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‘NYC is the beverage innovation epicenter!’ Former Glaceau COO Carol Dollard launches agua enerviva

Carol Dollard, former COO of Glaceau Vitaminwater, tells BeverageDaily.com about her new brand agua enerviva – a ‘naturally energizing’ drink inspired by a love of the Hispanic and homemade.

‘Buying a craft beer holding? That’ll never work!’ Heineken CEO talks up Affligem

Heineken boss Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer admits his company can’t simply buy up small breweries to tap the craft beer trend but says a global focus on historic brands like Belgium’s...

Corona can help fire Casa Noble tequila sales: Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands CFO Bob Ryder insists that the firm can leverage Corona Extra’s popularity among Hispanics in particular to boost sales of new super-premium tequila brand Casa Noble.

PLANS INCLUDE REGIONAL COFFEE HUB

Nestlé South Africa appoints new MD, announces $181m investment

Nestlé South Africa has announced a five-year $181m investment plan in the country and the appointment of Ian Donald as company chairman and MD.

Coke International ‘uniquely positioned’ to capture $300bn beverage growth

Coca-Cola International president Ahmet Bozer insists his company is uniquely positioned to capture a $300bn world growth opportunity between 2014 and 2020.

Bai Brands goes sparkling with Bai Bubbles, warns CSDs ‘dying on the vine’

Bai Brands founder Ben Weiss says he believes carbonated soft drinks are ‘dying on the vine and need true variety’ as his firm aims to disrupt the category with sparkling...

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL BOTTLED WATER CONGRESS, BUDAPEST, OCTOBER 6-8

‘Hydration Activation!’ Zenith Congress seeks to sustain bottled water growth

Zenith International’s 2014 Global Bottled Water Congress will take place in Budapest from October 6, and Chairman Richard Hall says it will focus on maintaining the category’s positive global momentum.

Diageo backs £10M fund for distillers

New and growing distillers could draw on a £10M fund to help their businesses grow, thanks to an initiative backed by spirits giant Diageo.

Carlsberg to adopt The Bowtie method to maximize level of expertise

Carlsberg is moving towards The Bowtie Method to maximize the level of interaction and expertise between its supply chain and procurement divisions

‘Soda declines look a lot like those seen for cigarettes’: Analyst

Soda sales trends in the US look quite similar to those seen for cigarettes, according to one analyst, but she warns that the industry can’t rely on the same pricing...

Rabobank’s stark Scotch warning: Independence will hurt whisky industry

Rabobank believes the short-term impact of Scottish independence on the whisky industry would be negative – affecting access to export markets, foreign exchange, taxation rates and input costs.

PET packaging pounces on traditional glass territory: Sidel eyes up edible oils

Sidel sees growth in the edible oils market as a ‘huge opportunity’ for its PET packaging business and believes it can take a chunk of the sector away from traditional...

Food and drink in an independent Scotland – in pictures

Thousands of Scots will vote for or against Scottish independence this Thursday (September 18), but how do some of the UK’s biggest food and drink firms think independence will affect...

ABI takeout of SAB Miller could be 'transformative' for Molson Coors

With AB InBev rumored to be exploring a takeover of SAB Miller, one US analyst says the deal could prove 'transformative' for Molson Coors' beer prospects in this market.

Canadean predicts US fizzy water sales will soar at expense of CSDs

Canadean predicts that US carbonated water sales will grow 12% in 2014 as health-conscious consumers embrace the category's health halo in preference to carbonated soft drinks.

"The lawsuit is without merit and we will aggressively defend it': Anheuser-Busch

Beck’s US beer row intensifies as AB InBev fails to KO court case claiming German brewing deception

Anheuser-Busch lawyers have failed to KO a lawsuit brought by US consumers who claim the company misled them into buying Beck’s by ‘deceptive conduct’ that suggested the beer was still...

Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for what's ‘fresh, unique and new’: A day at the Food & Beverage University

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler alert: ‘Let me get back to you on those numbers’ will not inspire...

NESTLE WATERS CORPORATE COMMS DIRECTOR, JANE LAZGIN, DEFENDS COMPANY'S OPERATIONS

‘Juices, soft drinks, beer all use more water!’ Nestle Waters hits back at California drought critics

Nestle Waters has hit back at critics who claim it draws too much water from a Southern Californian spring, insisting its products are sustainable and use minimal water versus other...

‘Baby boomers unlikely to buy much 24-pack Pepsi’: Al Carey warns

PepsiCo Americas Beverages boss keen to scrap ‘old industry growth paradigm’

PepsiCo Americas Beverages CEO Al Carey says he wants to spend less on soda promotions where sales are declining and more on spurring growth in faster-growing portfolio areas.

UK brewers drink to bumper year

The UK saw 170 breweries spring up in the past 12 months, a figure driven by small independent brewers, according to the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA’s) Good Beer Guide 2015.

TRADE BODY WANTS REASSURANCE AHEAD OF SEPT 18 INDEPENDENCE VOTE

Scotch Whisky Association presses ‘Yes Scotland!’ for currency clarity

Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) CEO David Frost warns that a lack of clarity over an independent Scotland’s currency could hit exports, supply chains, pricing and competitiveness in the multi-million dollar...

Rock Rose gin from Britain’s most northern distillery

What is being claimed as the most northerly gin distillery on mainland Britain was commissioned last month, following the installation of a new still - christened ‘Elizabeth’ - in the...

SPORTS NUTRITION 2014: FOCUS ON CREATINE SCIENCE

‘Get ripped like Rambo and smart like Picasso!’ VPX rips up sports drink rulebook

VPX/Redline CEO Jack Owoc tells Sports Nutrition 2014 delegates how to create a creatine-based sports/energy drink that’s 'omnipresent enough to crush Red Bull, Powerade and Monster'.

SPORTS NUTRITION 2014: A STARK WARNING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’ Expert warns wannabes

Beverage brand development guru James Tonkin has warned wannabe entrepreneurs that going up against established brands such as Red Bull and Coca-Cola without some kind of ‘silo vertical’ protection is...

Coke's largest India bottler abandons $25m bottle line, campaigners claim 'colossal victory'

Coke’s largest Indian bottler has blamed officialdom for the 'inordinate delay' it said led it to abandon a newly built $25m bottling line in Uttar Pradesh, but insists it will...

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