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Beverage Bites: News up to July 17, 2015

Glass fragments prompt wine recall, Bacardi cuts carbon emissions, and more beverage bites

Bacardi says a biomass boiler at a whisky distillery has cut its carbon footprint by 90%, while SodaStream is running a $2.75m advertising campaign on the streets of three US...

Desert-inspired flavours and water-saving innovation: How climate change will shape the food industry

The water crisis affecting the food industry is set to get worse –  but food companies are finding ways to overcome it, say experts.

Souring on sweet: How sugar health concerns are spurring sour flavours

Ongoing consumer concern about sugar consumption means some consumers are turning away from sweet tastes altogether, according to market research organisation Mintel.

Brain health drinks could be as big as energy drinks

Demand for psychoactive drinks for adults is exploding, following new research showing the cognitive health benefits of various natural products, a leading analyst has claimed.

Cider: a threat to wine? Rabobank says cider’s success could encroach on other categories

Cider is bursting into the big leagues of the alcoholic drink market and could threaten categories other than beer, according to Rabobank.

Summer Fancy Food Show

Cocktail mixers from fruity to bitter showcase at Summer Fancy Foods

As craft cocktails grow in popularity, so too are bars’ and consumers’ shopping lists to include a laundry list of necessary specialty ingredients. To help simplify professional and home mixologists’...

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Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

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Wine consumers tend to change habits after buying from the cellar door

A visit to a winery's cellar door has a lasting effect on consumer behaviour inside, and can even influence buying habits for months afterwards.

What do protected origin labels mean to consumers?

EU quality labelling schemes showing product origin do not always connect with shoppers, says research.

Summer Fancy Food Show

U.S. tea sales climb as consumers seek healthy drinks & new flavors

Sales of tea in the U.S. are growing quickly as more Americans are drawn to the beverage for its health benefits, rich history and artisanal qualities, according to industry stakeholders....

'Brewers shouldn’t fear society’s drive towards healthy living' - but it’s not all plain sailing, warns industry body

Increased information about beer will help consumers fit the beverage into a balanced diet - but The Brewers of Europe warns ‘misguided’ policies from governments and public health advocates damage...

Telling the story behind Australian wine will boost standing in global markets, says Wine Australia

Global perceptions of Australian wine fall short of the high-quality reality, says Wine Australia, as it prioritises increasing appreciation of the country’s products.   

Craft beers boost popularity of high strength beverages

High strength beers are booming - but for how long? 1 in 4 beers launched in 2014 were high ABV, says Mintel

Almost one in four beers launched in 2013 and 2014 were high strength – a significant rise since 2012 -  with craft beer driving acceptance and popularity among consumers, according to Mintel.

Beer bargains and dear drinks: Which are the cheapest – and most expensive – cities for beer?

Geneva, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are the most expensive cities to buy beer in – while cities like Krakow, Kiev and Cape Town offer drinkers more for their money,...

Dispatches from the Nespresso Coffee Conversation, Portugal

Beyond the bean: Coffee is about far more than taste - what about when, where, and why you drink it?

The taste and flavour of the coffee you drink is important – but the quality of the experience is far broader than the first sip, said coffee experts as they...

World wines: Room for internationals to scoop market lead in 'attractive' German market

International wine makers should seriously consider Germany at a time when consumers are willing to pay more and discounters are premiumizing the segment, says Wine Intelligence.

Beverage bites: news up to 26 June, 2015

Anheuser-Busch's $1.5m US investment, Thatchers' craft ciders head to Glastonbury, and more beverage bites

Anheuser-Busch will invest $1.5bn in its US operation by 2018; Mexico’s soft drink tax has lead to reduced consumption and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will implement his own soda tax.

China, India, Brazil and South East Asia in high spirits for liquor, says spiritsEUROPE

Growth for spirits lies in export markets such as China, India, Brazil and South East Asia as EU consumption slumps, says trade association spiritsEUROPE.

Meal replacement regulation should consider consumers not just science: SNE

Any new regulation on total meal replacements should consider consumer expectations of taste and cost, not just science, says trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE).

Drinkable yogurt, dairy-based smoothies could help counter declining consumption of fluid milk

Individually packaged drinkable yogurt and dairy-based smoothies are increasingly popular as more convenient and modern alternatives to fluid milk, the consumption of which has declined in recent years, according to...

The rise of festivals: A route to reach the millennial generation

Festivals offer a growing opportunity for the beverage industry to engage millennials, with nearly 50% of 18-34 year olds in the US attending five or more wine, beer or food...

Dispatches from Nespresso Coffee Conversation Symposium, Portugal

Coffee to concentrate, wine to unwind? Nespresso symposium looks at the similarities - and the differences

Coffee and wine are both complex drinks with strong followings among their respective connoisseurs, but wines tell a stronger tale - connecting better with consumers, say industry experts.

Energy drinks ride out tough economic times

Different flavours, artificial caffeine alternatives and a place in everyday life give energy drinks the staying power to survive the recession, says a Canadean report.

The diversity of Europe’s ‘colourful’ beer market could be the key to its success

The sheer diversity of Europe’s beer market is one of its biggest strengths: opening up the market to new consumers, and boosting export potential, according to The Brewers of Europe....

Serial consumption: Nutritionists promote cereal-based beverages in Nestlé-backed e-book

The Portuguese Association of Nutritionists (APN) and Nestlé joined forces this month to unveil a new e-book promoting the benefits of cereal-based beverages in Portugal.

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