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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.

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.

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. 

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...

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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. 

Craft spirit growth outpaces craft beer with premium whiskey leading the way

Craft spirit growth is outpacing that of craft beer in the US, registering a CAGR of 13% and 6% respectively, with premiumization and on-premise alcohol sales being key trends driving...

AB InBev's core beer brands boost revenues

AB InBev’s three core global brands, Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Corona, collectively grew by more than 12% for Q1 2017, mainly driven by revenues outside of the US.

Extreme weather & natural disasters across wine regions cause $10bn in annual wine losses

Mendoza and San Juan wine regions of Argentina face the highest risk of production losses due to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, according to a wine index study by...

Heineken posts slight Q1 2017 gains with Brazil lagging behind other markets

Heineken reported 2.5% volume growth of its flagship beer brand for the first quarter of 2017, but double-digit volume declines in Brazil hampered overall growth for the second largest brewer. 

ProFood Tech 2017

PMMI: Number of beverage establishments sees largest growth due to brewery boom

The beverage industry has seen 63.4% growth in the number of businesses established over a six-year period largely due to the explosion of breweries throughout the US, according to a...

‘With the UK moving from a nation of tea drinkers towards an ever-growing coffee culture, consumers will look for simpler ways to enjoy their favorite brew’

Pyramid coffee bags promise convenience for connoisseurs: ‘Less mess, less fuss, less waste’

Raw Bean is launching its biodegradable pyramid coffee bags called ‘bean bags’, aiming to appeal to consumers who don’t want the hassle of using a cafetiere or want to avoid...

Britvic eyes up opportunities in ‘vibrant’ soft drinks category

British soft drinks producer Britvic says there are still ‘huge opportunities’ for growth within the soft drinks category: notably in low/no calorie drinks, personalized drinks, and the convenience channel. ...

The world’s most valuable beer & spirits brands

Johnnie Walker is the world’s most valuable whisk(e)y brand, while Bud Light tops the charts in beer. But 2017 is the year of Baijiu brands, says Brand Finance, with the...

‘Devastating blow’ for spirits sector in Canada Federal Budget

Spirits Canada says it is ‘shocked and dismayed’ at an immediate increase in the federal excise duty for spirits, saying that manufacturers in the country already bear one of the...

Starbucks develops a barrel-aged coffee for Seattle Reserve Roastery

Starbucks has applied the oak barrel-aging technique typically reserved for whiskey to coffee at its Seattle Roastery.

Craft beer boom: 500 craft breweries open in a year in the UK

The number of new breweries opening in the UK has leapt up 55% in the last year, as the craft beer business continues to build its position as an increasingly...

Mighty Leaf Tea launches three-tier premium tea program to tap into US foodservice sector

Mighty Leaf Tea has tapped into the $2.3bn hot tea market in the US foodservice sector with the launch of three new lines of premium tea.  

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