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How food industry can boost milk’s value: fortify it

Fortified milk could help to boost the value of milk sales, despite supermarket price war slashing the price of the white stuff to as little as 89p for a four...

Sales of energy shots slump as consumers reach for drinks instead

Sales of energy shots are slumping as their medicinal taste and less favorable position as a supplement drive consumers to reach for energy drinks, which many shoppers consider safer, according...

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PepsiCo’s Stubborn Soda: Will beer gestures bubble trouble?

PepsiCo has announced the launch of Stubborn Soda , a line of craft soda beverages expected this summer. It's obviously very excited about craft – but are the soda’s beer gestures...

Beverage Bites: news up to June 12, 2015

‘Shattering’ Prosecco recall; PepsiCo scores with UEFA partnership; and more beverage bites

This week PepsiCo announced Gatorade and PepsiMax will lead its partnership with the UEFA Champions League, while Diageo shares rose on takeover rumours. Meanwhile, we can breathe easy that Prosecco...

Whisky exports would be damaged by ‘Brexit’

Scotland’s whisky exports would be badly hit should the UK vote for an exit in the government’s referendum on EU membership.

Cider’s star is rising – and it’s set to shine over the US, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa

Global consumption of cider is predicted to grow by around 5% a year, reaching more than 3bn litres by 2020, according to Canadean.

Special edition: fizzing up carbonates

The classic cola taste and other carbonates: How does the future size up?

Cola carbonates may hog the limelight, but non-cola carbonates could be the ones to watch, according to an Euromonitor International analyst. 

Special edition: Fizzing Up carbonates

The future’s fizzing: Carbonates have proved their resilience, says BSDA

The carbonates market appears to be full of doom and gloom: falling consumption in 2014 and a continued backlash against sugar. But with 3% growth in the UK for the...

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

Japan

Poor returns blamed on increased VAT after vending machine sales drop

Japan’s vending machine stockers have been seeing sluggish fortunes over the last year as overall sales dropped by 5% last year, down from 2013’s US$42.9bn.

Move over, alcohol! Tea and other beverages can take advantage of alcohol consumption decline

An alternative to alcohol comes from an unlikely source – tea – and the offer in the market is evolving accordingly, according to market researchers Mintel.

HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL DAIRY SPECIAL EDITION 2015

Consumers want milk ‘with benefits tailored to them’: Datamonitor

Dairies can recover market share lost to non-dairy alternatives, such as almond milk, by developing milk products tailored to the meet the nutritional needs of specific groups, says Datamonitor Consumer.

beverage bites: News up to June 5, 2015

Beer and baseball for Miller Lite; glass particles prompt wine recall; and more beverage bites

SABMiller’s American Light lager, Miller Lite, has signed a multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) in Canada. Read on for more beverage bites from the industry this week. ...

Forget extreme sports – it’s about extreme parenting! Energy drinks may market to millennials but parents’ consumption is on the rise

The pressures of raising children, juggling work and home life, and other daily responsibilities mean older millennials are increasingly turning to energy drinks, according to a report from Mintel. 

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

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OAL Group Steam Infusion to make maize-based yoghurt drinks in Zambia

OAL Group has entered the African market winning a deal with Trade Kings, Zambia, to hydrate maize flour and other grains to make Maheu, a maize-based yoghurt drink sold in...

Dispatches from Canadean international beer strategies conference, Amsterdam

‘It’s no longer just about apples!’ Flavours and fusions drive trendy cider market

Flavoured varieties are driving the cider category, while fusions between ciders and other alcohols are also boosting the beverage’s popularity, according to Canadean.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe, Geneva

Europe’s energy drink market needs a shot of energy: Nergia

Energy shots are a big market in the US, but the potential in Europe is yet to be realized, says America’s Naturals.

Beverage bites: news up to May 29, 2015

Suntory goes shopping, Lipton launches festival, and more beverage bites

This week PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi was ranked #15 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list; while research said teens are ditching beer in favour of energy drinks. Meanwhile, Lipton is preparing...

Soft drinks’ brand values up, despite health concerns

Soft drinks firms have increased the value of their brands globally over the past year, despite consumer health concerns about sugar and artificial sweeteners, new figures suggest.

Product launches in the beverage aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Ginger Ninja juice, vodka for women, Twix shakes and more

M&M’s peanut thick shakes, sweet and spicy Ginger Nija juice, and art-inspired vodka: just some of the beverages springing onto shelves across the globe.

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference, Amsterdam

What's brewing in beer? Premiumisation, Africa, non-alcoholic and craft

Look beyond the headline figures and there are promising prospects for beer, according to Canadean. Opportunities include the African market, premiumisation, non-alcoholic beers, and the continued popularity of craft. 

beverage bites: news up to May 21, 2015

Wine in the limelight; Pepsi launches Limon; and more beverage bites

This week is a good one if you like drinking wine: it’s Aussie Wine Month, English Wine Week, and London Wine Week. Meanwhile, Pepsi Limon hits the shelves, while Tesco...

Visitors from 101 countries

Vitafoods Europe breaks records (again)

Show traffic was up 12.5% at Vitafoods Europe this year meaning record numbers visited the 800+ suppliers and brands at the 3-day Geneva expo and conference.

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Tree-mendous: NPD boom in plant waters, with 'natural' and 'no preservatives' leading health claims

Plant waters such as aloe, birch, artichoke, maple, cactus, and almond water are starting to challenge coconut water’s pedestal, with NPD in this emerging category booming, according to Innova Market...

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