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CONFERENCE STRIVES TO 'DEFY CONVENTIONAL THINKING' ON WINE

Meet the Glitterati of the Wine World! Wine Vision 2014 in Pictures

Wine Vision 2014 brought together the glitterati of the wine world - including the likes of Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine president and CEO - Jean-Guillaume Prats - to discuss issues including the future for premium wine, retailer and supplier relations and branding innovation, with a focus on defying established concepts. Take a sneak peak at the action!

Special edition: Functional Foods

What's driving functional food and beverage growth? Snacking, convenience, and consumer behavior

With sales of $176.7 billion this year functional foods are a hot growth sector. But which ingredients, sectors and countries are the best bets for product launches?

Reed's CEO: Mainstream supermarkets are embracing kombucha now

While mainstream food retailers discovered kombucha later than their counterparts in the ‘natural’ channel, they are playing catch-up now, says natural soda maker Reed’s, which entered the market in 2012 with its Culture Club kombucha range and now claims to be the #2 player behind GT’s Kombucha. 

BRAU BEVIALE 2014: FOCUS ON...GLUTEN-FREE BEER

DSM claims craft brewer interest in gluten-free beer enzyme

DSM Food Specialities claims that, far from being cautious, craft brewers are embracing the possibilities its enzyme to create gluten-free beer offers.

BEN WEISS PREDICTS 'BIG YEAR FOR BAI' IN 2015

Bai Brands CEO: ‘Sales will hit $50m in 2014, but there were ‘unsexy’ years’

Bai Brands CEO Ben Weiss says the Dr Pepper allied brand will hit $50m in sales this year and puts this down to a focus on ‘distribution at the expense of brand equity’ during the early ‘basement’ years.

Live from Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Tate & Lyle is scaling up its presence in MENA targeting the Arab nation’s sweet tooth

Tate & Lyle is taking advantage of the Arab nation’s penchant for sweet treats by scaling up its presence in MENA with its Splenda Sucralose.

Action in Images! Show floor at Brau Beviale 2014

Can't make it to Brau Beviale this year? Here's a taste of the action with innovations and news form KHS, GEA, SACMI and WILD Flavors.

Samuel Adams beer boss Jim Koch: ‘Germany's Reinheitsgebot becoming like artistic censorship’

The Boston Beer Company founder and Samuel Adams brewer Jim Koch has compared Germany beer purity law Reinheitsgebot to artistic censorship and suggests it is stifling innovation in the nation’s beer market.

‘Healthy’ children’s juices and smoothies slammed for high sugar content

Fruit juices and smoothies touted as healthy for children contain high amounts of sugar and should not count towards fruit and vegetable intakes, says UK-based campaign group Action on Sugar.

O Canada! Red Bull Summer Edition mauls Monster market share in Canada

Monster Energy admits that Red Bull’s successful Summer Edition launch with 7-Eleven meant it lost market share in Canada during Q3 2014, due its distribution partner’s ‘conflicting priorities’.

Brain health drinks gaining global traction: Canadean

Drinks boating polyphenols and other ingredients that boost brain health are winning over more adult consumers, according to market analyst, Canadean.

‘A bunch of lawyers get a $1m payday!’ CSPI savages Coke Vitaminwater settlement

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today filed an objection to a proposed settlement of the ‘copycat’ Vitaminwater lawsuits, claiming it only enriches lawyers and does nothing to stop what it alleges is the brand’s deceptive marketing.

Coffee firms should broaden ranges

Coffee manufacturers could boost sales by developing the broader variety of products that consumers buy elsewhere in Europe, according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

CANADEAN BEVERAGE PACKAGING 2014, BRUSSELS

Smoothie brand Froosh warns of ‘social washing’ on supply chain sustainability

Scandinavia’s top-selling smoothie manufacturer Froosh has called for ‘trade not aid’ in developing countries and insists beverage brands should do more to understand their supply chains.

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

Launching a baobab brand is about educating consumers and telling a story, says drink startup

Consumers need to be taught what the ‘unknown’ baobab fruit is, according to beverage newbie Matahi.

Fireball pulls whiskey after EU regulation breach

Fireball whiskey has recalled products in three EU countries which breached regulations after shipping its drink there meant for North America.

‘We want to democratise spirulina’, says blue water start-up

Start-up firm Springwave says it wants to bring spirulina to the masses with its blue bottled water.

‘Too early to declare victory’ with Coca-Cola Life: Coca-Cola Enterprises

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) says it is too early to ‘declare victory’ with stevia-sweetened cola Coca-Cola Life after September launches in Britain and Sweden.

Report card: French laud nutrivigilance success

France’s nutrivigilence work – launched in 2010 to ensure safety in food supplements and some foodstuffs – has improved the quality of the food supply, the country’s food safety agency has said.

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