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M&S urges food and beverage brands to embrace ‘adaptable machinery’

The head of food packaging innovation at UK retailer Marks & Spencer has urged companies to invest in smaller, more adaptable machines to keep up with the pace of packaging...

Think you need $10m to start a bottled water company? Think again, says 20-something entrepreneur behind Waiakea Hawaiian 'volcanic' water

Most business administration graduates dream of starting their own business. And most end up working for someone else’s, at least in the short term. Not many of them start a...

PepsiCo launches craft cola: Caleb’s Kola promises ‘amazing freshness’

As the news broke yesterday that Pepsi had launched a new craft cola, or 'kola' as the hipster spelling has it, we run the rule over a launch that excites...

SAB Miller defends local virtues against charge it lacks ‘truly global beer brand’

SAB Miller has emphasized the virtues of beer as a local business after one analyst suggested that the only thing the world’s second-biggest brewer is missing is a truly global...

Getting into the spirit: Bombay Sapphire plans for further expansion

Bombay Sapphire’s master distiller is already planning to expand the brand’s newly commissioned Laverstoke Mill distillery, at a cost of millions, by installing two new stills.

Wine Vision probes risks and rewards of new wine markets

Wine Vision organizer Andrew Reed says the 2014 conference will explore how to attract new consumers to wine and tap emerging market growth with margins are squeezed elsewhere.

Prosecco raises a glass to US export leap: How much further can the market grow?

The Prosecco DOC Consortium has announced a 33.5% increase in export volume to the US, and is eyeing up further growth in this market.    

Trade agreement has spirit of success, say Canadian and European industry bodies

A free trade agreement between the EU and Canada is tipped to boost transatlantic trade of spirits drinks, further opening each market to trade. 

Corona can help fire Casa Noble tequila sales: Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands CFO Bob Ryder insists that the firm can leverage Corona Extra’s popularity among Hispanics in particular to boost sales of new super-premium tequila brand Casa Noble.

Premium private label drinks colonize branded EU shelf space: Canadean

An increasing number of private label drinks are gaining traction in space traditionally reserved for ‘premium’ brands, according to Canadean, as retailers appreciate the margins such products can offer.

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.

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