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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.

DYNAMISM IN DRINKS: WHO WINS YOUR 2014 VOTE?

Liquid Luminaries: Vote for your BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2014!

Read through our shortlist of 10 nominees and then vote for your BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2014!

PREMIUM WATERS 2014, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL, DUBAI, DECEMBER 8-9

‘Big brands commoditize water, and hydration is boring!’ – FineWaters connoisseur

Waters connoisseur Michael Mascha believes hydration alone is boring and believes that premium water brands should push their epicurean credentials to emphasize distinctive terroir and taste.

Hot, spicy and personal: Canadean's trend predictions for 2015

From spice to unusual flavour combinations, Canadean reveals its predictions of the biggest trends in food and drink in the year ahead.

Gen Z, culinary cannabis, and tea: Top 10 trends for 2015 in specialty foods

The Specialty Food Association has released its Top 10 trends for 2015, with some eyebrow raising predictions on the list. 

Troubled soft drinks giant Coca-Cola Amatil axes 260 Aussie jobs

Coca-Cola Amatil said today it plans to cut 260 jobs as part of AUD $100m cost-cutting campaign aimed at boosting profitability in its struggling Australian soft drinks business.

Brown-Forman seeks Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire not ‘flash in pan’ with US-wide launch

Brown-Forman will launch cinnamon-flavored bourbon Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire across the US in 2015 and says it is working hard to ensure such flavor line extensions aren’t simply a ‘flash...

Ganeden probiotic may boost post-exercise recovery: Pilot data

Consuming Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (GanedenBC30) in combination with protein may blunt muscle damage after intense exercise and boost recovery, according to findings from a pilot study.

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

BioVittoria CEO cites Zevia, claims a ‘lot of interest’ in monk fruit, stevia blends

David Thorrold, CEO of the world’s largest monk fruit extract supplier BioVittoria insists the sweetener can complement rival stevia to achieve a better-tasting product – as the experience of successful...

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

‘Europe’s been particularly victimised by poor quality stevia, but that’s changing!’: Almendra

Almendra says Europe’s beverage industry has been ‘particularly victimized’ by poor quality stevia to date as the company works to rewrite the narrative dismissing Reb A alone as a crude...

EDITOR'S OPINION: DEAR DAIRY....

Coca-Cola's milk splash miss: Pin-up posters were great!

Coca-Cola milk brand Fairlife has come under fire for its 'sexist' Milky Pin-Ups advertising campaign. Are the posters offensive? Or necessary to distance Fairlife from ordinary milk?

WINE VISION 2014: TAYLOR'S PORT CEO ALSO WARNS OF RACE TO BOTTOM

‘Beer, spirits have stolen our playbook: We need to build brand wine!’ Troy Christensen

Troy Christensen, CEO of Enotria Wine Cellars, warns the wine industry that spirits and beer have stolen its play book and says the industry needs to build ‘brand wine’ more...

MARCH TOWARDS DEEP DISCOUNT RETAILERS 'BREATHTAKING', SAYS RESEARCH FIRM

Overpriced wine in UK mainstream faces ‘grim process of elimination’: Wine Intelligence

Wine Intelligence warns that a bifurcating UK wine market means that more consumers are trading up, while more are also trading down, and predicts this will leave scant space for...

KNOW AN INDUSTRY VISIONARY? NOMINATE THEM NOW!

Celebrating Beverage Brilliance! Personality of the Year 2014 open for entries

The global beverage sector is thriving - driven by dynamic and creative individuals around the world. But do you or a colleague have what it takes to be recognized by...

IN DISCUSSION WITH...FABIO THOMAZELLI, TETRA PAK

Tetra Pak says dairy consumers ‘tend to accept’ less package functionality

Tetra Pak says it’s vital for its customers to strike a balance between ideal package functionality and carton cost, with liquid milk one segment where consumers tend to favor a...

Corporate finance expert: 'We’re seeing a widespread rejection of traditional foods and brands and it’s leading to a seismic shift in some categories'

While it used to take years for a food & beverage start-up to build a national presence, the explosive growth of brands such as Suja Juice and Way Better Snacks...

Birch tree water brand Sibberi promises first UK launch in December 2014

Sibberi tells BeverageDaily.com it has plans to launch the first UK-based birch water brand online in December 2014 and says preservation difficulties have slowed the segment’s take-off to date.

Sensient’s ultra-purified natural colours target flavour off-notes

Sensient Colors has developed new purification technologies that it says eliminate undesirable flavours and odours in a range of natural colours.

CEO ALAN CLARK INSISTS SOFT DRINKS CENTRAL TO SAB GROWTH STRATEGY

SAB Miller sells Appletiser to Coke in $260m deal as firms ink Africa bottling mega merger

The Coca-Cola Company and SAB Miller have inked a deal to combine their non-alcoholic bottling operations in Southern and East Africa into a $2.9bn turnover business that will accelerate sales...

MONTHER T. AL HARTHI, CEO, CHATS WITH BEVERAGEDAILY.COM

Saudi Arabia beverage giant Al Rabie reveals global growth ambition

The CEO of Saudi Arabian food and beverage giant Al Rabie Saudi Foods tells BeverageDaily.com that the company is keen to expand beyond its powerbase in MENA to the Europe...

TOUR TETRA PAK'S R&D FACILITY: EXCLUSIVE PHOTO GALLERY

In the Halls of the Carton King: Touring Tetra Pak Modena

Tetra Pak invited BeverageDaily.com to its R&D center in Modena, Italy, to talk trends, discuss inclusive design and its work with customers to drive innovation and improve carton functionality....

WINE VISION 2014: COMBATING THE 'NEW-AGE PROHIBITIONISTS'

‘The wine world is under attack, and it needs to up its game’, Wine Economist Mike Veseth

Eminent wine writer and economist Mike Veseth warns that the wine world needs to combat the threat of ‘new age prohibitionists’ and authentic, interesting and affordable spirits and beers.

WINE VISION 2014: TYLER BALLIET COMPARES WINE LEXICON WITH THAT OF 90s PC

‘People should stop thinking about their own brands and just market wine!’ Wine Riot founder

The brains behind the successful Wine Riot events in the US, Tyler Balliet, believes that winemakers should forget their own brands and simply focus on marketing wine to a new...

Bulgaria strip stamp change threatens premium spirits, spiritsEUROPE warns

spiritsEUROPE revealed today that it has written to the Bulgarian Finance Minister asking him to delay a duty strip stamp change, which it warns could cost premium spirits producers.

WINE VISION 2014: THE AGE OF OPPORTUNITY & DIVERGENCE

‘Bringing movie magic to the wine world will win new drinkers’: Direct Wines CEO

Direct Wines CEO Simon McMurtrie insists that bringing ‘some of the magic’ associated with movie and perfume launches into the wine world will entice a new generation of wine drinkers.

WINE VISION 2014: INTERVIEW WITH Jean-Guillaume Prats

‘Great Napa Valley wines will rival Bordeaux First Growths’: Moët-Hennessy Estates & Wine CEO

Jean-Guillaume Prats, Moët-Hennessy Estates and Wine CEO, says he believes great wine produced in California’s Napa Valley will rival the finest Bordeaux in future years.