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Guilty verdict in 5-hour counterfeiting case seen as potent deterrent

The guilty verdict handed down this week in the 5-hour Energy product counterfeiting case is a milestone within the nutritional products sphere that could serve an important deterrent function, said...

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Coca-Cola invests £2.3m in Scottish soft drinks plant

Coca-Cola European Partners is investing £2.3m ($2.9m) in Scottish operations this year, helping to save water at its East Kilbride plant. 

From blue cheese to Blue Brew

Whey is a common dairy product for boosting protein levels in sports and health nutrition, but a UK brewery is working with dairy company Arla to use it in a...

Role Tea balances function with flavor to attract health conscious consumer (who still has a cheat day)

Recently-launched Role Tea strives to bring function without sacrificing taste in its ready-to-drink iced tea line by combining ingredients like turmeric and fruit juice.

PepsiCo acquires kombucha company KeVita

PepsiCo is to acquire KeVita, a North American company that produces fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. 

Dr Pepper Snapple to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is to acquire Bai Brands, a US company known for its antioxidant-infused beverages, for $1.7bn. 

Kombucha and fermented beverages category grew 32% in year to October 2, says SPINS

Brew Dr Kombucha poised for growth as fermented trend gains momentum

According to SPINS data*, retail sales of refrigerated kombucha and fermented beverages** surged 32% to $375.4m (natural, specialty, conventional multi-outlet) in the year to October 2, but with household penetration still very low,...

Sidewood's Adelaide Hills expansion guided by Gallic touch

New vineyards, a bottling plant and French-inspired wines are helping an Adelaide Hills winery rapidly expand its operations.

13 food giants pledge to ‘redouble’ climate change efforts at COP22

A coalition of food industry giants pledged to “redouble their efforts” in combating carbon emissions, carbon dioxide and deforestation, at the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

Coca-Cola bottle snaps a selfie while you drink

Coca-Cola Israel has been showcasing the ‘world’s first selfie bottle’, which snaps a selfie while you drink. 

Nestlé Lanka opens $3.4m UHT milk plant

Nestlé Lanka has opened a new UHT milk plant in its factory in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. The new production facility cost LKR500m ($3.4m) to construct.

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Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Trademark difficulties hamper Monster’s launch plans in China

Trademark issues and intense local competition among manufacturers have been holding up Monster Beverage’s charge into China. Yet its brand owners have high hopes for its fate in the world’s...

Bai Brands heralds ‘new generation of carbonation’ with Bai Black

Bai Brands has unveiled Bai Black, a line of carbonated beverages without sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory to cut sugar content of portfolio by 50%

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is reformulating all its drinks to contain less than 4.5g of total sugar per 100ml. 

Gearing up for its new brand identity, Nestea aims to be key player in ‘evolution of tea’

Nestea is in the midst of a major brand overhaul, which will be officially launched in 2017. 

Coca-Cola eyes up potential of adult sparkling beverage category with Cascade refresh

Coca-Cola Australia has expanded its Cascade range, seeing consumer interest in non-alcoholic adult sparkling beverages gather pace. 

Goal! English football giant backs high-dose omega-3 for recovery

London-based English Premier League (EPL) football club Tottenham Hotspur has inked a deal with Norwegian firm Smartfish to supply high-dose omega-3 products for player recovery.

Anheuser-Busch acquires craft brewer Karbach Brewing Co.

Anheuser-Busch is to acquire Karbach Brewing Co, a Texas craft brewer it identifies as one of the country’s fastest-growing craft brands. 

Mr. Mak's quest to bring an ancient Chinese medicine drink into more American homes

It takes three hours to simmer a traditional Chinese bao, or plant broth. Based in New York City’s Chinatown, Mr. Mak’s wants to be a convenience solution for Asian-American households...

BOMB Coffee’s ‘super caffeinated’ blend aims to help America’s armed forces

The founders of BOMB Coffee want to help America’s armed forces and veterans stay mentally sharp by offering them a “super caffeinated” specialty coffee and by donating a percentage of...

Winemaking becomes art at Aussie eccentric’s cellar door

A leading Australian winemaker will soon open a cellar door that promises to thrill all the senses to improve his bottom line.

AB InBev notes craft beer slowdown

AB InBev has noted a slowdown in the US craft sector in its Q3 results, although CEO Carlos Brito says it’s ‘too early to call’ on what this means for...

Coca-Cola Ginger launches in Australia

Coca-Cola hopes its new ginger flavor will attract occasional and lapsed Coca-Cola drinkers back to the category. 

‘Kindred spirits’: Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Jägermeister team up to show flavor compatibility

Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) has partnered with botanical liquor brand Jägermeister to help promote sales of both companies during the holiday season, after seeing the...

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