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Nespresso goes 100% Colombian...Or is that 80%?

Nespresso will start selling its coffees and machines in key sourcing country Colombia this autumn.

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Carlsberg offers Danish drinkers half price lager

Carlsberg is trialing a scheme in Denmark whereby drinkers in selected bars get half price beer in exchange for uploading pictures of themselves there to Instagram.

‘Young, free and flavored…’ A booming world beer category

Flavored or mixed beer is a booming US beer category tapping demand among younger drinkers – and strong global growth prospects are set to heighten competition among the big brewers. 

Putting the chai into Dubai: Rise of the world’s tea re-export capital

The order given by Dubai’s ruling sheikh in 1959 to dredge the Creek, the water channel that flows into the heart of what was at the time a sleepy fishing...

analyst notes 'Authenticity' aspect to beat away bud light competition

Heineken’s Lager Margarita...A Bud Light Rita beater?

Heineken will launch lager margaritas in the US from April as it bids to replicate the success of Anheuser Busch InBev’s Bud Light Ritas line.

‘Hedonic Expectations’: How to drive healthy drinks sales in China

The Chinese place more trust in big beverage brands to deliver safe products, link ‘naturalness’ to single-flavor varieties and are increasingly willing to pay more for quality, safety and nutrition.

Microbreweries could save British ale, says brewery boss

Microbreweries could be the saviours of the British ale industry, the boss of the multimillion pound brewery Adnams has suggested.

Monster Energy Zero Ultra tops IRI’s 2014 NPD ‘pacesetters’ list

Monster Energy Ultra topped the IRI beverage league table for the best-selling newcomers in C-stores in 2013, while Red Bull Total Zero and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita also starred.

Sainsbury’s launches Rwandan ‘women’s coffee’ in UK Parliament

UK retailer Sainsbury’s launched the UK’s first mainstream coffee ‘grown by women’ at a tasting event in the nation’s parliament last week.

Consumer distrust in supermarkets a boon for c-stores

Lack of trust in food prices at the top supermarkets persists in the UK, according to a leading analyst, and independent food stores were well-placed to seize the advantage.


Indian retailing really could take off once mom and pop get a website

Academics at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad have coined the term “brick and click” as a way for mom and pop retailers in India to innovate by settling groceries...

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Innocent shakes up smoothies with functional launches

Coke-owned Innocent is launching a functional smoothie range in the UK from April centered on soft health claims - three varieties will use 'defense' 'energise' and 'antioxidant' positioning.

‘Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum-flavored beer!’ from AB InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev believes its Cubanisto beer flavored with rum will prove a hit with ‘tech savvy trend setters’ in the UK as sales of the spirit soar.

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‘Drink Craft, Not Crafty!’ iPhone app debunks big beer masquerade

Spytap Industries has developed an iPhone app that allows users to scan beer barcodes to separate true craft beers from ‘assembly line multinational macrobrewed imposters’.

Google Glass tipped to shape future wine buying habits

Google Glass, glasses which contain tiny computers on their frames, will shape the wines people buy in the future, predicts Arnaud Daphy of wine marketing consultancy Triptiq.

Sud de France launches WineHub to tap lucrative export markets

 An online hub that connects wine sellers from the Languedoc Roussillon region of Southern France with national and international buyers was launched this week.


History of Violence: Why Diageo should ditch cutthroat Captain Morgan

Diageo should ditch lucrative rum brand Captain Morgan altogether since the real life Captain left an orgy of bloodshed and violence across the Caribbean, Ben Bouckley argues.

Special Edition: Gluten-free

Riches in niches? The retail future of gluten-free

Should manufacturers look to move gluten-free products into the retail mainstream or does the segment’s future lie in its niche positioning?

Explore Mediterranean vineyards: Vinisud 2014 has been at Vinisud in Montpellier, France, this week. View the picture gallery to find out more about exhibitors and their wines. 

InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress: April 7-9, Lisbon

'Seesaw’ 2014 in store but global soft drinks congress brings balance

 The global soft drinks industry faces a ‘seesaw year’ in 2014 but the challenges posed by mature markets and categories are amply offset by opportunities elsewhere in the sector.

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‘Most ambitious launch since Coke Zero’: CCE fights soda age decline

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) hopes its ‘most ambitious launch since Coca-Cola Zero’ can help arrest the traditional soda consumption decline among older adults.

Chi signs MENA distribution deal with Wellbeing

Chi Drinks has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Wellbeing International, covering the Middle East and North Africa.

Preview: Vinisud February 24-26

Flavoured wines big hit with younger drinkers

Demand for flavoured wines continues to grow, according to a report from Wine Intelligence that will be presented at tradeshow Vinisud next week.  

Food Visions: Industry needs to confront its communications crash or lose consumers forever

Food manufacturers, retailers and other food industry players are failing to connect with consumers who are tuning out of mainstream messaging and infesting their own comms channels, says angel investor,...

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Svedka vodka arrives in India

America’s second most popular imported vodka will now appear on Indian bottle shop shelves after owner Constellation brands tied up a deal with local distributor Mohan Brothers to bring Svedka...