Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common in UK, Ireland, and Australasia
July 8, 2015

Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common, ranging from 20% to 80% among those questioned in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, reveals a study of almost 18,000 women. The research found in Volume 5, Issue 7 of BMJ Open and lead by Dr Linda O’Keeffe discovered women across all social strata drank during pregnancy, the findings showed. But expectant mums were significantly more likely to be drinkers if they were also smokers. The researchers base their findings on an analysis of data from... ...Read more »

Australian wine exports balloon with Asia as focus
May 18, 2015

Australian wine exports rose by 3.6 per cent in volume and 3.9 per cent in value of wine exports in the 12 months to end of March 2015, according to the latest findings from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Australian wine exports rose by  3.6 per cent in volume and 3.9 per cent in value of wine exports in the 12 months to end of March 2015, according to the latest findings from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). AGWA’s Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said the... ...Read more »

Australian alcoholic drink habits, update in trends
May 11, 2015

Australian alcoholic drink habits, update in trends In 2014, 68 per cent of Australian adults drank alcohol in any given four-week period, with the average volume consumed over this time being 23.6 glasses per person, according to the most recent findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. The most popular place for partaking was at home and, contrary to popular stereotypes, Australians aged under 30 were slightly less likely to drink than those aged 30 and older. Roy Morgan Research... ...Read more »

SOFI Spritz uses crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to launch new beverage flavour
April 27, 2015

SOFI Spritz uses crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to launch new beverage flavour Alcoholic beverage brand SOFI Spritz has launched a new crowd funding campaign which also allows consumers who pledge money to the campaign to choose the brand’s new beverage flavour. The SOFI Spritzer is an alcoholic drink that blends Australian-grown Riesling grapes, blood orange, bitters and sparkling water. SOFI Spritz was founded by Tommy Maclean in 2014. Mr Maclean said he wanted to create a product that made use... ...Read more »

Diageo to provide nutrition and alcohol content information on beverages globally
March 30, 2015

Diageo to provide nutrition and alcohol content information on beverages globally Global alcoholic beverages giant Diageo has announced it will provide consumers around the world with alcohol content and nutrition information per typical serve — a first for any alcohol company. The information will be provided through Diageo’s responsible drinking website DRINKiQ.com and/or on-pack in a majority of Diageo’s markets, subject to local regulatory approval, as soon as practicable. “Diageo... ...Read more »

SOFI white wine spritzer launches in Australia
February 25, 2015

SOFI white wine spritzer launches in Australia Australian beverage brand SOFI has launched a white wine spritzer, which it says is “made to a classic Mediterranean recipe”. The SOFI Spritzer is a drink that blends Australian-grown Riesling grapes, blood orange, bitters and sparkling water. SOFI Spritz was founded by Tommy Maclean in 2014. Mr Maclean said he wanted to create a product that made use of Australian wine, while making it “lighter and more suitable for the Australian lifestyle”. Mr... ...Read more »

Australian wine export successes in 2014
February 4, 2015

Australian wine export successes in 2014 Australia saw a rise of 1.9 per cent in both the volume and value of wine exports in 2014, according to the latest Wine Export Approval Report, released by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Premium wine segments saw strong growth, as did all wine exports to the Asian region. The AGWA supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), growing domestic and international markets and protecting the... ...Read more »

Australian wine producer applies for patent for resveratrol coated can for wine
January 14, 2015

Australian wine producer applies for patent for resveratrol coated can for wine Australian wine producer Barokes has applied for patent protection for a beverage container that has an inner coating of resveratrol. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grapes, red wine and chocolate. The application, filed on 26 June 2014 and published on 31 December 2014, proposes the use of resveratrol as a preservative for wine packaged in cans. Wine in a can Barokes was established in 1996 as a partnership between... ...Read more »

Australia’s appetite for organic foods at record levels
December 10, 2014

Australia’s appetite for organic foods at record levels New categories in the organic sector in Australia have driven record growth in the $1.72 billion industry, according to a biennial industry report from organic certifying group Australian Organic. The Australian Organic Market Report is a biennial publication commissioned by Australian Organic that track trends in the Australian organic marketplace. This year’s Report incorporates independent research by Swinburne University of Technology,... ...Read more »

Woolworths acquires Chinese liquor group
December 3, 2014

Woolworths acquires Chinese liquor group Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has announced that it has acquired China-based wine and drinks distributor, Summergate Fine Wines and Spirits (Summergate). Summergate is a leading drinks distributor representing a portfolio of around 80 global brands.  It also includes a small fine wine retail business, Pudao, with two stores in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as a small online and direct retail operation. Summergate has 13 offices and 11 distribution... ...Read more »

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