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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.

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. 

Brown-Forman answers consumer demand for premium whiskey with purchase of BenRiach Distillery

Brown-Forman Corp. has agreed to purchase The BenRiach Distillery Company for approximately $416m. The deal will add three Single Malt Scotch Whisky brands to Brown-Forman’s product portfolio: The GlenDronach, BenRiach,...

Australian bush gin prepares to take on world

A small distillery on a remote Australian island is preparing to take its award-winning gin to wider markets.

Nestlé on bottled water business: ‘We are playing in the right category with the right mix of brands’

Nestlé continued to see ‘solid growth’ across all geographies in its water business over the latest quarter, with momentum in both international brands and emerging markets.  

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Chinese consumers demand premium beer products

The Chinese beer market is the world’s largest, yet it is experiencing negative volume growth after growing continuously for the past 24 years, according to China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA)....

The root to success: Aussie brewer predicts expansion of alcoholic root beer movement

Alcoholic root beer is thriving in the US, and now an Australian brewery believes the beverage will prove to be the perfect fit for its own country.   

Craft beer keeps growing: US craft brewers report 13% rise in volume in 2015

Small and independent craft brewers now account for a 12% market share of the US beer industry by volume, according to the Brewers Association.  

Crafting a definition: What does ‘craft’ mean to consumers?

Research from Mintel suggests that 30% of Brits who buy alcoholic drinks don’t understand what ‘craft’ means; while 59% believe it is important for the industry to define the term. 

Premium and organic boost for global roast and ground coffee market: Technavio

The global roast and ground coffee market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.9% in 2016-2020, according to Technavio. 

US bottled water sales reach record high in 2015, with growth expected to continue: Mintel

Sales of bottled water in the US increased 6.4% to reach more than $15bn in 2015, according to research from Mintel. And as consumers continue to look for alternatives to...

Australian wine region a barrel of laughs for whisky distiller

Access to high-quality barley and barrels, and a variable yet temperate climate have distillers confident South Australia can emerge as a top-shelf whisky region.

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Kona Deep brings desalinated deep ocean water to the US market

It’s a billion-dollar market in Asia, but it’s almost unheard of in the US. Thanks to Kona Deep, bottled deep ocean water will soon roll its way across the US from...

Tranquini eyes up ‘tremendous potential’ for functional relaxation beverages

Consumers worldwide are becoming more interested in a relaxed, balanced lifestyle, says premium beverage brand Tranquini, as it expands into new markets this year.

Distilled spirit supplier sales up 4.1% in 2015

It was a good year for distilled spirits, as supplier sales were up 4.1% and volume was up 2.3%, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

Premium brands could boost profits in China’s high-volume beer market

China’s high-volume, low-profit beer market is set to be transformed, with increased “premiumisation” providing opportunities for imported and licensed foreign beer brands, says Rabobank.

Small spaces, big companies: Can big corporations keep craft’s cool factor after the acquisition?

Big beverage companies are buying up craft breweries in big numbers, but does going from craft to corporation lose the cachet for these brewers?

What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2016?

What distinguishes the winners from the losers in the ultra-competitive beverages market?

DRY Sparkling gets non-GMO certification, will expand to food store channel

DRY Sparkling, one of America’s fastest-growing soda brands, has been certified as non-GMO and will expand to larger stores this year.

From Brooklyn to the world: How America’s 10th biggest craft brewer built its empire

With craft breweries selling for as much as $1bn, Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery co-founder and chairman, said the “thrilling” show has allowed him to “dream a little”. But does he plan...

Wine becomes more portable and accessible: Gallo

Wine lovers are unafraid to try a variety of wine and want more portable packaging, according to a recent survey.

Mexico and Mexican beer offer huge potential for Heineken

Mexican beers and expansion in the Mexican market have strong potential for growth for Heineken, according to a company executive.

Constellation Brands to pay $1bn to purchase Ballast Point Brewery

Constellation Brands has announced that it will purchase Ballast Point Brewery for $1bn.

‘Beautifully pure water’: Iceberg Water leverages majesty of Mother Nature

Iceberg Water – a premium bottled water sourced from icebergs – says the stark beauty of the natural phenomena will help market the brand as it grows.  

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