The strength of the US dollar last year meant that exports of
Californian wine declined 7 per cent in volume terms during 2002.
But value sales were up 1 per cent for the year, with sales to the
biggest market, the UK, up 12 per cent.
The three pillars of Interbrew's expansion strategy - investing in
strong local brands, growing its core Stella Artois beer and buying
up regional brewers - have given the Belgian firm a strong and
distinctive identity on the...
Coca-Cola has confirmed rumours in the US trade press that it is to
launch a flavoured milk drink later this summer in a bid to gain a
foothold in the fast-growing nutritional beverage market. But
Choglit, its joint venture brand...
Speciality products such as cappucino have boosted sales of instant
coffee in Germany, according to the latest figures. Young people
seeking alternatives to sugary soft drinks are the main consumers
of these products.
Bertie Ahern, Ireland's prime minister, called on alcohol producers
to act more responsibly this week, urging them not to produce or
market products such as alcopops which are targeted at young
drinkers. Ireland is to introduce...
Chilled juice is growing in popularity in the UK as a result of a
reduction in cost and its perceived health benefits. And the
category looks set to grow further, mainly at the expense of
long-life juice, driven by further price cuts...
The German spirits market seems to be in almost terminal decline,
but there could be a ray of hope from FABs, the ready-to-drink
variants of popular spirit brands such as Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi
Rigo. But, as market analysts Canadean...
British companies looking to export to Southern Europe will get a
major boost next month. Food from Britain is organising an export
insight conference focusing on France, Italy, Spain and Portugal,
giving companies all the information...
Poor summer weather in 2002 kept growth in the Italian soft drinks
market to around half that seen in previous years. But, according
to Canadean, the glitch is likely to be temporary, with plenty of
growth expected in the years to...
Austria is not among the most well known wine producing nations in
Europe, but a quick glance at the latest export figures shows that
consumers around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the
wines produced there. For the...
Despite a 17 per cent increase in sales of ready meals last year,
the traditional Spanish diet - high in olive oil, fruit and
vegetables and bread - is at little risk of disappearing, according
to the latest consumption data.
Vodka is going from strength to strength in the UK spirits market,
taking over from Scotch as the main driver of growth. But will this
growth - driven in part by the success of vodka-based RTDs - be
shortlived like that of tequila...
Growth rates may have slowed as the UK water cooler market begins
to mature, but the entry of major players Danone and Nestlé in the
last year should give a major boost to the sector, according to
PepsiCo is to launch a vanilla-flavoured version of its cola brand
later this summer, almost a year after Vanilla Coke hit US shelves.
And Coca-Cola is not to be outdone, with the launch of Sprite Ice,
a mint version of the lemon-lime...