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Young people are proving that they want to buy local and small, which is turning out to be one of the greatest opportunities in the specialty market.

Shopping small: 79% of Gen Z buys specialty foods

By Beth Newhart

Both younger generations - millennials and gen Z - are more interested in supporting local, small businesses than their gex X and baby boomer predecessors. The independent, specialty food and beverage market in the US is now worth $140bn and growing three...

Today’s consumers are expecting function, taste, affordability and convenience all rolled into one beverage. Pic: ©GettyImages/baibaz

Superfoods take center stage in specialty beverages

By Beth Newhart

Functional beverage launches were common in 2018, and their popularity is only expected to grow in 2019. At the Winter Fancy Food Show (WWFS) in San Francisco, small-scale brands showcased new drinks packed with functional ingredients like rose extract,...

Health and wellness trends mean consumers are moving away from high calorie, sugary drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Alcohol-free Heineken 0.0 lands in the US

By Beth Newhart

After initially launching in early 2017, Heineken’s first non-alcoholic beer has expanded to more than 30 global markets and is now officially coming to the US. Though not as popular a trend as it is in Europe, the low-ABV and no-alcohol US beer and wine...

TTB employees have been directed not to report to work and prohibited from volunteering work during the shutdown. Pic: ©GettyImages/chabybucko

US government shutdown stalls craft beer innovation

By Beth Newhart

After the government shut down on December 22 due to disputes around President Trump’s border wall funding, the effects have been felt throughout the country. Without federal programs in place, the beer and wine industries are facing trouble with new...

“If the spirits industry had the same access to consumers as wine, they could build a market worth billions of dollars.

State of the industry: What’s to come for alcohol in 2019

By Beth Newhart

The past year has seen the continued growth of craft beer and craft spirits, an increased number of microbreweries, and a rise in experiential drinking. Now the alcohol industry looks ahead to 2019 and what to expect for US drink trends, flavors and regulations.

Sproutly positions itself for North America’s cannabis explosion

By Beth Newhart

With the US poised to sign a farm bill that will legalize hemp production, and Canada’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana, North America is on the brink of a CBD revolution. Food, beverage and ingredients companies are all looking to get in...

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...

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.

MillerCoors wanted to terminate its brewing partnership with Pabst for 'financial reasons.' Pic:istock

Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz saved by MillerCoors settlement

By Beth Newhart

After months of legal drama and a two-week trial between Pabst Brewing Co. and MillerCoors, the two beer giants settled a lawsuit last week. Pabst had alleged that MillerCoors, who brews and packages most of Pabst’s products, was attempting to put it...

Most spirits without a mass-market audience are confined to serving their local region and rely on word of mouth to buoy sales. Shots Box wants to change that.

Box it up: Craft spirits expand with curated subscriptions

By Beth Newhart

With the growing affinity for craft alcohol in the US, startup company Shots Box delivers a range of craft spirits samples to the subscription box market. It expands the footprint of craft distillers who would otherwise be limited by regional distribution.

Huel ups convenience factor with RTD beverage launch

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Huel ups convenience factor with RTD beverage launch

By Mary Ellen Shoup

HUEL is now competing in the ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage category with the launch of an on-the-go bottle format of its ‘nutritionally complete’ meal replacement protein blend.

On biodynamic farms 10% of the land has to be set aside for giving back and helping the environment.

Biodynamic farming spreads to coffee

By Beth Newhart

With consumers increasingly concerned about how their food is produced, interest in biodynamic farming is growing. While growing in popularity for wine production in Europe, Holistic Roasters also sees the potential for biodynamic farming in the coffee...

Products containing CBD do not provide a ‘high’ as often associated with marijuana and can be sold anywhere in the US.

Sprig CBD sodas expand to nine states

By Beth Newhart

After being one of the earliest developers of THC-infused beverages, California-based Sprig entered the CBD market this year with a line of CBD sparkling sodas. These sodas are now sold at retailers in nine states.

The consumer expects taste, performance, functionality and environmental sustainability out of their beverages, sparking innovation like collagen coffee to keep up with demand.

Bulletproof Coffee expands collagen protein in its lineup

By Beth Newhart

Bulletproof Coffee is expanding its RTD line with more flavors infused with collagen protein. The brand looks to attract the mainstream health and wellness market with its pioneering use of collagen and Brain Octane oil in coffee.

More than 100 Canadian stores have opened their doors to the public this month, battled long lines and struggled to keep enough marijuana in stock to meet demand. Pic: ©GettyImages/FatCamera

Alcohol sales still growing in the face of cannabis legalization

By Beth Newhart

The nationwide legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada went into effect last week, with many concerned about what the new market could do to beer, wine and liquor sales. But TABS Analytics’ 2018 BevAlc study found no reason start worrying--yet....

Manufacturers are responding to demand for options at each distinct beverage opportunity throughout the day.  Pic: ©GettyImages/DuxX

Pack Expo: trend spotting

PMMI sees bright future for beverage packaging in North America

By Beth Newhart

Smaller can sizes, less packaging material and eco-friendly manufacturing practices are all trends to watch in the beverage industry. BeverageDaily was at Pack Expo last week to find out what’s hot and what’s not in the industry this year.

Sipsmith only partners with people who already have a passion for gin and knowledge of the spirit.

How influencer marketing is buoying craft spirits brands

By Beth Newhart

Influencer marketing, paid posts and sponsored content have turned into a massive global market on social media platforms like Instagram. But its use with independent craft spirits brands is still in its infancy, poised for an explosion.

Indian juice company finds right formula as brands jockey to differentiate

Paper Boat floats down a stream of confidence in indigenous flavours

By Richard Whitehead

“One rainy day, an August afternoon, when you had just come home from school, completely drenched. Tearing a page from your math notebook, you ran outside to make a tiny boat and launch it into the biggest puddle you could find! Mom would then call your...

AI beer, robotic cocktail makers, and connected cocktail libraries - what next for digital?

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Digital remains untapped by drinks firms

By Jon Reay, founder, Rewrite Digital

By 2022, global market intelligence firm IDC forecasts that 80% of enterprise revenue growth will depend directly on digital offerings and operations. And yet alcohol is trailing most other sectors when it comes to digital, write Jon Reay of Rewrite Digital.

Rise struggled with sourcing oat ‘milk’ that was up to their standards because they place a strong emphasis on organic ingredients.

Organic nitro cold brew oat beverage lattes launching

By Beth Newhart

Coffee brand Rise Brewing Co. has introduced a line of ready-to-drink nitro cold brew lattes, including two flavors made with oat beverages. Consumer demand and ‘flavor profile’ drove the decision to use dairy alternatives, the company said.

Chapman is a sparkling drink that blends botanical flavours and hibiscus flowers. © DVees

DVees brings West African flavours to Europe with 'accessible' formats

By Niamh Michail

UK start-up DVees is on a mission to bring West African flavours to Western Europe, starting with a hibiscus-infused drink and range of condiments. "You can find West African food if you look for it, but it's not accessible or beautifully presented,"...

Cacao, Cafe Mocha and Original will be available exclusively on Amazon.co.uk starting September 18.

Soylent ‘cult following’ in the US leads to UK launch

By Beth Newhart

Popular meal replacement drink Soylent launches in the UK this week, hoping to capitalize on its US success with its first global expansion. With research showing that skipping meals is becoming more commonplace in the UK, Soylent believes it can fill...

Cave Shake to take on new markets with investment from L.A. Libations

Cave Shake to take on new markets with investment from L.A. Libations

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Los Angeles-based Cave Shake – a ready-to-drink (RTD) vegan, ketogenic shake brand – said that despite droves of consumers ‘going keto’, the company is taking a steady, targeted approach to becoming the #1 brand in the category guided by a recent investment...

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