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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.

Premiumization will drive limited edition and special beverage packs

Pollard Boxes which specializes in premium, intelligent packaging, including a tea box with QR code which ‘whistles’ when a brew is done, is investing £300k ($373k) in its design, manufacturing...

Heineken to expand footprint in Brazil with Brasil Kirin acquisition

Heineken has confirmed it will acquire Brasil Kirin Holding , a producer of beer and soft drinks, in an effort to capture the fast-growing Brazilian beer market.

Coca-Cola’s fairlife launches ‘Superkids’ milk

Coca-Cola’s ultra-filtered premium milk fairlife has launched a children’s ‘Superkids’ variety, available in white milk and chocolate milk. 

Pernod Ricard delivers ‘strong’ H1 results, with Jameson in demand

Strong growth in the US for Jameson Irish Whiskey has helped boost Pernod Ricard’s H1 performance, the wine and spirits giant reported this morning. 

‘Earnings growth on track’, says Carlsberg

Carlsberg CEO Cees ‘t Hart says 2016 was a ‘good year’ for the Carlsberg Group, having delivered 5% organic growth in operating profit in the year ending December 31, 2016.

Beer is the drink of choice among Americans, with wine moving up in the ranks

Beer has edged out wine as US adults’ (21 years and older) drink of choice, according to a survey by The Harris Poll that included responses from 2,148 people in late January 2017.

Gruppo Campari acquires super-premium Bulldog Gin

Gruppo Campari is to acquire most of the assets of Bulldog London Dry Gin, in an all-cash transaction that will result in distribution to shareholders of around $70m.

Diageo launches premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe & Co

Diageo announces €25m investment for Irish Whiskey distillery

Diageo is to invest in a whiskey distillery at the former Guinness Power House at St. James’s Gate, as it launches a new premium Blended Irish Whiskey, Roe & Co....

Kosher wine popularity booms among non-kosher consumers, says Royal Wine Corp.

Kosher wine is a beverage trend that continues to grow in popularity, especially among mainstream consumers, because of its perceived higher-quality image due the exacting process the wine must go...

CAUGHT ON CAMERA AT THE 2017 WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW

Could molecular hydrogen infused water carve a niche in the functional beverages category?

In regular water, hydrogen is bound to oxygen (H2O) making it "difficult for our bodies to enjoy the [antioxidant/anti-inflammatory] benefits of hydrogen," claims the company behind Hfactor, which contends that dissolving hydrogen...

Plant-based water sales predicted to double by 2020

The trend for healthy hydration is driving growth in plant-based waters, with global sales growing 21% in 2016 to reach sales of more than $2.7bn.

Cognac exports reach record high

Cognac exports rose in 2016 to reach record levels in both value and volume, according to figures from the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC).  The US continues to be...

Manufacturers take purist approach as European demand for variety-specific juice increases

Similar to wine varietals, consumers are selecting premium juice based on the type of fruit used, particularly in apple juice, leading juice manufacturers to come out with variety-specific products. 

Gin proves a festive favorite with Christmas sales up 18%: IRI

Christmas sales of gin have confirmed the spirit’s renaissance in the UK, with gin now the biggest growth driver in the spirits category, according to IRI. 

Australia invests $5.3m in R&D projects on Shiraz terroir

Wine Australia has today announced a six year, $5.3m AUD ($4m USD) R&D investment that will look at Australia’s unique terroirs and how they influence wine style and quality. ...

Whiskey & craft beer help drive Ireland's record F&B exports

Irish whiskey exports to double by 2020

Irish whiskey exports are projected to double by 2020, according to Irish food board Bord Bia, with the category being the fastest growing spirit in the world. 

Starbucks removes alcohol from menu, returning focus to coffee

Starbucks has announced that it has discontinued its “Evenings” menu concept, which includes beer and wine options. 

Alcohol and soft drinks show strong growth in Christmas supermarket sales

Beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks were among the categories with the strongest growth over the Christmas period, as UK supermarkets saw the best Christmas trading period for four years. ...

China direct

Wine demand skips from officials to public as import market re-emerges

China’s wine market is emerging from a recent state of flux to offer cheer to the growing number of wine businesses that are invested in one of the world’s biggest...

Tea sales climb steadily on product development, emergence of tea houses & innovative marketing

Ongoing development of ready-to-drink tea and growing awareness of the health benefits and cultural importance of tea continue to drive sales of the beverage in the US, but future growth...

AB InBev and Keurig announce R&D joint venture for in-home alcohol drink system

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain are partnering to create an in-home alcohol drink system, covering a range of alcoholic beverages. 

Rémy Cointreau completes Westland Distillery acquisition

The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced the closing of the Westland Distillery acquisition, helping expand its portfolio in the fast growing high-end single malt whiskey category.

Pernod Ricard announces ‘world’s first connected cocktail library’

Pernod Ricard has turned its attention to the rise of ‘hometainment’ - consumers turning to their homes for new social experiences alongside the concept of the smart home - and...

Beam Suntory takes controlling interest in Sipsmith Gin, setting out ‘ambitious export plans’

Beam Suntory is taking a controlling interest in London gin distillery Sipsmith, allowing the companies to ‘pursue ambitious export plans’ for Sipsmith’s super-premium London Dry Gin.

British gin exports to US rise 553% in the last decade

2016 has been a ‘record breaking year for UK gin’ with the spirit continuing to grow in popularity in the country. Meanwhile, the popularity of Downton Abbey and James Bond...

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