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Six Smoothie Trends to Watch in 2016

Smoothies seem like a recent trend, but they were invented in the 1930s — right along with the blender. Now they're ubiquitous, and consumer demand shows no sign of slowing. Why are smoothies so popular? They represent the convergence of several trends: health-conscious eating, portability and personalization. As we round the corner into the New Year, here's a closer look at six trends that will shape the smoothie market in 2016.

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Topics: Smoothies, Trends, Healthy eating, Beverage

How the World Likes Its Coffee

The Japanese enjoy coffee in cans. The Vietnamese pour it over ice with sweetened condensed milk. Ethiopians spend as long as three hours preparing coffee and serving it in a special clay pot.

However they enjoy it, everyone's drinking more of it. “Consumption is increasing as societies in India, China and Latin America continue to be westernized,” Roberio Silva, executive director of the International Coffee Organization, told the Wall Street Journal in 2015. Expect the global demand for coffee to jump 24 percent in the next five years, Silva said, from 141.6 million bags to 175.8 million bags. (A bag weighs about 132 pounds.)

Europeans, Canadians and Americans remain the world's most caffeinated people, drinking the most coffee per capita. But coffee's rapidly becoming a popular drink in nations with burgeoning populations and increasing disposable income, such as India and China. Here's a look at changing global tastes for coffee.

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Topics: Trends, Coffee, Beverage, Cafe culture

From luxury to casual, boozy milkshakes are making the rounds

A sidekick of the comfort food trend, boozy milkshakes are appearing across a broad range of bars and restaurants, from posh clubs to burger chains. The Powder Room in Hollywood, California, offers the Velvet Goldmine, a $500 concoction made with dark chocolate ganache, cognac, English lavender split black bean Tahitian vanilla ice cream and chocolate caramel fudge, topped with fresh whipped cream and edible 23 carat gold flakes. It includes a Swarovski Crystal Nirvana ring for every customer.

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Topics: Shakes, Trends, Cocktails, Red Robin, Boozy Milkshakes, Beverage, Drink Mixers

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