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Nestlé CEO talks Nespresso: ‘We wouldn’t have a healthy coffee business if we exploited suppliers’

Nestlé boss Paul Bulcke declines to reveal how much coffee farmers servicing its Nespresso platform receive for every little plastic pod sold, but insists the brand creates real shared value for...

PepsiCo's new Mountain Dew Kickstart flavors target ‘cross-cultural millennial males’

PepsiCo brand Mountain Dew Kickstart tells us its two new flavor lines with higher juice content, coconut water and slightly less caffeine are targeted at a core ‘cross cultural millennial...

BEVERAGE BITES: 19/01/15-23/01/15

Refresco Gerber under hammer for $1.7bn, Coke splashes cash on London Eye

Here’s what made the headlines during the working week commencing Monday January 19 2015, in our new section Beverage Bites, which brings you the best bite-sized beverage news.

Refresco Gerber faces strikes by ‘betrayed’ staff

Refresco Gerber faces strike action at its manufacturing base in Bridgewater, Somerset, over changes to pay, terms and conditions.

Chinese rain strikes sales but SAB Miller predicts return to 'normal state of play'

SAB Miller says the knock-on effects China’s wet summer continued to hold back the group’s performance in Q3 2014, but tells BeverageDaily.com it is confident the market will bounce back,...

‘Our RTD tea will taste of tea. Not sugar. Not malic acid!’ Ex-Coke exec says it’s time for Tg…

Former Coca-Cola executive Sophia Nadur insists the UK market is ready for her low calorie whole leaf RTD tea brand Tg, which she says is markedly different from what she...

Suja Juice predicts revenues of $70-80m in 2015 as super-premium juice category explodes

There is room for new players in the burgeoning super-premium juice category, but the barriers to entry are pretty high, says San Diego-based Suja Juice, which exploded onto the scene...

UPDATED: Furnace rebuilds, equipment updates on tap for 2015

Ardagh Group to make up to $71m capital investments at its Indiana, US glass facility

Ardagh Group, Glass North America, will receive a tax abatement of approximately $6.1m over 10 years from the City of Winchester and a grant of $300k for local equipment purchases...

Beauty and that beast of a beverage market…Bella Berry targets UK launch

London-based startup Bella Berry tells BeverageDaily.com that it is negotiating with buyers with a view to launching the UK’s first mass market collagen-based ‘beauty drink’ by spring 2015.

Heineken inaugurates Ethiopia's biggest brewery

Heineken has officially inaugurated what it claims is Ethiopia’s biggest brewery. With a total capacity of 1.5m hectolitres, it says the €110m ($95m) Kilinto brewery will enable it to meet...

Coffee that helps you sleep?! 'This brand can explode,' says Counting Sheep Coffee

A Vancouver startup believes it’s on the brink of exploding into mainstream success with its 40 winks coffee – a coffee blended with a herbal sedative, allowing it to be...

Amway solidifies position in energy drink market with acquisition of XS Energy brand

Direct selling giant Amway is solidifying its position in the energy drink market with the acquisition of XS Energy brand. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but a co-founder...

Analyst suggests ‘aggressive’ ABI pricing could spur Samuel Adams beer sales

One US analyst believes that a more aggressive US pricing strategy led by Anheuser Busch InBev could reignite sales growth for craft beer competitor Samuel Adams.

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What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2015?

Whether it’s a new ingredient (coffee fruit, maple water, coffee leaf tea), novel technology (barrel-aged tea, ‘raw’ tea), or different way of looking at established categories (soup in a bottle,...

Whale testicle beer brewer backs controversial drink: ‘We don’t consider the fin whale endangered here’

The owner of an Icelandic brewery poised to launch a controversial whale testicle-flavored beer tells BeverageDaily.com the beer has a ‘unique smoked flavor’ and insists Icelandic whaling is sustainable.

Healthy beverage innovation

Chameleon Cold-Brew produces consistent coffee for consistent sales

Consistency born from thoughtful attention to detail and hiring specialists before they were needed helped start-up Chameleon Cold-Brew rapidly expand distribution by three to four times, launch a new line...

CONSTELLATION BRANDS BEER BUSINESS HAS ‘EXCEPTIONAL MOMENTUM’

Modelo Especial tipped to topple Heineken as No.2 US imported beer

Constellation Brands announced yesterday that its Mexican beer brand Modelo Especial is poised to overtake Heineken as the No.2 selling imported beer in the US.

Coke plans to slash 500 jobs at Atlanta HQ to help hit $3bn savings target

Coke plans to cut at least 1,600 jobs globally including 500 roles at its Atlanta HQ – as the company ploughs on with a $3bn cost-cutting drive announced after an October profit warning.

Edrington inks Americas distribution deal to target $1bn travel retail channel

Scottish distiller Edrington – which owns brands including Highland Park – has agreed a distribution deal for the Americas to strengthen its position in a regional travel retail channel now worth $1bn+.

Keurig Green Mountain teams up with Dr Pepper on Keurig Cold

Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) have struck a deal to develop products for the hotly-anticipated Keurig Cold at-home beverage system, following Keurig’s 2014 deal to work...

‘We like Constellation Brands’ outsized exposure to imported beer’: Analyst

Cowen and Company analyst Vivien Azer says her company likes Constellation Brands’ ‘outsized’ exposure to imported beer and expects that category to win more share from non-craft domestic brands in 2015.

News in brief

Powerful Yogurt launches 'first' high-protein Greek yogurt drink

Powerful Yogurt has officially launched what it claims is the first high-protein drink made with a Greek yogurt base.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2014 FROM BEVERAGEDAILY.COM!

Caught in the headline headlights! Top 10 BeverageDaily.com stories of 2014

As voted for by you the readers - effectively - and checked by us on Google Analytics, here are our Top 10 most read news stories of 2014 – from...

Analysts suggest Coke could prosper from plant-based beverage tie-up with WhiteWave Foods

Wells Fargo Securities analysts say plant-based beverages are a ‘unique growth opportunity’ and believe a partnership with WhiteWave Foods would bring Coke several important strategic benefits.

EU scrutinises Mondelez-Douwe Egberts Master Blenders coffee deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation of Mondelez International’s proposed $5bn joint venture with competitor coffee firm Douwe Egberts Master Blenders 1753.