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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.

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'PowerPoint can be painful!’ Tesco soft drinks buyer warns entrepreneurs

The head of Tesco’s soft drinks buying team David Beardmore has urged aspiring brands not to turn up at the retailer’s HQ with a lengthy PowerPoint presentation but to do...

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Golden rum revival: The Duppy Share follows Sailor Jerry’s spiced footsteps

Premium golden rum The Duppy Share is following in the footsteps of spiced brands like Sailor Jerry’s and wants to offer millennials a great-tasting artisanal spirit at an affordable price....

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SWALLOW OR SLING? Rebel Kitchen Matcha Green Tea Mylk

Our intrepid journalists sample interesting new beverage brands – to find out if the taste, texture, packaging and branding is up to scratch, or should be scratched off. Rebel Kitchen...

Judge tosses HPP-treated juice lawsuit vs Hain Celestial; says plaintiff derailed his own case

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Hain Celestial over the marketing of its BluePrint high-pressure-processed (HPP) juices on the grounds that the plaintiff derailed his own case by submitting...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Matt Rompala, Avery Dennison, product and business development manager, wine & spirits

Avery Dennison wood label helps beer brands target 'one-to-one' consumer connection

Avery Dennison tells BeverageDaily.com that beer, wine and spirits brands are increasingly looking for shorter-run labels that bring them a more emotive one-on-one connection with a given consumer.

‘Disruptive technology should encourage some US wineries to up their game’: Beverage Grades

Beverage Grades analyzes the 'DNA' of wine to identify cheaper bottles that taste almost identical to your favorites and its founders agree the technology should encourage US wineries to raise...

Grolsch targets $40bn beer sweet spot based on ‘new experiences’

Grolsch in a glass jar has been launched in Romania and Canadean believes the launch will boost long-term brand loyalty as customers flock into a $40bn market for beer offering...

‘What we haven’t offered until today is taste, and taste is king!’ ADM boss justifies $3.1bn appetite for WILD Flavors

Archer Daniels Midland CEO Patricia Woertz insists that WILD Flavors' beverage and taste expertise complement her firm’s expertise in food ingredients and know-how in texture, function and nutrition.

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

‘Montejo isn't known to Mexican or Hispanic consumers’: Constellation Brands CEO dismisses ABI beer threat

Rob Sands insists Constellation Brands ‘will stick to its knitting’ as beer rival AB InBev launches Mexican import brand Montejo this year and insists the beer poses no special threat...

‘This most traditional of industries must transform!’ Wine Vision MD

Wine Vision organizer Andrew Reed insists a heritage-rich wine world must transform to tap the ‘radically different demands’ of millennials, ahead of the 2014 event where the president of Moët...

Spanish success for Brugal Suspiro: Edrington toasts low-calorie rum launch

Edrington says its new low-calorie rum Brugal Suspiro is attracting both male and female consumers in launch market Spain and sees a ‘lot of tarmac’ ahead of premium vodka brand...

News in brief

‘Make sure you’ve got a drink the world wants, in beautiful packaging’: Innocent co-founder Richard Reed

Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed says aspiring entrepreneurs need to ensure they’ve got a ‘drink that the world genuinely wants in packaging that’s beautiful, distinctive and that works’.

Rising US cider star applauds ‘cowboy American’ flavor experimentation

The founder of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider insists Americans care less than the English about upholding cider ‘purity’ standards and says he is inspired by craft brewers rather than ‘some...

From the Vitafoods Europe 2014 vault

Mooted novel food changes will open exotic fruit doors in EU

Exotic and functional fruits and vegetables like cashew nut fruit, chu chu and their extracts are set for an easier passage into European Union markets if mooted simplifications to EU...

Starbucks Fizzio hits Southern USA: PepsiCo’s ‘next billion dollar baby’?

Starbucks will launch ‘handcrafted’ Fizzio soft drinks in US cafes this summer, and one analyst says the brand represents ‘potential for bubbles everywhere’ and thinks the Seattle chain and Pepsi...

Engaged Newbies find US wine category 'intimidating': Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands research shows that 'engaged newcomers' to wine in the US and Canada include a high proportion of young people who socialize with the drink, but warns they see...

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Groundbreaking 'Green CoffeeTea' could change the market for green coffee extract, CEO says

Following on the success of ReishiSmooth , a trademarked all-natural fermentation process that uses mushrooms to remove the bitterness from chocolate and coffee, food technology firm MycoTechnology is betting on the...

Starbucks tests new ‘Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Juice Smoothie inspired by Dannon’ in San Jose & St Louis

Starbucks-owned brand Evolution Fresh is test marketing a new range of co-branded smoothies made with cold pressed, high pressure processed juice and Dannon Greek yogurt in 200 Starbucks stores in...

Making a meal out of Haig Club: Diageo talks up Beckham-backed whisky in China

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes insists the spirits giant must ‘innovate at scale’ to ensure a larger share of its growth stems from fewer launches along the lines of Haig Club...

‘Hey good lookin’ Limey!’ Tesco predicts beauty beverage boom as Bella Berry causes stir

Tesco’s top soft drinks buyer has tipped collagen-based beauty drinks for the top despite the lack of EFSA-approved health claims in the area, after startup Bella Berry caused a stir...

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‘There’s nothing soft about soft drinks!’ Tesco's top buyer warns entrepreneurs

Tesco’s top soft drinks buyer has warned entrepreneurs that the category graveyard is full of promising brands that failed because they ran out of cash, despite getting their concept ‘spot...

Diageo cuts around 200 jobs to help hit £200m savings target by 2017

Diageo has confirmed circa. 200 job losses across its head office and regions as the Johnnie Walker and Guinness producer targets annual cost savings of around £200m by 2017.

‘Lipton’s full of sugar!’ Charbrew keen to take on Unilever iced tea

Charbrew founder Adam Soliman tells BeverageDaily.com his entrepreneurial brand is keen to take on Unilever iced tea Lipton with a healthier UK alternative launched into Holland & Barrett this week....