Screaming for Ice Cream

It’s been a hot summer, but the market for ice cream in America has got it licked. According to recent Mintel research, in 2011, the ice cream and frozen novelty market emerged from two years of struggling sales and posted a 4.1% increase from the previous year (retail sales of $10.7 billion) and is poised…

Beer Sales Up

Super-premiums beers (those costing more than about $22 per case) are beating crafts and import beers in supermarket sales, SymphonyIRI Group said in its recent 2012 Mid-Year Beer Category & Craft Segment Review webinar, says Supermarket News. Sales in the categories are up $93.1 million, $67.2 million and $32.2 million, respectively. Super-premium brands include Bud…

Visa Announces ATM-EMV Deadlines

Visa has announced new liability shift dates for EMV transactions that will affect third-party acquirers of ATM transactions, Mobile Payments Today reports. The liability shift places responsibility for paying out losses to consumers due to fraudulent transactions on machines that are not EMV-compatible to merchants and ATM deployers, rather than card issuers. The new deadlines…

Taking a Hard Look at Cider

Hard cider sales have been increasing, with new styles and flavors that have stimulated consumer interest, the Indianapolis Star reports. “It’s the most exciting beverage category in the market,” said Jeffrey House, founder of the California Cider Co., which produces ACE Premium Hard Ciders. While hard cider’s sales figures fall far short of those for…

Dasani to Debut Dasani Drops

Starting this fall, Dasani, Coca-Cola’s water brand, has rolled out Dasani Drops, a zero-calorie liquid beverage enhancer that allows people to add a burst of flavor to their water. Its four flavors include Strawberry Kiwi, Pink Lemonade, Pineapple Coconut and Mixed Berry. By flipping the cap and squeezing the bottle, water drinkers can customize their…