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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.

Strong margin growth for SME manufacturers, thanks to craft and artisan trends

The artisan food boom continues to fuel profitability of SME (small and medium size enterprise) food and drink manufacturers, evidenced by the success of craft brewers and gin distillers, says...

What’s hitting the shelves? Ginger Coca-Cola, pumpkin spiced rum, and lemon drizzle gin

From Ginger Coke in Australia to Starbucks’ Nitro Cold Brew in Canada, we take a look at some of the new beverages launching this month around the globe. 

Carlsberg UK adds premium gluten-free lager to its portfolio

Carlsberg UK will add gluten-free craft Czech lager Celia to its portfolio as of next month. 

New still is just the tonic for Kangaroo Island gin distillery

One of Australia’s first dedicated gin distilleries will begin ramping up production in the next few weeks following the arrival of a new still.

‘Exceptional growth’ in Australian wine exports to China

China becomes top wine export market for Australia

China has become the top market for Australian wine exports (by value), thanks to the middle class’ increased interest in wine and the benefits of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. ...

Tesco expands craft beer section

UK supermarket giant Tesco says craft beer is the fastest growing drinks trend in the UK, as it rolls out more craft drinks in its stores this week and trials...

Constellation Brands sells Canadian wine business; buys US-based Charles Smith Wines

Constellation Brands has announced the sale of its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for C$1.03bn ($785m USD). 

The sky's the limit for cold brew, says High Brew Coffee CEO: 'We’re still at base camp looking up at Mount Everest'

High Brew Coffee is now in nine out of the 11 regions served by Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s direct store delivery (DSD) network, and is on course to hit the...

Craft beer craze has ‘transformed many microbreweries into highly profitable businesses’

The number of breweries in the UK has risen by 8% in the last year and 65% over the last five years. Breweries are becoming increasingly profitable businesses, and UHY...


Bickford’s craft distillery is banking on brandy resurgence

Making brandy cool again and appealing to millennials with a growing appreciation for boutique spirits are the goals of a new distillery opened by a leading Australian beverage company.

Ginnovation: What does the future hold for gin?

Some of the more weird and wonderful innovations in gin include ant gin, meat gin, and lobster gin. Back in the mainstream, innovation has helped the category reach new consumers...

Heineken increases focus on Southeast Asia with purchase of Carlsberg brewery in Vietnam

Heineken has acquired a brewery in Vietnam from competitor Carlsberg in order to capitalize on growth expected in the Southeast Asian beer market. 

There’s a place for socially responsible technology in winemaking, Palmaz Vineyards president says

Palmaz Vineyards' president, Christian Palmaz, told BeverageDaily that there is a place for technology and old-school craftsmanship in the wine industry, but it’s about striking a socially-responsible balance.

Nestlé Waters sees growth in emerging markets and premium brands

Nestlé Waters has posted sales of CHF 3.9bn ($4.1bn) in its 2016 half yearly report, with 4.2% organic growth.

Sparkling wine up 80% in the UK

The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown from 17.6m gallons in 2011/12 to around 31.6m gallons in 2015/16: an increase of 80%.

Pepsi’s Stubborn Soda hits US shelves: heralding ‘the next generation of carbonated soft drinks’

PepsiCo’s craft soda line, Stubborn Soda, is launching on shelves across the US today.

Millennials might be trendy: but rosé wine shouldn’t ignore the older generation

Millennials are known as trend-setters: and when it comes to the success of rosé wine they have been a key driver for the category. But rosé wine producers could find...

Tourism organisation launches ‘Spirit of Scotland’ craft beer

Crafting a new market: Scotland highlights opportunities for craft beer & tourism

The Scottish craft beer industry has the potential to capitalize on the food and drink tourism market (worth £900m / $1,192m a year to Scotland’s visitor economy), and the national...

Australian wine export figures show demand for fine wine

The value of Australia’s wine exports grew by 11% over the last year, driven by bottled exports at higher price points. 

Vero Water targets restaurant diners, offering affordable premium bottled water

Vero Water believes it can make ordering premium bottled water at a restaurant as common place as ordering tap water through its in-house water filtration and bottling technology. 

Constellation Brands CEO credits upbeat Q1 sales to its premium wine and beer brands

Constellation Brands ended its first quarter with net sales of $1.9bn, a 15% year-over-year increase, driven by the company’s acquisitions of premium brands coupled with consumer demand for high-end alcohol...

Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks to launch premium RTD tea, eying up ‘significant growth opportunity’

Anheuser-Busch and Starbucks are partnering to launch Teavana RTD tea in the US.

North America alcohol sales stay afloat, as global alcohol consumption slowly sinks

Global alcoholic drink consumption declined 0.7% for the first time in over 10 years translating into a loss of roughly 450m gallons of alcoholic drinks sales since 2014, a new Euromonitor report revealed.

The rise of sophisticated soda: food pairings, craft creations, and alcohol alternatives

Sophisticated sodas offer an attractive alternative to alcoholic beverages: but the category also holds wider appeal, according to a report from Canadean.

Meet the entrepreneurs: Caliente

‘Our product is quite polarizing – and therefore engages people more’: Chili-infused drink Caliente

The kick of chili may not be for everyone: but chili-infused beverages can offer a real alternative to boring or unhealthy soft drinks, says Swedish start-up Caliente. 

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