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Radius Trend: How is the RTD Market Evolving?

Once predominantly focused on the younger market and value offerings, the ‘ready-to-drink’ (or ‘RTD’) category has undergone a resurgence, with lifestyle-led launches, diverse new product development, and carefully styled packaging. And it’s booming as a result.

Commentary

Are Tariffs an Opportunity for Canadian Whisky?

With US whiskey now burdened by punitive tariffs in key markets, the time is right for a pioneering Canadian whisky brand to push into new markets.

Analysis

Alcohol And Smoking: Changing Perceptions May Drive Tough New Legislation

With the consumption of alcohol being compared to smoking by many health bodies, there’s a danger legislators will tighten regulations across the board, driving consumers to alternative, illegitimate sources.

Commentary

The Unsung Growth of International Wines

It is well understood that the global drinks market is undergoing premiumisation; however, it is the premiumisation of wine specifically that is grabbing attention

Interview

Scotch Whisky Sales Surge in H1

IWSR forecasts show global consumption of Scotch whisky reaching 103.1m 9-litre cases in 2023, up from 95.3m in 2018 - what is driving this sudden spike in popularity?

Commentary

Radius Trend: Botanicals

Offering sophistication and driven by the trend toward health and wellbeing, botanicals have moved beyond gin to an increasing number of categories, offering consumers a diverse array of 'natural' flavors.

Interview

An alcohol-free beer boost for Heineken and Carlsberg in 2019

Boosting on-trade visibility of alcohol-free beer proves a winning strategy

Analysis

As the Craft Beer Market Matures, Brewers Look Outside Traditional Beer to Maintain Share

Craft beer volumes continue to grow at the total category level (+2.1% FY18), though increases have slowed in recent years (+8.5% FY17, +6.8% FY16, +9.1% FY15) according to the latest figures from IWSR.

Commentary

Radius Trend: Eco-Packaging

As the general public becomes increasingly aware of single-use plastics and their environmental impact, drinks producers are eager to be seen to be doing their part.

Analysis

Global Spirits 2019 Trends to Watch: Part 2

Tariffs impact American whiskey; developing markets offer growth opportunities; Brexit looms

Analysis

Global Spirits 2019 Trends to Watch: Part 1

The appetite for premiumisation remains strong, but the bubble may be bursting on UK gin; a word of caution for tequila

Commentary

Radius Trend: Mexican-Style Beer

Brewers in the US are increasingly taking inspiration from their neighbours south of the border, creating Mexican-style lagers as well as drawing on the country’s traditional flavours and ingredients to make new beers.

News

Raising a glass to the world’s favourite sparkling wine on National Prosecco Day

Recent developments in Italy drive renewed interest in Prosecco's future

Interview

Spirit of Innovation Boosts Diageo

IWSR interviews Diageo’s Global Head of Innovation, Michael Ward

Analysis

Radius Trend: Watermelon

Associated with light, summer refreshment, watermelon is a trending flavour for summer launches.

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