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AB InBev & SABMiller deal gets clearance in South Africa, with conditions

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has approved AB InBev’s takeover of SABMiller, with conditions. 

FTC approves Ball's acquisition of Rexam in the US

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Ball Corporation’s proposed acquisition of Rexam, granting final regulatory clearance.

Our/Vodka, ChariTea, and Lemonaid band together on spirit mixer 4-pack for summer

Our/Vodka alongside ChariTea and Lemonaid have launched a four-pack spirit and mixer collection for the summer aiming to “solve drink dilemmas” for consumers attending outdoor events and other social gatherings....

Coconut Beach competes on quality and price with ¢99 coconut water

Coconut Beach is aiming to break down the perception that coconut-based beverages have to retail at a higher price point by selling products across its entire beverage line for $0.99. 

Asi Tea taps into yerba mate drinker market with ‘less bitter’ RTD tea

Founder of Asi Tea Company, Lou Thomann, describes tea brewed from the Yaupon tree as a “local version of mate” and believes it can capture an even broader consumer audience. ...

MillerCoors defeats Blue Moon ‘craft beer’ lawsuit once more

A federal court has dismissed a class action claim that MillerCoors misleads consumers by marketing their Blue Moon Belgium beer as “craft beer.”

Sonoma Brands unveils drinkable veggie soup ZÜPA NOMA: ‘Cold pressed juices taste great, but they simply have too much sugar’

The $8bn US wet soup category is “sleepy and ripe for disruption,” says the founder of Sonoma Brands, which is launching its first incubated brand in July: ZÜPA NOMA, an...

Coca-Cola invests in organic aloe water beverage company, Aloe Gloe

Coca-Cola has obtained a minority equity stake in California’s Aloe Gloe. Coca-Cola says the investment into the ‘up-and-coming’ brand gives it a further entry in the emerging market segment for...

Could Hawaiian māmaki be the new super leaf? Shaka Tea shakes things up with RTD tea line

Hawaii-based Shaka Tea aims to bring the taste and health benefits of the māmaki plant to the rest of the US with its line of shelf-stable RTD herbal tea.

Tuvunu puts ancient 'Greek Mountain Tea' in a can

Tisane made out of the ironwort flower, called Siderities in Greek, has been brewed and drunk by the Greeks for as long as the Mediterranean nation’s written history.

Singapore

C&C ties up third Asia-Pacific distribution deal in two months

C&C Group has announced yet another new distribution partnership to distribute more of its portfolio brands in Asia with the signing of an agreement with InterBev in Singapore, a subsidiary...

UAE firms buy Power Horse stake

Two UAE-based investment firms have bought a significant stake in Austrian energy drink producer Power Horse, and plan to expand the business’s reach beyond its Middle Eastern stronghold. 

Dr Pepper ‘Pick Your Pepper’ campaign creates customized label experience for consumers

Dr Pepper launched its Pick Your Pepper campaign this week, with US nationwide distribution of hundreds of new, limited edition, custom printed Dr Pepper 20-ounce bottles.

‘There’s an opportunity to broaden the appeal of energy drinks’: Thailand’s Carabao on potential of UK market

Asian energy drink Carabao has launched in the UK, and while it admits it’s a competitive market, it still sees significant untapped potential beyond the niche categories of ‘lads, high-octane...

Leicester City signs sports supplements deal

Welsh firm Pro Athlete Supplementation (PAS) has signed a deal that makes it the exclusive sports supplements supplier to reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions Leicester City Football Club.

‘An important opportunity against a competitive backdrop’: 150th anniversary for Jack Daniel’s can draw in new consumers, says Brown-Forman

The Jack Daniel Distillery celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and Brown-Forman sees the milestone as an opportunity to promote its flagship brand in a competitive market where craft is...

Yakult’s probiotic fermented milk drink reaching new heights

Yakult was founded in Japan in the 1930s, and the probiotic fermented milk drink has been expanding around the world ever since.

Price, size, and consumer audience led to failure of Keurig Kold, Euromonitor analyst says

Keurig Green Mountain has discontinued Keurig Kold, an in-home soft drinks machine because it “failed to deliver on consumer expectations,” the company said.

Heineken: ‘F1 is bigger than a race – it’s a global event’

Heineken to become Formula 1 global partner

Heineken and Formula One Management have announced that Heineken will become a Global Partner of F1, a partnership that will enable it to reach F1 spectators and 400m television viewers...

Bundaberg Brew CEO talks about making it big stateside from Down Under

An iconic beverage in its homeland Australia, Bundaberg Brew became a little hidden gem when it came stateside. With a new deal with Safeway and Albertsons, the company wants to...

‘A key part of our expansion is the reach to universities’: Naka’s ‘drink to think’ approach

Swedish functional beverage brand Naka (formerly Akuō) is dubbed as a ‘drink to think’, and its reach to universities has been one of the keys to its success so far....

Talking Rain (Sparkling ICE) CEO: We had one store in London sell 3,000 bottles in a week

It’s very early days, but initial signs suggests that Sparkling ICE could be a hit in the UK and Ireland, says Kevin Klock, president and CEO at brand owner Talking...

China direct

NGO accuses China’s water bottlers of depleting Tibet’s resources

Campaigners have rounded on China’s bottled water industry, which they say threatens Tibet’s water resources in a region where glaciers have melted substantially over the last three decades.

Tickle Water brings unsweetened sparkling water for kids to market

Tickle Water has launched its unsweetened sparkling water in the US, responding to a need to "make water fun" for children.

Bella Berry beauty drink on finding the right retailers and investors

Beauty drink Bella Berry launched in the UK last year with a mission to bring beauty drinks to a mass market. One of the key lessons for the brand has...

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