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Turbulence at the top sees Coca-Cola Amatil shed Australian drinks MD

The head of Coca-Cola Amatil’s Australian beverages division has become one of five boardroom casualties as the group reacts to a near-40% drop in profit.

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Alcohol nutrition & ingredients labelling: Can the industry rise to the challenge?

Should your bottle of wine tell you how many calories you are consuming? Should your beer list its ingredients? Given consumers’ increased scrutiny over what they eat – and drink...

Reformulation success: UK says planned sugar tax revenues to fall by €160m

Thanks to drink manufacturers reformulating sugar out of their products, the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now predicts significantly less revenue from the sugar tax - but does this...

PepsiCo, Coke India secure minor victory as Tamil protests rage on

The world’s biggest softs drinks companies were given some respite this week from a furious protest against their products in Tamil Nadu when the state high court overturned a ban...

Nestlé & Coca-Cola end RTD tea joint venture

Nestlé and The Coca-Cola Company have agreed to dissolve their Beverage Partners Worldwide joint venture, a 50/50 RTD tea partnership which includes the Nestea brand. 

India

Pepsi and Coke ready for storm as Tamil Nadu’s boycott begins

Many grocery store owners, restaurant proprietors and refreshment vendors will stop selling drinks made by multinational brands in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu from March 1—though shopkeepers have...

What's hitting the shelves? Teavana craft iced tea, reformulated Nestea, and new 'Coca-Cola with Stevia'

Coca-Cola has replaced Coca-Cola Life with 'Coca-Cola with Stevia' in Australia; while Nestea has launched a new real-brewed line as part of its brand revamp in the US. From soft...

Coca-Cola may trial deposit return scheme in Scotland

Coca-Cola is reviewing its sustainable packaging strategy, and may trial a deposit return recycling scheme in Scotland.

Coca-Cola to close South Australia manufacturing operations

Coca-Cola Amatil is remodeling its supply chain across Australia, increasing production in Queensland and Western Australia but closing the company’s manufacturing operations in South Australia in 2019.

Coca-Cola HBC reports good growth led by Nigeria and Romania

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC), a bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, has reported its financial results for the full year ended 31, December 2016.

Coca-Cola's focus on still beverage portfolio pays off in Q4, while soda sales slide

Coca-Cola's efforts in expanding its non-carbonated drinks portfolio have resulted in strong net revenue gains for still beverages across all major markets for Q4 and the full-year ending Dec. 31, 2016.

Coca-Cola’s fairlife launches ‘Superkids’ milk

Coca-Cola’s ultra-filtered premium milk fairlife has launched a children’s ‘Superkids’ variety, available in white milk and chocolate milk. 

European soda makers vow to reduce added sugar by further 10%

European soft drink brands, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Orangina and Red Bull, have announced plans to reduce added sugars by an extra 10% by 2020 in Europe.

South Asia radius

Traders associations prepare for multinational soda ban in Tamil Nadu

An industry group and a trades union have backed a ban on beverages made by multinational companies in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, signalling possible trouble for PepsiCo...

News in brief

Monster Energy Ultra Citron launches as low calorie energy drinks rise 32%

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a new citrus flavor for sugar-free Monster Energy Ultra, seeing a 32% rise in sales of low calorie energy drinks and a shift in...

Coca-Cola joins other companies in ‘New Plastics Economy’ plan with pledge of 70% recycling by 2025

Coca-Cola has pledged to boost its recycling rate of plastic packaging from 14% to 70% by 2025, as part of the New Plastics Economy, a global “rethink” and reshaping of...

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Fuze Tea’s new Aussie campaign focuses on food moments

Coca-Cola South Pacific’s summer campaign for Fuze Tea will focus on matching the ice tea with food and social occasions in Australia.

Wincanton logistics wins 3-year deal with Coca-Cola

Wincanton logistics company has signed a three-year contract with Coca-Cola to handle its raw materials and finished products at a warehouse in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

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‘Tastes more like Coke’: Coca-Cola’s £4.5m advertising campaign for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has today launched a new advertising campaign for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, emphasizing the similarities in taste with the flagship Coca-Cola Classic brand. 

EFET gives all clear after acid contamination threat

The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) has confirmed all ‘is back to normal’ following threats to contaminate Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta products with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

BMJ editorial: ‘Apparently Coca-Cola’s voice counts more than those of directors of public health’

Coca-Cola Christmas truck should be banned, argue public health campaigners

An editorial published in the journal BMJ this week calls for Coca-Cola’s Christmas truck to be banned as public health campaigners seek to improve children’s health. But Coca-Cola GB has...

Sugar-free drinks no better for weight control, argue researchers

Artificially-sweetened beverages (ASB) do not contribute to weight loss and may even be part of the overall obesity problem, researchers claim. 

The year that was: Headlines of 2016

From mergers and acquisitions to innovations in packaging and flavors, we take a look back over some of the headlines of 2016. 

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta in acid contamination scare

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta have withdrawn products in a region of Greece after a group threatened to contaminate them with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

6 beverage innovation highlights of 2016

It’s easy to be cynical about the term ‘innovation’ – a buzzword used by marketers in the hope of attracting attention in a crowded marketplace. But here we take a...

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