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Demand for coffee hurts grower nations economically, researcher says

First-world coffee demand harms grower countries near the equator, according to a researcher from the University of Kansas.

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Britons to drink less alcohol, as health warnings rise

More Britons are cutting back on booze, reveals new research from Mintel, as warnings about the dangers of even moderate alcohol consumption rise.

This week Down Under

Australian wine boxes feeling similar pinch to market for bottles

The proportion of Australian adults drinking wine has been in decline for some years, including the Aussie wine cask, whose popularity is also dropping.

China direct

Coffee making inroads on China’s tea hegemony

Tea has a long history in China and is still the country’s most popular drink, but coffee is catching up slowly but surely, a new report from Canadean has revealed....

Chennai, India, plant will be up and running by the end of next year

Rexam refuses to stop investment activities despite Ball Commission concerns

Rexam says its Q2 2015 financial results are in line with expectations, and claims ‘although the Ball offer is taking some of our time, we continue to manage the business...

This week Down Under

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

Powerade still winning in race for sports drink supremacy

Milk crisis nationalism is anti-EU, Dutch tell Commission

Calls from the French National Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (FNCL) to stop imports of foreign dairy products are contrary to EU single market principles, Dutch groups have complained to the...

Gin can match whisky’s success, says UK government, as exports boom

The UK’s booming gin industry could grow exports to match the success of whisky, following a revival in recent years.

More than 60% of Americans now avoid soda: Gallup

Nearly two-thirds of Americans avoid drinking either diet or regular soda, according to Gallup's annual Consumption Habits poll.

Global analysis of beverage consumption reveals key national differences

New data on beverage intakes for 187 countries has revealed significant differences in current consumption levels and historic trends for sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices and milk, say researchers.

‘We would hate to have stupid money in the business!’ Beverage start-up Akuō on finding the right investor for the brand

The vision, values and wisdom of an investor are just as important as the money, says beverage start-up brand Akuō. And it believes it has found the perfect fit for...

Coca-Cola Enterprises: 'You're going to see low- and no-cal products become an even greater part of our business'

No- and low- calorie varieties will be a ‘growth engine’ for Coca-Cola in Western Europe, says Coca-Cola Enterprises, adding that attitudes to drinks and sweeteners differ to those in the...

EU and Vietnam free trade deal will unleash export potential for wine and spirits

Wine and spirit producers in Europe are welcoming an EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, saying the new deal will boost exports to a growing market. 

UK tea sales in hot water: Does a 22% drop signal a crisis for the British cuppa?

Falling biscuit sales may have repercussions for tea consumption, with trouble brewing for a long-upheld British tradition: a cup of tea and a biscuit. 

Beverage bites: News up to July 31, 2015

Tea with ‘alcohol at potentially intoxicating levels’ recall; Blue Moon in Canada; & if Carlsberg did cases

A fermented tea brand is recalling products which could contain alcohol ‘at levels that may be intoxicating,’ while Ball announces it will close its Bristol, US, can end plant. Meanwhile,...

Exotic varieties are flowering in an otherwise declining juice market: Canadean

Mixed flavours, premium juices, HPP and cold-press beverages are bucking the trend in an otherwise declining juice market, according to Canadean.

#RibenaGate: Tesco to stop selling children’s drinks with added sugar, including Capri Sun and Ribena

Supermarket giant Tesco will stop stocking children’s drinks with added sugar, in order to 'make a positive difference to children’s health'. 

News in brief

PepsiCo and Starbucks join forces in Latin American RTD coffee market

PepsiCo and Starbucks are partnering to distribute RTD coffee and energy drinks from Starbucks in Latin America, eyeing up a market worth $4bn and projected to grow by 22% over...

Beverage bites: News up to July 24, 2015

Heat threatens craft beer hops, Nestlé’s naked baristas, and more beverage bites

Several big beverage players released quarterly results this week, while hot weather was identified as a concern in hop growing regions. Meanwhile, Nestlé’s latest campaign features ‘actors wearing little more...

Nichols acquires Feel Good Drinks

Vimto brand owner Nichols Plc has acquired Feel Good Drinks from German drinks supplier MBG International Premium Brands for an undisclosed amount.

Australia

Small increase in grape prices gives beleaguered wine growers hope

Though 85% of grapes for the 2015 vintage were harvested at a loss, Australian winemakers have been applauding a small increase in average wine grape prices over the last year.

What does the true Duff Beer taste like - and when might you find out?

Fox has launched Duff Beer, a beverage already well-known as the fictional beer from The Simpsons. However, plans for its roll-out into South America and Europe are being kept under...

Ball’s bid for Rexam hits EU competition hurdle

Ball Corporation’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) proposed deal for Rexam is to be investigated by the European Commission after the agency said it had concerns it may reduce competition in the beverage...

UK ketones firm contacted by pro cycling teams

Ketones get rough ride at Tour de France

The use of potentially performance enhancing ketones at the Tour de France cycling race has raised questions about their efficacy, legality and scale of usage.

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