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Coffee in capsules aim to dominate market

CAPSULE coffee machines have cannibalised the market share of traditional espresso machines - leaping from 2 per cent of sales six years ago to 44 per cent today.

Led by the marketing juggernaut of George Clooney for Nespresso, the capsule machine market has exploded, with Woolworths, Aldi and Big W all jumping on the bandwagon to release low-cost versions of the appliance.

Woolworths' Caffitaly has been on the market just seven weeks, but the supermarket giant is already selling a machine every 90 seconds.

Brenday Gray, head tea and coffee buyer for Woolworths, said: "(Coffee pods) are bridging the huge gap between people who love instant coffee and those who go into cafes and spend $3.50 on a latte. You can replicate a latte for 47c."

Holly Love, 25, uses her capsule coffee machine every day.

"It's just so quick and easy on the way to work," she said.

A study estimates pod machine sales will increase to 73 per cent of all coffee machines sold by 2015.


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Gluten-free sales could pass $6.6 billion by 2017

The market for gluten-free foods and beverages is booming, with double-digit growth over the last four years as more consumers find themselves diagnosed with celiac disease and food allergies.

The market for products without the gluten protein — found in wheat, barley, rye and some other grains — is valued at $4.2 billion this year, according to a report from Packaged Facts. Since 2008, it has grown at a compound annual rate of 28% and is expected to exceed $6.6 billion by 2017.

Gluten-free snacks and granola bars make up the largest chunk of the industry, accounting for 15% of sales, according to the report. The vast majority of beers also include gluten.

But this year, nearly 2 in 10 U.S. adults are avoiding such items. Some 18% of adults are going gluten-free, according to Packaged Facts, up from 15% in 2010.

Growing consumer suspicion that grain-based diets are unhealthy or unnatural — hence the recent popularity of the so-called Paleo diet — have helped boost the gluten-free industry.

And the perception that gluten-free products are better for the body-conscious buyer has also helped. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus have credited their weight loss to gluten-free eating.

But experts have cautioned that such a diet isn't for everyone. A strict gluten-free regimen should be undertaken only by those diagnosed with celiac disease, which causes the small intestine to react to gluten in such a way that disrupts digestion.

Otherwise, adherents may find themselves low on fiber — and scrapped for cash because gluten-free products tend to cost more than other products.

The National Institutes of Health says celiac disease affects about 1 in 100 people in Europe and North America. The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center estimate is 1 in 133 healthy people.

Full Article @ LATimes

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Big growth in U.S. breweries and wineries

The interest in craft beers has pushes the number of U.S. breweries to a 125-year high, while the locavore movement helps drive winery growth

Ninety-seven percent of the breweries in the United States are craft breweries, and at the moment, new craft breweries are opening at the rate of one each day says US News. That’s pretty amazing. There are 2,126 breweries in total – that number includes craft breweries and big breweries like Miller or Budweiser. Compare today’s number to the late 1970s when there were only 89 breweries in the country, and you can see the impact that the craft beer movement has had.

While the number of breweries is increasing, the overall amount of money Americans are spending on beer has decreased, but it’s the major brewers that are seeing the decrease in revenue. Craft brewers dollar sales have been up 14 percent the first half of this year.
Wineries are doing well, too. Since 2007, the number of wineries in the U.S. has increased by 2,000, bringing the total to 6,672. This is the most wineries the country has ever had. The increase in wineries has been driven by the locavore movement and the interest in agritourism.
If you want to see experience one of our countries wineries or breweries, you can locate a winery near you at All American Wineries or at Craft Beer.

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