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Premium Wine Growth Hampered by Big GrocersPremium Wine Growth
The growth of premium wines is being restricted by major grocers and tough economic conditions, despite more adventurous consumers seeking them out. MORE>>


Self-Service Beer Taps Coming Your WaySefl service beer taps
How much do you hate waiting for another beer in a crowded bar? It irked Josh Goodman enough to invent a pretty obvious solution -- self-service beer taps. Goodman, 36, recalled the exact moment in late 2008 when his frustration boiled over. "I was hanging out with my friends at a Baltimore sports bar before an Orioles game," he said. "We just couldn't get another beer served to us quickly." MORE>>

New Study Suggests People Start Drinking For Health Benefits: Should We Believe It?Drinking for health benefits
There’s been a lot of alcohol in the news recently. Several new studies have reported some additional risks of alcohol itself and in the behaviors (like working long hours) that make us more likely to consume the stuff. But perhaps most surprising is a new review in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, in which the author suggests that doctors tell lifelong abstainers to start downing a drink with dinner every night, so robust are alcohol’shealth benefits.  MORE>>

Lagunitas Drops IPA Trademark Suit After Web FirestormLagunitas drop IPA trademark suit
After a backlash on social media, Lagunitas Brewing Co. moved Wednesday to drop its trademark lawsuit against craft brew rival Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. over the use of the acronym "IPA" on labels for India pale ale, just two days after the suit was filed.  MORE>>

Demand Rises for Premium Spirits in Latin Americademand for premium spirits rises
Many a Caipirinha was mixed in bars around the world as people gathered infront of TVs to watch Brazil vs Germany in the World Cup semi-final on 8 July last year. Perhaps the less said about the match the better given what happened to the host nation, but the World Cup certainly gave a boost in exports for Brazil’s beloved national spirit. MORE>>

The 10 Biggest Restaurant Trends for 20152015 restaurant trends
We may still be a few months away from the New Year, but for restaurant owners and others in the foodservice business, it's never too early to start thinking about how to cater to diners in 2015. Food research firm Technomic has pinpointed 10 trends that its consultants and experts anticipate taking off in a big way next year. 2015 promises to continue some old trends, such as small plates, while bringing in some fresh concepts shaped not only by Generation Y, but also the teen digital natives of Generation Z.  MORE>>

Hard Rock's Bar Competition Enters Finals Hard Rock Bartending Competition
From hundreds of bartenders to a lucky few, the results are in, and Hard Rock’s most talented bartenders from around the world are one step closer to becoming the company’s 2014 Global BARocker Champion. On Jan. 19, Hard Rock International will host the final round of the bartending showdown as part of its annual Global Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. MORE>>

Women Have Growing Influence On Alcoholic Beverage TrendsWomen Influence on Alcohol Trends
Men have traditionally been the target of alcoholic beverages marketing, but women — young and ethnic women in particular — are an increasingly important force in this market, confirms a new Technomic report on women's "adult" beverage purchases and preferences. MORE>>