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India’s highest court orders regular checks on fizzy drinks

India’s highest court has directed the country’s top food safety watchdog to conduct regular checks on carbonated soft drinks sold in the country.

PepsiCo: Disruptive innovation, not "ridiculous pricing", the answer to diet soda slowdown

The recent drop in diet soda sales in North America has been “a little more rapid than we expected” says PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, but PepsiCo remains convinced that “significant disruptive...

Why are Americans falling out of love with diet soda? And what are they drinking instead?

If current trends continue, carbonated soft drinks volumes could decline 15-20% by 2020 driven by sharp declines in diet variants, predicts Wells Fargo. But why have Americans fallen out of...

Diet soda in a funk says Wells Fargo: ‘PepsiCo will be forced to do something soon to stop the share and volume losses’

Dollar sales of low/zero calorie carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) plunged 8.6% in the four weeks to Sept 28, according to the latest Nielsen xAOC* data, which shows the diet soda...

Sidel wins $9m contract with Pepsi bottler Moha

Sidel has won a contract with Moha Soft Drinks to install a production line for its carbonated soft drinks (CSD) and water in Ethiopia.

PepsiCo brand Gatorade nets Liverpool Football Club deal

PepsiCo brand Gatorade has signed a deal with Liverpool Football Club to supply products to the team, while the club also gains access to the brand’s sports science laboratory to...

Pepsico commits to beefing-up supplier code of conduct

Oxfam tackles PepsiCo, Coke over 'disastrous impact' of sugar land grabbing

Oxfam insists that PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Associated British Foods – the three most powerful firms in the global sugar industry – must do more to police the 'disastrous impact' of...

Stevia innovation: PepsiCo tackles Reb-D solubility challenge

A patent application filed by PepsiCo describes methods of enhancing the solubility of steviol glycoside Reb-D such that it can be used in higher amounts in beverages and beverage concentrates,...

World's Top 10 'Most Valuable' Beverage Brands: Coke Keeps Effervescence

Coca-Cola has lost the No.1 spot to Apple in Interbrand’s definitive listing of the world’s most valuable brands for the first time ever, as our gallery rounding up the beverage...

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Intelligrated: Automation explosion due to high labour costs

High health care costs, a lack of interest in repetitive manual labour and rising worker wages has led to an explosion of automated machinery, according to Intelligrated.

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PepsiCo eyes expansion with new AMEA CEO

PepsiCo has appointed a new chief executive officer for the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region as it aims to bolster penetration in the region.

PureCircle: Next generation Reb D and Reb X stevia sweeteners ready for commercialization in 2014

Leading stevia supplier PureCircle says “investments and assets are in place from agriculture to manufacturing” to be ready to commercialize two next generation stevia products - Reb D and Reb...

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.

TOP Packaging expert believes time could be ripe for patented technology

PepsiCo explores smell: the undiscovered drinks frontier...

A top packaging expert suspects the 'timing is coming good' for beverage packaging that encapsulate smells to woo consumers after PepsiCo’s patent filing seeking US protection in this field.


PepsiCo seeks US patent to encapsulate beverage aromas within packaging

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of encapsulating aromas within beverage packaging to entice US consumers with ‘favorable aromas’ before they drink, say, juices or coffees.

Mountain Dew Kickstart generated more than $100m in first year, says PepsiCo

PepsiCo’s new energizing juice drink Mountain Dew Kickstart has generated more than $100m in sales in its first year, bosses at PepsiCo revealed yesterday.

Energy… minus the caffeine? PepsiCo explores Chinese herbal extracts for fatigue relief, patent application reveals

PepsiCo is exploring the potential of natural energy drinks containing Chinese herbal extracts that can alleviate fatigue and enhance sports performance without a big dose of caffeine, a patent application...


Fixing the fizz: Something's sticky in the state of US soda...

So who'll clear up the mess? Big soda is unfairly shouldering the brunt of the blame for the US obesity epidemic, and the industry is fighting a losing battle to...

Beverage brands meet Facebook fans: Top 5 amusing moments, from Jim Beam to Qream

Platforms like Facebook allow brands such as Jim Beam, Coke and Qream to connect with consumers directly and engage them in brand-related banter, often with amusing consequences, as our gallery...

Energy drinks in c-stores: Strong summer for Red Bull, Monster, NOS, Full Throttle, weaker performance from AMP, Rockstar

The energy drink category - which did not set the world on fire in most other retail channels this summer - posted 7.4% dollar sales growth in the US convenience...

Wells Fargo: ‘We’re increasingly concerned about the continued underperformance of Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s TEN platform’

It was a dismal summer in the US soft drinks aisles, with dollar sales of diet/low calorie soda plunging 7.1% in the four weeks to August 3 vs the same...


Pepsi boosts ‘brand vision’ with Beyoncé bottle in Italy

PepsiCo will use Rexam’s Fusion aluminum bottle for its limited edition Beyoncé design because of its shape and the potential for high definition printing, and Jim Beam has redesigned its...

Emerging market healthy food 'faux pas': Too much pleasure, too soon

“The most common mistake by western fast moving consumer good (FMCG) companies who launch new food and beverage brands in emerging markets is that they jump straight in to a...

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US man bathes in 300+ cans of ‘poppling’ Pepsi MAX

A US man has taken a bath in 300+ cans of Pepsi MAX, in what must count of one of the more unusual uses for the cola and an act...

Quaker shifts away from cereal with Jamba Juice partnership

PepsiCo’s Quaker brand sees potential in oats beyond breakfast and has struck a deal with smoothie retailer Jamba Juice.

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