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Rockin’ all over the brewery: Status Quo plants Piledriver

Veteran rockers Status Quo are following in the footsteps of equally gnarly peers Iron Maiden by releasing their own brew called Piledriver.

Green juice is scary looking, say 28% of Americans

Despite the recent surge in popularity of green juice and consumers’ general belief that it’s the most nutritious juice, many consumers are still skeptical that it actually tastes good, as...

‘No nasty surprises’ Yeah right…Wine fraudsters net $1m+

UK police say investors may have been conned out of up to £1m by a company called Le Bordeaux Wines that falsely claimed it traded in fine wines.

Stevia boosts reduced sugar drinks category

Stevia-derived sweeteners have given the reduced sugar beverage category a boost, as manufacturers look to appeal to consumers looking for fewer calories without artificial sweeteners, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Power to the Plants! Tree waters tipped to corner $2bn market by 2025

Plant-based waters derived from maple and birch trees can corner a $2bn market by 2025 according to industry expert Julian Mellentin.

Rockstar Energy auditions US sales stars with Apple iPhone app

Rockstar Energy increased its number of US customer sales visits by 33% after it began using special software designed for the Apple iPhone, which it says helps it keep its...


Breakout beverages in 2014! From frozen beer to juice with chia

Grazia Magazine recently trailed food scouts from high-end retailer M&S to New York City who were searching for trends that could catch fire in the UK. Here are the magazine’s...

Building wine brands in the UK…An even tougher trick to pull

The shift in UK wine drinking from bars towards the home throughout the recession and punitive taxes means that brand building is now an even more difficult proposition, according to...

‘Not for gays!’ BrewDog beer offers Putin helping hand in the sack

Scotland’s BrewDog is releasing a limited edition beer called My Name is Vladimir poking fun at Russia’s autocratic leader and slamming the state’s ‘sick, twisted’ legislation on homosexuality....


Protein still sports nutrition king, but watch out

Protein is still the bedrock of sports nutrition says Euromonitor, but non-protein products are expected to grow faster in several important global markets like Australia, Canada and Indonesia.

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'Mouthwatering Finish!' Rave review for Brad Pitt & Angelina Joli wine

‘A mouthwatering finish’ was how UK magazine Decanter chose to describe the second vintage of a rosé wine made by Angelina Joli and Brad Pitt at their French vineyard.

Dragons’ Den leap of faith opened doors for drinks firm

Small food and drink businesses should take leaps of faith, such as appearing on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den television programme, to promote their businesses and make valuable industry connections.

VIRUN boss warns beverage startups: ‘Don’t assume you’ll crack Costco and Kroger's!’

Beverage brands that want to hit the likes of Wal-Mart, Kroger’s and Costco straightaway are doomed to fail, according to VIRUN CEO Philip Bromley.

Rabobank sees ‘huge upside’ in China milk tea opportunity

Global tea companies will have to hit the M&A trail to unlock opportunities in important tea markets including China, Russia and India, according to Rabobank.

China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

With consumption almost tripling over the last six years, China has leapfrogged France and Italy to become the world’s biggest red wine market, with surging demand for the variety in...

Special edition: Polyphenols

Polyphenol use rises 69% in 5 years (but do people get it?)

Polyphenol use in functional food and drink marketing has shot up 69% since 2009 even as consumer understanding remains low and approved global health claims extremely limited. But can it continue?

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'Don't say 'sorry Coke and Pepsi'', FOX tells Scarlett Johansson

SodaStream's Super Bowl video has gone viral after it reprised its 2013 trick of poking fun at Coke and Pepsi, which led Fox to ban the Scarlett Johansson-fronted advert.

'Energy is what the younger consumer identifies with': Retailer

US C-Stores: Ditching Dr Pepper TEN, sceptical on natural sweeteners?

US C-Stores owners do not believe all-natural sweeteners can reverse flagging soda sales, says one US analyst, who is also advising Dr Pepper to stop investing in its low-calorie TEN...

How the Asian consumer will change this year

Mintel has asked the question “What will consumers be buying into in 2014?” From this, the media intelligence agency has identified some key trends that are set to have an...

'HONORED AND AMAZED' VIRUN CEO SCOOPS 42% OF INDUSTRY VOTE Personality of the Year 2013! Philip Bromley, VIRUN

The hustings are over, the votes have been counted and we have a runaway winner – Philip Bromley from VIRUN is the first ever Personality of the Year!

‘Mad Men effect’ driving younger Aussies to gain a taste for whisky

Top whisky brands have been seeing a seismic market-share shift in Australia with Mad Men-watching younger drinkers quickly developing a taste for premium whisky.

Coopers’ figures strong in face of bad year for Aussie beer

Coopers Brewery has bucked the domestic beer trend and enjoyed record year for beer sales in 2013, surging past the 70m litre mark for the first time in the company’s...

Whisky Wars! $628k The Macallan versus world's cheapest brand

After a rare bottle of The Macallan sold for $628,000 at a Hong Kong auction last week, we rate it against what seems to be world's cheapest whisky...

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PepsiCo axes stevia-sweetened Gatorade lines in US

PepsiCo admits that it discontinued its Natural Gatorade drinks G Natural and G2 last November as the products did not resonate with their core consumer group of athletes.


'I recommend this ale to the House!': BBPA brews beer for MPs

The British Beer and Pubs Association (BBPA) is creating a bottled beer for UK Parliament but insists MPs won't be seen staggering around the corridors of Westminster.