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EU health coalition calls for 6am-11pm ban on junk food advertising

A coalition of European health organisations is campaigning for later watershed times and restricted product placement for adverts and television marketing unhealthy food and alcohol.  

European brewing sector ‘firmly on the path to prosperity’

Beer is experiencing a renaissance in Europe, with 7,500 breweries and an industry that adds the equivalent of the GDP of Luxembourg annually to EU output, according to the latest...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnamese consumers frugal with food but splash out on healthy drinks

As Vietnam’s 93m population grows in size and purchasing power, healthy soft drinks are becoming more attractive for food and beverage sector investors.

New Zealand wine industry assesses impact of earthquake

Around 20% of wine storage capacity in New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region was damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake earlier this month, but the industry is planning for the upcoming vintage...

Asia Pacific proves a boon for global sparkling water market

The Asia Pacific market currently accounts for 15.25% global sparkling water market, and Technavio projects it will grow at a CAGR of 3.67% through 2020, the fastest rate compared to...

Tetra Pak disappointed by $96m China SAIC antitrust fine

Tetra Pak has spoken out about its disappointment following a $96m antitrust fine by China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC).

A spoonful of sugar? Teens consume a bathtub full a year through sugary drinks

Teenagers in the UK consume around 77 litres of sugary drinks every year – enough to fill a bathtub, according to "shocking" results of a survey.

Premiumization leads the way in global coffee market, including instant coffee category

Valued at $28bn globally and expected to grow another $8.3bn by 2020, according to Euromonitor, the instant coffee market is taking developing areas of the world by storm but not...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

‘Battle of the Baristas’ UAE coffee consumption to reach $112m in 2017

 A total of eight of the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) most talented baristas battled it out for the second edition of the MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship at Gulfood Manufacturing...

Study finds UK packaged food sales have declined steadily throughout past decade

Has UK packaged food gone past its sell-by date?

Packaged food sales in the UK have reached their lowest growth rate in a decade due to an increase in discounter stores, innovation fatigue, and an increase in eating out...

NAMI: ‘Failure to act on TPP will be potentially devastating’

What will Trump mean for beverages, meat, bakery? Wells Fargo, ABA and NAMI weigh in

A Trump administration could herald more business-friendly tax policies, but it could also stymie food labeling, health and nutrition-related initiatives set in motion under the Obama administration, and create uncertainty...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

Tetra Pak introduces 3D virtual reality simulator at Gulfood

Tetra Pak showcased its 3D virtual reality simulator at Gulfood to show guests how they can get up close and personal to their machinery without having to visit a factory.

MassChallenge donates millions in its first Swiss awards

Swiss accelerator backs 6 start-ups in fairtrade coffee, food fraud, probiotics & more

Swiss start-up incubator MassChallenge has dished out almost €1.4m in funding to food based start-ups that are offering the industry a new approach to fair trade coffee; a device to...

Australia

Fruit juice brands fighting for share in shrinking market

With packaged fruit juice consumption in freefall in recent years, the number of Australians who opt for it has plummeted by 1.3m people since 2012, when over 35% of the...

‘The first studio album ever released on a beer can’

Aeronaut Brewing Co. has collaborated with US rock band The Lights Out for the launch of the band’s studio album – which can only be obtained via a can of...

Mintel's top European trends for 2017 - and the firms already following them

Mintel has picked out its top trends for 2017 - a must for food and drink manufacturers wishing to stay ahead of the curve. FoodNavigator takes a look at some them....

‘This year in drinks, anything goes!’ Consumers take self-expression to new level with drink creations

With a huge range of flavors and serving options in the spirits category, consumers are ‘ripping up the rulebook in their quest for self-expression’, according to UK supermarket Waitrose.

Americans are buying fewer beverages, but what purchases do they still make?

The number of purchased beverages per person in the US is down, but Americans are still choosing to spend their money on coffee, soft drinks, iced tea, or bottled water...

Cibus Tec 2016

David Berryman stands up for juice amid ‘sugar is bad for you’ debate

David Berryman, owner of David Berryman, a fruit based ingredient supplier, has spoken out in defense of juice drinks following the debate about ‘sugar being bad for you’.

What's next for craft beer?

It’s a big question, so we put it to beer gurus from around the globe. Crowdfunding, a split between ‘mass craft’ and ‘true craft’, and the continued rise of premiumization...

‘A cola that’s one of your 5-a-day? Absolutely!’ Juicy Fuel Cola

Juicy Fuel Cola – a sparkling cola made from fruit juice without added sugar or sweeteners – believes the drink can appeal to anyone who has become disillusioned with the...

‘There is the potential for craft spirits to achieve market share parity with craft beer’

There are now more than 1,300 craft spirits producers in the US and the market continues to grow rapidly. The Craft Spirits Data Project – an initiative to evaluate performance...

News in brief

‘An element of surprise is paramount’: Craft gin subscription service spurns the high street

A new gin members club is delivering unique craft gin straight to consumers’ doors. 

‘Nurturing the Irish whiskey renaissance’: Association launches mentoring programme

The Irish Whiskey Association has launched a mentoring programme, which brings established global players together with new market entrants. This will help ensure future growth of the Irish whiskey category,...

Strong margin growth for SME manufacturers, thanks to craft and artisan trends

The artisan food boom continues to fuel profitability of SME (small and medium size enterprise) food and drink manufacturers, evidenced by the success of craft brewers and gin distillers, says...

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