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Yakult Danone plans India expansion as probiotics awareness grows

Yakult Danone India is to increase manufacturing capacity at its Sonepat facility to meet rising demand for its probiotic drinks.

Anheuser-Busch adds Hiball and Alta Palla to non-alcoholic portfolio

Anheuser-Busch has acquired organic energy drinks manufacturer Hiball in a deal that will be completed by the end Q3 2017.

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Koia ‘positioned to become category leader’ in plant-based beverages with $7.5m investment

Koia, a refrigerated RTD plant-based protein beverage company, has secured a $7.5m funding round led by private investment firm KarpReilly and existing investor AccelFoods.

GSK to sell Horlicks brand in the UK

GSK has announced it intends to sell its Horlicks brand in the UK, and is proposing to close the associated manufacturing site in Slough. It also intends to sell its...

Craft in a froth after watchdog decides not to pursue beer majors

The craft brewing industry has hit out at Australia’s competition watchdog’s decision not to take action against beer majors over distribution contracts that they say shut them out of pubs...

Coca-Cola enters meal kit market with Chef’d partnership: ‘Beverages are an integral part of the meal occasion’

As consumers continue to seek new flavors and experiences, Coca-Cola is exploring the booming US meal kit market in a new partnership with Chef’d that offers co-branded meal kits with...

MillerCoors cuts back 2016 water use by 15 billion gallons

MillerCoors decreased its water usage by 15 billion gallons in 2016 – the equivalent of 500 million kegs of beer – thanks to innovative irrigation initiatives and heavy rainfall across its key barley growing regions.

Andes Mountains ‘healing water’ WanKu to launch in the US

Founders of beverage startup WanKu are aiming to bring a local Ecuadorian herbal infusion drink - traditionally known as a 'healing water' - to the US in 2017.

Guinness Storehouse to enhance visitor experience with €16m expansion

The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin has announced a €16m ($18m) expansion plan that will double the size of the Gravity Bar.

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

Custom beverage machine startup Bevi has raised $16.5m in funding to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American footprint with the ultimate goal of making packaged...

Australia

Lion refutes rumour that XXXX brewery will close

Australian brewery major Lion has categorically denied that its iconic Castlemaine Perkins brewery in Brisbane will close after media reported that staff had been notified of the closure.

Icelandic Glacial enters China’s premium bottled water segment

Premium alkaline water brand, Icelandic Glacial, has partnered with international trading firm Golden Field to expand distribution to China. 

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Coca-Cola India to compete with local soda brands with launch of Kinley Flavors

Coca-Cola will launch of a line of value-priced carbonated beverages in India called Kinley Flavors in order to compete with local soda brands.

Carlsberg and Brooklyn Brewery to create new brewery in Lithuania

Carlsberg and US craft brewer, Brooklyn Brewery, are to establish a new brewery in Klaipėda, Lithuania, with brewers collaborating to create small-batch classic and experimental beers. 

ROAR KIDS debuts featuring Marvel heroes, as brand seeks to engage with younger consumers

The launch of ROAR KIDS, a new line of water-based beverages from ROAR Beverages, is targeting a younger, “crucial” demographic by featuring Marvel characters on its packaging while still meeting...

This week Down Under

CCA defends Coke No Sugar against Woolworths and Domino’s decisions

Coca-Cola Amatil has voiced its “disappointment” at Domino’s’ decision not to renew its contract with the Australian bottler, and defended Coca-Cola No Sugar after Woolworths decided to defer stocking the...

International Paper agrees to pay $354m settlement to Kleen Products

International Paper has agreed to pay $354m to Kleen Products in an antitrust lawsuit settlement, but denies the allegations.

Heineken defends itself after tequila-flavored beer criticism

Heineken has defended itself after being criticized by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT - The Consejo Regulador del Tequila) in Mexico for its tequila-flavored beer, Desperados.

Maxwell House launches MAX to ‘customize’ a cup of coffee

Maxwell House has launched a line of coffee called Max to allow consumers to ‘customize their coffee drinking experience’.

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B.O.M. Brewing to expand operations to the US

B.O.M. Brewing is set to expand its operations to the US market this fall where it will tailor its beer to the American palate, according to the brewery’s founder. ...

Nestlé Waters North America sees increased demand for ReadyRefresh online delivery service

Nestlé Waters North America has expanded operations of ReadyRefresh, its online shopping and delivery service of bottled beverages, with a new 10,000-square-foot branch in Denver, Colorado.

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Avitae launches low-calorie energy drink to expand c-store footprint

Caffeinated water brand Avitae plans to drive sales in convenience stores by launching XR energy drink later this month. 

Diageo buys George Clooney’s tequila brand in $1bn deal

Diageo has confirmed that it will buy Casamigos, a tequila brand co-founded by George Clooney, in a deal that values the brand at $1bn and is expected to close in...

World Tea Expo 2017

Bössi rooibos tea for kids delves into uncharted US beverage territory

Bössi tea for kids has carved out a solid space in the under-developed children’s tea category through the launch of three RTD products. 

World Tea Expo 2017

Omiberry to bring ‘five-flavor berry’ RTD tea to US market

Hyojongwon Corp. of South Korea has expanded its reach to the US where it will launch Omiberry RTD cold brew tea, made from the Schisandra Chinensis berry, later this year. ...

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