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 »

Treasury Wines receives revised takeover proposal
August 4, 2014

Treasury Wines receives revised takeover proposal The Board of Treasury Wine Estates Limited (TWE) has announced that it has received a revised, indicative, non-binding and conditional proposal to acquire all of the shares of TWE at a price of $5.20 cash per share on behalf of funds managed by global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) and private equity firm Rhône Capital L.L.C. (Rhône) by way of a scheme of arrangement. The revised proposal reflects an increase of $0.50... ...Read more »

Australian wine exports to Japan set to grow
July 21, 2014

Wine exports set to grow in Japan after free trade agreement The signing of a Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) by Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Tony Abbott “opens the door for increasing wine exports”, according to the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia. Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Strategy & International Affairs General Manager Tony Battaglene said the agreement was good news for the Australian wine industry. “Resolving the trade agreement with Japan... ...Read more »

France introduces ‘home made’ label for restaurants
July 16, 2014

France has introduced a new “homemade” label for chefs cooking meals from scratch, because microwaved or pre-packaged dishes had become more common. France introduces ‘home made’ label for restaurants A decree published Sunday 13 July 2014 in the French Government’s Official Journal stated that, starting Tuesday 15 July 2014, French restaurants will be able to hang up a “homemade” logo if the in-house chef makes everything, or next to specific dishes on the menu. It has been... ...Read more »

Magnetised wine sparkles in less time, study
June 10, 2014

Magnetised wine sparkles in less time, a study has found Food and drink researchers have found a new way to produce sparkling wine using magnetised yeast – a process that they said reduced the time taken to remove waste yeast from weeks to minutes. The research will be published in the July 2014 issue of the Biochemical Engineering Journal. The traditional method of producing sparkling wine – Méthode Champenoise – uses yeast to create a secondary fermentation to produce carbon dioxide (CO2)... ...Read more »

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