September 11-15, 2017


Beverage World presents the latest news from across the worldwide beverage market.

Rotting Grapes Cut French Wine Outlook

France cut its outlook for wine production for a fourth time after botrytis rot due to wet weather caused grape losses in Bordeaux and Burgundy, adding to damage from poor flowering and summer hailstorms. (Bloomberg)


East Africa Gets First Whisky Festival

Kenya Breweries Limited has unveiled East Africa’s first whisky festival, a unique celebration of the world of whisky, with the aim to grow whisky sales. The drive comes at a time when Kenya is experiencing a rapidly growing middle-class accompanied by a shift of consumer preferences for beverages. (Standard Digital)


Coke to Invest More Than $4 Billion in China

Coca-Cola Co. plans to invest more than $4 billion in China from 2015 to 2017 as it builds factories and adds new products to meet demand and counter rising competition. The Atlanta-based company is also open to acquisitions in China and may consider deals with complementary businesses, such as makers of juices or plant-protein drinks like almond milk, David Brooks, president of Coca-Cola’s Greater China and Korea business unit, said in an Nov. 6 interview in Shanghai. (Bloomberg)


No Stop Lights, but a Vodka Distillery

The Port Chilkoot Distillery is the latest addition to Alaska’s budding micro-distillery industry, joining tiny Ursa Major in Fairbanks; Bare Distillery, the makers of Truuli Vodka in Anchorage; High Mark in Sterling, and the largest and oldest, Alaska Distillery (formerly Glacier Creek) in Wasilla, which uses melted glacial ice in their vodka. (Alaska Dispatch)


As Sales Slow, Jamba Juice Turns to Machines

The smoothie chain is hoping to see improvement from something it calls “JambaGo,” a self-serve machine that can be installed in cafeterias, schools, and convenience stores. Jamba Juice makes money by selling the prepackaged, pre-blended smoothie ingredients to JambaGo vendors, like a soda maker selling syrup to the owner of a soda fountain. The advantages: Jamba doesn’t need to build a store and the labor costs are much lower compared with hiring staff to concoct made-to-order drinks. (Business Week)