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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.

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.

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...

Premium private label drinks colonize branded EU shelf space: Canadean

An increasing number of private label drinks are gaining traction in space traditionally reserved for ‘premium’ brands, according to Canadean, as retailers appreciate the margins such products can offer.

NutraIngredients Sports Nutrition 2014 round-table debate

Arsenal FC: We can’t get the sports nutrition products we need

The nutritional needs of professional athletes and the general sports playing population are clearly not the same but does the broad sports nutrition market reflect that diversity of need? Arsenal...

FOCUS ON…SPARKLING WATERS IN THE US: RAKHEE BURGESS, INSIGHT ANALYST, CANADEAN

Success in sparkling waters : Why Crystal Geyser leads the US pack

As sparkling water sales soar in the States, Canadean analyst Rakhee Burgess tells us flavor variation is vital and the reasons why Crystal Geyser is the leader of the pack.

News in brief

Scotch Whisky Association welcomes 'stability' after nation rejects independence

Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) CEO David Frost has welcomed the 'stability' that a 'No' vote will ensure after the Scottish people voted to reject independence from the rest of the...

Bai Brands goes sparkling with Bai Bubbles, warns CSDs ‘dying on the vine’

Bai Brands founder Ben Weiss says he believes carbonated soft drinks are ‘dying on the vine and need true variety’ as his firm aims to disrupt the category with sparkling...

News in brief

Tired consumers boost sports and energy drinks market

The sports and energy drink market has grown from £1bn in 2009 to £1.5bn in 2014 as tired consumers look to these products to beat fatigue, according to a report by Mintel.

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL BOTTLED WATER CONGRESS, BUDAPEST, OCTOBER 6-8

‘Hydration Activation!’ Zenith Congress seeks to sustain bottled water growth

Zenith International’s 2014 Global Bottled Water Congress will take place in Budapest from October 6, and Chairman Richard Hall says it will focus on maintaining the category’s positive global momentum.

Canadean analyst suggests Coke and Pepsi diversify to shake Vita Coco UK stranglehold

Canadean says Coca-Cola and Pepsi need time to interest a wider UK audience in coconut water brands Zico and O.N.E but thinks the brands would benefit from greater diversification vis-à-vis...

‘Soda declines look a lot like those seen for cigarettes’: Analyst

Soda sales trends in the US look quite similar to those seen for cigarettes, according to one analyst, but she warns that the industry can’t rely on the same pricing...

Age is just a number: Huge potential for protein in aging market, says DuPont

The rising aging population in the US presents an underexploited opportunity for food and beverage marketers—particularly in the already massive protein market, as older consumers are just as desperate for...

Blog

Change brewing as Malaysia hops onto craft beer bandwagon

Faced with increasing gains across Asia-Pacific, not least in Australia where traditional brewers are fast losing market share, craft beer importers are now eyeing Southeast Asia as a new growth...

Canadean predicts US fizzy water sales will soar at expense of CSDs

Canadean predicts that US carbonated water sales will grow 12% in 2014 as health-conscious consumers embrace the category's health halo in preference to carbonated soft drinks.

Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for what's ‘fresh, unique and new’: A day at the Food & Beverage University

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler alert: ‘Let me get back to you on those numbers’ will not inspire...

UK brewers drink to bumper year

The UK saw 170 breweries spring up in the past 12 months, a figure driven by small independent brewers, according to the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA’s) Good Beer Guide 2015.

SPORTS NUTRITION 2014: A STARK WARNING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’ Expert warns wannabes

Beverage brand development guru James Tonkin has warned wannabe entrepreneurs that going up against established brands such as Red Bull and Coca-Cola without some kind of ‘silo vertical’ protection is...

News in brief

Diageo launches Ciroc pineapple-infused vodka

Diageo will launch a pineapple-infused Ciroc vodka this month – the fifth such flavor variety in its range – backed by celebrity rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.

COMPANY PROMISES Lattes, smoothies, hot chocolate enhancers will follow

DreamPak launches first ‘no refrigeration’ liquid creamer concentrate

DreamPak claims to have launched the first ‘no refrigeration needed’ concentrated liquid creamer in select H-E-B locations in Texas, and promises lattes, smoothies and even hot chocolate will follow.

Australia

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development

It will soon be possible to grow premium-quality caffeine-free coffee, tea and cocoa, according to research by the University of Queensland.

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