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Veteran marine, paraplegic, and CEO: Derek Herrera; RuckPack

Derek Herrera signed on as CEO of US energy drink company RuckPack this month. He is a veteran Marine Special Operations Officer and paraplegic, who was injured taking an enemy bullet in the spine in 2012 while leading his team during combat operations in Afghanistan.

Australia

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s emotions, according to a researcher from Adelaide. 

‘No surprise’: RCT data supports Nawgan’s ability to boost alertness, attention and cognitive performance

Consuming Nawgan, the ‘alertness beverage’ containing citicoline and caffeine, can boost attention and alertness in young adults, according to results of a randomized clinical trial.

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China

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

There is absolutely no doubt that the Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to bring the country's food industry to order, but they are facing a daunting task. We take a look at best-known scandals that have rocked consumers so far this year

'We couldn't guarantee a safe Summit': IDF cancels event in Israel from DairyReporter.com

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit 2014, scheduled to be held in Tel Aviv in October, has been cancelled as a result of the recent conflict in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Candy prohibition: Aldi bans confectionery at UK checkouts from ConfectioneryNews.com

Aldi has become the latest UK supermarket to ditch checkout confectionery in favor of healthier items.

Contaminated eggs ‘no longer on market’ from FoodQualityNews.com

Eggs from Bavaria linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people are believed to be no longer on the market, according to a joint EU report.

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Treasury Wine Estates hints at possible US acquisitions

Treasury Wine Estates hints at possible US acquisitions

Troubled Australian wine group and takeover target Treasury Wine Estates wants to accelerate its high-value US business...

Portman Group panel tight-lipped after Diageo criticism

Portman Group panel tight-lipped after Diageo criticism

The UK’s Portman Group has declined to comment after Diageo criticized a decision by the alcohol-funded body’s...

Analyst savages Coca-Cola Amatil for ‘really poor company culture’

Analyst savages Coca-Cola Amatil for ‘really poor company culture’

Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington has savaged Coca-Cola Amatil’s former management – insisting that they ‘compromised the...

Nespresso sustainability Nestle The Positive Cup

Nespresso launches $550m sustainability strategy

Nespresso has launched a sustainability strategy, ‘The Positive Cup,’ which sets out the steps the company will...

Wells & Young's YAAC ASA advert Estrella beer lager

ASA clears Estrella TV advert

The ASA (Advertising Standards Authority, UK) has backed a TV advert from Wells & Young’s Brewing Company,...

California Napa Valley wine earthquake

Shaken not stirred: Earthquake hits California's wine region

Wine producers in California are assessing the damage after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the region.