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Jägermeister sales bomb: ‘Extremely aggressive’ US pricing hits herbal liqueur

Sales of the world’s best-selling liqueur brand Jagermeister fell 5.6% in 2014 due to a slowdown in its biggest market the US – due to changing consumer trends, a crowded...

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

Beam Suntory insists it will fight a US class action filed last week accusing the company of deceptive advertising for describing San Diego’s Jim Beam bourbon as ‘handcrafted’.

VIP Nuts: We’ve cracked it with beer collaboration

Collaborating with major beer brands like Carlsberg and Cobra has stretched our reach even further, says the co-founder of VIP Nuts.

PepsiCo on CSDs: How it thinks it can kick the industry’s Achilles’ heel

PepsiCo’s 2015 launches will see an increased focus on products with health benefits, while it will push smaller packages to make the most of growth in its on-the-go business. 

Red Espresso hopes to capitalise on European coffee capsule explosion – with tea

‘We're not a commodity, we're a niche!’ Red Espresso puts rooibos tea in ‘coffee’ capsules

Red Espresso is launching its rooibos tea capsules in Europe, eyeing up a continent with an ingrained coffee culture and obsession with health, convenience, and coffee pods.  

‘Snack and beverage co-purchases beat peanut butter and jelly!’ Frito-Lay CEO Tom Greco champions PepsiCo's 'Better Together' policy

Frito-Lay CEO Tom Greco insists snacks and beverages occupy common ‘demand spaces’, and PepsiCo’s ‘Better Together’ approach gives it the scale to outpace its rivals at retail level.

Keurig Green Mountain expands hot options even as it prepares for cold launch

Thanks in part to the ongoing success of Keurig Green Mountain’s personal beverage brewing system, sales of single cup coffee are helping to buoy the overall coffee category as sales...

Nestlé Pure Life ‘growth engine’ keeps waters business ticking over

Nestlé CFO Wan Ling Martello says Nestlé Pure Life remains a key growth engine for the company’s Nestlé Waters business, with especially strong growth in North America, UK and emerging...

Coca-Cola Hellenic shrugs off Boko Haram terrorist trouble to maintain Nigeria growth

Coca-Cola Hellenic boss Dmitris Lois said today that Nigeria remains a ‘key growth driver’ for the group despite the negative effects of terrorist group Boko Haram on its operations in...

Carlsberg announces new CEO; Russian market puts pressure on full year results

Carlsberg’s CEO and president Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen will retire from the group in June, and will be succeeded by Cees ‘t Hart (currently CEO of the Dutch dairy giant Royal...

Coca-Cola Enterprises boss: ‘Detractors don’t understand how safe aspartame is’

Coca-Coca Enterprises boss John Brock says detractors ‘don’t understand’ how safe aspartame is, and insists that diet soda sales remain strong – growth for Coke Zero offset a 5.5% full...

Pernod Ricard CEO glosses Absolut sales slide: ‘The US vodka category is suffering’

Pernod Ricard CEO Alexandre Ricard admits that Absolut is under pressure in a ‘very challenged’ US vodka category where flavored varieties in particular are struggling.

DESIGN FOR BUSINESS LIFE: COKE EXEC SHARES SECRETS IN NEW BOOK

'Design disconnects were starting to make Coke’s brands feel old, outdated’: Ex global design head

The Coca-Cola Company’s former head of global design says the company didn’t have a consistent approach to design when he joined in 2004, which meant there were ‘disconnects’ in the...

Dr Pepper Snapple Group: FY2014

Dicey ground for diet drinks, but Dr Pepper Snapple bullish on low-calorie TEN platform

Dr Pepper Snapple Group says it is battling headwinds against carbonated soft drinks – particularly diets – something it expects to see continue into 2015. But it remains upbeat about...

BEVERAGEDAILY PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2014, LUKAS VON GREBMER

Akuō blasts ‘burnout society': BeverageDaily Personality 2014 Lukas von Grebmer’s Zenlike focus…

BeverageDaily.com Personality of 2014 Lukas von Grebmer is a man on a mission – to combat our ‘burnout society’ as co-founder of Akuō, a healthy drink that blends green tea,...

PepsiCo releases FY2014 results

Stoking up the ‘innovation engine’: PepsiCo fired up for 2015 despite global challenges

PepsiCo has met or exceeded its 2014 financial targets, and CEO Indra Nooyi says the company’s innovation pipeline is possibly its strongest ever, forecasting resilience to a volatile global macro...

‘Fairlife in every fridge in America!’ CEO predicts rebirth of US milk

Fairlife CEO Steve Jones believes his company’s new premium milk distributed through the Coca-Cola system can contribute to the ‘rebirth of milk’ in America as consumption levels slide.

Heineken’s tribute to Sophrosyn: No and low-alcohol innovation helps brewer hit €1.5bn jackpot

Heineken says moderation is increasingly important for today’s consumers as its growing no- and low-alcohol beer portfolio helped deliver €1.5bn in innovation-related sales in 2014.

The Coca-Cola Company releases FY14 results

US market holds hope for Coca-Cola; while RTD tea boosts billion dollar brands

The Coca-Cola Company says the US market can help offset global challenges in 2015, warning that 2015 will be a ‘transition’ year while initiatives take hold.   

‘Security is a concern, but soft drinks growth is still strong in MENA’ – Euromonitor International

Despite regional security concerns, attractive soft drinks sales growth in the Middle East and North Africa still entices manufacturers, according to Euromonitor International.

Thailand

ThaiBev introduces 100Plus in bid to grow soft drinks market share

Thai Drinks will invest US$92m in promoting 100Plus, a functional drinks brand made by Fraser and Neave, the Singaporean manufacturer with which it shares its parent, ThaiBev, the Thai alcoholic...

Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages aspires to be ‘total beverage, multi-country, powerhouse’

The Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company plans to invest $500m over the next three years to drive sales of soft drinks including flag brand Ravi in the Middle East, North Africa...

A canny $6.6bn deal? Ball Corp in talks to buy UK rival Rexam

US giant Ball Corporation is in talks to buy UK rival Rexam, in a £4.3bn ($6.6bn) deal that would combine two of the world’s largest beverage can manufacturers. 

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