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Looking west to the US: The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Pic:getty/upthebanner

Whiskey and cream liqueur drive Irish beverage exports

By Rachel Arthur

Irish whiskey continues to drive Ireland’s beverage exports, with global interest in the category and double-digit demand in many markets. But cream liqueur and gin are also showing the potential to grow.

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The year in beer: US celebrates 2018 craft brewing highlights

By Rachel Arthur

With the number of US breweries breaking the 7,000 milestone in October this year, it’s been a big year for small beer. The Brewers Association, the trade association for small and independent US craft brewers, looks back on the 2018 highlights for the...

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.

The six consumer segments of the US wine market

The US wine market: Six consumer groups

By Rachel Arthur

The US is home to 84 million regular wine drinkers, making it the most populous wine market in the world. But not all drinkers are the same. Wine Intelligence has identified six distinct consumer segments in the US market, each with differing preferences,...

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Brewers Association defends proposed change to US craft brewer definition

‘Innovation is a hallmark of independent craft brewing in the US – yet innovation and tradition can, at times, be in conflict’

By Rachel Arthur

The Brewers Association could change its definition of a ‘craft’ brewer by the end of the month, removing or revising the ‘traditional’ part of its definition. It’s a move that has not been without controversy, particularly among smaller brewers. But...

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Guest article

The evolution of the 'craft' of brewing

By Poonam Yadav, Allied Analytics LLP

The proficient homebrewing, craftbrewing and beer enthusiast community continue to drive beer's creative destiny, writes Poonam Yadav of Allied Analytics LLP in this guest article.

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sustainability spotlight

Consumers are prepared to pay more for sustainable beer, says study

By Rachel Arthur

The majority of beer consumers in the US are willing to pay more for beer produced with sustainable practices, according to a study from Indiana University. ‘The takeaway for the brewing industry is that it is financially feasible to introduce energy-saving...

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‘Bountiful 2018 harvest’ predicted for US hops

By Rachel Arthur

The 2018 Pacific Northwest hop acreage is forecasted to increase to a record high, while US hop grower Hopsteiner says advances in technology will further boosts this year’s harvest.

The new Diet Coke cans

Diet Coke returns to growth in North America

By Rachel Arthur

Coca-Cola says its recent re-brand for Diet Coke has helped return the brand to volume growth in North America: while it is upbeat about trademark Coca-Cola as a whole with growth for classic Coca-Cola and the new Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

Flow will extend into the flavored water category with two new organic offerings.

Flow expands into flavored water territory

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Alkaline water brand Flow is set to launch an organic flavored water line this December, aimed at satisfying the growing consumer demand for premium water products.

Consumers want hydration and more from beverages, in order to cope with busy lives. Pic:getty/romolotavani

Functional drinks get top spot in US health and wellness beverages

By Rachel Arthur

Functional and fortified beverages were the best performers in US health and wellness beverages in 2016, with strong continued growth testament to consumers’ interest in the category. Meanwhile, the sustained growth of energy and sports drinks – which...

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac has released 2016 export data. Pic:iStock/Shaiith

Cognac exports reach record high

By Rachel Arthur

Cognac exports rose in 2016 to reach record levels in both value and volume, according to figures from the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC).  The US continues to be the largest market for Cognac exports.

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Expo East

5 approaches show coconut water still has room to grow

By Elizabeth Crawford

The coconut water category in the US may be crowded, but it still has room to grow with sales projected to reach $1.97 billion in 2019 -- up from $778 million in 2015, according to Statista. Much of this growth likely will come from innovative twists...

Orange juice is 100% juice from oranges. Or is it? The answer, it seems, depends on where in the world you are. The US, for example, has 12 subcategories of orange juice. Photo: iStock.

Guest Article

Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

By Oliver Leedam, principal regulatory analyst, Leatherhead Food Research

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

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What does the future hold for UK craft beer?

By Rachel Arthur

The US craft beer movement is undoubtedly an impressive success story, and UK craft brewers can learn from its achievements. But that doesn’t necessarily mean blanket imitation.

'Part of the reason [eating in] moderation messages are so appealing - their simplicity - is part of the problem. People are poor judges of moderate consumption,' write the researchers. © iStock

'Everything in moderation' advice is unlikely to be effective: Study

By Niamh Michail

'Everything is moderation' is valued as simple, effective advice to promote healthy eating. But without a fixed definition, it leaves people the freedom to define moderation as how much they want to eat and is unlikely to be effective, US researchers...

Heat threatens craft beer hops, Nestlé’s naked baristas, and more beverage bites

Beverage bites: News up to July 24, 2015

Heat threatens craft beer hops, Nestlé’s naked baristas, and more beverage bites

By Rachel Arthur

Several big beverage players released quarterly results this week, while hot weather was identified as a concern in hop growing regions. Meanwhile, Nestlé’s latest campaign features ‘actors wearing little more than body paint’… read on for more beverage...

Success in sparkling waters : Why Crystal Geyser leads the US pack

FOCUS ON…SPARKLING WATERS IN THE US: RAKHEE BURGESS, INSIGHT ANALYST, CANADEAN

Success in sparkling waters : Why Crystal Geyser leads the US pack

By Ben BOUCKLEY

As sparkling water sales soar in the States, Canadean analyst Rakhee Burgess tells us flavor variation is vital and the reasons why Crystal Geyser is the leader of the pack.