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Monster Energy Zero Ultra tops IRI’s 2014 NPD ‘pacesetters’ list

Monster Energy Ultra topped the IRI beverage league table for the best-selling newcomers in C-stores in 2013, while Red Bull Total Zero and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita also starred.

Heat and spice are two things nice: Treatt talks soft drinks trends

Stronger and bolder flavor combinations are emerging in soft drinks with higher heat and spice levels, while vegetable-based beverages are on the rise, according to Treatt.

InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress: April 7-9, Lisbon

'Seesaw’ 2014 in store but global soft drinks congress brings balance

 The global soft drinks industry faces a ‘seesaw year’ in 2014 but the challenges posed by mature markets and categories are amply offset by opportunities elsewhere in the sector.

CAGNY CONFERENCE, BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 17-21

‘Iconic beer brands often taste similar’: SAB Miller boss backs new styles

SAB Miller CEO Alan Clark admits that iconic beer brands often taste similar and says his firm is investing heavily in R&D on new styles and flavors to compete with...

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.

Smell to sell: Imagining food smells may increase consumption

Imagining the smell of cake may lead people to eat more cake, suggests a study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

CEREAL MILK AND YUZU 'SUPERFRUIT' ALSO TIPPED FOR TOP

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...

‘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....

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.

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Starting from today BeverageDaily.com will send out four email newsletters a week in response to strong reader demand, delivering you the latest industry news, views and trends.

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.

'Marketing can and should be science-driven and scientists are great marketers': VIRUN CEO

'Loving my life…like a Big Mac after a 12 mile hike!'

BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2013, VIRUN CEO Philip Bromley, reveals his lust for life and how soft drinks can combine ‘want with need’ to kick start the category, in...

FROM BALLANTINE'S BRASIL TO RE-DEFINING HOME COCKTAILS...

See inside…Pernod Ricard’s innovation locker

Pernod Ricard is blazing an NPD trail in terms of drinks and event spaces to celebrate what it calls the ‘conviviality of the future’. Here are our top 10 launches,...

'HONORED AND AMAZED' VIRUN CEO SCOOPS 42% OF INDUSTRY VOTE

BeverageDaily.com 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 BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year!

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Nestlé Waters excited by Perrier's ‘hyper-premium’ appeal to Chinese sophisticates

Nestlé Waters tells BeverageDaily.com it is excited by Perrier’s growth prospects in China where the carbonated mineral water commands an ultra-premium price.

Clipper Teas: ‘Self-punitive’ UK tea drinkers deserve better

Clipper Teas insists that despite being tea obsessives some UK consumers are still too happy to ‘drink rubbish’, but insists times are changing, while the premium brand’s green teas and...

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‘Reading Balzac, knocking back the Britpop…’ Blur star files drinks patent

Blur bassist Alex James has applied for a UK trademark to use the name of mid-90s guitar pop movement ‘Britpop’ for a new drinks brand.

'Suntory is willing to pay a significant premium to acquire growth overseas': Analyst

Born in the USA? Suntory strikes first real foothold with $16bn Beam

Suntory’s $16bn splurge to acquire Beam Inc. is significantly more than what rivals Diageo and Pernod Ricard would have paid for the bourbon giant, one analyst believes, but a seat...

BeverageDaily.com: Get involved with our 2014 editorial features!

Everything from energy drink innovation to flexible packaging is under the microscope! Here’s BeverageDaily.com’s 2014 special edition editorial calendar.

Cider sparkles, Champagne lacks lustre? UK winners and losers in 2014

Cider’s upward UK trajectory will continue in 2014 but Champagne’s struggles against rivals including Prosecco, Cava and even English sparkling wines could continue, according to Mintel.

Grape geeks can profit from 'world’s first' wine variety database

‘Dramatic globalization’ of wine markets over the past 20-30 years and rapid climate change means there is a pressing need for the first global database listing grapes by region and...

Captain Morgan: Super-premium rum category ‘bizarrely underdeveloped’

Diageo brand Captain Morgan says it is ‘bizarre how underdeveloped’ the global super-premium rum category is but insists it’s only a matter of time before it catches fire.

Top 5 Beverage Stories of 2013: Happy Christmas!

As we hang up our Christmas stockings and hope that Santa rewards us with something moderately alcoholic, let's take a look back at BeverageDaily.com's five most-read stories of 2013, in...

PROF JEFFREY BLUMBERG NOTES 'SIGNIFICANT ADVANCE' IN TEA SCIENCE

Turning over a new leaf in 2013: The year tea turned hot...

In 2013 Unilever called tea the 'hottest beverage in the world' and recent research on its health benefits presents opportunities for industry innovation, with drinks like Lipton Natural Energy already...

5 Booms to Shake the Beverage Room in 2014!

Here are five global beverage trends that could shake up everything from soda to smoothies in 2014, as tea goes glam and consumers grow more cynical and health conscious.