Zero-proof and low-ABV drinks are on the rise, but traditional craft beer is still tracking growth. The Brewers Association (BA) has industry highlights from the year, including a record 8,000 breweries operating in the US.
Nielsen’s annual Top 25 Breakthrough Innovation awards whittled down 45,000 CPG products and singled out five US beverages. Products from PepsiCo and Coca-Cola were among those gaining top honors; alongside hard seltzer success story White Claw.
New York-based LIQS Cocktail Shots is taking its growth international with November’s launch into Japan. Its lines of liquor-based and wine-based shots build their audience first on-premise at concerts, stadiums and festivals.
Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is delving into the craft side of coffee in Australia with its first limited batch sourced from single-origin beans. More releases are to come, made from coffee of different global regions.
A new partnership with spirits and wine company Brown-Forman will bring classic liquors like Jack Daniels, Herradura and Chambord to the Drinkworks pod system in 2020, furthering at-home cocktail personalization.
Cinnamon, star anise and creamy rice combine with oolong tea for Better Booch’s newest kombucha flavor, Hola Horchata. It’s the first in a new line of out-of-the-box varieties set to launch in the US in early 2020.
Hard seltzers have hit the UK, hoping to mirror the meteoric success of the category in the US. But will Brits seize seltzers and embrace them in the same way as Americans have – or are the two markets more different than they first appear?
Coca-Cola will launch sparkling water AHA in North America next year: seeking to differentiate itself from the pack with eight fusions blending mainstream fruits with newer, niche flavors. “Retailers told us they don’t need yet another lime or berry flavored...