A proposed increase in the taxation levels imposed on strong beer
has been dropped by the French government on advice from Brussels.
The tax would have pushed up the French price of beer over 8.5 per
cent abv - most of which comes...
The European market for FABs or alcopops is continuing to grow at
almost exponential rates, but a new report shows that this
expansion will continue to centre on just a handful of countries in
the north of the Continent.
As one US group - Kraft Foods - consolidates its position in the
Middle East with the acquisition of an Egyptian biscuit group,
another American firm - Starbucks - withdraws after dissolving its
Israeli joint venture.
Proposed changes to the formulation, labelling and advertising of
RTD products in the US could spell trouble for Smirnoff Ice and
other flavoured malt beverages in the long term. But with three
months of consultation ahead, Diageo...
Five wineries from the Spanish region of Extremadura are to
increase their output of organic wine. Some 2,607 hectares of
vineyard in Extremadura have already been classified as organic,
and the companies are keen to gain a foothold...
Next week sees the first major international wine show of the year
open its doors to trade visitors. But the 10th annual ProWein show
in Düsseldorf has much to offer than German wines and spirits -
2,800 exhibitors from 41 different...
Irish people the world over will be celebrating St Patrick's Day
today with a pint of stout, but a new report from Datamonitor shows
that Ireland will soon lose its crown as the champion consumer of
the black stuff - South Africa...
World wine sales have continued to grow steadily over the last five
years, and show no signs of slowing down, according to a report
commissioned by the Vinexpo wine and spirit exhibition. The report
also highlights the dynamism of...
John Sunderland, the new president of the UK Food and Drink
Federation, has urged the industry to work together to meet the
challenges of the 21st century - including nutrition, food safety
and CAP reform.
Ready-to-drink spirits are well-known on both sides of the
Atlantic, but in the US, malt-based brands such as Smirnoff Ice or
Bacardi Silver do not actually contain any of the named spirit. But
Jim Beam is about to shake up the market...
Sales of Champagne recovered last year to pre-Millennium levels as
stocks were finally sold off and US sales picked up. But boycotts
of French goods in America and the threat of war in the Gulf could
push sales back down again in...
Growth rates for soft drink sales in Eastern Europe are
outstripping those in the West by as much as four times, according
to a new report. Packaged water is showing the greatest growth, but
carbonates still dominate the market as...
Faced with increasing over supply in the wine market and stagnating
or declining demand among younger consumers, German wine group
Racke has created a new drink designed to tap into the craze for
pre-mixed drinks - a wine-based RTD...
With its first increase in market share since 1999, Coca-Cola has
stretched its lead over PepsiCo at the head of the US carbonated
soft drinks market, according to the latest figures. Good growth
from Diet Coke and the launch of Vanilla...
Increasing awareness of the need for proper hydration and other
potential health benefits of drinking bottled water are driving
market growth in the UK, but there is still a long way to go before
Continental consumption levels are...