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New still is just the tonic for Kangaroo Island gin distillery

One of Australia’s first dedicated gin distilleries will begin ramping up production in the next few weeks following the arrival of a new still.

Sparkling Ice launches in Mexico

Talking Rain Beverage Company is rolling out its Sparkling Ice brand in Mexico, continuing international expansion after the recent launch in the UK and Ireland. 

Pickle Juice Company creates new spot within sports drinks market for endurance athletes

The Pickle Juice Company is aiming to open a new category within the sports drinks segment with its proprietary Pickle Juice Formula that it says relieves muscle cramping.

PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today. 

Constellation Brands sells Canadian wine business; buys US-based Charles Smith Wines

Constellation Brands has announced the sale of its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for C$1.03bn ($785m USD). 

Expo East

Spindrift finds cans better distinguish sparkling water from soda

Small changes in how Spindrift approached the fast-growing sparkling water category added up to a big opportunity for the brand, sales of which have grown 16 times since 2009, according...

Misfit Juicery fights US food waste using ‘ugly’ fruit and vegetables

Cold-pressed juice startup and recipient of the Chobani Incubator Program Award, Misfit Juicery, is fighting the 20 billion lbs of annual food waste by sourcing fruits and vegetables that do...

Expo East

Zevia expands beyond soda with cocktail mixers, sparkling water & energy drinks

With the launch of a new line of cocktail mixers, Zevia continues its transformation from a leader specializing in only diet, all-natural soda to a multi-service platform that offers beverages...

New Zealand

Too close to Coke: FIZZ campaigners told to change their logo

A “no sugary drinks” logo which will be on display this week will “empower” communities to improve their health, and send a clear message about the damage caused by too...

Expo East

Evolution Fresh blends coconut milk with juice to reduce sugar in new Organic Superfoods line

Cold-pressed, HPP juice-maker Evolution Fresh’s upcoming spring launch of Organic Superfood Juices promises to “support a wide range of consumers in their wellness goals,” including cutting back on sugar, which...

Coca-Cola to acquire AB InBev’s stake in CCBA

The Coca-Cola Company has announced its intention to acquire Anheuser-Busch InBev's (ABI) stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) following the closing of the ABI combination with SABMiller. 

AB InBev completes takeover of SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch InBev has announced the successful completion of its takeover of SABMiller, a process that has taken a year to complete.

Buchanan’s Scotch whisky pushes harder into US Latino consumer market

Diageo Scotch whisky brand Buchanan’s has launched a new national marketing campaign named “Es Nuestro Momento,” targeting Latino consumers, who have significantly contributed to the company’s growth in the US....

SABMiller 2020 target to stop buying HFC fridges

SABMiller has announced a 2020 target to stop buying hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) fridges as the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) announces a second Refrigeration Resolution.


Penfolds winemaker given Australian science’s highest accolade

A prominent South Australian winemaker has been recognised as a leader in science for his contributions to oenology.

Sweet success: TINE's nutrition chief on its million-kilo sugar cut

Over the past ten years, Norwegian dairy and cereal manufacturer TINE has cut one million kilos of sugar from its products each year. We spoke to the company's head of...

PepsiCo: ‘There is nothing misleading about Naked Juice’

A lawsuit alleges that PepsiCo “misleadingly markets Naked Juice as predominantly containing high-value ingredients such as acai berry and kale, when the predominant ingredient is usually cheap, nutrient-poor apple juice.”...

The sky's the limit for cold brew, says High Brew Coffee CEO: 'We’re still at base camp looking up at Mount Everest'

High Brew Coffee is now in nine out of the 11 regions served by Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s direct store delivery (DSD) network, and is on course to hit the...

Constellation Brands acquires High West Distillery

Constellation Brands has today announced the acquisition of US craft whiskey company, High West Distillery.

Asahi set to bid for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer brands: reports

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings is set to bid $4.87bn for SABMiller’s Eastern European beer operations in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, according to reports. 

'Media is glamorous, pharma is sexy - but food means farms and hairnets'

What is Europe's food industry doing to attract fresh, young talent?

FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) wants industry step up efforts to hire new talent and match skill needs - but that’s no easy task when many young people don’t even consider the food...

Boardroom Spirits launches B, the first of many vegetable spirits in its periodic-table inspired line

Pennsylvania-based craft distillery, Boardroom Spirits, believes that beets can be the root of the future for US cocktail culture and has launched B, an eau de vie or as co-owner...

2-5 coffees per day shows CVD benefits

Coffee's antioxidant properties can reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates, a report has suggested.

‘Sweet, sour and tangy’ Cide Road organic switchel rolls out to 3,500 stores: ‘American palates are evolving’

Cide Road organic switchel is now the dominant brand in the US switchel market and the #3 player in the broader drinking vinegars market, with distribution to 3,500 stores nationwide,...

AB InBev agrees to pay $6m to settle SEC charges

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6m to settle charges that it 'violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct', according to the...

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