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Kraft in legal hot water over 'natural cheese' and 'all-natural' Capri Sun

Kraft Foods Group has come under renewed fire over ‘natural’ claims this month, with a judge certifying a false advertising lawsuit over its ‘natural cheese’ and a plaintiff filing a...

Product launches in the beverage aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Weetabix’s protein power, Carlsberg’s non-alcohol lager, and Cucumber Chili Tequila

Carlsberg UK’s non-alcoholic lager, Weetabix’s protein-rich breakfast drink, and summer cider varieties: here are some of the beverages appearing in aisles.  

Nestlé, Unilever pledge to halve food waste by 2025

Members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have committed to halving food waste over the next ten years at an event in New York this week.

India

Hindu leader outraged by Amrut whisky’s ‘highly inappropriate’ name

Hindus have lashed out at the name of India’s first single malt whisky, according to one self-styled “statesman”, who branded Amrut—which, as amrta, is also the sacred nectar of immortality—“highly...

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’

CCE will have all cardboard and corrugated packaging FSC certified by the end of 2015

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’, says Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) in its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report.

Redesign on PET bottle blowers to be rolled out to 10 sites in 2015

Coca-Cola to invest in improved energy-efficient equipment as part of its 2020 Sustainability Plan

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) has released its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report, providing an update on its Sustainability Plan and replacing CCE’s 2013/2014 CRS Report.

News in brief

HAZMAT crews called to Coca-Cola ammonia spill

Fire and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) teams are on the scene of an ammonia leak at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Speedway, Indianapolis, US.

Australia

Coopers poised to sign NY craft ale distribution deal for Down Under

Riding high on continued growth in its traditional Australian beer segment, Coopers Brewery in Adelaide is now about to brew and distribute one of America’s leading craft beers, Brooklyn Lager....

Coca-Cola Enterprises pledges to cut calories by 10% by 2020

Coca-Cola Enterprises is positioning itself as ‘part of the solution to obesity,’ as it pledges to reduce calories by 10% per litre across its beverage portfolio in the next five...

Apollo to buy Verallia for €2,945m from Saint-Gobain

‘There has been some substitution into rigid plastics and stand-up pouches but glass remains a premium product for luxury goods such as beverages’

Saint-Gobain has been in talks with Apollo Global Management, (Apollo) to buy Verallia for €2,945m, due to close at the end of the year, subject to the approval of competition...

Lemon berry acai, orange hibiscus, pineapple cream… PepsiCo sets Stubborn Soda in the craft scene

PepsiCo is extending its reach in the craft beverage market with Stubborn Soda, which is expected to launch in food service outlets this year. 

PepsiCo team wins green food innovation award

A team of PepsiCo placement students has landed a £2,000 cash prize after winning a prestigious green food innovation award.

Brown-Forman identifies ‘favorable dynamics’ which will boost business into 2016

The popularity of flavored whiskey, premium spirits, and strong demand for authentic American whiskey brands across the world will drive growth for Brown-Forman into 2016, the corporation predicts. 

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...

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