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‘Mood balancing beverages’: Sensient Flavors eyes growth market with new concepts

Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that it says respond to rising demand for food and drink that affects and balances our emotional states in a ‘gentle and natural’ way.

20 teaspoons of sugar in an energy drink: Campaign group calls for ban of sales to U16s

Thought soft drinks were sugary? Look at energy drinks! says Action on Sugar

Energy drinks contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml serving – more than three times the maximum adult daily intake of free sugars a day, according to research released by Action on Sugar. 

How Coke got its curves: Coca-Cola's contour bottle celebrates 100 years

Coca-Cola has launched a global campaign featuring icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ray Charles, as it celebrates the 100th birthday of its bottle. 

Jägermeister sales bomb: ‘Extremely aggressive’ US pricing hits herbal liqueur

Sales of the world’s best-selling liqueur brand Jagermeister fell 5.6% in 2014 due to a slowdown in its biggest market the US – due to changing consumer trends, a crowded category and aggressive pricing by rivals.

Beverage bites: news up to February 26, 2015

George Clooney’s tequila, why a latte is less likely to spill than coffee, and more beverage bites

George Clooney’s tequila, a fire at Diageo’s Burghead Maltings and why a latte is less likely to spill than a standard coffee. Just some of the news nuggets in this week’s ‘Beverage Bites’.

India

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike

Despite living among the highest population of diabetics in the world, Indians consumed just one-fifth of the global daily average for calories through packaged food and soft drinks last year.

UK sugar industry sales drop by 14%

Sugar sales dropped to £298m (€338m) in 2014 and coincided with findings that nearly half of British consumers had shied away from sugar that year.

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Not just any old bottle: Diageo ‘smart bottle’ thwarts counterfeiters and boosts consumer experience
Patent-pending technology on Johnnie Walker Blue Label goes beyond QR codes

Not just any old bottle: Diageo ‘smart bottle’ thwarts counterfeiters and boosts consumer experience

Diageo and Thin Film Electronics have released a prototype Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘smart bottle,’ which can...

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

Beam Suntory insists it will fight a US class action filed last week accusing the company of...

‘We're not a commodity, we're a niche!’ Red Espresso puts rooibos tea in ‘coffee’ capsules
Red Espresso hopes to capitalise on European coffee capsule explosion – with tea

‘We're not a commodity, we're a niche!’ Red Espresso puts rooibos tea in ‘coffee’ capsules

Red Espresso is launching its rooibos tea capsules in Europe, eyeing up a continent with an ingrained...

'Design disconnects were starting to make Coke’s brands feel old, outdated’: Ex global design head
DESIGN FOR BUSINESS LIFE: COKE EXEC SHARES SECRETS IN NEW BOOK

'Design disconnects were starting to make Coke’s brands feel old, outdated’: Ex global design head

The Coca-Cola Company’s former head of global design says the company didn’t have a consistent approach to...

PepsiCo FY2014
PepsiCo releases FY2014 results

Stoking up the ‘innovation engine’: PepsiCo fired up for 2015 despite global challenges

PepsiCo has met or exceeded its 2014 financial targets, and CEO Indra Nooyi says the company’s innovation...

‘Fairlife in every fridge in America!’ CEO predicts rebirth of US milk

‘Fairlife in every fridge in America!’ CEO predicts rebirth of US milk

Fairlife CEO Steve Jones believes his company’s new premium milk distributed through the Coca-Cola system can contribute...

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

Mid-calorie soft drinks have the potential to gain ground on traditional full calorie drinks – and could...

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