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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.

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.

BEVERAGEDAILY BASEMENT TAPES: TYLER BALLIET, SECOND GLASS

'People don't throw chairs and break windows': Second Glass boss on starting US Wine Riots

Dubbed the 'Prince of Boston's Wine Revolution' by Stuff magazine, Second Glass founder Tyler Balliet tells us how to start a wine riot and his excitement about speaking at Wine...

The energy drinks aisle lacks packaging guile: Why Coke's NOS can't catch Monster

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola energy drinks brands AMP, NOS and Full Throttle continue to lose ground on Red Bull and Monster despite a massive advertising spend – because of unappealing packaging…

Strong Scottish food & drink brands will instil referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.

‘Coke's Mini Can Can!’ Muhtar Kent salutes small package 'romance'

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the ‘romance of the smaller package’ is critical to building more romance around brands such as Coke in the US.

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have...

Vitamin enriched Coca-Cola anyone? Soda giant patents ‘vitamin-rich fermentates’

The Coca-Cola Company has patented what it says is a new method allowing it to naturally fortify beverages including colas with high vitamin levels using a single micro-organism.

Sparkling Ice, Monster and Lipton Tea: US C-Store winners in 2014

Bottled water, energy and iced tea are expected to win big in 2014 as C-store operators predict a ‘banner year’ in packaged beverages led by brands including Sparkling Ice, Monster...

‘We’re targeting anyone with a brain’: Brainwave insists cognitive health drink holds mass appeal

Brainwave Drinks insists it’s targeting anyone with a brain and says the drink will appeal to consumers as keen on maintaining a healthy mind as warding off Alzheimer’s or dementia....

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