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Coca-Cola Amatil tries premium beer goggles for size...

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is one step closer to re-entering the Australian premium beer market, after announcing plans to lend JV the Australian Beer Company AUS $46m, as it leverages its...

Diageo targets UK ‘meal occasions’ with super premium Chinese baijiu brand

Diageo has told that the initial European launch focus for its Chinese ‘baijiu’ brand Shui Jing Fang will be UK ‘meal occasions’, although success will see it pursue sales...

Alcohol has untapped premium own label opportunity: Mintel

Mintel claims that the best opportunities for alcoholic drinks in the UK’s growing private label sphere lie at the premium end of the market, given the stigma still attached to...

New Tropicana Pure Premium PET clear container 'unique' in juice aisle

Tropicana has told that its new clear PET flip-top container for Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice is ‘premium in look and function’ and unlike anything else in the juice...

Nestlé likens new Nespresso premium coffee variety to 'fine wine'

Nestlé has developed a production technique for a new variety of its Nespresso brand that it says is similar to that used to create wine, in a step that reflects...

Molson Coors snaps up StarBev and plans to push ‘aspirational’ premium brands in CEE

Molson Coors has swooped to takeover Staropramen brewer StarBev for €2.65bn and says it aims to leverage its own premium brands in central and eastern Europe (CEE) citing the success of...

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Carling aims to put Zest into citrus beer with premium branding

Carling says that the branding and packaging for its new limited edition citrus beer, Carling Zest, was desined to push its premium positioning as an alternative to other summer drinks...

Ardagh completes Boxal deal as it eyes premium packaging boost

Ardagh has completed the acquisition of the Boxal Group and Szenna Pack from Exal Corp for €85m.

Premium water tipped as a ‘sparkling opportunity’

Zenith International has identified premium bottled water as a ‘sparkling opportunity’ despite poor growth rates over the past couple of years.

New partnership targets premium tea market

Germany’s Döhler and Plantextrakt have formed a strategic partnership and unveiled a new tea concept, which they claim will open up the global premium quality tea drinks market.

New premium PET bottle alternative to glass, says Amcor

Amcor Rigid Plastics said its ground-breaking PET stock bottle is a glass replacement option that offers significant cost and performance advantages.

Wild introduces premium rooibos infusion concept

Wild is introducing a new rooibos infusion idea for ready-to-drink teas that complements its existing black, white and green tea offerings, and taps the market for caffeine-free kids' drinks.

Nestle pursues premium plans with Nespresso expansion

Nestle continues to spy growth for its Nespresso coffee machine system and brands with the inauguration today of its second production and distribution centre for the operations.

Premium spirit push to defy drink concerns - report

Despite growing awareness and concern over the health impacts of alcohol consumption, global consumers are expected to flock towards premium and super premium spirit varieties in the future, says a...

Taste enhancers to give impression of premium for liquor

A new range of taste enhancers have been introduced to try to improve the taste of liquor and provide mouth warming sensations that give the impression of a more...

Market for superpremium juices soars in the US

Superpremium juice drinks have proved to be a dynamic part of the US beverage market showing “phenomenal growth” in just a few years, according to a new report.

Private label brands to offer premium consumer compromise

Private label food and drink brands will continue to grow as cash-strapped consumers' increasingly perceive the products as value for money, according to Datamonitor.

Premium push lifts Foster's half-year profits

Australia-based Foster's posted half-year sales growth of 3.2 per cent in organic terms to AUS$2.3bn (€1.4bn) as growing demand for its premium brands partially offset a slowdown in its US...

Diageo expands with premium US wine buy

Diageo is to expand its presence within the high growth US market for premium wines with the acquisition of national producer Rosenblum Cellars for $105m (€71m).

SABMiller goes for Grolsch in premium pay-off bid

SABMiller has today received the support of Koninklijke Grolsch's management to move ahead with a proposed €816m acquisition of the Netherlands-based brewer's operations.

Global consumers steer towards premium beer

Sales of premium beer continue to outgrow globally over private label and discounted varieties, according to the latest findings by beverage research group Canadean.

Innovation to boost premium soft drinks, says Britvic

Consumer trends for health and indulgence are expected to drive "significant" growth in premium soft drinks over the next five years, the marketing head of Britvic has said.

Weekly Comment

Putting a premium on substance over style

Food producers are flogging the term 'premium' for all it's worth, threatening to flood a market that relies on exclusivity for its success with well-packaged tat.

Pernod profits boosted by 'premiumisation'

A shift towards higher sales of premium products has helped France's leading drinks group Pernod Ricard to post a 5.1 per cent increase in net profits for 2004, shrugging off...

InBev shows strong growth as premium focus pays off

InBev is already beginning to see the benefits of last year's merger of Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazil's AmBev, with volume sales in 2004 growing at more than twice the...

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