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Pabst Blue Ribbon Launches Coffee-Flavored Beer

A product that brings together coffee with beverage alcohol is not surprising, says Global Beverage Strategist Stephen Rannekleiv in response to the release of PBR's new Hard Coffee product line. Category blurring has long been an industry trend, he says, noting that many beverage companies are looking outside their traditional categories for growth.

When The Bubble’s Bursting: Inside LaCroix’s Decline

Senior Beverage Analyst Jim Watson talks about rising competition in the sparkling water category with BevNET. "There is most certainly brand loyalty in sparkling water, but I think the loyalty in that category may be slightly less than some other categories," he says. "The consumer might be more willing to take whatever flavored water is there at eye level in the cooler at the right price."
Half the World’s Pigs Are Facing the Largest Animal Disease Outbreak in History

Half the World’s Pigs Are Facing the Largest Animal Disease Outbreak in History

Pork production in China could see a 25-percent decrease this year, corresponding to a 17-year low, reports Food Tank. The article cites findings from Senior Animal Protein Analyst Christine McCracken’s April report on the spread of African Swine Fever in China and its ripple effect on global protein markets.
QSRs mix in plant-based burgers

QSRs mix in plant-based burgers

Flexitarians are one of the biggest drivers of increased plant based meat consumption, according to the story. Marketing has also played a role in generating consumer interest in the category, says Senior Animal Protein Analyst Christine McCracken, highlighting the success of Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.
How Direct-to-Consumer Will Redefine Grocery

How Direct-to-Consumer Will Redefine Grocery

How Direct-to-Consumer Will Redefine Groceryby Zac Brandenberg, April 25, 2019   The winners of the next generation of grocery will have a relentless focus on customers, reach shoppers wherever they are and leverage vast amounts of data to create authentic, personal...

Hemp In, Spinach Out as Investors Throw Money at Newly Legal CBD

Hemp In, Spinach Out as Investors Throw Money at Newly Legal CBD

Hemp In, Spinach Out as Investors Throw Money at Newly Legal CBDby Hema Parmar and Craig Giammona, April 17, 2019 When Patrick Horsman’s small private equity firm purchased 10,000 acres in Yuma County, Arizona, in 2016, organic spinach and lettuce were on the menu....

Industrial Hemp: Caution is Key – 5 Risk Factors

Industrial Hemp: Caution is Key – 5 Risk Factors

Industrial Hemp: Caution Is Key - 5 Risk FactorsApril 5, 2019 The U.S. hemp industry is poised for growth, but there are serious financial, regulatory and agronomic risks that farmers and investors must understand before taking action, according to a report released...

A Vicious, Untreatable Killer Leaves China Guessing

Rabobank Registers as a Swap Dealer in the U.S.

Rabobank, a leading global food and agribusiness bank, announced today that it has provisionally registered as a swap dealer to further bolster its risk management offerings to corporate and financial institutions in the United States.
Mexico’s central bank raises key interest rate

Mexico’s central bank raises key interest rate

Mexico’s central bank raised its key lending rate by a quarter point to 8 percent in November 2018, warning of “important medium- and long-term risks that could affect the country’s macroeconomic conditions, capacity for growth and price formation in the economy.” Christian Lawrence, Rabobank’s Senior Markets Strategist, told the Financial Times: “Our base case is still that 8 per cent is likely to mark the peak of rates for this cycle but the risk remains skewed towards further tightening.”
Quality over Quantity for Wine Brands and Winery Visits

Quality over Quantity for Wine Brands and Winery Visits

U.S. wine imports rose 9 percent in value but declined 4 percent in volume during the first six months of 2018, compared with the same period a year earlier, reported Wine Enthusiast Magazine, citing Rabobank’s Wine Q3 report. “There is a clear trend in the U.S. of shifting to higher-quality imports,” said Stephen Rannekleiv, Global Beverage Strategist at Rabobank. “The imported wine market is just like the rest of the U.S. wine market—consumers seeking more premium brands.”
Oil Short-Sellers Make a Comeback as OPEC Moves to Center Stage

Oil Short-Sellers Make a Comeback as OPEC Moves to Center Stage

Factors contributing to the bearish oil market in 2018 included record U.S. output and waivers given to importers of Iranian crude, including China. Investors waited to hear whether OPEC would decide to trim production at its November meeting. “The supply side didn’t necessarily play out as they had expected, especially given the waivers, and at the same time, we were building stock and we still are,” Rabobank Energy Strategist Ryan Fitzmaurice told Bloomberg.
Disney To Serve Alcohol At Theme Parks

Disney To Serve Alcohol At Theme Parks

Global Beverage Strategist Stephen Rannekleiv discussed Disney’s decision to serve alcoholic beverages at its U.S. theme parks in Forbes. “Disney’s decision to add wine reflects the evolving view that consumes have about consumption of alcohol in general—and wine in particular,” he said. “Any stigmas around moderate consumption of alcohol are quickly fading particularly in California, the heart of the U.S. wine industry.”
Massive Losses In China Could Mean Big Rewards In U.S.

Massive Losses In China Could Mean Big Rewards In U.S.

Rabobank’s Senior Animal Protein Analyst Christine McCracken spoke with Successful Farming about challenges currently facing pork producers, such as the spread of African Swine Fever and the tightening labor market. “We [the U.S.] are so heavily dependent now on exports,” she said. “It all comes down to China. They’re likely to have massive losses, and the question is how do they backfill those losses?”
Want Yellow Peas and Fake Milk? New-Age Traders are Seeking You Out

Want Yellow Peas and Fake Milk? New-Age Traders are Seeking You Out

Premiums paid for growing consignment crops might incentivize farmers to focus on quality rather than quantity, said Senior Grains and Oilseeds Analyst Stephen Nicholson in an interview with Bloomberg. This is already becoming the new normal, he added.
The Soybean Market’s Ongoing Saga

The Soybean Market’s Ongoing Saga

Senior Grains and Oilseeds Analyst Stephen Nicholson evaluates challenges ahead for soybean farmers in light of trade uncertainties, large yields and excessive stocks. “Farmers with costs in line will fare okay, but those who don’t have costs under control will really struggle,” he said. Profitable price opportunities will be short, he added. “If you see an opportunity, you have to take advantage of it.”
1,000 Unfilled Jobs Force Meatpackers to Sweeten Benefits

1,000 Unfilled Jobs Force Meatpackers to Sweeten Benefits

Worker shortages have forced many U.S. meat and poultry processors to boost wages and benefits packages. Despite these efforts to attract and retain workers, companies may still face labor challenges as they look to ramp up production, said Senior Animal Protein Analyst Christine McCracken in Bloomberg
Deal flow bubbles up in coffee sector

Deal flow bubbles up in coffee sector

Many large beverage companies view coffee as a white space — a place to broaden and strengthen their portfolio, said Senior Beverage Analyst Jim Watson in the Financial Times. He predicted that heightened M&A activity in the coffee sector would continue in 2019, due in part to consumers’ growing preference for coffee over soda as a refreshment beverage.
US mass beers threatened by craft lagers

US mass beers threatened by craft lagers

Senior Beverage Analyst Jim Watson discussed opportunities for craft, premium and light lagers to grab market share from mainstream brewers, such as Budweiser, Miller and Coors. Those brands are supported by heavy advertising, a massive distributor push and a little bit of legacy, said Watson. “But I don’t think that their market share reflects consumer interest in the brands,” he added.