Even the market for super premium liqueurs and cordials saw a 21.1 percent increase last year. Chalk it up, in large part, to the growing number of micro-distilleries producing small-batch organic, local or otherwise specialty spirits that often fit into premium categories. “The big guys are looking at that and seeing they have to step up,” said Jerald O’Kennard, director of the Beverage Testing Institute. Major brands have extended their own lines with premium spirits that have been aged longer, or with a unique finish or flavor. Renewed interest in cocktail culture has exposed drinkers to more of that selectionthrough craft spirit bars, buzzed-about drinks and spirits festivals such as Tales of the Cocktail, said Tony Abou-Ganim, author of “The Modern Mixologist.” And it’s whetted their appetites.
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Aloe Vera Drinks Earn ‘Avoid’ Rating from CSPI
market. Moreover, CSPI noted that despite a 2002 ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which banned the use of aloe vera in over-the-counter laxatives, the ingredient is still used by food and beverage manufacturers. CSPI executive director Michael F.
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