Alcoholic Beverages

US: New study puts forward case for hiking up alcohol taxes

13 Dec 2017 --- US state alcohol excise taxes are typically only a few cents per drink and have not kept pace with inflation, according to a new study. Soon to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, authors claim that hiking up taxes would be a chance for US states to increase revenues while simultaneously improving public health costs related to excessive alcohol consumption.

Cider maker takes 47 percent stake in Admiral Taverns

07 Dec 2017 --- Cider maker C&C has completed the deal to invest in UK pub group Admiral Taverns. The makers of Magners, C&C confirmed to FoodIngredientsFirst that is has completed on the deal that, at the time of the initial announcement, was said to be worth approximately £37 million (US$49.5 million). 

Beer breakthrough: World-first as new brew is placed on Blockchain

28 Nov 2017 --- A world-first has been achieved by two Northern Ireland businesses that were brought together by the Ulster Bank-powered Entrepreneurial Spark hub in Belfast. Ireland Craft Beers and technology firm arc-net have collaborated to create a new beer brand that will be placed on a Blockchain platform – the first time this has been done anywhere in the world – to enable consumers to fully trace the product’s ingredients from source.

Irish craft beer sustains growth

21 Nov 2017 --- Bord Bia (the Irish food board) has revealed that the Irish craft beer segment is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports.

Welsh government wants to legislate against cheap booze sales

23 Oct 2017 --- The Welsh government plans to introduce new laws that enforce a minimum price on alcohol in a bid to cut down on sales of cheap booze. Politicians and health experts believe introducing a minimum unit on alcohol will lead to a reduction in alcohol-related deaths, health problems and therefore save the National Health Service millions down the line. 

Diageo revives famous “lost” Scotch distilleries to tap single malt demand

10 Oct 2017 --- Port Ellen and Brora, two of the most revered “lost” distilleries in the global spirits industry, are to be brought back to life in what whisky company Diageo is calling a powerful statement of confidence in the future of Scotch whisky. The distilleries, which have been silent since they were closed in 1983, will be brought back into production through a £35 million (US$46.1 million) investment by Diageo, the world’s leading Scotch whisky company.

GlobalData: Chinese spirits market expected to reach over US$450 billion by 2021

22 Sep 2017 --- The rise of a drinking culture at Chinese social gatherings, along with increased disposable income among younger consumers, is set to drive the Chinese spirits market through a CAGR of 15 percent over 2016-21, according to GlobalData. The company's latest report, suggests that the market is expected to reach over US$450 billion by 2021 from US$205 billion in 2016.

Sensory experiences in rum – what’s your flavor?

31 Jul 2017 --- Aficionados use words like “oaky” to describe some wines, or “hoppy” when talking about certain beers. But for rum, putting the words together to describe what imbibers smell and the taste is a bit more difficult. Researchers at the University of Illinois have created a rum flavor lexicon and wanted to find a way around the biggest problem with tasting rum – sensory fatigue.

Profits rise at AB InBev, SABMiller merger pays off

28 Jul 2017 --- The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, has reported its net profit rose to US$1.5 billion in the second quarter of 2017 from US$152 million in the same period a year earlier, before its merger with rival SABMiller. Belgium-based AB InBev, which brews beers including Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, said that overall sales rose 5 percent to US$14.2 billion in the second quarter.

Diageo Expands Nutritional Labels to Include Guinness

06 Jul 2017 --- British multinational alcoholic beverages company, Diageo has expanded its nutritional labeling initiative to Ireland's number one selling beer making Guinness the first brand to supply full information about nutrition and alcohol on 500ml cans in the Republic of Ireland. 

Gruppo Campari Calls Time on Still Wine Business

14 Jun 2017 --- Gruppo Campari have announced that it has reached an agreement for the disposal of the French Château de Sancerre wine business to Maison Ackerman, the wine division of Terrena, a France based company with diversified interests in the agriculture industry.

Symrise Addresses Rebound of Rum with New Flavors for Various Applications

08 Jun 2017 --- Symrise is supporting customers’ growing interest in rum-flavored beverages and food products with concepts for a vast range of traditional and novel applications. Innova Market Insights reported 549 new global products containing rum as a flavor in 2016, up from 355 in 2015, which is a CAGR of +55%. Alcoholic Beverages accounted for 67% of 2016 launches, ahead of Confectionery (13%), Bakery (8%) and Desserts & Ice Cream (5%).

Flavored Concepts Trending in Cider

25 May 2017 --- The global cider market surpassed 2.3 billion liters in 2016 and continued to enjoy volume growth in 2017. This was predominantly driven by vast growth in the key cider markets, the US and UK, and growth in upcoming markets such as Germany and Poland. 

Whiskey Growth Continues, But Not Without Challenges

18 May 2017 --- Technomic finds expanding whiskey selections on menus and back bars and high interest from Millennial consumers contributing to positive sales trends. One of the fastest-growing spirits categories at the bar is also the most complex for consumers to navigate and on-premise operators to manage.

Kerry: Rise in Moderate Alcohol Consumption Presents Opportunities for Adult Soft Drinks

16 May 2017 --- As consumers across Europe embrace a healthier lifestyle, a growing trend for more moderate alcohol consumption is emerging. Research conducted by Kerry Taste and Nutrition shows that half of consumers are actively reducing their alcohol intake, with 40 per cent of those surveyed stating that their change in habit comes as a result of health concerns. 

Heineken Celebrates Robust Q1 Despite “Challenging” Market Conditions

20 Apr 2017 --- Despite some challenging market conditions in several global markets, the Dutch brewer has posted strong results for the first quarter and predicts a solid outlook for the rest of 2017.

2017 is Looking Rosé as Brits’ Tastes Change

10 Apr 2017 --- As the warmer weather begins to emerge in the UK, Sainsbury’s has seen a 58% increase in French rosé sales in the past four weeks, and received bumper sales this weekend with temperatures hitting up to 23 degrees.

Baijius Overtake Whiskeys to Become World’s Most Valuable Spirit Brands

22 Mar 2017 --- Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. The world’s 50 most valuable spirits brands are included in the Brand Finance Spirits 50 and the top 25 beer brands in the Brand Finance Beers 25.

Greek Brewers File €100m Lawsuit Against Heineken

24 Feb 2017 --- Independent Greek brewery, Macedonian Thrace Brewery (MTB), has filed a €100-plus lawsuit again beer giants Heineken and its Greek operating company Athenian Brewery following a 12 year investigation. MTB filed the major legal action against Europe’s largest brewer and its 98.8%-owned Greek operating company, Athenian Brewery (AB), in connection with it describes as  “nearly two decades of anti-competitive market abuse.”

Diageo has Thirst for US Growth

25 Jan 2017 --- Diageo has reported that sales were up 4.4 percent in the six months ending December 31, helped by improvements in its business in the US. Overall, net sales came in at £6.4bn ($8.1bn) in the period, helped by a favorable exchange rate. The world’s largest distilled drinks company, which makes Johnnie Walker Scotch and Smirnoff vodka, said sales in North America grew three percent in the period.