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Coca-Cola Amatil invests in 'exciting' Indonesia as group predicts return to growth

Coca-Cola Amatil will devote more energy to its Indonesian business - a bright spot in its 2014 full year results - hoping strengthened market leadership in the country will help...

New Zealand

Orientation week drinking might be ‘gateway’ to heavy alcohol use

Male students who were light drinkers before starting university may be particularly susceptible to the gateway effect of heavy alcohol use during their first weeks in college.

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Work hard, play hard: Tough Saudi Arabia energy drink market could reap rewards

Tough government regulations on energy drinks means the Saudi Arabian market is a challenging one, but it’s also a land of opportunity for US and European brands, says Euromonitor International. ...

Beverage Bites: news up to February 12, 2015

Coca-Cola and milk, stevia without the plant and more beverage bites

A feast of financial results from some of the industry’s big players (Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Crown Holdings, Pernod Ricard, and Heineken); a potential shake up in beverage can manufacturing; and stevia...

Australia

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market

An exposé by Australian consumer watchdog Choice claims SAB Miller, which owns Fosters and Carlton & United Breweries, is locking out genuine craft beer from local pubs.

Beverage trend watching panel highlights: ‘Sugar has become a major concern for American consumers’

From the steady decline of carbonates to the dramatic rise of energy, the prospects for Keurig Cold and how 7-Eleven evaluates new products, our beverage trend-watching panel debate covered a...

Sports nutrition specialists eye 'Big Energy' with formula innovations

Specialist sports nutrition firms are using sector knowledge to compete in the energy drinks space that is dominated by the 'Big Energy' beverage giants.

Social media: dream or nightmare? What can be learned from Coca-Cola’s Hitler retweets?

Coca-Cola’s #MakeItHappy twitter campaign caught plenty of unwanted attention after it was tricked into tweeting chunks of Hitler’s Mein Kampf – but how can other beverage brands avoid similar social...

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

Hear from the CEOs of Mamma Chia, HonestTea, KeVita, KonaRed, Vertical Water, and Reed's

Beverage CEO debate highlights: Chris Reed’s ‘have my cake and eat it’ plan, & Seth Goldman’s Bermuda triangle

From the impact of the Safeway Albertsons deal to dubious alcohol levels in kombucha, the CEOs in our beverage entrepreneurs debate on Feb 4 did not hold back. Here are...

sugar-free sports drinks

‘A lucrative opportunity:’ Can Aussie sports drinks wrestle sales from soft drinks?

The Australian sports drinks market will continue to grow: but sugar-free versions present an opportunity to shake up the sector, according to research firm TechNavio. 

Beverage Bites: news up to February 6, 2015

Coca-Cola tricked into tweeting Mein Kampf; Tata Global Beverages sees green light for green tea; and more beverage bites

Coca-Cola's Twitter campaign inadvertently retweets Mein Kampf; Tata Global Beverages eyes up green tea; and Bacardi revamps packaging - some of the nuggets of news in this week's 'Beverage Bites'...

Talkin’ bout my generation! New consumers want new drinks, so what's the future for flavored whisky?

Flavored whiskies may still be popular, but the category could soon reach its peak, according to Trevor Stirling from research and brokerage firm Sanford C. Bernstein. 

Rabobank’s weather warning…Scotch faces ‘tropic thunder’ with rise of rum

Rabobank has tipped rum to capture spirits market share from Scotch in the EU as high-quality aged sipping varieties win over consumers in the UK, Benelux, France, the Nordics and...

Australia

Diners calling for more draught and premium beers

Demand from diners is driving a surge in the number of restaurants and cafes offering both draught and bottled beers. 

Reformulation on a mass scale? Sugar, stevia, sweeteners: the sticky question of a soft drink shake up

The launch of reduced sugar soft drinks is a step forward; but reformulating standard versions to contain less sugar would have a much bigger impact on health, according to Euromonitor...

BeverageDaily Personality of the Year 2014! Lukas von Grebmer, Six Beverages

The virtual hustings are over, the voting is done and dusted, and we’re thrilled to announce that Lukas von Grebmer from Six Beverages is BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2014!...

‘We've created the ultimate ice tea’: Virtue founder forecasts mass appeal

The founder of new UK ice tea brand, Virtue, claims his product can rival coconut water for growth potential with a far more mainstream taste profile.

Australia

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems

Australians are not in fact drinking more alcohol and cases of drink-fuelled violence are not on the up, in spite of longstanding beliefs in the contrary, if an industry analysis...

Australia

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic

Almost 7m Australian adults drank beer at least once in any given month, with over three-quarters of these being men and nine out of 10 choosing at least one local...

‘Same again, thanks.’ UK consumers hesitant to try new alcoholic drinks: Canadean

Eight out of ten out-of-home consumers ‘rarely or never’ try new alcoholic drinks, according to Canadean. 

Brewer profile

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game

Last year was the worst for Australia’s mainstream beer industry since before the Second World War, though one Adelaide brewer, which operates on the premium cusp of the market, has...

Can C&C Group investments reverse US cider woes?

C&C Group believes the opening of a new cidery in August, product innovations and better sales execution will help boost performance of Woodchuck, its main US hard apple cider brand. ...

Amway solidifies position in energy drink market with acquisition of XS Energy brand

Direct selling giant Amway is solidifying its position in the energy drink market with the acquisition of XS Energy brand. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but a co-founder...

Premium positioning and craft credentials make cider trendy

Take cider off the sidelines! Producers can learn lots from craft beer movement, says Canadean

Cider manufacturers need to do more to enhance the drink’s appeal in the UK - particularly with premium positioning - according to Canadean.  

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