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Hangover beverage debuts in Las Vegas

A new energy drink is seeking a middle path in the sphere, trying to find space between the shot market and bigger serving size cans. Called Last Shot, the product...

Australia

Australia's RFT to ‘go global’ with Gloria Jean’s purchase

Australia’s biggest multi-brand retail food franchiser, Retail Food Group (RFG), will become a “global franchising powerhouse” following its purchase of Gloria Jean’s Coffees at an initial cost of A$163.5m (US$144m)....

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

Feature - China

Comfort and convenience behind the rise of China's new coffee culture

Once upon a time there was China tea. If you were Chinese and liked hot drinks, the local tradition in tea led the way. If you preferred coffee, especially the...

24 Hours in Pictures: French PM Valls hits SIAL, alcohol linked to IVF success

Join our whistle-stop world tour of events shaping the beverage industry over the last 24 hours - as French PM Manuel Valls talks up his nation's food industry at SIAL...

3D printed food for the elderly may hit shelves in 2016

Researchers in Germany are working on a 3D-printed food for elderly people with chewing and swallowing problems, which looks and tastes like ‘real food’.

‘Poor value’ perception shaking UK water enhancer sales, Canadean suggests

A Canadean survey of 2,000 UK consumers found that 41% think liquid water enhancers from the likes of Robinsons, Oasis and Vimto are too pricey, casting doubt on the category’s...

Scottish food and drink a success in France

Scottish food and drink exports to France have grown in value by £21M over the past year to a whopping £703M, according to the Scottish government.

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

News in brief

Rising stars of the wine world, share your Wine Vision!

With high-level conference Wine Vision fast approaching our sister publication Harpers Wine & Spirit is offering a Rising Star Grant to help rising industry stars attend the event.

HOW SHOULD WINERIES TWEAK PRICES TO OPTIMIZE PROFITS?

Winning in US wine: Pricing to maximize profit, avoid brand equity erosion

The price of a bottle of wine has a critical impact on the positioning and profitability of a wine brand but marketers are often unsure when they should tweak price...

New products gallery: Mamma Chia heads to the bar, PepsiCo keeps it real with craft soda, and pumpkin spice fever spreads

As Halloween approaches, pumpkin spice mania has gripped the nation, but there’s plenty of other interesting stuff hitting shelves this fall, from Pepsi’s Caleb's Kola to chia vitality bars from...

Cocktail flavors to cognitive enhancement: Zenith’s Top 13 energy drinks trends

Zenith International includes cocktail flavors and cognitive enhancement within a list of 13 top trends it says have driven innovation in energy drinks on the basis of post-2012 product launches.

PepsiCo launches craft cola: Caleb’s Kola promises ‘amazing freshness’

As the news broke yesterday that Pepsi had launched a new craft cola, or 'kola' as the hipster spelling has it, we run the rule over a launch that excites...

Wine Vision probes risks and rewards of new wine markets

Wine Vision organizer Andrew Reed says the 2014 conference will explore how to attract new consumers to wine and tap emerging market growth with margins are squeezed elsewhere.

Prosecco raises a glass to US export leap: How much further can the market grow?

The Prosecco DOC Consortium has announced a 33.5% increase in export volume to the US, and is eyeing up further growth in this market.    

Negative press could dent energy drink sales

UK energy drinks consumption has reached record levels, but manufacturers must react quickly to the negative publicity about their products, a leading analyst has warned.

Soft drinks sales given boost from the elderly

Elderly consumers are an untapped market for soft drinks manufacturers, who must use functional ingredients and easy-to-open packaging to win them over, according to a leading industry analyst.

Emerging markets, infant formula drive H&W over €600bn

Ongoing bullish emerging markets and a strong infant formula sector have helped drive the global health wellness sector to $774bn (€614bn) this year, according to Euromonitor International.

Energy drinks may hog the limelight, but watch out for RTD teas: Euromonitor

The growth of naturally healthy ready-to-drink (RTD) teas is predicted to be even stronger than that of energy drinks, according to figures released by Euromonitor this week.

Trade agreement has spirit of success, say Canadian and European industry bodies

A free trade agreement between the EU and Canada is tipped to boost transatlantic trade of spirits drinks, further opening each market to trade. 

Australia

Home is where the wine is for Aussie drinkers, research finds

While the proportion of Australians adults drinking wine is gradually declining, the proportion of those drinking wine at home has increased very slightly.

Australia

Does a team’s sponsor influence Aussie rules fans’ tipple tastes?

As Australia gears up for the Aussie rules football premiership final this weekend, research has revealed the drinks fans will be stocking up on ahead of the big game.

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL DAIRY

Western functional milk success limited, but 'different picture' in Asia: Euromonitor

The price and taste of fortified and functional fresh milk products will continue to limit demand in the West, but it is a "different picture" in Asia, says Euromonitor....

Low quality aloe vera beverage brands threaten UK market, distributor warns

A UK distributor of premium aloe vera drinks claims that low quality rivals risk ruining the nascent category – since many don’t use natural aloe vera pulp and are laden...

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