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Coke Misses Cut in Forbes List: Top 10 Most Innovative Beverage Firms

There’s no place for Coke in the Forbes 2013 list of The World’s Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, with Starbucks leading the beverage pack above Pernod Ricard and Beam Inc.

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Danone launches new US bottle design for Evian

Danone Waters North America has redesigned its Evian Natural Spring Water bottle for the first time in 14 years, as it attempts to create a ‘new connection’ with US consumers...

Spirits Europe DG expects ECJ to resolve alcohol unit pricing acrimony

The director general of spiritsEUROPE, Paul Skehan, tells that he expects the row over minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol to reach the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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Danone on Sirma bottled water buy: 'Turkey is a strategic region'

Danone has signed an agreement to buy a 50.1% controlling stake in Turkish bottled water player Sirma, and said that Turkey was a 'strategic country' for its waters division.


Dannon took two years to win 25% Danimals Smoothies sugar cut

Dairy giant Dannon (Danone) says it spent two years reformulating its Danimals Smoothies for kids in the US to achieve a 25% sugar reduction, as Mintel predicts strong growth for...

PepsiCo outstrips Coke in global nutritional stakes: ATNI report

PepsiCo has the jump on The Coca-Cola Company in the newly released Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) that ranks 25 large food and beverage firms in terms of nutrition-related performance globally.

Oxfam thanks food industry for ‘bland’ and ‘complacent’ response to damning CSR report

Oxfam will step up its campaign to improve the treatment of people and resources that form part of the supply chain of the world’s biggest food conglomerates, after it cast...

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Which 2 global health brands grew by $1bn in 2012?

Something probiotic? Omega-3? A diet cola? Nope. 

Coke and Pepsi shifting bottling assets to build brands in 2013: Rabobank analyst

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo are looking to shift bottling assets onto strong franchise partners in order to refocus in house efforts on brand building and marketing.

Danone juice JV with Chiquita dogged by ‘mismanagement’: Industry source

With rumors emerging that Danone is selling its 51% stake in its fruit juice JV with Chuiquita Brands International, one industry source told that the French firm was likely...


IBWA hits back at 'factually incorrect' video attacking bottled water

After published a story from a US pressure group this morning alleging that high US bottled water consumption had a hidden cost, we received the following response from the...

EFBW challenges video savaging $11.7bn bottled water ‘bad habit’

The European Federation of Bottled Water (EFBW) strongly denies that bottled water has hidden costs for human health and the environment, after a US pressure group urged consumers to kick...

Still waters can run deep and take on carbonates - Danone Waters UK MD

Consumer tastes are changing, and they are keen to sample alternatives to carbonates and plain waters, such as waters with a higher fruit juice content, Danone Waters' UK & Ireland...

Danone mineral water brand Evian fails Chinese entry inspection

Danone mineral water brand Evian has failed another entry inspection in China due to unacceptably high nitrite levels, according to local media reports.

Dragon Rouge seizes 'pressing need' to reposition Danone Actimel

Design agency Dragon Rouge has redesigned the UK packaging for Danone's Actimel yogurt drink in the country, citing a 'pressing need and opportunity' to reposition the brand.

Danone joins Coca-Cola in working with bio-based bottle producer

Danone has followed Coca-Cola in partnering with bio-technology developer Avantium, who will produce eco-friendly bottles for the global drinks manufacturer.

ProViva nears global launch as Danone closes deal

French probiotic leader Danone, Swedish dairy firm Skånemejerier and ingredient supplier Probi yesterday closed a three-way probiotic juice deal, bringing the firms one step closer to an international launch of...

Danone jumps further into healthy juice

Danone has paid an undisclosed sum for fellow French smoothie maker Immedia in a move that bolsters its presence in the European juice market.

Danone backs probiotic juice with ProViva investment

Global probiotics leader Danone has paid an undisclosed sum to Swedish dairy Skånemejerier for a 51 per cent stake in its probiotic juice brand, ProViva.

Danone sells stake in Coca-Cola courted, Chinese juice firm

Danone has agreed to sell its stake in China Huiyuan Juice Group for significantly less than what Coca-Cola offered before its acquisition bid was blocked last year by Chinese competition...

Danone splits from Wahaha; not talking to Mead

Danone’s troubled relationship with China’s Wahaha looks finally to be at an end; and rumours of a new deal with Mead Johnson over baby food are flatly denied.

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Danone-backed Yakult expands in India

Distribution of probiotic one-shot drinks is broadening in India, with a major push occurring in cities like Mumbai, as disposable Indian incomes rise, and more people take an interest in...

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Danone converts to light weight Bericap closure in Turkey

Danone Turkey has become the first company to use the recently launched HexaLite 29/11 SFB 3T from Bericap, having switched to the closure for its Hayat water bottle brand.

Nestle and Danone make R&D moves

Announcements of new R&D plans this week from Nestle and Danone indicate that major manufacturers plan to keep up the pace on nutrition research and innovation in the economic downturn....

Dispatches from Vitafoods

Danone plays waiting game on health claims

After taking part in a Pharmanager seminar at Vitafoods in Geneva, Dr Jean-Michel Antoine, a 30-year research and development veteran at Danone, tells Shane Starling why the French dairy firm...

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