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Heineken completes Brasil Kirin acquisition

Heineken has completed its acquisition of Brasil Kirin Holding (Brasil Kirin) from Kirin Holdings Company, to capture the fast-growing Brazilian beer market.

drinktec 2017: BeverageDaily beer forum at place2beer

BeverageDaily and drinktec are collaborating to present a lively beer forum at drinktec (Munich, September 11-15). Drawing on the expertise of 16 speakers from across the beer industry, the forum...

Ferrero opens world's first Nutella Café in Chicago

Ferrero has invested several millions of dollars in the world's first Nutella Café in the US.

Saudi sets date for 50-100% beverage sin tax next month

Saudi Arabia will begin to tax energy drinks and carbonated sodas from June 10, making it the first country in the Gulf to fix an implementation date. 

Coca-Cola nears completion of US refranchising plan

Coca-Cola said it is on track to complete refranchising of its company-owned US territories by the end of 2017 after receiving agreements and letters of intent from a significant portion...

Chinese now make up nearly half of Aussie university’s oenology places

One Australian university has seen an almost three-fold increase in Chinese enrolments in its winemaking courses over the past five years.

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GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

Breaking into the milk market: India’s top dairy alternatives

Vegetarian-friendly plant-based milk alternatives are poised to put pressure on traditional dairy in heavily vegetarian India.

‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

Lavazza mirrors global coffee market targeting North America, but it must look to Asia for future growth

Volume sales of coffee are expected to grow 0.2% from 2013 to 2021 in Italy, making the country's No. 1 coffee brand (in volume sales), Lavazza, needing to turn to...

Cannabis tea sales rise in US driven by women, says BDS Analytics

Cannabis-infused tea products sales have more than tripled in US states where recreational cannabis use is legal (Colorado, Washington, and Oregon), according to BDS Analytics.

Winners and losers in the alcoholic drinks market: Mintel

Gin’s impressive growth continues: but what other drinks are doing well in today’s UK alcoholic beverage market? 

Winners and losers in non-alcoholic drinks: Mintel

With consumers concerned about the sugar content of their drinks, bottled water is a clear winner in today’s UK non-alcoholic beverage market. But what other drinks are doing well -...

How can beer appeal to women?

Creating a 'beer for women' simply won't work, say two beer sommeliers: instead, brands and retailers need to think carefully about how beer is labeled, advertised, and presented if they...

Euromonitor: Global alcoholic drinks market sees slight lift but remains in negative territory

The global alcoholic drinks market was in negative growth territory for the second year in a row registering a 0.2% in volume terms led by a slowdown of the North...

Challenging the definition of beer? The growth of NABLAB

The non-alcoholic beer and low-alcohol beer sector (NABLAB) is growing against a background of stagnant beer volumes. Can innovation in this sector disrupt the entire beer industry and challenge the...

The future of the beer market: ‘You can’t talk about growth without talking about premiumization’

Premiumization will be key for the beer market going forward, but that doesn't mean simply charging more for products: they must offer added value and an experience, say industry experts.

Could rum be the dark horse of spirits? Rum author and importer sees it chip away at whiskey’s supremacy

Driven by the rising price of whiskey many US consumers are switching over to rum in the search for an alternative brown spirit. 

Craft spirit growth outpaces craft beer with premium whiskey leading the way

Craft spirit growth is outpacing that of craft beer in the US, registering a CAGR of 13% and 6% respectively, with premiumization and on-premise alcohol sales being key trends driving...

Extreme weather & natural disasters across wine regions cause $10bn in annual wine losses

Mendoza and San Juan wine regions of Argentina face the highest risk of production losses due to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, according to a wine index study by...

The Beverage Forum 2017

Beverage Marketing Corporation: Bottled water will continue as ‘undisputed’ top player of beverage market

Bottled water maintains the undisputed number one position in the non-alcoholic beverage market and will for some time, according to Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) Research.

China direct

Craft going draft in China’s booming brew market

Demand for draft beer will account for almost a third of the booming Chinese craft beer market by 2020, according to new analysis. 

The Beverage Forum 2017

Boston Beer Company: Craft brewers will keep innovating the category despite consolidating beer landscape

Per capita beer consumption has declined 25% since 2000 and “it would’ve been significantly more than that if it weren’t for craft beer,” Boston Beer Company founder, Jim Koch, said...

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Wine and pig meat the highest EU exports for February 2017

EU exports reached €10.7 bn in February 2017, an increase of 1.2% compared to last year, says Commission.

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India sees 1000% beer growth in six years

Having seen substantial growth since 2011, India’s beer market is expected to reach volumes of nearly 470bn litres by the end of this year—a near thousand-fold increase since 2011.

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