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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.

Think Drinks plans top-tier science for ‘first functional nootropic beverage’

US neurotech startup Think Drinks says it plans to conduct high-calibre peer-reviewed study to prove the benefits of what it claims is the world’s ‘first functional nootropic’ brain beverage.

BEVERAGEDAILY BASEMENT TAPES: TYLER BALLIET, SECOND GLASS

'People don't throw chairs and break windows': Second Glass boss on starting US Wine Riots

Dubbed the 'Prince of Boston's Wine Revolution' by Stuff magazine, Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet tells us how to start a wine riot and his excitement about speaking at Wine...

The energy drinks aisle lacks packaging guile: Why Coke's NOS can't catch Monster

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola energy drinks brands AMP, NOS and Full Throttle continue to lose ground on Red Bull and Monster despite a massive advertising spend – because of unappealing packaging…

‘Coke's Mini Can Can!’ Muhtar Kent salutes small package 'romance'

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the ‘romance of the smaller package’ is critical to building more romance around brands such as Coke in the US.

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have...

Strong Scottish food & drink brands will install referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.

Vitamin enriched Coca-Cola anyone? Soda giant patents ‘vitamin-rich fermentates’

The Coca-Cola Company has patented what it says is a new method allowing it to naturally fortify beverages including colas with high vitamin levels using a single micro-organism.

Sparkling Ice, Monster and Lipton Tea: US C-Store winners in 2014

Bottled water, energy and iced tea are expected to win big in 2014 as C-store operators predict a ‘banner year’ in packaged beverages led by brands including Sparkling Ice, Monster...

‘We’re targeting anyone with a brain’: Brainwave insists cognitive health drink holds mass appeal

Brainwave Drinks insists it’s targeting anyone with a brain and says the drink will appeal to consumers as keen on maintaining a healthy mind as warding off Alzheimer’s or dementia....

Pure Gold Collagen shot slammed by UK advertising regulator for ‘implied beauty claim’

The most successful ‘beauty shot’ on the UK market Pure Gold Collagen has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for making ‘implied beauty and appearance claims’.

Steve Hills, European contract manufacturing director, reveals ambitious six-year plan

‘Agile capital-light innovation’: PepsiCo Europe targets 600% growth in contract manufacturing

PepsiCo Europe says it plans to grow the size of its contract manufacturing business six-fold in as many years to accelerate food and beverage innovation and boost productivity.

Heineken USA boss: ‘We like to call the US the Silicon Valley of beer’

Heineken USA boss Dolf van den Brink says the brewer splits consumers into those who ‘live thoughtfully’ and ‘live legendary’ to understand beer-buying habits in an especially innovative market.

Consumers are tired of bars, says quinoa 'snack in a bottle' founder

NUWI ‘drinkable snacks’ pioneer on building a new category: Be patient, be persistent, and be flexible

While a scary percentage of new food & beverage brands end up quietly disappearing when their backers run out of cash, luck, or endurance, a small number succeed. But what...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

'PowerPoint can be painful!’ Tesco soft drinks buyer warns entrepreneurs

The head of Tesco’s soft drinks buying team David Beardmore has urged aspiring brands not to turn up at the retailer’s HQ with a lengthy PowerPoint presentation but to do...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

Golden rum revival: The Duppy Share follows Sailor Jerry’s spiced footsteps

Premium golden rum The Duppy Share is following in the footsteps of spiced brands like Sailor Jerry’s and wants to offer millennials a great-tasting artisanal spirit at an affordable price....

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

SWALLOW OR SLING? Rebel Kitchen Matcha Green Tea Mylk

Our intrepid journalists sample interesting new beverage brands – to find out if the taste, texture, packaging and branding is up to scratch, or should be scratched off. Rebel Kitchen...

Judge tosses HPP-treated juice lawsuit vs Hain Celestial; says plaintiff derailed his own case

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Hain Celestial over the marketing of its BluePrint high-pressure-processed (HPP) juices on the grounds that the plaintiff derailed his own case by submitting...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Matt Rompala, Avery Dennison, product and business development manager, wine & spirits

Avery Dennison wood label helps beer brands target 'one-to-one' consumer connection

Avery Dennison tells BeverageDaily.com that beer, wine and spirits brands are increasingly looking for shorter-run labels that bring them a more emotive one-on-one connection with a given consumer.

‘Disruptive technology should encourage some US wineries to up their game’: Beverage Grades

Beverage Grades analyzes the 'DNA' of wine to identify cheaper bottles that taste almost identical to your favorites and its founders agree the technology should encourage US wineries to raise...

Grolsch targets $40bn beer sweet spot based on ‘new experiences’

Grolsch in a glass jar has been launched in Romania and Canadean believes the launch will boost long-term brand loyalty as customers flock into a $40bn market for beer offering...

‘What we haven’t offered until today is taste, and taste is king!’ ADM boss justifies $3.1bn appetite for WILD Flavors

Archer Daniels Midland CEO Patricia Woertz insists that WILD Flavors' beverage and taste expertise complement her firm’s expertise in food ingredients and know-how in texture, function and nutrition.

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

‘Montejo isn't known to Mexican or Hispanic consumers’: Constellation Brands CEO dismisses ABI beer threat

Rob Sands insists Constellation Brands ‘will stick to its knitting’ as beer rival AB InBev launches Mexican import brand Montejo this year and insists the beer poses no special threat...

‘This most traditional of industries must transform!’ Wine Vision MD

Wine Vision organizer Andrew Reed insists a heritage-rich wine world must transform to tap the ‘radically different demands’ of millennials, ahead of the 2014 event where the president of Moët...

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