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PepsiCo CEO slams ‘maniacal’ cola focus, says Stevia does not suit category

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi believes a ‘maniacal focus’ on cola's woes is unhelpful within the US beverage market, and despite the firm’s heavy investment in Rebaudioside D-based sweetener innovation, claims...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM SPECIAL: SWEETENER INNOVATION

Mid-calorie soft drink success rests on tackling stevia aftertaste issues: Analyst

Mid-calorie carbonated soft drink manufacturers must deal with the aftertaste issues associated with stevia, as the natural sweetener becomes more widely accepted by consumers, according to Datamonitor consumer analyst, Melanie...

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sales? Beam Inc. profits from Maker’s Mark 'proofgate'

Beam Inc. revealed yesterday that bourbon brand Maker’s Mark Q1 2013 sales rose 44% due to short-lived plans for an alcohol cut that prompted a sales spike, but is this...

PepsiCo gets its (Mountain) Dews? ‘Venemous’ ad sterotypes stir race storm

PepsiCo’s has pulled a Mountain Dew advert created by controversial US hip-hop artist Tyler the Creator, after causing uproar after viewers claimed it embraced racial stereotypes and trivialized violence towards...

PepsiCo: We’ll reinvent the North American cola category

PepsiCo says it is investing heavily in R&D to ‘reinvent’ the flagging cola category in North America.

Can demographics, Trop50 and coconut water pull the US juice category out of its funk?

While the US juice market has been “essentially flat” for five years, Packaged Facts predicts stronger growth in future driven by reduced calorie products, better-for-you premium juices and blends, and...

PepsiCo’s ‘unexpected’ discoveries about Reb-D… and why it’s the perfect natural sweetener for diet colas

A patent application filed by PepsiCo reveals some of the more “surprising” properties of Rebaudioside D (Reb-D) - the steviol glycoside claimed to have one of the best sweetness profiles of them all....

Heineken silent on $650m sale rumor regarding PepsiCo licensee

Heineken has refused to comment on rumors it has now put its Finnish business Hartwall up for sale seeking around €500m, after starting a strategic review of the unit in...

Diet Pepsi doesn’t want design partners to ‘overshadow’ brand

PepsiCo tells BeverageDaily.com that it seeks partnerships with ‘relevant and attainable designers’ who keep the focus on the Diet Pepsi brand rather than overshadow it. 

PepsiCo seeks to patent novel high-protein nutrition beverages in 4floz ‘hydration units’ as protein craze gathers pace

An international patent application filed by PepsiCo last September - and published yesterday - reveals the firm is seeking to patent high-protein nutrition beverages in 4floz ‘hydration units’ containing alpha-lactalbumin,...

Coca-Cola loses 2012 UK soft drinks share to Pepsi

Coca-Cola lost UK volume share in 2012, while Pepsi grew both its volume and value share and Lucozade and Red Bull’s success reflected growing consumer interest in functional drinks.

Scientists engineer E.coli caffeine ‘addiction’ in beverages, say bacteria could clean wastewater

Scientists in the US have genetically modified an E.coli strain so that it is ‘addicted’ to caffeine, where it feeds on the stimulant and serves as a  biosensor to measure...

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CSPI Blues: Coke. Sugar. Shock. Horror. Pepsi. Pepper. Yawn…

The CSPI last week released a report arguing that big beverage uses philanthropy to protect its image and profits, and short circuits public health and regulatory policies aimed at limiting...

Liquid profit: Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO tops US drinks rich list

As we await the latest Forbes league tables listing US executive pay, we look back at the 2012 list that saw Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO John Brock take the laurels as...

PACKAGING EXPERT NOTES DISTANCE FROM CLASSIC COKE BOTTLE

Pepsi: 1st US bottle redesign since 1996 is only start...

PepsiCo will roll out its first new shape Pepsi bottle since 1996 across the US from April and says further launches will follow in 2013, and packaging expert Andrew Streeter...

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.

Dispatches from the RCA annual conference & culinology expo

Dr Mehmood Khan: ‘When I first joined PepsiCo, a lot of people asked me what the hell are you doing?’

Why can athletes that smell peppermint before they hit the gym exercise for longer ? Any why do we have sweet taste receptors in our gut?

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: FUNCTIONAL & HEALTHY BEVERAGES

Dairy-based soft drinks corner small market, but demand rising: Analysts

The market for dairy-based soft drinks is still small, but demand is on the rise, analysts have claim – backing up a 2012 Rabobank forecast that soft drink-dairy category “convergence” would increase....

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...

Oxfam slams PepsiCo, Coke over workers’ well-being

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo both received dismal scores in a new Oxfam report that claims the world’s ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies fail to protect workers, especially women....

DISPATCHES FROM CAGNY, FLorida 2013

Sweet PepsiCo impasse delays beverage review until 2014

PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston tells analysts the firm believes its new sweetener innovations will be 'more evolutionary than revolutionary' and that work in this direction has delayed a beverage business review until 2014....

FEBRUARY 2013 COMMENT

Weight in gold or waste of space? Celebrity beverage brand ambassadors

Whether it’s the latest starlet bouncing round in a boob tube, or that bad boy musician who swops his rap records for raki, there’s no doubting that celebrity endorsements are...

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Our inalienable right to a Big Gulp: But is Bloomberg’s soda ban really an assault on our freedoms?

Americans have rights. To bear arms, to enjoy free speech, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They also have the right - argue opponents of NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s super-size...

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

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

‘Terrific' Russia position boosts PepsiCo beverage business: Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says the firm has a ‘terrific position’ as the top food and beverage business in Russia, where 10% organic revenue growth in 2013 helped offset weaknesses...

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