumer demand for high-end alcohol...

Brexit and your business: Have your say

We want to know what impact you think Brexit will have on your business. 

Brexit uncertainty could raise UK food costs - but discount supermarkets may still win

Brexit-borne economic uncertainty could dampen supermarket’s ability to offer cheaper groceries, though worried shoppers could maintain sales figures at hard discounting retailers like Lidl and Aldi, analysts suggest.

New product launches, June 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Smirnoff fruit cider, Nespresso Cuban coffee, craft soda & energy water

Smirnoff has announced its entry into the growing fruit cider category, while Nespresso is launching the first Cuban coffee to be sold in the US for more than 50 years....

Disappointing first quarter for Europe’s commercial beverage market, but rising confidence in sector: Canadean

Packaged water was the key driver for European soft drinks in the first quarter of 2016, according to market research company Canadean. 

Brexit: Reactions from the beverage industry

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, and the negotiation of new trade agreements will be a key area of focus for the wine and spirits industries.

Coconut Beach competes on quality and price with ¢99 coconut water

Coconut Beach is aiming to break down the perception that coconut-based beverages have to retail at a higher price point by selling products across its entire beverage line for $0.99. 

Study shows complex Chinese preferences for flavored milk

Companies interested in selling flavored milk in China might find it a little more complicated than simply getting it on the shelves.

‘Great-tasting’ coffee starts with the water, Taza Agua founders say

Don Nesbit and Francini Retana Rodriquez have launched Taza Agua to provide consumers with a premium bottled water specifically made for brewing tea and drip coffee.

What does the future hold for UK craft beer?

The US craft beer movement is undoubtedly an impressive success story, and UK craft brewers can learn from its achievements. But that doesn’t necessarily mean blanket imitation.

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