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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.

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.  

Feature: From India to the world - a tea entrepreneur's journey

From tea bag technology to speedy shipping: Start-up’s mission to provide the best fresh tea

Teabox – an Indian premium tea e-commerce start-up – has made it its mission to deliver ‘the freshest cup of tea’ to consumers worldwide. From the technology behind the tea...

New product launches in the tea aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Spotlight on tea

Tea: a category full of innovation with new flavors and formats hitting the shelves around the world. We take a look at some of the new products launched so far...

RTD tea: A ‘star performer’ with high growth trajectory predicted to continue

The global ready-to-drink tea market reached 37 billion liters in 2016: up 40% since 2011. And F&B market consultancy Zenith Global predicts this impressive growth is set to continue with...

Asia leads coffee growth, while global market leans toward premiumization

Asia’s coffee market is booming as traditional tea consumers are converted ‘slowly but surely’ to coffee. But category growth in more established markets is slowing, according to research released by...

Cathay Pacific introduces craft beer best drunk at 35,000ft

Airline Cathay Pacific has launched Betsy Beer, the ‘world’s first' hand-crafted bottled beer’ that has been brewed with consumption at 35,000ft in mind. 

UPM Raflatac launches premium no-label look for beverages

UPM Raflatac is launching a thinner film product for clear labeling in beverage applications, focusing on beer bottle labeling. 

What's hitting the shelves? Teavana craft iced tea, reformulated Nestea, and new 'Coca-Cola with Stevia'

Coca-Cola has replaced Coca-Cola Life with 'Coca-Cola with Stevia' in Australia; while Nestea has launched a new real-brewed line as part of its brand revamp in the US. From soft...

AQUAhydrate targets 'everyday warriors' as premium pH segment continues to grow

Celebrity-backed AQUAhydrate has doubled its distribution over the past 18 months from around 30,000 to 60,000 outlets by appealing to a broad set of ‘everyday warriors’ it claims are seeking...

Bluecoat American Dry Gin’s new distillery blends past and future of gin making

Philadelphia-based Bluecoat American Dry Gin has relocated its production facilities to a newly-renovated 15,000-square-foot distillery to ramp up production and create gin that better appeals to American taste preferences. 

Scotch whisky grows in UK market

The number of 70cl Scotch Whisky bottles released for sale in the UK in the first three quarters of 2016 totalled 57.2 million, up 5.6% from the same period in...

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...

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