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Sugar taxes: Sweet success or a sorry story? It usually depends who you ask... Pic:getty/bopav

Sugar taxes: The global picture

By Rachel Arthur, Elaine Watson, Stephen Daniells, Gary Scattergood, Niamh Michail

Sugar taxes continue to hit the headlines, but the introduction of new legislation is never straight-forward. We take a look at 20 countries around the globe where sugar taxes have been in the news.

'Manufacturers must focus on targeting quality-focused consumers; and offer an authentic consumption experience.' Pic: Getty/semensalivanchuk

Asia-Pacific spirits sector to grow by over $100bn by 2022

By Beth Newhart

The APAC region is seeing growth in health and wellness awareness, influencing spirits purchasing behavior. About 52% of consumers are now looking for options that ‘align with their health and wellbeing.’

With the rise of diets such as keto, paleo & gluten-free, there'll be a move to develop corresponding labelling & certification on products, says Koia

Koia launches keto-friendly drinks

By Beth Newhart

Koia, known for its plant-based RTD smoothies, is introducing Koia Keto in the new year. The high-fat and low-carb beverages claim to help achieve ketosis, a main component of the trendy ketogenic diet. It represents a growing opportunity for brands to...

Extra wine and vine research will be carried out in Adelaide, South Australia. Pic:getty/gam1983

Boost for Australian vine and wine research

By Rachel Arthur

Wine Australia and the University of Adelaide have signed a four-year, multi-million-dollar agreement to support long term strategic wine research and development.

Drinkers are now more drawn to experience-based locations for their alcohol consumption than typical bars with no extra incentives. Pic: ©GettyImages/David Prahl / EyeEm

Experiential drinking bolsters craft beer sales

By Beth Newhart

After the boom and subsequent plateauing of craft beer sales in the US, on-premise experiential drinking establishments are managing to draw in new customers. Brewpubs, taprooms and game-based bars all saw a surge in popularity in 2018.

“It’s so important that consumers understand where their food comes from, how it’s produced and why that’s important.

'Sustainability is a process. It’s not a destination, it’s a journey'

McDonald’s McCafe close to 100% sustainably-sourced US coffee

By Beth Newhart

McDonald’s global McCafe division relies heavily on inexpensive, quality coffee, requiring a strong relationship with coffee farmers and a transparent supply chain. The company has committed to sustainably sourcing 100% of its coffee by 2020.

Mountain Dew launches gaming-inspired drinks

Mountain Dew launches gaming-inspired drinks

By Beth Newhart

PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew brand has launched Mtn Dew Amp Game Fuel in the US: a line of drinks designed by video gamers and optimized for ‘an enhanced gaming experience’ with features such as a no-slip grip, resealable lid, and ingredients for alertness.

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