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Blossom Water expects to be in full bloom in 2017 as demand for floral essence water grows

Within six years, the founders of Blossom Water, Trish and Steve Fortuna, have been able to take the floral essence beverage from their backyard garden to thousands of retail stores...

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Harnessing yeast’s natural biodiversity to help fuel innovation in craft brewing

Yeast, the humblest and most fundamental of beer ingredients, is back in the spotlight and ready to play a starring role in the new world of beer, write Zachari Turgeon...

AB InBev and Keurig announce R&D joint venture for in-home alcohol drink system

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain are partnering to create an in-home alcohol drink system, covering a range of alcoholic beverages. 

Pernod Ricard announces ‘world’s first connected cocktail library’

Pernod Ricard has turned its attention to the rise of ‘hometainment’ - consumers turning to their homes for new social experiences alongside the concept of the smart home - and...

What will the top texture trends be in 2017?

In 2016 15% of new food products launched in Europe employed themes concerning texture combinations – often on well-established product types such as yoghurt. FoodNavigator looks at some of the...

Hop Pop: Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

A team of Chicago-based t-shirt printers and part-time “soda enthusiasts” collaborated to make non-alcoholic Hop Pop, a hops-flavored soda that can function as a standalone craft beverage or as a...

Role Tea balances function with flavor to attract health conscious consumer (who still has a cheat day)

Recently-launched Role Tea strives to bring function without sacrificing taste in its ready-to-drink iced tea line by combining ingredients like turmeric and fruit juice.

Michigan craft brewery first to use 100-year-old barley in limited-edition lager

New Holland Brewing Co. will be Michigan’s first craft brewer to revive the use of Spartan barley, a relic grain that has just started sprouting up in the state after...

Dr Pepper Snapple to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is to acquire Bai Brands, a US company known for its antioxidant-infused beverages, for $1.7bn. 

Feature: Virtual reality

How virtual reality is helping create today's beverages

Virtual reality can be a bit of fun for consumers: offering bonus content via a 3D experience. But behind the scenes in the F&B industry, it has important roles to...

Not just for cafes: Nitro coffee craze has great potential as at home experience

Nitro coffee  –  a craze that’s attracting consumers in US coffee shops – has the potential to grow in popularity as an at-home experience, thanks to the technology available in...

Bai Brands heralds ‘new generation of carbonation’ with Bai Black

Bai Brands has unveiled Bai Black, a line of carbonated beverages without sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Coca-Cola Ginger launches in Australia

Coca-Cola hopes its new ginger flavor will attract occasional and lapsed Coca-Cola drinkers back to the category. 

What's next for craft beer?

It’s a big question, so we put it to beer gurus from around the globe. Crowdfunding, a split between ‘mass craft’ and ‘true craft’, and the continued rise of premiumization...

‘Kindred spirits’: Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Jägermeister team up to show flavor compatibility

Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) has partnered with botanical liquor brand Jägermeister to help promote sales of both companies during the holiday season, after seeing the...

News in brief

‘An element of surprise is paramount’: Craft gin subscription service spurns the high street

A new gin members club is delivering unique craft gin straight to consumers’ doors. 

Wine and cheese do go hand in hand, study says

The Center for Taste and Feeding Behavior in Dijon, France, conducted a scientific study using a new sensory evaluation method to identify how exactly eating cheese with wine impacted an...

Boardroom Spirits launches B, the first of many vegetable spirits in its periodic-table inspired line

Pennsylvania-based craft distillery, Boardroom Spirits, believes that beets can be the root of the future for US cocktail culture and has launched B, an eau de vie or as co-owner...

New product launches: September 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Protein Nesquik; vegetable brandy; and Baileys pumpkin spice

In the southern hemisphere Coca-Cola is heralding the first signs of spring with its ‘superfruity vavavoom’ (Glaceau fruitdropwater); while in the northern hemisphere, Baileys is embracing the autumnal months with...

Is pumpkin beer passé? Craft brewers see squashed demand as the fall favorite fades

It seems that every craft brewer worth its salt has made a pumpkin beer to appease the masses during the autumn months, but declined sales in 2015 have led some...

Tea company eteaket turns to sea buckthorn for its latest innovative tea blend

Scottish tea company, eteaket, has launched a new tea blend in the UK made with sea buckthorn, which has been widely used in other food and beverage products as a...

Carbonation 2.0: Cognitive health, botanicals, and alternative protein sources all drive functional beverage category

The future of functional beverages will focus on products that use ingredients that provide function naturally, rather than on products that are fortified with nutrients, Ilana Orlofsky, marketing coordinator for...

Pepsi’s Stubborn Soda hits US shelves: heralding ‘the next generation of carbonated soft drinks’

PepsiCo’s craft soda line, Stubborn Soda, is launching on shelves across the US today.

BI Nutraceuticals foresees fiber and bitter drinks to be next trends in functional beverages

BI Nutraceuticals predicts that its fiber-rich and bitter-tasting ingredients will become as popular as protein currently is in beverage applications.

Naturally technicolored beverages will emerge as next big trend, Mintel predicts

Technicolor product launches are an emerging trend among beverage startups and mainstream brands alike, serving as a legitimate marketing tool for reaching a digital audience. 

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