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Sponsor Coca-Cola says FIFA World Cup ideals have been ‘tarnished;’ Budweiser says it expects ‘strong ethical standards’

Coca-Cola and Budweiser speak out in response to FIFA corruption scandal

Long-standing FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola and Budweiser have responded to the FIFA corruption scandal, with Coca-Cola concerned that the ideals of the event have been ‘tarnished.’

PepsiCo creates snacks franchise in Philippines via drinks partner

PepsiCo will strengthen its snacks network in the Philippines, manufacturing Cheetos via its beverage partner Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines (PCPPI).

News in brief

AB InBev opens Vietnam brewery to embrace beer potential of Southeast Asia

Anheuser-Busch InBev says Vietnam is the ‘next turning point’ for growth in Southeast Asia, as it officially opened its first brewery in the country yesterday.

Honeydrop Beverages CEO: 'A tablespoon of raw honey in every bottle is what makes us stand out'

With an eight-year stint in sales and brand management at PepsiCo on his resume, David Luks knew a fair bit about the beverages market when he launched Honeydrop in 2009....

Friday feature

The Hills CEO: Shipping cider to England is like selling sand to Saudi

The Australian cricket team will not be the only Australian icon on British shores this northern summer. The Hills Cider Company, South Australia’s largest producer of artisan ciders, has sent...

What can companies actually do to fight the global water crisis?

The WWF report offers industry a five-step plan to tackle global water scarcity and holds up certain food and drink companies for their best practice.

Dispatches from Canadean International Beer Strategies, Amsterdam

Are you Twitter ready? Social media strategies must add value, says Twitter guru

Social media strategies need to refrain from insistently pushing brands; but instead add value for consumers, explains Ashley Vinson, head of brand strategy Benelux, Twitter. 

Premium price for Keurig Kold a ‘big obstacle’, say market reseachers

While shares in Keurig Green Mountain fell sharply after bosses unveiled the $299-$369 price tag for the new Keurig Kold machine (99c-$1.29 per pod), CEO Brian Kelley said purchase intent scores were...

Activist calls for 'real shared value' from coffee corporations

Entrepreneur, journalist, political consultant and campaigner Fernando Morales-de la Cruz is launching a coffee capsule brand he hopes will accelerate the eradication of poverty among coffee farmers by reinvesting 10...

Nestlé Carnation milk plant in drought-hit California to go 'zero-water'

Amid scrutiny over its water bottling operations in drought-hit California, Nestlé is spending $7m (€6.1m) to recycle wastewater at its Carnation Evaporated Milk plant in the Golden State.

Food industry unprepared for water shortages

The food industry – the most water-intensive business on earth - is unprepared for global water shortages, according to a report which ranks the best and worst offending companies for...

“Our entire line of soda will be clear in color.”

Zevia unveils 'clear' colas: 'This is an important step in changing the way Americans think about soda'

Zevia – a zero-calorie carbonated beverage line sweetened with stevia, monk-fruit and erythritol – has removed colors from its entire product range, including colas, and put every SKU through the...

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Vitafoods 2015: Browsing the beverages

Vitafoods Europe - a global nutraceutical event - and Finished Products Europe are in full swing in Geneva this week. And beverages are well represented.

Coca-Cola Enterprises sets out innovation platform after Q1 sales dip

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the Western European Coca-Cola bottling giant, reported a net sales decline in the first quarter and plans to innovate with Coca-Cola Life and Finlay to restore growth.

VitaminFIZZ seeks to emulate meteoric success of Sparkling ICE in enhanced waters market

VitaminFIZZ – a new zero-calorie enhanced sparkling water backed by former Red Bull executives and other beverage industry veterans – is now available in 1,400+ stores in the US nine...

Australia

Drinks companies time social media to coincide with big matches

Alcohol companies have been finding new and sophisticated ways to use the power of social media to pitch drinking as pivotal to the sporting experience, a new Australian study shows.

Rexam sees volume growth in Europe, with energy drinks boosting beverage cans

Beverage can manufacturer Rexam has seen strong volume growth in Europe, including Russia, it said in a trading update this morning. 

‘This is one step up the ladder of desperation to remain relevant’

Diet Pepsi reformulation: ‘Does making aspartame the bad guy solve diet soda’s problems? Probably not.’

While cynics might paraphrase PepsiCo’s move to axe aspartame from Diet Pepsi as ‘Pepsi replaces one very unpopular artificial sweetener with another slightly less unpopular artificial sweetener’, it highlights the...

‘Dr Pepper will always be a priority - I mean, it’s in the name!’ Group CEO says brand is fine despite decline

Dr Pepper Snapple CEO Larry Young insists Dr Pepper will always be a priority, despite the brand’s decline against growth of some of the group’s other beverages.

KonaRed ends first year as public company with revenues, costs and losses all on rise

KonaRed, the Hawaii-based manufacturer of supplements and functional beverages, reported a 39% net sales rise for 2014.  Sales rose to $1.3 million.

Aspartame has been deemed safe by all major scientific and regulatory bodies

PepsiCo ditches aspartame from Diet Pepsi in US: ‘While decades of studies show aspartame is safe, we recognize that consumer demand is evolving’

While aspartame is safe, many US consumers don’t want it in their cola, said PepsiCo this morning, announcing plans to ditch the much-maligned sweetener from Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet...

“We’ve never seen consumers as confused!” PepsiCo asks what – exactly – is ‘good for you’

PepsiCo faces the challenge of redefining 'good for you', as it sees consumers turn their attention to real sugar, organic, and non-GMO.

CEO Muhtar Kent's take on global markets

Coca-Cola in 2015: Which countries are strong – and where are there struggles?

The Coca-Cola Company has declared 2015 as a ‘transition’ year, with an ongoing $3bn cost-cutting drive and challenges such as macroeconomic volatility and political unrest to tackle.

Nearly 70% of CEOs worldwide value sustainability

Nearly seven in ten CEOs worldwide see the value of sustainability but only two out of ten (21%) companies are leveraging the full potential of sustainability practices, says a report.

Coca-Cola India bottling plant halted - more water rows?

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) will no longer build a Rs. 500 crore ($80m) bottling plant in Tamil Nadu, India citing ‘inordinate delays’ in the government system, but activists from the India...

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