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29 Jun

PARIS, June 26, 2019 — People cool off at a fountain in the Trocadero Gardens during a heat wave in Paris, France, on June 26, 2019.

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France registered its highest temperature since records began Friday, agency Meteo France reported, with much of Europe engulfed in a sweltering heatwave.

The mercury hit 44.3 (111.74 Fahrenheit) degrees centigrade in Carpentras, in the southern Vaucluse region. The previous record was 44.1 centigrade, reached during the deadly heatwave of 2003.

Almost the entire country is on orange alert — the second-highest in the agency’s scale for weather warnings. And four regions in the southern part of the country were put under red alert — the highest using the same scale — on Friday.

The heat could lead to a 10% cut in wheat production, one analyst told CNBC. “Currently we have very high temperatures in France and we feel that will have some impact on wheat yield,” Gautier Maupu, international consultant at Agritel, a French agricultural and agroindustry markets research provider, told CNBC Thursday.

He explained that the very high temperatures can affect yield potential, given that the crops are currently on their last cycle. Production can decrease between 5% to 10%, he said.

If the heatwave lasts more than 10 days, the reduction in yield will be even higher, Maupu added.

It will also make life miserable for many farmers who will struggle to feed their animals when harvests aren’t producing enough to keep them going through the cold months.

Fredrik Erixon

Director of ECIPE

France’s weather agency has also shared extra advice, given the health risks associated with the high temperatures. The European country is still traumatized by a previous heatwave in 2003, when temperatures rose above 100 Fahrenheit in northern areas for eight consecutive days — the average annual maximum temperature is 59 Fahrenheit. The heatwave in 2003 was blamed for 15,000 extra deaths.

Speaking to CNBC, Maupu explained that the situation for crops is different from the one in 2003. Back then, the weather was very dry and this year, it has rained a lot — meaning that the heatwave this time around is likely to have more impact on crops.

Heatwave will hurt harvests and sales

Spain, Germany and Switzerland are also being impacted by higher temperatures. Germany, where freeways do not have speed limits, introduced caps on speed due to the risk of heat damaging road surfaces.

“Heatwaves usually hit staple crops like wheat, grain and maize, and if the current heatwave in France and Spain continues for a long time, it will have a sharp effect on harvests and sales, certainly in the region of 5-10 billion euros ($5.69 billion to $11.37 billion),” Fredrik Erixon, a head of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), told CNBC via email.

“It will also make life miserable for many farmers who will struggle to feed their animals when harvests aren’t producing enough to keep them going through the cold months,” Erixon also said.

However, Erixon added that the heatwave might help winemakers, as higher temperatures tend to improve the quality of the grapes.

Climate change

The World Meteorological Organization said Friday that it is too soon to definitely attribute the ongoing heatwave to climate change. However, the high temperatures are “absolutely consistent” with extremes linked to the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations agency said.

France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Wednesday that the heatwave is evidence of climate change. “The abnormal is becoming normal,” he told lawmakers, while promising to step up measures to deal with the heatwave and climate change as a whole.

A man sells cold water bottles near the Louvre Museum in Paris during a heatwave on June 26, 2019.

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—Reuters contributed to this article.

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29 Jun
Colour Pop Lite Stix  
Colour Pop Lite Stix  
Colour Pop Lite Stix  

ColourPop Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is one of the newer formulas released by the brand; it’s a cream highlighter in a stick format available across eight shades. There’s definitely lots of room for some more variety in the shade range, as most shades are on the golden, warmer side of things, and knowing ColourPop, I’m sure that plenty more shades are in the works!

Per the brand, they’re intended to be most pigmented when applied directly from the tube and then more buildable when applied with fingertips or a brush, which was consistent with my experience. They worked well over bare skin as well as over foundation, as they weren’t prone to lifting or moving around base products for me. Some shades had finer pearl, more pearl, and a few had some larger sparkle, but they were flattering on my skin overall. They don’t fully dry down and retain some of the “wet-like” shine on my skin, but they didn’t feel tacky and lasted eight to nine hours.

Colour Pop Bullz Eye Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a lighter, yellow gold with a pearlescent sheen–luminous and glowing with faint pearl but not…

Colour Pop Bullz Eye Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a lighter, yellow gold with a pearlescent sheen–luminous and glowing with faint pearl but not…

Colour Pop Boss Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a rich, coppery-brown with fine, golden pearl throughout that gave it a soft, metallic finish. It…

Colour Pop Boss Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a rich, coppery-brown with fine, golden pearl throughout that gave it a soft, metallic finish. It…

Colour Pop Acting Up Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, coppery orange with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl that gave it a luminous…

Colour Pop Acting Up Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, coppery orange with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl that gave it a luminous…

Colour Pop Uoeno Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had very fine pearl that made it…

Colour Pop Uoeno Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had very fine pearl that made it…

Colour Pop Urth Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a pale pink with warmer undertones and subtle, pink and gold shimmer throughout. It had a higher…

Colour Pop Urth Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a pale pink with warmer undertones and subtle, pink and gold shimmer throughout. It had a higher…

Colour Pop Hope St. Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) has a medium-dark, peachy orange base with pink-to-violet shifting sparkle. It had a noticeable…

Colour Pop Hope St. Lite Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) has a medium-dark, peachy orange base with pink-to-violet shifting sparkle. It had a noticeable…

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29 Jun

Navarro Regional Hospital hosted a Mental Health First Aid event from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. The eight-hour course was split into two sessions and was lead by certified instructor, Amy Sanders with North Texas Behavioral Health Authority. The course was not only extremely informative, but also a very fun interactive experience.

Participants learned how to identify, understand and apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan, A.L.G.E.E., in a variety of situations.

A.L.G.E.E. stands for assess for risk of suicide or harm; listen non-judgmentally; give reassurance and information; encourage appropriate professional help and encourage self-help and other support strategies.

The MHFA event helps people learn to properly assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis.

The 10,000 Lives Initiative is a mission to train 10,000 people in MHFA in 16 North Texas counties within three years. After completion of the course, participants will receive a certification and be considered a Mental Health First Aider.

A broad range of topics such as depression and mood disorders, trauma and substance abuse disorders are covered during the course, as well as a recap of the appropriate action plan to enact in the case of suicide and harm risks.

The course is split into two sessions and four parts. The participants get an in-depth and interactive experience with role play activities throughout.

Part 1 introduces MHFA and the issues that are being faced in the United States. Participants are then introduced to the action plan, which is repeated throughout the course. They are also introduced to detailed information on depression and anxiety disorders.

Part 2 reflects the information learned in Part 1, and participants are taught how to identify non-suicidal self-injury, as well as how to address non-crisis situations dealing with these issues.

During the first part of session two, participants learn about panic attacks and how to control and calm the victim. They learn how to understand the disorders that may cause psychosis and the appropriate crisis first aid for that particular instance.


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29 Jun

In case you’re confused by our review of Bear Republic Challenge Series 11 a few months ago, the California brewery’s experimental series does not go in order (the numbers are generated from a random roll of Dungeons & Dragons dice — they don’t say which one). Challenge Series 06 is subtitled Smells Like Citrus IPA, and it’s loaded up with Amarillo, Mandarina Bavaria, Citra, and Cascade hops.

It does indeed smell (and taste) like citrus — loads of lemon and orange dominating the experience, with more than a small amount of sweetness in the mix. Moderate to heavy haze helps to boost the natural chewiness of the palate, giving it a sweet brioche character that’s backed up by hints of fresh cedar and some sultry brown butter. There’s so much to love here in this surprisingly complex IPA that you’ll be especially thankful it’s sold in 16 oz tallboy cans.

7% abv.

A- / $5 per 16 oz can / bearrepublic.com

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29 Jun





28th June, 2019
by
Phoebe French

Authorities are battling a wildfire in Catalonia in northeastern Spain, deemed to be the region’s “worst in 20 years”, with the blaze having spread over 16,000 acres of land threatening vineyards in the area.

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The fire is located between the towns of La Torre de l’Espanyol and Vinebre in the province of Tarragona.

Early reports suggest that high temperatures had caused a manure pile at a local farm to generate enough heat to create sparks, with strong winds helping the flames to take hold.

The blaze was believed to have started on the afternoon of Wednesday (26 June), with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees celsius.

Authorities have stated that the area affected by the fire could increase to 20,000 hectares (over 49,000 acres).

Regional interior minister Miquel Buch told Catalan radio: “The difficulties are such that we can’t talk about a fire that is under control or in the extinction phase, but rather that we’re at a moment when the blaze is getting bigger.”

He said it was thought the fire was caused by “an accumulation of manure in a farm that generated enough heat to explode and generate sparks”.

Around 50 people have been evacuated from their homes with five roads shut in the area. Vineyards, fruit orchards and olive grows are reported to have been destroyed or damaged.

the drinks business has contacted the region’s DOs for comment on the extent of the damage.

It comes as much of Europe records record summer temperatures, with temperatures of over 40 degrees celsius recorded in parts of France, Spain and Italy.

Predicted temperatures in France prompted weather service Météo France to raise the heatwave alert level from orange to red for the first time in the southern departments of Herault, Gard, Vaucluse and Bouches-du-Rhone.

This is the first time since the warning system was established in 2004 that regions have been issued with such a warning.

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29 Jun

Here’s a quick recap on the nine new shades of Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) that launched earlier this month. They’re available in a new finish, creme, with a “fierce flash of shimmer” (as opposed to the more glittery/sparkly BlitzTrances we saw originally), so the shimmer is finer, while the finish has some luminosity and a creamier, very pigmented base.

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01.
Flesh 3
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Flesh 3 BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, reddened plum with warm undertones and a moderate amount of gold and copper…

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Pat McGrath Flesh 3 BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, reddened plum with warm undertones and a moderate amount of gold and copper…

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02.
Love Train
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Love Train BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mix of fine, gold and red…

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Pat McGrath Love Train BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a mix of fine, gold and red…

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Skin Flixx
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Skin Flixx BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, rosy plum with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had…

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Pat McGrath Skin Flixx BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, rosy plum with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had…

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04.
Blood Rush
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Blood Rush BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, ruby red with fine, ruby red pearl throughout that gave it a subtle,…

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Pat McGrath Blood Rush BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, ruby red with fine, ruby red pearl throughout that gave it a subtle,…

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05.
Emmanuelle
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Emmanuelle BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with soft, warm undertones and a fine, metallic pearl. …

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Pat McGrath Emmanuelle BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with soft, warm undertones and a fine, metallic pearl. …

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06.
Full Fantasy
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Full Fantasy BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and fine, barely-there gold…

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Pat McGrath Full Fantasy BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and fine, barely-there gold…

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07.
Skinsane
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Skinsane BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with warm undertones and barely-there pearl. It had a…

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Pat McGrath Skinsane BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with warm undertones and barely-there pearl. It had a…

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08.
Naked Kiss
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

B+

Pat McGrath Naked Kiss BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and warmer, gold shimmer throughout. It had a…

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Pat McGrath Naked Kiss BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and warmer, gold shimmer throughout. It had a…

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09.
Lady Stardust
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $38.00/0.13 oz.

B+

Pat McGrath Lady Stardust BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium pink with moderate, warm undertones and fine, golden pearl throughout…

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Pat McGrath Lady Stardust BlitzTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium pink with moderate, warm undertones and fine, golden pearl throughout…

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Glossover Breakdown

92%

Average Score

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7
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2
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Glossover Averages
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pigmentation
9.5
texture
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92%
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
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longevity
9
application
5
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92%

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29 Jun

The Presque Isle Boys and Girls Club recently congratulated staff member Corey Tilley, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Native Connections Project coordinator, for his completion of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer certification.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Boys and Girls Club recently congratulated staff member Corey Tilley, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Native Connections Project coordinator, for his completion of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer certification. 

This certification process provided Tilley with crucial knowledge about mental health challenges and disorders in youth and young adults and how to better understand and inform community educators, providers of children’s services and members of the public regarding how to respond to such obstacles.

Tilley worked in the mental health field for 18 years before joining the Presque Isle Boys and Girls Club. He has been an educator/trainer in the community for the past nine years and continues to work with schools, providers, parents and communities in improving relationships between children and adults. 

“Healthy relationships build stronger connections to our community, our culture, and our families,” Tilley said.

Tilley, along with 25 others from around the United States, trained with the National Council for Behavioral Health. Participants learned how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics included anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders and eating disorders.

“It’s critical that we offer these skills and resources through our trained BGC youth development professionals and community members to respond and positively impact youth in crisis,” said Fenton Jones, club director.

Tilley will offer training in The County to help create an empowered community providing support to one another in times of mental health problems and mental health crisis. To schedule a training for educators, staff or community, contact Tilley at 207-764-1972, ext. 222.

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29 Jun

"Recently I’ve faced the challenge of finding a gym suitable for working toward my strength goals after spending over a year as a member of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club. To say my perspective on what constitutes a 'gym,' particularly in regards to strength training, had been transformed by my time in Wichita Falls would be a gross understatement… "
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29 Jun

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and wife to a newly-retired soldier!

The first week of July means my twins turn another year older. I cry, but they rejoice because they know their birthday week means Mom is making whatever they want.

I have no qualms about indulging my babies on their special day and I’m notorious for turning it into a week-long celebration revolving around food.

Many of this week’s recipes are an homage to their lives. Would you be so kind as to help me wish the Wonder Twins a happy 14th birthday?

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29 Jun

The Infinity Fizz, a nonalcoholic mocktail for sale at the Lamplight Lounge at the Pixar Pier in Anaheim, Calif., is made with Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, apple juice and cherry pearls. (Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register/Getty Images)

It’s everywhere you look these days: #SoberCurious, #SoberIsSexy, #SoberLife and #SoberSaturday. There are sober nightclubs, sober early-morning dance parties, Instagram influencers who anchor their online identities with an eschewal of alcohol. The number of alcohol drinkers in the world has decreased by nearly 5 percent since 2000, according to the World Health Organization. The Beverage Information Group reports beer sales have slumped for five years in a row.

Alcohol brands are paying attention: Diageo (the world’s second largest distiller and parent of Guinness, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker) recently funded a nonalcoholic spirits company called Seedlip. In cities like New York and Los Angeles it is routine for restaurants to have separate nonalcoholic drink lists, online searches with the word “mocktail” are up significantly, and online magazines like the Temper have debuted to defiantly tout the benefits of a sober lifestyle.

This is not a fad buoyed by addiction and recovery stories. The millennial- and Gen Z-driven trend is seen as part of a burgeoning wellness movement, a desire to have social gatherings less focused on alcohol (and the next mornings less fuzzed by aftereffects), as well a shift toward abstemiousness more generally.

But it’s not cheap. Consumers will still spend $10 to $12 a pop for a mocktail, a refreshing quaff they might suck down in two minutes. Bars and restaurants may spend more because of the food waste associated with short-lived fresh juices, “shrubs” and tinctures with fancy extracts and infusions. And there are ongoing ripples among distilleries and breweries as the industry figures out whether this is a blip or a movement with staying power.

Mixologist Dean Hurst recently designed the bar program for Lucky Cricket, the controversial Chinese restaurant created by Andrew Zimmern in St. Louis Park, Minn.

“I did four nonalcoholic drinks for Lucky Cricket. They did well, but the profit wasn’t as high because by the time you get impactful flavor combinations without the strong flavors of alcohol, it ends up being really expensive. When we costed it out, it was $10 or $12 per cocktail. And that’s not even factoring in the waste of throwing away rancid fruit or juice,” he said.

Sharelle Klaus, founder of DRY, was among the early adopters, launching the company in 2005 after abstinence during four pregnancies left her feeling excluded at restaurants and on special occasions.

She first introduced her line of nonalcoholic beverages with “culinary-inspired flavors” in restaurants in Seattle. Sommeliers were initially snobby, relegating DRY to the category of soda, but chefs were receptive. The drinks are now sold nationally in major grocery chains in 10 flavors and retail for $4.99 to $5.99 for a 750 ml bottle, a 12-ounce glass bottle four-pack for $5.99 to $6.99 and four-packs of slim cans for about the same price.

She says half of American drinkers say they’d like to drink less alcohol, and that goes up to two-thirds for millennial drinkers.

“Mental health is becoming a much bigger discussion point; it’s about keeping that edge and that clarity,” Klaus says. She argues nonalcoholic social drinking can help combat the distancing effects of cellphones and social media.

“It’s about being a bit more present with your friends. Connection, people really want connection.”

Nonalcoholic beer, which chugged along with modest performers for years, has seen a resurgence, from craft brewers to Heineken, which in January launched a nonalcoholic malt beverage called 0.0.

It’s far more costly to produce a nonalcoholic beer by removing alcohol from a beer, or by keeping a nonalcoholic beer from turning into an alcoholic beer, said Philip Brandes, the founder and head brewer at Bravus Brewing Co. in Costa Mesa, Calif., said to brew the first nonalcoholic craft beer.

“Initially we tried six-packs of 12-ounce cans priced comparably with other alcoholic craft beer at around $12.99,” Brandes said. “What we found is that since the category is still nascent and people weren’t aware a great-tasting nonalcoholic craft beer existed, they were hesitant to pay that much to try the product. We then moved to a four-pack of 12 oz. cans at around $8.50 and product began to fly. Same price per can, but a lower price point equated to a lower risk to the customer.”

Right now, no-alcohol brews account for just 5 percent of the beer market. But Brandes, citing market research that it could be a $7 billion worldwide market in about 5 years, says sales growth has outpaced alcoholic beer 5 to 1 over the past six years.

Jeff Stevens of WellBeing Brewing, whose soon-to-be launched Victory Citrus Wheat with natural electrolytes is somewhere between a beer and a sports drink, notes significant growth in Europe and Asia.

“Along with the ‘Dry January/Sober Curious/Mindful Drinking’ movements, I believe this market is just getting started and poised for growth,” Stevens said.

Distill Ventures, an investment company focused on entrepreneurs creating drink brands, launched a nonalcoholic drinks program in 2017, saying they believed “Non-Alc had the potential to be the most exciting category within drinks.” Many at the launch luncheon were skeptical.

Today, of the more than 15 founder-led drink brands in their portfolio, a quarter are nonalcoholic.

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