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Consumers turning on to turmeric - NPD round-up 1 Nov 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

If turmeric was a stock, Wall Street would be issuing a "buy" recommendation to investors. These are exciting days for a 'super root' that has been associated with Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, yet is emerging today as a hot new functional drink ingredient.


Hard seltzer drives a new wave of innovation in flavoured alcoholic beverages - NPD round-up 30 Sep 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

In the US, carbonated water has become a non-alcoholic beverage star, as consumers choose sparkling waters and seltzers instead of carbonated soft drinks to cut calorie and sugar consumption. The same trend is now crossing over into flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs), as so-called 'hard seltzers' have emerged as a promising new niche.


Drinkable yogurt - The next great packaged drinks opportunity? - NPD round-up 18 Aug 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Drinkable yogurt has always been the poor stepchild of cup yogurt. Makers of yogurt have generally chosen to spend their time and resources on opportunities in cup yogurt rather than pursue the beverage opportunity. But, there are signs that this is changing, as top yogurt brands are opening the innovation spigot in yogurt drinks.


Matcha's moment in the drinks market - NPD round-up 3 Aug 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

For something that has been around as long as matcha has – literally centuries – it is strange to say that matcha is having a "moment" in the beverage market. Yet that is precisely the case as matcha is becoming a "go to" functional beverage ingredient of late, expanding outside of tea and into a variety of drinks categories.


Customisable drinks - The next consumer trend - NPD round-up 27 Jun 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

It wasn't supposed to end like this – a refund of the full purchase price and a chance to forget the whole thing. Keurig Kold was viewed as a potential game-changer by The Coca-Cola Co; a "consumer engagement platform with unlimited potential". For Keurig Green Mountain, Keurig Kold was the entry ramp to a cold, non-alcoholic beverage category said to be five times larger than the hot drinks market. But, it didn't work out that way for either company and the experience offers a chance to reflect on beverage innovation itself.


Consumers interest in protein prompting innovation beyond shakes and smoothies - NPD round-up 20 May 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Consumers interest in protein prompting innovation beyond shakes and smoothies


Premiumisation comes to the bottled water segment - NPD round-up 28 Apr 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

It's good to be in the bottled water business. According to Canadean, packaged water sales are expected to drive almost all of the net growth in beverage consumption over the next five years in the US, as water continues to gain at the expense of carbonated soft drinks. Premium water could lead the next wave of growth thanks to a wave of recent new product innovation. 


The time has come for meat-based beverage innovation - NPD round-up 24 Mar 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Prior to 2014, few would have thought that drinking bone broth – one of the oldest mainstays of the culinary world – would become a thing. Drinking something viewed as a soup or meal ingredient was originally dismissed as a faddish obsession of the Paleo crowd. But, instead of flaming out, bone broth seems to have caught fire, as it moves from food service oddity to a potential player in functional beverages.


Hot prospects for cold brew coffee - NPD round-up 26 Feb 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Move over iced coffee; cold brew coffee has your number. The average coffee drinker may not know the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee, but odds are that they will soon, as cold brew coffee takes shape as the beverage industry's next potential superstar. Few beverage concepts have gone from hipster favourite to mainstream must-have in as little time.


New product innovation fuels gains for milk alternatives - NPD round-up 27 Jan 2016

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Milk alternatives may lack the advertising heft of CSDs, the share-of-stomach of bottled water, the sophistication of coffee or the mind-numbing innovation of craft beer. But, what they do possess is the fastest per-capita consumption growth of any non-alcoholic beverage category in the US, an achievement many product categories would be envious about.


How can the juice segment avoid soft drinks' sugar war? - NPD round-up 24 Nov 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

It is well known that carbonated soft drinks have a sugar - and obesity - problem that has led to steady sales erosion over the past decade. Less well known is that juice is suffering as much, if not more, from many of the same issues.


NPD - Bottled water's plastic conundrum? Eat the bottle 26 Oct 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

From a sales and growth perspective, there’s a lot to like about bottled water. With US per-capita consumption up just over 6% in 2014, according to Canadean, bottled water is helping beverage makers forget about steadily-shrinking sales of carbonated soft drinks. But, bottled water has issues of its own, primarily related to single-use plastic packaging, which is increasingly seen as wasteful and possibly even harmful to health.


NPD: The time for wheatgrass has arrived 24 Sep 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Wheatgrass has been a staple of the juicing community for nearly as long as there have been juicing machines. But, juicing can be messy, time-consuming, expensive and inconvenient. Consumers averse to making their own wheatgrass juice, shots or smoothies now have a growing array of packaged wheatgrass drinks to choose from as innovation in ready-to-drink wheatgrass takes off.


NPD: Soft drinks get hard - Round-up 19 Aug 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Soft drink sales may be slipping, but it seems that consumers have never really lost their taste for soft drink flavours. The surprising success of hard root beer is opening up a new vein of soft drink-inspired hard alcoholic beverage innovation that could be the biggest new opportunity in alcoholic drinks for quite some time.


Round-Up - NPD: The Clear Soft Drink Trend is Back 30 Jun 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Don’t look now, but one of the most memorable and controversial trends in soft drinks from the 1980s and 1990s – clear soft drinks – is staging a comeback. And, some of the iconic clear soft drinks of the period, including Original New York Seltzer, Clearly Canadian and maybe even Crystal Pepsi are leading the charge.


Round-Up - NPD: New Tools to Defuse the Wine Choice Explosion 27 May 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

In this month's review of drinks NPD, Tom Vierhile considers how wine companies are helping consumers make their wine-purchasing decisions.


Round-Up - NPD: Are Fruit Juice Makers Throwing Away their Answer to the Sugar Content Conundrum? 23 Apr 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

By taking the pulp out of their products, could fruit juice makers be missing a trick when it comes to consumers craving healthy alternatives? Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor delves deeper.


Round-Up - NPD: Let’s Get Slim: Mini Can Packaging Invigorates Soft Drinks and Beer 23 Mar 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

The race for volume in the drinks industry is drawing to a close, with smaller packaging options coming to the fore, particularly in beer and soft drinks. Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor investigates.


Round-Up - NPD: Forget Craft Beer; Brewers go Crazy over Flavoured Malt “Cocktails” 25 Feb 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

The beer industry’s obsession with craft beer may have hit a peak of sorts with Anheuser-Busch InBev’s snarky Super Bowl ad mocking craft beer lovers as soft and undeserving of “brewed the hard way” beer like Budweiser. Controversy aside, large brewers now seem to be looking beyond craft beer as the next great growth opportunity by embracing new flavoured malt beverages (FMBs) proliferating in cocktail-inspired flavours.


Round-Up - NPD: Will the Selfie Prove the Tonic for Beauty Drinks? 27 Jan 2015

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

'Beauty from within' is a concept that has captivated and confounded global beverage makers for years. The last great burst of innovation took place around 2008 and was short-lived, as a tanking global economy dragged promising “beauty from within” concepts like Nestle’s Glowelle down with it. But, with chatter about “beauty from within” growing again and new product innovation on the rise, is the beauty drink concept finally on the cusp of great things?“Beauty from within” is a concept that has captivated and confounded global beverage makers for years. The last great burst of innovation took place around 2008 and was short lived as a tanking global economy dragged promising concepts like Nestle’s Glowelle down with it. But, with chatter about 'beauty from within' growing again and new product innovation on the rise, is the beauty-drink concept finally on the cusp of great things?


Round-Up - NPD: Is “Craft” the Next Big Thing for Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices? 24 Nov 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

The success of craft beer may be one of the biggest success stories in packaged beverages in the last 50 years. Craft beer currently accounts for over 14% of the overall beer market in the US and craft beer production nearly doubled between 2011 and 2014, according to the country's Brewers Association.


Round-Up - NPD: Can Beer Steal a Page from the Keurig and Nespresso Playbook? 27 Oct 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

The next frontier for the beer market is not your local bar or pub, or the beer cooler at your nearby supermarket; it’s your kitchen counter.


Round-Up - NPD: Craft Cocktail Revolution Spurs At-Home Innovation 25 Sep 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

The craft cocktail trend that has been percolating in pubs, bars and restaurants worldwide is finally coming home. Craft cocktails are making house calls today, thanks to a fresh generation of innovative mixers that help consumers create new mixed drinks at home.


Round-Up - NPD: Redefining Fresh - Cold-Pressed Juices Invigorate Packaged Beverages 26 Aug 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

This month, Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor considers the latest entrants into the cold-pressed juices category.


Round-Up - NPD: Alcohol Beverage “Mash-Ups” Fuel Innovation 28 Jul 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

This month, Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor considers the blending of drinks sectors in the NPD arena.


Round-Up - NPD: Pucker Up - Drinking Vinegar a New Trend to Watch 30 Jun 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

With CSDs battling the anti-sugar lobby, Tom Vierhile takes a look at an alternative to sweet soft drinks. Let's not knock it until we've tried it, though, okay?


Round-Up - NPD: Can 'Rare Sugar' Rescue the Soft Drinks Market? 22 May 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Has Tom Vierhile discovered the sugar-alternative silver bullet?


Round-Up - NPD: Fluid Milk Innovation Aims to Reverse Sales Decline 23 Apr 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

For a product that has endured more than half a century of consumption declines in the US market alone, fluid milk is behaving surprisingly energetically these days. A flurry of innovation in new cow’s milk products may at last have the potential to revitalise a sector that has been in the doldrums for decades.


Round-Up - NPD: Plant Waters Rise to Challenge Coconut Water 17 Mar 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

The growth of coconut water in the soft drinks category is just the start of it: The tide of plant-based offerings grows only stronger. Tom Vierhile surveys the scene.


Round-Up – NPD: Soft Drinks Industry Contracts Gadget Fever 26 Feb 2014

Column: Round-Up - New Product Development in the Global Drinks Industry

Is at-home carbonation set to be the next battleground for the soft drinks industry? Tom Vierhile from Datamonitor looks at the sides being taken.

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