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News in brief

Budweiser Prohibition to launch in the UK

AB InBev’s alcohol-free Budweiser Prohibition will be launched in the UK later this year.

Eco-friendly beverage technology startup Lavit looks to enter US residential market

Lavit aims to make drinking water more varied and personal with its patented single-serve cold beverage water cooler that allows users to create chilled, filtered, better-for-you beverages; and plans to...

Love Taste Co. on ‘explosion’ in demand for veggie smoothies

Love Taste Co. started as a smoothie stall in London’s Borough Market. Today, it generates retail sales approaching £40m a year. Founder Richard Canterbury talks growth, flavour trends and the...

fairlife ultra-filtered milk sales surged 79% in 2016; Core Power and Yup! to be brought under fairlife brand umbrella

Dollar sales of Coca-Cola-backed high-protein milk fairlife grew 79% in 2016, as consumers continued to trade up in the fluid milk category.

Indian start-up's new civet dung coffee is no flash in the pan

India has made its first foray into fecal coffee, albeit at a scale that will not flush away Indonesia, its biggest producer.

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha expands 5.6% ABV beverage line

Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha’s 5.6% ABV line is expanding its distribution and flavor offerings aiming to take the alcoholic fermented beverage nationwide in the US by mid-2018, the company said. ...

Coca-Cola: ‘Most growth dollars in beverages are still going to come from sparkling.’

Despite declining soda consumption and sugar sweetened beverage taxes going into effect across the US, Coca-Cola saw its soda revenue rise 4% in 2016 thanks to smaller packaging.

Unilever adds Pukka Herbs to portfolio as part of ethical product drive

Unilever has bought organic herbal tea business, Pukka Herbs tea in the latest addition to a stable of brands that reflect its commitment to ethical practices and meet consumer demand...

Macb expands water recall due to spoilage

Macb has expanded a recall of flavoured water months after initial action was taken due to a ‘quality issue’.

Australia

Linfox buys out Lion from BevChain distribution joint-venture

Australian logistics major Linfox has bought out Lion’s 50% stake in BevChain for an undisclosed sum and will take full control of the drinks distribution and warehousing group.

Urban honey firm Bybi finds sweet success with CSR partnerships

Urban honey producer and social enterprise Bybi works with multinationals, such as Carlsberg, who ‘rent’ its hives in a CSR partnership that benefits both, Bybi founder Oliver Maxwell says.

SAB to create 10,000 jobs in South Africa through entrepreneurship campaign

The South African Breweries (SAB) has announced it will help create 10,000 jobs in South Africa by 2021 through its entrepreneurship programs. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Pokka calls for more government action to limit sugar consumption

Singapore’s biggest beverage brand has begun reformulating its drinks to reduce their sugar content, and has called on the government to take wider action against lifestyle diseases.

Coca-Cola bottle cap codes converted into donations for Hurricane Harvey victims

The Coca-Cola Foundation has pledged $1m to the American Red Cross, supporting local relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

AMP Energy launches organic energy drinks answering consumer call for simpler ingredients

PepsiCo-owned AMP Energy has launched a line of USDA-certified organic energy drinks aimed at meeting millennial consumers’ desire for products made with simpler and organic ingredients that provide on-the-go energy.

Anheuser-Busch & MillerCoors ship over 200,000 cans of drinking water to Hurricane Harvey victims

Anheuser-Busch is in the process of delivering more than 155,000 cans of emergency drinking water produced by its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery for US Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Startup to launch plant-based beverage line using leftover barley from breweries

US beverage startup, Canvas, has developed a way to convert unused grain leftover from the beer brewing process into a line of sustainable plant-based beverages.

PepsiCo Foundation donates $1m to Hurricane Harvey relief fund

PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation has donated $1m to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

CEO INTERVIEW

Black Feather Whiskey CEO on US launch: ‘We see it as premium, not precious’

Black Feather Whiskey has launched in retail locations throughout Texas and Utah, with online nationwide distribution to follow soon, CEO Jeremy Rawle said.

Coca-Cola Amatil eyes up potential of Coca-Cola No Sugar

Coca-Cola Amatil says it has been a ‘challenging’ first half for its Australian business, but highlights the potential of new products such as Coca-Cola No Sugar.

Beverage giants pledge to limit sugar content of drinks in Singapore

Major drinks companies in Singapore - including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé - have agreed to limit the sugar content of their drinks, committing to a maximum sugar content of 12%...

FrieslandCampina agrees to sell Riedel to Standard Investment

FrieslandCampina has agreed to sell Riedel to Dutch investment company Standard Investment, with the deal to be completed before the end of the year.

News in brief

Coca-Cola South Pacific launches Barista Bros campaign to get closer to consumers

Coca-Cola South Pacific has launched a Barista Bros campaign – ‘The Deliciousness is in the Detail’ – to build a stronger emotional connection with consumers.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Ribena recalled in Malaysia

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

Molson Coors sets target of zero waste to landfill by 2025

Molson Coors has set out its new sustainability strategy: which includes achieving zero waste to landfill across its major manufacturing facilities, improving water efficiency by 22%, and reducing absolute carbon...

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