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‘Coke's Mini Can Can!’ Muhtar Kent salutes small package 'romance'

7.5oz Coke cans were a standout performer for the company in North America during Q2 2014

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the ‘romance of the smaller package’ is critical to building more romance around brands such as Coke in the US.

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Monster Energy launches energy-soda Assault on UK CSD mainstream

Monster Energy has launched two new drinks in the UK market via Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), with soda-energy blend Monster Assault seemingly pitched at more mainstream CSD drinkers.

Monster Energy 'truly sorry' for teen’s heart attack injury but denies responsibility

Monster Beverage Corporation has moved to quell investor disquiet as a jury trial starts to decide if it is liable for injury suffered by a teen whose mother claims its drinks caused his heart attack.

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have taken from Italy’s stance on the matter.

Ardagh in £5m sorting and separation recycling deal

Ardagh has signed a 15-year agreement with Reuse in the UK to increase glass recycling.

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Tart cherry concentrate may combat post-exercise oxidative and inflammatory responses from NutraIngredients-USA.com

Daily consumption of a Montmorency tart cherry concentrate may reduce increases in markers of inflammation and oxidative stress after exercise, says a new study with trained cyclists.

Strong Scottish food & drink brands will install referendum confidence, says Scot food minister from FoodNavigator.com

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

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Sparkling Ice, Monster and Lipton Tea: US C-Store winners in 2014

Sparkling Ice, Monster and Lipton Tea: US C-Store winners in 2014

Bottled water, energy and iced tea are expected to win big in 2014 as C-store operators predict...

‘Confusion and fear’ underpin beverage naturalness trend: Mintel

‘Confusion and fear’ underpin beverage naturalness trend: Mintel

Confusion and fear of the unknown continue to drive interest in simplified product labels and natural ingredients,...

Sugary soda drinkers admit more guilt after unwitting unethical action
FULL-SUGAR LEMONADE DRINKERS FELT MORE GUILTY THAN STEVIA PLACEBO GROUP

Sugar-sweetened soda drinkers feel more guilty after inadvertent 'bad' deeds

An intriguing French study suggests that students who drank sugary lemonade before completing a ‘guilt inducing’ task...

Pure Gold Collagen shot slammed for ‘implied beauty claim’

Pure Gold Collagen shot slammed by UK advertising regulator for ‘implied beauty claim’

The most successful ‘beauty shot’ on the UK market Pure Gold Collagen has been rapped by the...

‘We’re targeting anyone with a brain’ Brainwave on drink’s mass appeal

‘We’re targeting anyone with a brain’: Brainwave insists cognitive health drink holds mass appeal

Brainwave Drinks insists it’s targeting anyone with a brain and says the drink will appeal to consumers...

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