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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...

The sale is expected to boost Axéréal's global malt footprint.

Cargill sells malt business to Axéréal

By Beth Newhart

French grain cooperative Axéréal will acquire Cargill’s malt business under the Axéréal malt subsidiary Boortmalt, affecting 15 global facilities and more than 500 people.

“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.

Bundaberg Rum &h Pauls launch 3 Christmas drinks. Photo: Diageo.

Bundaberg Rum & Pauls launch three Christmas products

By Jenny Eagle

Diageo’s Bundaberg Rum has partnered with milk and dairy brand Pauls to launch three Christmas products; Pauls Bundaberg Rum Premium Rumball Custard; Pauls Bundaberg Rum Premium Vanilla Rum Custard; and Pauls Bundaberg Rum Flavoured Egg Nog.

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...

'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...

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.

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