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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.

Telling the story behind Australian wine will boost standing in global markets, says Wine Australia

Global perceptions of Australian wine fall short of the high-quality reality, says Wine Australia, as it prioritises increasing appreciation of the country’s products.   

Scottish whisky seeks world heritage status similar to champagne

Scotch whisky producers are hoping to follow French champagne makers and win United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage status for their products.

Dispatches from the Nespresso Coffee Conversation, Portugal

Beyond the bean: Coffee is about far more than taste - what about when, where, and why you drink it?

The taste and flavour of the coffee you drink is important – but the quality of the experience is far broader than the first sip, said coffee experts as they...

Dispatches from Nespresso Coffee Conversation Symposium, Portugal

Coffee to concentrate, wine to unwind? Nespresso symposium looks at the similarities - and the differences

Coffee and wine are both complex drinks with strong followings among their respective connoisseurs, but wines tell a stronger tale - connecting better with consumers, say industry experts.

Cider’s star is rising – and it’s set to shine over the US, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa

Global consumption of cider is predicted to grow by around 5% a year, reaching more than 3bn litres by 2020, according to Canadean.

Product launches in the beverage aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Ginger Ninja juice, vodka for women, Twix shakes and more

M&M’s peanut thick shakes, sweet and spicy Ginger Nija juice, and art-inspired vodka: just some of the beverages springing onto shelves across the globe.

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies Conference, Amsterdam

What's brewing in beer? Premiumisation, Africa, non-alcoholic and craft

Look beyond the headline figures and there are promising prospects for beer, according to Canadean. Opportunities include the African market, premiumisation, non-alcoholic beers, and the continued popularity of craft. 

Gin made with ants: Distillery adds new dimension to insect potential

A UK craft distiller and a Danish food lab have collaborated to produce Anty Gin: a product using the essence of red wood ants and botanicals. 

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

It’s getting juicy in the functional beverage aisle: Juices see success with healthy and natural positioning

Functional beverages are now less about fortification, and more about honing in on the natural health benefits of their ingredients, according to Innova Market Insights.

Keurig brings back My K-Cup reusable pods even though they conflict with DMR technology

Coffee company Keurig Green Mountain will bring back the reusable My K-Cup pod at the behest of a small, but passionate group of consumers in a move that ostensibly undermines...

Special edition: Authentic Tea Tastes

What’s next in tea? Functional claims, hot tea pods, and increased attention from Coca-Cola

Major soft drink players are turning their attention to tea as a focal point for innovation and volume growth, delegates at World Tea Expo will hear this week.

What does 170-year-old Champagne taste like? ‘Spicy, smoky – with fruity and floral notes’

Champagne salvaged from a Finnish shipwreck can offer winemakers new insights into wine conservation, according to researchers. 

Mars Drinks strikes deal with Taylors of Harrogate

Mars Drinks has sealed an agreement with Taylors of Harrogate to include its premium coffee and tea in Mars Drinks’s UK-wide portfolio of workplace products.

Whisky industry urges free trade to boost exports

Sinking whisky exports underline the need for the next government to press for more open markets and ambitious Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), urges the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

‘Consumers have an insatiable appetite for new experiences’

Message on a bottle: Personalized text lights up Medea Vodka bottles

Consumers can use their phones to programme personalized messages on bottles, with Bluetooth technology and an app launched by Medea Vodka. 

Behind the buzzword: Premiumization

Savvy shoppers and the potency of premiumization: Brands need to justify ‘premium’ tags

Consumers are prepared to pay for high-end products – but sticking the word ‘premium’ on a bottle is no longer enough, according to Mintel.

Classic cocktail craze: Gruppo Campari sees triple digit Campari growth in Argentina

Gruppo Campari is looking to Argentina and Brazil as key emerging markets for the group that are driving growth across the Americas.

‘Bridging beer’ and Chibuku to go: SAB Miller plays Africa’s price ladder

SAB Miller has stressed the importance of Chibuku and ‘affordable clear beer’ made using local ingredients as ‘bridging beers’ to trade Africans up to mainstream and premium brands.

Land of Fire and Honey...Jack Daniel’s fuels Brown-Forman

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire could replicate the success of Tennessee Honey, Brown-Forman says, as it pushes the cinnamon-flavored whiskey out across the US. 

Brown-Forman CEO: ‘Mixability & premiumization’ potential gives US whiskey edge over Scotch

Brown-Forman boss Paul Varga insists that Scotch and vodka are less versatile than American whiskey, as the distiller of Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort revealed its Q3 fiscal 2015 results.

South Africa calls for bulk wine withdrawal to ‘create value at origin’

The South African wine industry is keen to raise the country’s reputation as a premium wine producer by shifting its export emphasis from bulk to bottled.

Beverage bites: news up to February 26, 2015

George Clooney’s tequila, why a latte is less likely to spill than coffee, and more beverage bites

George Clooney’s tequila, a fire at Diageo’s Burghead Maltings and why a latte is less likely to spill than a standard coffee. Just some of the news nuggets in this...

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

Beam Suntory insists it will fight a US class action filed last week accusing the company of deceptive advertising for describing San Diego’s Jim Beam bourbon as ‘handcrafted’.

‘We don’t want your plonk!’ German wine consumers turn to higher quality wine

German consumers are prepared to pay more for a better quality still wine, says Mintel, as drinkers become sceptical of mass-production and demand authenticity and quality. 

Beer… and beyond! SAB Miller Latin America wants to grow in other beverages

SAB Miller wants to develop its premium beer portfolio in Brazil and increase beer consumption across LATAM, but also strengthen its hold on other beverage sectors in the region.

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