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To Drinkfinity – and way beyond! Technology evolves to meet demand for personalized drinks

Personalised beverage hydration systems, one-of-a-kind bottles, and capsules which can transform a plain glass of water into something else entirely - the marriage of technology and personalisation is changing the...

Wine in 2015: Five key trends to raise a glass to

How is social media changing the shape of the wine world? What does a thriving cocktail culture mean for port? And where is the epicentre of wine growth going to...

Behind the buzzword: Premiumization

Savvy shoppers and the potency of premiumization: Brands need to justify ‘premium’ tags

Consumers are prepared to pay for high-end products – but sticking the word ‘premium’ on a bottle is no longer enough, according to Mintel.

Plant waters take center stage at Expo West, but can they emulate coconut water's meteoric success?

FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson talked to three players in the emerging 'plant waters' category at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West trade show to find out whether they have what...

Beverage Bites: news up to March 12, 2015

Nestlé goes flying, Tesco vs Coca-Cola, and other Beverage Bites

Heineken invests in a new Mexican brewery; Tetley USA donates 10 million cups of tea; and Ardagh’s birthday present for Coca-Cola: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s...

Beverage bites: news up to March 5, 2015

Bacteria and beer pong; Diageo’s Mexico investment, and more beverage bites

An ‘exploding’ African beer market; Diageo’s Mexican investment; and the bacteria involved in the game of beer pong: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature. ...

FOUNDER PLANS TO SHAKE-UP DULL US AMBIENT DAIRY-FREE AISLE

‘People think we’re insane!’ UK coconut mylk brand Rebel Kitchen braves US 'beast'

Sometimes entrepreneurs have to take a ‘leap of faith’, says Rebel Kitchen founder Tamara Arbib, as she takes her coconut ‘mylks’ to the US just over a year after an...

Australia

Men from Mars, women from Venus in liquor store tastes

As Australia’s alcohol market shrinks, researchers have told retailers they should understand better that men and women don’t always look for the same qualities in a liquor store, with different...

Do you talk about tea, gossip about juice, or brew over beer? Take a look at this year's special editions

BeverageDaily.com runs a series of special edition newsletters – each turning the spotlight on an important industry sector - and is inviting expert comment for our 2015 subject areas.

Beverage bites: news up to February 26, 2015

George Clooney’s tequila, why a latte is less likely to spill than coffee, and more beverage bites

George Clooney’s tequila, a fire at Diageo’s Burghead Maltings and why a latte is less likely to spill than a standard coffee. Just some of the news nuggets in this...

India

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike

Despite living among the highest population of diabetics in the world, Indians consumed just one-fifth of the global daily average for calories through packaged food and soft drinks last year.

‘We don’t want your plonk!’ German wine consumers turn to higher quality wine

German consumers are prepared to pay more for a better quality still wine, says Mintel, as drinkers become sceptical of mass-production and demand authenticity and quality. 

Beer… and beyond! SAB Miller Latin America wants to grow in other beverages

SAB Miller wants to develop its premium beer portfolio in Brazil and increase beer consumption across LATAM, but also strengthen its hold on other beverage sectors in the region.

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

Mid-calorie soft drinks have the potential to gain ground on traditional full calorie drinks – and could eventually become the new mainstream choice, according to Zenith International. 

Direct to consumer sales will snare ‘significant revenues’ for US wineries: Wine Intelligence

US direct to consumer wine sales grew 15% in 2014 off a relatively low base, but will become a significant future revenue source for small to mid-sized wineries, according to Wine Intelligence.

New campaign targets soft drink makers over health issues

A new campaign launched in the North West of England has targeted sugary drinks manufacturers claiming that their inability to inform the public about health harms is causing negative health...

Malt beverage brands must innovate to maintain impressive growth: Canadean

The global malt beverage industry has grown by 42% over just five years, with particularly fast growth in MENA, says market research body Canadean. 

News in brief

Free beer for bearded blokes

Bearded men will be given free beer at Sourced Market’s Old Street pop-up as part of its celebrations for London Beer Week.

Wake up and smell the coffee pods: Coffee shop culture leads to sales boom

Coffee pods are driving growth in the ground coffee sector, says FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI, thanks to cheaper coffee machines and the popularity of the coffee shop...

Coca-Cola Amatil invests in 'exciting' Indonesia as group predicts return to growth

Coca-Cola Amatil will devote more energy to its Indonesian business - a bright spot in its 2014 full year results - hoping strengthened market leadership in the country will help...

New Zealand

Orientation week drinking might be ‘gateway’ to heavy alcohol use

Male students who were light drinkers before starting university may be particularly susceptible to the gateway effect of heavy alcohol use during their first weeks in college.

FOCUS ON...ENERGY DRINKS

Work hard, play hard: Tough Saudi Arabia energy drink market could reap rewards

Tough government regulations on energy drinks means the Saudi Arabian market is a challenging one, but it’s also a land of opportunity for US and European brands, says Euromonitor International. ...

Beverage Bites: news up to February 12, 2015

Coca-Cola and milk, stevia without the plant and more beverage bites

A feast of financial results from some of the industry’s big players (Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Crown Holdings, Pernod Ricard, and Heineken); a potential shake up in beverage can manufacturing; and stevia...

Australia

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market

An exposé by Australian consumer watchdog Choice claims SAB Miller, which owns Fosters and Carlton & United Breweries, is locking out genuine craft beer from local pubs.

Beverage trend watching panel highlights: ‘Sugar has become a major concern for American consumers’

From the steady decline of carbonates to the dramatic rise of energy, the prospects for Keurig Cold and how 7-Eleven evaluates new products, our beverage trend-watching panel debate covered a...

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