Sales of Calif. wines in the US reached a record $34.1 billion last year, a 4.6% increase over 2015 numbers, the Wine Institute said. Among the most popular California vintages were chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, red blends, pinot grigio/gris and merlot, Nielsen data indicates.
Sixty-four percent of UK consumers say that they prefer their food and drink products in glass packaging over other materials, according to a new study from Friends of Glass and FEVE. "We were pleased to find that many people are aware of the environmental reasons for buying and using glass: 54% stated that they would use glass because of its higher recyclability compared to other packaging materials, and 64% saw glass as the most environmentally-friendly packaging material," said Nick Kirk of British Glass.
Global volume sales of alcohol declined by 0.2% in 2016, driven in part by weak markets in the Americas, according to new data from Euromonitor. However, craft and premium spirits are gaining market share both in emerging and developed markets, Euromonitor reported.
Distribution challenges and an influx of larger players into the craft beer category contributed to a softening of the craft brewing market last year, according to data published in The New Brewer. Craft beer sellers are "trying to get the smallest, local brewers on shelves and Anheuser-Busch is really paying attention to the space," said Bart Watson, chief economist with the Brewers Association.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has dedicated $10 million to improving a N.Y. facility that will produce non-alcoholic beverages, including Teavana iced teas. "We are excited to be working with Anheuser-Busch to unlock the premium ready-to-drink tea market and further grow demand for the Teavana brand," said Tony Matta, president of Global Channel Development at Starbucks, which owns Teavana.
Jackson Family Wines is acquiring Brewer-Clifton Winery in Santa Barbara County, Calif., which is regarded an excellent producer of pinot noir. This is Jackson's latest acquisition in a series of purchases of high-end pinot noir vineyards.
Direct-to-consumer wine sales represent 61% of all revenue for wineries that embrace the trend, according to market data from the wine division of Silicon Valley Bank. It's an option that has been embraced by older shoppers and not just millennials, with 41% of customers as baby boomers and 10% older than that, according to the report.
Problems in the curbside recycling process make a tax-based replacement for Conn.'s bottle deposit bill a bad proposition for the state, according to a recent editorial. Bottle deposit programs are structured to avoid curbside recycling challenges, allowing for clean, valuable, uncontaminated glass and providing a monetary incentive for consumers to recycle used containers.
States that are considering cuts to their bottle deposit programs should look at recent legislative moves in Iowa and Connecticut to get an idea of how difficult such a move would be. Both states are finding that removing their bottle deposit systems could result in recycling challenges and consumer complaints.
A new report from the Center for Environmental Health demonstrates that bisphenol A is still widely being used in canned goods, despite unanimous agreement by Calif. scientists that consumers should be warned that BPA is known to cause birth defects. The study indicates that 40% of cans reviewed contained BPA and 20% of BPA-containing cans sold in California had not been adequately identified in the state's consumer-protection database.