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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.

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...

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‘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....

Not When Harry Met Sally…When Suntory bought Beam!

Suntory’s $16bn takeover of Beam Inc. shocked many industry insiders but the likes of Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Bacardi likely sighed with relief, according to Rabobank.

‘Suja and BluePrint evangelize nutrition but we walk the walk’: Vital Juice CEO

Vital Juice CEO Edward Balassanian insists the product is outselling larger rivals including Hain Celestial’s BluePrint he says evangelize nutrition in juice that only his brand delivers.

Starbucks takes tea upmarket, but could Teavana spend spell nirvana?

Starbucks bought Teavana for $620m in 2012 and plans to take tea upmarket in the States, but one investor warns the price of success may be depressed margins and earnings.

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Scaled-down Pepsi Spire could hit heights in US homes

Pepsi first digital fountain that offers up to 1,000+ beverage combinations looks great and we think a scaled-down version could add verve to the US home.

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P.E.T Engineering goes premium with Heineken beer Amstel

Heineken has worked with P.E.T Engineering to develop a one-liter Amstel PET bottle with glass-like engravings that underpin the brand’s heritage and premium positioning.

BREAKING NEWS

Diageo plans $115m spend on Kentucky bourbon distillery

Diageo plans to spend $115m on new Kentucky bourbon distillery and warehouses to distill the company current brands and future products, as it seeks to expand its share in the...

‘Red, red wine…without sulfites’: Chr. Hansen promises paradigm shift

Chr. Hansen claims its new wine culture is a ‘fantastic launch’ that will greatly increase the speed and predictability of malolactic fermentation and remove the need for producers to use...

‘Brands that rubbish other brands...I don’t get it!’: Vita Coco UK CEO Giles Brook

Vita Coco’s UK CEO Giles Brook tells BeverageDaily.com he doesn’t understand ‘brands that rubbish other brands’ following an attack by coconut water rival INVO on his product’s nutritional and health...

‘No better than the average sports drink’: Rival INVO justifies Vita Coco coconut water attack

Premium coconut water brand INVO has justified its ‘slight attack’ on UK market leader Vita Coco and other rivals' nutritional and health benefits, insisting it needs to educate people on...

Drambuie sale: Suntory ‘favourite’ to buy

Suntory would be the “favourite” to buy Scottish liqueur brand Drambuie, one analyst has claimed, as news emerged that owners the MacKinnon family were exploring a possible sale.

‘Our main US craft cider brand Woodchuck has gone backwards’, C&C Group admits

C&C Group admits its main US hard apple cider brand Woodchuck bucked the overall industry growth trend with falling sales in 2013/14 as big beer player AB InBev enters the...

‘Good beverage entrepreneurs? Give me paranoid overachievers!’ Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

“One question I like to ask an entrepreneur – usually when they’re really tired after presenting for an hour and a half, is ‘what keeps you awake at night?’ A...

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