In many countries, beer mix drinks represent a major category for breweries. Growth is mainly driven by new products that provide novel interpretations and interesting taste experiences.
WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients has developed some creative concept innovations for this sector – for clear and for cloudy beer mixes – in reaction to a move from the long-term popularity of clear drinks to consumers’ growing preference for cloudy varieties with juice content and a natural image. Even classic shandies are gaining new nuances. There is also a rising demand for varieties based on wheat beer.
Innovative flavors bring fresh impetus to the entire sector. The young target group, in particular, for beer mix drinks is experimental and appreciates a variety of different flavors. The WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients portfolio includes classic varieties and innovative new flavor mixes like Lime-Guraná-Açai, Pink Grapefruit and other new citrus fruits. Also concepts like beer with tea or with a higher alcohol content are suited to attract new target groups.
Especially with alcohol-free concepts breweries can reach new target groups: drivers, health-conscious consumers and everybody who does not want or cannot drink alcohol. For them, alcohol-free beer mixes are a welcome alternative to soft drinks. Brewed lemonades on a malt basis pick up this trend.