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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.

Heineken and U.S. Beverage import partnership brings specialty global beer brands to US

Heineken Americas Export has partnered with U.S. Beverage (USB) to import certain international specialty beer brands into the US market. 

Chinese demand continues to boost Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports to China continue to grow, with exports to the Greater China region growing 33% in 2016-2017 and exports to mainland China up 44%.

Break The Cup coffee breaks the mold by creating a new animal-free fermentation process

The thought of fermenting coffee beans by feeding them to small cat-like civits or large elephants only to collect them again at the other end of the digestive process sounded...

Consumers interested in cold brew coffee in European retail: Mintel

Cold brew coffee has become popular in the US, but the segment is still emerging in European retail. But Mintel observes that the concept is attracting interest from consumers this...

Icelandic Glacial enters China’s premium bottled water segment

Premium alkaline water brand, Icelandic Glacial, has partnered with international trading firm Golden Field to expand distribution to China. 

Diageo sees rise in Scotch whisky tourism

Diageo has seen a 7% rise in the number of tourists visiting its 12 distillery visitor centres in Scotland, which it says highlights another boom year for Scotch whisky tourism. 

Surge of M&A activity in global liquor industry shows no sign of ending

Diageo’s recent announcement of a record $1bn deal to takeover Casamigos, the fastest growing super-premium tequila brand in the US (and co-founded by George Clooney), is just the latest indicator...

API launches Holonique Boutique for custom decorative packaging

API has launched a custom decorative holography service called Holonique Boutique.

Maxwell House launches MAX to ‘customize’ a cup of coffee

Maxwell House has launched a line of coffee called Max to allow consumers to ‘customize their coffee drinking experience’.

News in brief

B.O.M. Brewing to expand operations to the US

B.O.M. Brewing is set to expand its operations to the US market this fall where it will tailor its beer to the American palate, according to the brewery’s founder. ...

Rosé outpaces overall wine category as consumers ‘drink pink’ for summer: Nielsen

Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up during the summer months thanks to the pink...

Diageo buys George Clooney’s tequila brand in $1bn deal

Diageo has confirmed that it will buy Casamigos, a tequila brand co-founded by George Clooney, in a deal that values the brand at $1bn and is expected to close in...

World Tea Expo 2017

Opportunities for tea: RTD, Millennials, and office services

US consumers are trading up in tea due to increased competition and raised awareness, especially in the at-home tea drinking space, says a consultant.

Vega Coffee creates a 'more equitable coffee experience' with seed to cup subscription model

Startup Vega Coffee wants to create a “more equitable coffee experience” by empowering small-holder farmers to roast and sell their own beans directly to consumers through a subscription at a...

World Tea Expo 2017

Bössi rooibos tea for kids delves into uncharted US beverage territory

Bössi tea for kids has carved out a solid space in the under-developed children’s tea category through the launch of three RTD products. 

News in brief

API creates cold foil visual for SnowFox vodka

API has created a cold foil visual for SnowFox vodka, owned by Port Royal Distillers.

Innovations in flavor, packaging and design help Perrier ride bottled water boom

Sparkling waters are the fastest growing segment of the booming bottled water industry: and Perrier is seeing ‘tremendous growth’ - particularly in the unsweetened flavors segment - as consumers look...

Trend watching in tea & coffee: New varieties, artisanal products and functional attributes

The tea and coffee categories are evolving: particularly with the rise of a variety of RTD products that appeal to the all-important millennial consumer group. From functional products to new...

Pernod Ricard takes majority stake in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement to take a majority stake in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, a producer of artisanal hand-crafted mezcals. 

Barry Callebaut launches four cocoa powders for beverage and dairy applications

Barry Callebaut has added four new premium cocoa powders to its portfolio targeted for beverage and dairy applications.

Global alcohol sales decline at faster pace than previous years

Global alcohol consumption is declining at a faster rate than it has for the past five years with diminishing volume sales of vodka, beer, and cider leading the downturn, a...

Winners and losers in the alcoholic drinks market: Mintel

Gin’s impressive growth continues: but what other drinks are doing well in today’s UK alcoholic beverage market? 

Euromonitor: Global alcoholic drinks market sees slight lift but remains in negative territory

The global alcoholic drinks market was in negative growth territory for the second year in a row registering a 0.2% in volume terms led by a slowdown of the North...

The future of the beer market: ‘You can’t talk about growth without talking about premiumization’

Premiumization will be key for the beer market going forward, but that doesn't mean simply charging more for products: they must offer added value and an experience, say industry experts.

Could rum be the dark horse of spirits? Rum author and importer sees it chip away at whiskey’s supremacy

Driven by the rising price of whiskey many US consumers are switching over to rum in the search for an alternative brown spirit. 

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