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Whisky and beer lead UK food & beverage exports

Exports of beer have overtaken chocolate to become the UK’s third largest food and beverage export product by value; joining whisky which retains the top spot in F&B exports. ...

Foreign firms winning in battle for Vietnam’s soft drinks market

Foreign soft drink manufacturers have taken control of more than half of Vietnam’s US$4bn non-alcoholic drink market for the first time, as local players work out how best to compete....

Making tea trendy: How can the category appeal to millennials?

Functional teas, specialty teas, and indulgent products will help the tea category appeal to millennials against a backdrop of overall falling tea volumes, according to Mintel. 

UK targets calories in next phase of childhood obesity plan

The UK has set its sights on foods with a high calorie count as it updates the country’s childhood obesity plan, which previously focused on sugar reduction.

Grupo Sun Ocean Lda to manufacture juice, water & wine in Africa

Quantum Global African Infrastructure, Embasa and Sun Ocean Holdings have been given the green light to set up a beverage plant in Angola, Africa.

Jin+Ja projects revenues of $4.5m in 2017, unveils new Super Greens powder

Canada Enterprises LLC - the company behind spicy ginger beverage Jin + Ja - is on course to more than double revenues in 2017 to approach $4.5m as it explores...

Coffee consolidation mirroring beer’s M&A activity, says Rabobank

The global coffee industry has more room for consolidation and shares a similar M&A pattern to the international beer market, according to a recent Rabobank report.

Coca-Cola HBC net sales grow 5.7% despite ‘softness’ in Russia and Nigeria

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) 2017 half-year financial results saw net sales revenue grow 5.7% despite ‘softness’ in Russia and Nigeria, CEO, Dimitris Lois, said today.

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Health-conscious millennials turn to zero-calorie drinks

'As consumer tastes change and people become more health conscious, brands need to think of innovative ways to remain attractive to buyers. 

Craft beer segment shows steady 5% growth with 2,739 more breweries planned

The US craft beer market saw volume production increase 5% for the first six months of 2017, a slowdown from 8% volume growth in the comparable period last year, according...

Far East liquor firms top list of most valuable Asian F&B companies

Baiju liquor producer Kweichow Moutai has been named Asia’s leading food and beverage manufacturer in an analysis of market capitalisations in the region.

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

From kefir to kvass: What's in store for Europe's fermented food trend?

From do-it-yourself kefir kits and lacto-fermented vegetable juices to kvass and spreadable cheese-style tempeh – what’s trending and what's next for the fermented food trend in Europe?

Guest article

Aptean: ‘Investments in CRM systems within the F&B industry have been low’

‘The Food and Drink manufacturing industry is typically an arena of tight margins.

Sugary drink options on kids’ menus fall as low-fat milk and water availability grows

The availability of sugar-sweetened beverages on children’s menus at the top 50 US restaurant chains has decreased from 93% in 2008 to 74% in 2016, according to the Center for...

AB InBev: new low-alcohol beer launches

Low ABV beer category can be boosted by highlighting consumer choice

An increasing number of drinkers are keen to moderate their alcohol consumption, and educating consumers about the different styles and strengths of beer now available to them will be a...

Growth in low pH beverages creates opportunity for pectin

As palates in North America change and acidified foods become more acceptable, space is created, too, for additives such as pectin that can handle specific pH regimes.

Chinese demand continues to boost Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow, with exports to the Greater China region growing 33% in 2016-2017 and exports to mainland China up 44%.

Consumers interested in cold brew coffee in European retail: Mintel

Cold brew coffee has become popular in the US, but the segment is still emerging in European retail. But Mintel observes that the concept is attracting interest from consumers this...

Diageo sees rise in Scotch whisky tourism

Diageo has seen a 7% rise in the number of tourists visiting its 12 distillery visitor centres in Scotland, which it says highlights another boom year for Scotch whisky tourism. 

Consumers deserve to know who is behind their craft beer, say independent brewers

The UK’s Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling for greater clarity for consumers on who is behind craft beer brands, as global beer companies continue to buy small, previously...

IFT 2017

Agropur reshapes US ingredients business to streamline customer experience

Agropur Ingredients has streamlined its US business by dividing it into three sectors: nutrition solutions, dairy solutions, and custom solutions to better serve their customers’ needs.

Ingredient exports to benefit under EU-Japan trade deal

Last week the EU and Japan agreed to a bilateral trade agreement, which will set significant duty-free quotas on EU exports of ingredients such as starch, butter, whey and processed...

Brewers’ pursuit of new beer flavors drives hop acreage growth in US

Hop acreage in the US Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) is spreading; driven by brewers’ quest to develop new and novel beer flavors to satisfy consumers evolving tastes. 

ZÜPA NOMA refreshes branding, teams with Whole30 to stand out in drinkable soup category

As the nascent drinkable soup category starts to take shape, newcomer ZÜPA NOMA is looking to carve out its own niche with refreshed packaging that will help its bottles pop on store...

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