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‘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.  

Selling sake to the Japanese: Scottish brewery to export rice wine to Japan

Scotland’s Arran Brewery is planning the country’s first sake brewery – and will sell the traditional rice wine to Japan.

Budweiser ‘Puppy Love’ meets 'Snapple Says’: 2014 Beverage Brand Advertisers of the Year

ACE Metrix yesterday revealed its top 20 FMCG brands for 2014 video advertising, and Dr Pepper’s Snapple brand plus two drinks from Anheuser’s Busch’s stable swept the beverage board.

Firms engage viewers before unveiling Super Bowl ads to generate more buzz

Even though the Super Bowl is still more than three weeks away, snack and beverage companies are ensuring they get the most bang for their potentially millions of dollars by...

News in brief

Zenith International has 'Thirst for Change' with 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress

Zenith International's 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress has the theme 'Thirst for Change', and its program includes leading players such as Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Talking Rain and the American Beverage Association.

PREMIUM WATERS 2014, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL, DUBAI, DECEMBER 8-9

‘The purest water would be completely uninteresting to drink’: MD of fine waters brand Iskilde

The MD of Danish ‘fine waters’ brand Iskilde insists that such products cannot be both ubiquitous and exclusive and believes that ‘less pure’ waters are often the most interesting.

No juice brand is an island: UK firms must see export markets as more than ‘side’ business

Exports of UK fruit and vegetable juice have increased by about 40% since 2010 - but the country must shake its island mentality if it wants this growth to continue,...

Talkback: Is Gandhi beer offensive or just canny branding?

Talkback is a new weekly feature which looks at a polarising issue and gauges your response to it from an industry perspective. This week, we invite you to look at...

Hear from Honest Tea, KonaRed, KeVita, Bolthouse Farms, Core Power, 7-Eleven...

What's hot, what's not, what's next? Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA & BeverageDaily Beverage Innovation Summit

Diet soda is in a funk, while 'real sugar' is back in vogue. Energy is hot, but caffeine is still controversial. Maple water is bang-on-trend, but will it really become...

Secrets from the sanctum: A year in the life of a beverage trade journalist

As a trade journalist I sometimes pinch myself – not too hard – and recall that I’m lucky enough to cover such an exciting industry and everything from Coke’s latest...

Beer bounces back this year: Mintel

More British drinkers said cheers to beer this year, as sales bounced back from recession, according to market research organisation Mintel.

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