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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.

Bai Brands goes sparkling with Bai Bubbles, warns CSDs ‘dying on the vine’

Bai Brands founder Ben Weiss says he believes carbonated soft drinks are ‘dying on the vine and need true variety’ as his firm aims to disrupt the category with sparkling...

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL BOTTLED WATER CONGRESS, BUDAPEST, OCTOBER 6-8

‘Hydration Activation!’ Zenith Congress seeks to sustain bottled water growth

Zenith International’s 2014 Global Bottled Water Congress will take place in Budapest from October 6, and Chairman Richard Hall says it will focus on maintaining the category’s positive global momentum.

Canadean analyst suggests Coke and Pepsi diversify to shake Vita Coco UK stranglehold

Canadean says Coca-Cola and Pepsi need time to interest a wider UK audience in coconut water brands Zico and O.N.E but thinks the brands would benefit from greater diversification vis-à-vis...

"The lawsuit is without merit and we will aggressively defend it': Anheuser-Busch

Beck’s US beer row intensifies as AB InBev fails to KO court case claiming German brewing deception

Anheuser-Busch lawyers have failed to KO a lawsuit brought by US consumers who claim the company misled them into buying Beck’s by ‘deceptive conduct’ that suggested the beer was still...

Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for what's ‘fresh, unique and new’: A day at the Food & Beverage University

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler alert: ‘Let me get back to you on those numbers’ will not inspire...

Rock Rose gin from Britain’s most northern distillery

What is being claimed as the most northerly gin distillery on mainland Britain was commissioned last month, following the installation of a new still - christened ‘Elizabeth’ - in the...

Breaking News

William Grant & Sons snaps up Drambuie

Premium spirits business and independent Scottish family distiller William Grant & Sons has acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Company, which owns the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand. 

News in brief

Nestle opens $285m Nescafe Dolce Gusto factory in Germany

Nestle has opened a new €220m factory in Germany to produce Dolce Gusto coffee capsules for this national market as a well as Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

PREMIUM BOTTLED ALES WILL SNARE NEW CONSUMERS, DIAGEO BELIEVES

Guinness should ditch 'trendy abstract' ads and innovate more: Mintel analyst

As Diageo launches two new UK Guinness varieties Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth tells us he thinks the beer brand is anachronistic, needs to ditch the ‘trendy adverts’ and innovate more.

Swiss absinthe standoff ends: Génépi the next alpine battleground?

Swiss Val-de-Travers absinthe distillers have dropped their exclusive claim to ‘absinthe’ as a national Geographic Indication (GI) and will instead apply to protect the term ‘Absinthe Val-de-Travers’.

Patent watch

Patent watch: PepsiCo explores how to make juice as nutritious as whole fruit

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of adding fiber- and polyphenol-rich co-products from fruit and veg juice extraction back to juices and other beverages in a bid to improve...

‘WE WANT TO CREATE AN AFFINITY WITH THE GLASGOW PEOPLE’

Glasgow Distillery Company raises city spirits after 100 years absence

The Glasgow Distillery Company will start distilling gin and single malt whisky in the city for the first time in 100 years next week, and CEO Liam Hughes aims to...

BROWN-FORMAN TAKES FIGHT TO MARKET LEADER FIREBALL

Cinnamon toast: Jack Daniel’s takes Tennessee Fire whiskey to further five US states

Brown-Forman will launch cinnamon-flavored whiskey Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire in a further five US states this October after successful trials this spring.

Treasury Wine Estates hints at possible US acquisitions

Troubled Australian wine group and takeover target Treasury Wine Estates wants to accelerate its high-value US business and is exploring possible acquisitions or takeovers there.

Stodgy European relic or comeback kid? Dissecting brand Heineken’s US decline

Heineken is effecting a ‘regional redeployment’ of its beer business towards the Southern USA as its Mexican portfolio grows strongly, while its eponymous brand continues to struggle.

NEW PRODUCT GALLERY: SIX HEINEKEN 2014 INNOVATIONS

‘We’re less afraid of failure!’ Heineken exec on UK innovation

Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden insists the company has changed its culture to be less afraid of failure and more realistic in its volume and value expectations...

INDUSTRY VOICES: Stefano Zanette, president, Prosecco DOC Consortium

'As with Champagne, product protection is vital': Prosecco DOC Consortium

Italy’s Prosecco DOC Consortium reported world sales of 155m DOC bottles in 2013 and 13% growth. Here chairman Stefano Zanette tells us how the drink can retain sparkling superiority in...

Survata is 'democratizing' consumer insights, says CEO

Consumer insights are no longer a luxury only big brands can afford, says online survey expert

Until pretty recently, food marketers looking to test new product ideas, brand names or pack designs could look to friends, family, and colleagues for cheap - though notoriously unreliable -...

GMCR 'hitting milestones' for 2015 Keurig Cold launch

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters CEO Brian Kelley insists the firm is on track for a fiscal 2015 launch of its cold carbonated soft drinks system and is working closely with...

Penfolds maker Treasury Wine Estates welcomes $3.15bn takeover bid

Penfolds producer Treasury Wine Estates has welcomed a $3.15bn takeover proposal from private equity firms Rhone Capital and KKR and will let them to conduct due diligence on its books.

'The sky's the limit,' says TRM Packaging

Packaging to become more 'theatrical'

Heineken's Ignite bottles which illuminate when clinked with another bottle, and Ballantine's graphic equaliser, which adjusts its lighting with loud music, are some of the ways brands have added 'theatrical'...

Harrogate Water Brands boosts jobs

Nearly 30 new jobs will be created at Harrogate Water Brands, following the opening of a new £6M bottling line.

‘Great to have the brand back!’ ABI seizes back Corona control from Carlsberg in China

Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) today took back distribution control of Corona Extra from Carlsberg in China as CEO Carlos Brita insists the brand will extend its ‘super premium’ position in the...

'A MIXED YEAR AND A TOUGHER ONE THAN WE ANTICIPATED AT THE START': CFO DEIRDRE MAHLAN

Diageo’s top line takes a hammering: 2014 results show Chinese dragon bites

Diageo said today that foreign exchange movements ‘severely impacted’ its 2014 top line while Chinese anti-extravagance measures also hit hard – our slideshow dissects the Johnnie Walker distiller's performance.

Think Drinks plans top-tier science for ‘first functional nootropic beverage’

US neurotech startup Think Drinks says it plans to conduct high-calibre peer-reviewed study to prove the benefits of what it claims is the world’s ‘first functional nootropic’ brain beverage.

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