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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.

Ginnovation: What does the future hold for gin?

Some of the more weird and wonderful innovations in gin include ant gin, meat gin, and lobster gin. Back in the mainstream, innovation has helped the category reach new consumers...

Heineken increases focus on Southeast Asia with purchase of Carlsberg brewery in Vietnam

Heineken has acquired a brewery in Vietnam from competitor Carlsberg in order to capitalize on growth expected in the Southeast Asian beer market. 

There’s a place for socially responsible technology in winemaking, Palmaz Vineyards president says

Palmaz Vineyards' president, Christian Palmaz, told BeverageDaily that there is a place for technology and old-school craftsmanship in the wine industry, but it’s about striking a socially-responsible balance.

Nestlé Waters sees growth in emerging markets and premium brands

Nestlé Waters has posted sales of CHF 3.9bn ($4.1bn) in its 2016 half yearly report, with 4.2% organic growth.

Sparkling wine up 80% in the UK

The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown from 17.6m gallons in 2011/12 to around 31.6m gallons in 2015/16: an increase of 80%.

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.

Millennials might be trendy: but rosé wine shouldn’t ignore the older generation

Millennials are known as trend-setters: and when it comes to the success of rosé wine they have been a key driver for the category. But rosé wine producers could find...

Tourism organisation launches ‘Spirit of Scotland’ craft beer

Crafting a new market: Scotland highlights opportunities for craft beer & tourism

The Scottish craft beer industry has the potential to capitalize on the food and drink tourism market (worth £900m / $1,192m a year to Scotland’s visitor economy), and the national...

Australian wine export figures show demand for fine wine

The value of Australia’s wine exports grew by 11% over the last year, driven by bottled exports at higher price points. 

Vero Water targets restaurant diners, offering affordable premium bottled water

Vero Water believes it can make ordering premium bottled water at a restaurant as common place as ordering tap water through its in-house water filtration and bottling technology. 

Constellation Brands CEO credits upbeat Q1 sales to its premium wine and beer brands

Constellation Brands ended its first quarter with net sales of $1.9bn, a 15% year-over-year increase, driven by the company’s acquisitions of premium brands coupled with consumer demand for high-end alcohol...

Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks to launch premium RTD tea, eying up ‘significant growth opportunity’

Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks are partnering to launch Teavana RTD tea in the US.

North America alcohol sales stay afloat, as global alcohol consumption slowly sinks

Global alcoholic drink consumption declined 0.7% for the first time in over 10 years translating into a loss of roughly 450m gallons of alcoholic drinks sales since 2014, a new Euromonitor report revealed.

The rise of sophisticated soda: food pairings, craft creations, and alcohol alternatives

Sophisticated sodas offer an attractive alternative to alcoholic beverages: but the category also holds wider appeal, according to a report from Canadean.

Meet the entrepreneurs: Caliente

‘Our product is quite polarizing – and therefore engages people more’: Chili-infused drink Caliente

The kick of chili may not be for everyone: but chili-infused beverages can offer a real alternative to boring or unhealthy soft drinks, says Swedish start-up Caliente. 

Brown-Forman answers consumer demand for premium whiskey with purchase of BenRiach Distillery

Brown-Forman Corp. has agreed to purchase The BenRiach Distillery Company for approximately $416m. The deal will add three Single Malt Scotch Whisky brands to Brown-Forman’s product portfolio: The GlenDronach, BenRiach,...

Australian bush gin prepares to take on world

A small distillery on a remote Australian island is preparing to take its award-winning gin to wider markets.

Nestlé on bottled water business: ‘We are playing in the right category with the right mix of brands’

Nestlé continued to see ‘solid growth’ across all geographies in its water business over the latest quarter, with momentum in both international brands and emerging markets.  

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Chinese consumers demand premium beer products

The Chinese beer market is the world’s largest, yet it is experiencing negative volume growth after growing continuously for the past 24 years, according to China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA)....

The root to success: Aussie brewer predicts expansion of alcoholic root beer movement

Alcoholic root beer is thriving in the US, and now an Australian brewery believes the beverage will prove to be the perfect fit for its own country.   

Craft beer keeps growing: US craft brewers report 13% rise in volume in 2015

Small and independent craft brewers now account for a 12% market share of the US beer industry by volume, according to the Brewers Association.  

Crafting a definition: What does ‘craft’ mean to consumers?

Research from Mintel suggests that 30% of Brits who buy alcoholic drinks don’t understand what ‘craft’ means; while 59% believe it is important for the industry to define the term. 

Premium and organic boost for global roast and ground coffee market: Technavio

The global roast and ground coffee market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% in 2016-2020, according to Technavio. 

US bottled water sales reach record high in 2015, with growth expected to continue: Mintel

Sales of bottled water in the US increased 6.4% to reach more than $15bn in 2015, according to research from Mintel. And as consumers continue to look for alternatives to...

Australian wine region a barrel of laughs for whisky distiller

Access to high-quality barley and barrels, and a variable yet temperate climate have distillers confident South Australia can emerge as a top-shelf whisky region.

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