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Premium Indulgence

Premium is not the new normal, but as wealth levels increase in emerging markets, and affluent Western consumers crave difference, there's a real appetite for small batch, 'craft' products made with quality ingredients that command a higher price. The spirits world has always taken the lead, but the trend is spreading to beer, cider and even soda.

Brown-Forman sees 3% drop in Q2 but holds positive outlook for North American premium whiskey portfolio

Brown-Forman may have suffered a 3% loss in net sales, declining to $830m in Q2, but the CEO Paul Varga said the decline was to be expected after the company...

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Byron Bay botanicals give punch to crowdfunded gin start-up

Australia’s newest distillery start-up has been using crowdfunding to bring to market a dry gin made from a wealth of local botanicals developed with the help of Scottish whisky master...

‘Immense opportunity for alcohol brands to engage with US shoppers in store’: IRI

While many beverage brands focus their products and marketing on millennials, they may be unknowingly neglecting an ‘enormous portion of consumer dollars’ in the Generation X and baby boomer categories,...

Starbucks CEO leaves post to focus on Reserve craft coffee brand, ushering in new wave of ‘retail innovation’

Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, will be stepping down from his post as head of the company; and the global coffee chain’s current president and COO, Kevin Johnson, will step in...

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Usain Bolt named ‘chief entertainment officer’ for Maison Mumm

French champagne house, Maison Mumm, has appointed Usain Bolt as ‘Chief Entertainment Officer’. 

New Zealand wine industry assesses impact of earthquake

Around 20% of wine storage capacity in New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region was damaged in the Kaikoura earthquake earlier this month, but the industry is planning for the upcoming vintage...

PepsiCo acquires kombucha company KeVita

PepsiCo is to acquire KeVita, a North American company that produces fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. 

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. 

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...

Coca-Cola eyes up potential of adult sparkling beverage category with Cascade refresh

Coca-Cola Australia has expanded its Cascade range, seeing consumer interest in non-alcoholic adult sparkling beverages gather pace. 

‘This year in drinks, anything goes!’ Consumers take self-expression to new level with drink creations

With a huge range of flavors and serving options in the spirits category, consumers are ‘ripping up the rulebook in their quest for self-expression’, according to UK supermarket Waitrose.

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...

‘There is the potential for craft spirits to achieve market share parity with craft beer’

There are now more than 1,300 craft spirits producers in the US and the market continues to grow rapidly. The Craft Spirits Data Project – an initiative to evaluate performance...

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‘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. 

Water sourced from plants: Premium in Australia; precious in India

AquaBotanical – a water sourced entirely from fruit and vegetables – is currently sold as a premium brand in Australia. But the brand’s potential is much greater, according to its...

‘Nurturing the Irish whiskey renaissance’: Association launches mentoring programme

The Irish Whiskey Association has launched a mentoring programme, which brings established global players together with new market entrants. This will help ensure future growth of the Irish whiskey category,...

Strong margin growth for SME manufacturers, thanks to craft and artisan trends

The artisan food boom continues to fuel profitability of SME (small and medium size enterprise) food and drink manufacturers, evidenced by the success of craft brewers and gin distillers, says...

What’s hitting the shelves? Ginger Coca-Cola, pumpkin spiced rum, and lemon drizzle gin

From Ginger Coke in Australia to Starbucks’ Nitro Cold Brew in Canada, we take a look at some of the new beverages launching this month around the globe. 

Carlsberg UK adds premium gluten-free lager to its portfolio

Carlsberg UK will add gluten-free craft Czech lager Celia to its portfolio as of next month. 

New still is just the tonic for Kangaroo Island gin distillery

One of Australia’s first dedicated gin distilleries will begin ramping up production in the next few weeks following the arrival of a new still.

‘Exceptional growth’ in Australian wine exports to China

China becomes top wine export market for Australia

China has become the top market for Australian wine exports (by value), thanks to the middle class’ increased interest in wine and the benefits of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. ...

Tesco expands craft beer section

UK supermarket giant Tesco says craft beer is the fastest growing drinks trend in the UK, as it rolls out more craft drinks in its stores this week and trials...

Constellation Brands sells Canadian wine business; buys US-based Charles Smith Wines

Constellation Brands has announced the sale of its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for C$1.03bn ($785m USD). 

The sky's the limit for cold brew, says High Brew Coffee CEO: 'We’re still at base camp looking up at Mount Everest'

High Brew Coffee is now in nine out of the 11 regions served by Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s direct store delivery (DSD) network, and is on course to hit the...

Craft beer craze has ‘transformed many microbreweries into highly profitable businesses’

The number of breweries in the UK has risen by 8% in the last year and 65% over the last five years. Breweries are becoming increasingly profitable businesses, and UHY...

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