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‘We've created the ultimate ice tea’: Virtue founder forecasts mass appeal

The founder of new UK ice tea brand, Virtue, claims his product can rival coconut water for growth potential with a far more mainstream taste profile.

Australia

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems

Australians are not in fact drinking more alcohol and cases of drink-fuelled violence are not on the up, in spite of longstanding beliefs in the contrary, if an industry analysis...

Australia

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic

Almost 7m Australian adults drank beer at least once in any given month, with over three-quarters of these being men and nine out of 10 choosing at least one local...

‘Same again, thanks.’ UK consumers hesitant to try new alcoholic drinks: Canadean

Eight out of ten out-of-home consumers ‘rarely or never’ try new alcoholic drinks, according to Canadean. 

Brewer profile

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game

Last year was the worst for Australia’s mainstream beer industry since before the Second World War, though one Adelaide brewer, which operates on the premium cusp of the market, has...

Can C&C Group investments reverse US cider woes?

C&C Group believes the opening of a new cidery in August, product innovations and better sales execution will help boost performance of Woodchuck, its main US hard apple cider brand. ...

Amway solidifies position in energy drink market with acquisition of XS Energy brand

Direct selling giant Amway is solidifying its position in the energy drink market with the acquisition of XS Energy brand. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but a co-founder...

Premium positioning and craft credentials make cider trendy

Take cider off the sidelines! Producers can learn lots from craft beer movement, says Canadean

Cider manufacturers need to do more to enhance the drink’s appeal in the UK - particularly with premium positioning - according to Canadean.  

Selling sake to the Japanese: Scottish brewery to export rice wine to Japan

Scotland’s Arran Brewery is planning the country’s first sake brewery – and will sell the traditional rice wine to Japan.

Budweiser ‘Puppy Love’ meets 'Snapple Says’: 2014 Beverage Brand Advertisers of the Year

ACE Metrix yesterday revealed its top 20 FMCG brands for 2014 video advertising, and Dr Pepper’s Snapple brand plus two drinks from Anheuser’s Busch’s stable swept the beverage board.

Firms engage viewers before unveiling Super Bowl ads to generate more buzz

Even though the Super Bowl is still more than three weeks away, snack and beverage companies are ensuring they get the most bang for their potentially millions of dollars by...

News in brief

Zenith International has 'Thirst for Change' with 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress

Zenith International's 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress has the theme 'Thirst for Change', and its program includes leading players such as Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Talking Rain and the American Beverage Association.

PREMIUM WATERS 2014, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL, DUBAI, DECEMBER 8-9

‘The purest water would be completely uninteresting to drink’: MD of fine waters brand Iskilde

The MD of Danish ‘fine waters’ brand Iskilde insists that such products cannot be both ubiquitous and exclusive and believes that ‘less pure’ waters are often the most interesting.

No juice brand is an island: UK firms must see export markets as more than ‘side’ business

Exports of UK fruit and vegetable juice have increased by about 40% since 2010 - but the country must shake its island mentality if it wants this growth to continue,...

Talkback: Is Gandhi beer offensive or just canny branding?

Talkback is a new weekly feature which looks at a polarising issue and gauges your response to it from an industry perspective. This week, we invite you to look at...

Hear from Honest Tea, KonaRed, KeVita, Bolthouse Farms, Core Power, 7-Eleven...

What's hot, what's not, what's next? Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA & BeverageDaily Beverage Innovation Summit

Diet soda is in a funk, while 'real sugar' is back in vogue. Energy is hot, but caffeine is still controversial. Maple water is bang-on-trend, but will it really become...

Secrets from the sanctum: A year in the life of a beverage trade journalist

As a trade journalist I sometimes pinch myself – not too hard – and recall that I’m lucky enough to cover such an exciting industry and everything from Coke’s latest...

Beer bounces back this year: Mintel

More British drinkers said cheers to beer this year, as sales bounced back from recession, according to market research organisation Mintel.

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

Hydrating news! BeverageDaily.com 2014 waters round-up

Fresh from the Zenith International Premium Waters conference in Dubai, we've selected a handful of this year's top waters stories.

Festive Film

Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’...

In-depth on carbonates with Euromonitor International

Want your fizz back? Get into the water aisle, go retro and hit new day parts, say experts

Carbonates will never return to the buzz of the 80s but beverage makers can inject life back into the category from side-stepping into the water aisle to bottling up retro-style...

Health Ingredients Europe

Top food trends for 2015: the full list

Insect proteins and fruit-sweetened confectionery are two emerging trends food manufacturers should monitor, according to a list of top 10 food trends for 2015, revealed at the Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) event.

'Excite and hydrate consumers', BeverageDaily tells Premium Waters conference

Premium bottled water producers must excite as well as hydrate consumers, delegates at the Zenith International Premium Waters conference heard last week.

Dispatches from Hi Europe, Amsterdam

Trendspotter: ‘Naturally healthy' to overtake fortified and functional foods

There has been huge growth in functional and fortified food and drinks in recent years, but experts suggest that the next few years could see industry take a ‘naturally healthy’...