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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.  

‘A new distribution mechanism for craft beer:’ Pico lets beer fans recreate their favorite brands at home

A new device has been created that will allow people to brew their own craft brews at home.

Craft beer buyouts: It’s the quality of the brew that ultimately counts

When large multinational brewers buy small independent craft brewers, it often prompts an outcry among beer fans. But do consumers really care who owns their favourite beer brands?

‘People are really excited to see something new in coffee’: Press’d launches liquid coffee concentrate in portable squeezable bottle

Press’d – an Arabica coffee liquid concentrate in a pocket-sized squeezable bottle – says it sees a gap in the market for a better quality convenience option. 

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‘Our consumers are too poor to buy cheap things.’ AJE’s strategy for success in emerging markets

Brands often fall into the trap of thinking that consumers in emerging markets only want cheap, generic products. But these consumers are just as savvy as those in developed markets...

Diageo sells major wine interests to Treasury Wine Estates

Treasury Wine Estates will acquire the majority of assets from Diageo’s US and UK wine operations for $552m, including Blossom Hill in the UK and Beaulieu Vineyards in the US....

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Vita Coco and Jimmy’s Iced Coffee on samples, meeting consumers and building a brand: 'You can't just slap a product on a billboard'

Handing out free samples is not a new marketing strategy: but it’s an important one that’s been a key part of building Vita Coco coconut water and Jimmy’s Iced Coffee,...

Nescafé and Google in virtual reality coffee experience: ‘People feel as if they are right there in the plantation’

Transparency on sustainability needs to go beyond data on packaging if it is to really engage consumers, says Nescafé, as it partners with Google to launch a virtual reality coffee...

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Brown-Forman starts construction of $50m Slane Distillery

The official ground breaking ceremony for Brown-Forman’s $50m Slane Distillery in Ireland took place today, representing its entry into distilling Irish whiskey. 

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

Hoping to build on the momentum driving up sales of tea in the US, manufacturers are offering new flavors and delivery platforms that keep consumers engaged. At Expo East, companies...

Exotic imports take on local brews in craft beer scene

On an Arctic roll: Icelandic import carves place in craft beer space

Whilst demand for locally brewed craft beers is reaching saturation point, consumers are thirsting for exotic imports, according to Icelandic craft brewery Einstök.

Nespresso inaugurates $300m production centre to support US growth ambitions

The opening of a CHF 300m ($307m) Nespresso plant demonstrates Nestlé’s trust in the brand, said Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke at the launch of the new plant in Romont, Switzerland,...

'As awareness grows, more people get the chance to taste it and have that ‘aha’ moment'

Stumptown hot on cold brew coffee's future

With several new ready-to-drink cold brew coffee products in the pipeline and a growing retail footprint, private equity-backed Stumptown Coffee Roasters is betting on a big future for the hottest...

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