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According to Unleashed, inflationary pressures have had a greater impact on food than beverage. Image Source: andresr/Getty Images

Why has beverage weathered inflation better than food?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Inflation in recent years has impacted nearly everyone, with rising prices putting a strain on the cost of living. However, according to a new report, food is being hit harder than most sectors, at least in the UK, while beverage seems to have escaped...

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Euromonitor predicts consumer trends for 2024

By Olivia Brown

Euromonitor International has published its 2024 consumer trends report, which spotlights new demands for convenient and effective wellness support, transparency around brand sustainability, and the implementation of AI to personalise the customer experience.

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Bourgogne 2023 vintage ‘surpasses all expectations’

By Rachel Arthur

The 2023 vintage ‘has put a smile on the faces of winegrowers and wine merchants’, says the Bourgogne Wine Board, with the French region highlighting a particularly good year for white wine.

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Spilling the tea (and coffee) on natural beverage trends

By Deniz Ataman

The functional and perceived health benefits of tea and coffee paired with their familiarity and diverse usage occasions across dayparts make them ideal platforms for beverage manufacturers to meet consumers’ evolving preferences for indulgence, health...

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How can the wine industry tackle staff shortages?

By Rachel Arthur

Staff shortages continue to create a ‘worldwide challenge’ for the wine industry: affecting the whole chain from vineyards to hotels and restaurants. With no signs of shortages abating, how can the industry adapt?

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The anti-energy drinks trend: Who will be the Red Bull of relaxation?

By Olivia Brown

There has been a rising consumer demand for functional drinks promoting relaxation and wellbeing over boosting energy following the COVID-19 pandemic, but an expert says a ‘hero ingredient’ and ‘hero brand’ are needed to propel the category into the spotlight.

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FMCG Gurus’ top trends for 2024

By Gill Hyslop

Markets have been shaped by a prevailing theme of uncertainty and worry - war, pandemic, price inflation and growing pressures on food systems - resulting in a sharper consumer focus on protecting their physical and emotional wellbeing.

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Guest article

Uncorking the dark side: How wine brands are embracing the allure of the macabre

By Rowena Curlewis, CEO, drinks design specialist Denomination

We love Halloween and the 'spooky season'. And up-and-coming wine brands are using our obsession with all things spooky to stand out from the crowd with their compelling brand stories and sinister tales. Rowena Curlewis, CEO of drinks design...

From cocktails to calvados casks: How St-Rémy is keeping brandy booming

From cocktails to calvados casks: How St-Rémy is keeping brandy booming

By Rachel Arthur

St-Rémy – a proudly French brandy that’s enjoying global success – has revealed its latest limited edition: St-Rémy Finished in Calvados Casks. And this latest launch represents exactly what the House stands for: an intriguing blend of tradition and innovation,...

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RTD alcohol category to hit $40bn by 2027

By Rachel Arthur

The RTD alcohol category is expected to grow by +12% in volume between 2022 and 2027, hitting $40bn by 2027 across 10 key markets, according to new data from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. As the category matures, premiumization will be a key driver moving...

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