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After a heady 20 years, North America’s craft beer market has lost its fizz. The number of breweries suggests a picture of health – there was a 1% rise in the US in 2023 to over 9,600 – but openings have slowed significantly and production fell last year. In our cover story, we examine why – and it seems a lack of innovation and consumer demand for humdrum hazeys are central to the malaise.

Elsewhere, we look at a product segment at the very start of its journey – non-alcoholic alternatives to RTDs. Zero-alcohol cocktails and alcohol-free seltzers are emerging, but progress is slow.

We also cast a spotlight on Argentina’s winemakers, who have been wrestling with a volatile economy, and talk coffee supplier Farmer Brothers about changing consumer habits and why being more niche can mean more opportunity.

In another notable development, spirits majors, working to cut their emissions, are testing alternative sources for the fuels used in distillation and packaging. We take a look at trials using hydrogen fuel.

We also have an entire supplement dedicated to ESG in this issue

We look at the latest driving forces in ESG, what drinks companies need to know about the shift to mandatory ESG reporting, and key net-zero strategies. Plus, we explore a wide spectrum of environmental, social responsibility and corporate governance issues through expert interviews, analyst comment and in-depth analysis.

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