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Vines by Lake Wanaka, on New Zealand's South Island

New Zealand's wine industry celebrates its 200th anniversary

By Rachel Arthur

On September 25, 1819, Reverend Samuel Marsden planted the first vines in New Zealand. ‘New Zealand promises to be very favourable to the vine… should it succeed, it will prove of vast important in this part of the globe’, he prophesied. With the industry...

There are still around 35 drinking occasions over the course of a week, but beverage categories are changing. Pic: Getty/Kwangmoozaa

The last 30 years in beverages: How have consumers changed?

By Beth Newhart

While soda may have dominated shelves in the 1990s, today’s shoppers are seeking increasingly sophisticated functional beverages. Data company Kantar has analyzed consumer behavior in a new report that highlights the last three decades in the US beverage...

Bluestone wants to bring the coffee culture of Melbourne to the US through its cafes and blended beverages.

Australian cold brew coffee spreads in the US

By Beth Newhart

Bluestone Lane’s Australia-inspired cafe chain is its expanding its beverage options with ready-to-drink iced coffee and cold brew, including a partnership with Elmhurst 1925.

Instant hot coffee of the past is being replaced by higher quality ready-to-drink options.

Bringing back the brew: US coffee innovates for fall

By Beth Newhart

Coffee brands kick it up a notch in the fall, capitalizing on the category’s popularity during the colder months. From spiked cold brew to CBD infusions, US coffee is taking a fresh approach to autumn 2019.

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Guest article

From gin to tonic: British brands look to global growth

By Sue Bishop, UK Department for International Trade

British drink producers are making the most of global demand for British beverages, says the UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) - with some businesses even starting out with the international market in mind. In this guest article, Sue...

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Guest article

Changes to alcohol duty are down to government

By Steve Perez, founder and chairman, Global Brands

A new report from the Social Market Foundation for reforming alcohol duty in the UK is welcome. However, Brexit won’t create a realistic opportunity for changing alcohol taxes to encourage more responsible drinking. This requires a change in Government...

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