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EU food and drink production flat in Q4 2012

Food and drink production in the EU remained flat in the fourth quarter of last year as some raw materials became costlier, according to data from FoodDrinkEurope.

GSK jolts Lucozade with Champions' Choice caffeine variant

GlaxoSmithKline has debuted a caffeine-boosted version of its isotonic Lucozade Sports range with mental focus the central selling point.

nutritionist enlists senatorial support as monster threatens legal action

Dr Deb reacts to Monster Energy legal threat: 'Let's air your dirty laundry in public'

Senator Richard Blumenthal has denounced Monster on Twitter for threatening kids’ nutritionist ‘Dr Deb’ with legal action, following ‘false and defamatory’ statements on energy drinks made in a newsletter aimed...

AB InBev admits new Grupo Modelo suit could derail $20.1bn deal

ABInBev says it will 'vigorously defend' itself against a new consumer class action seeking to prevent its full $20.1bn buyout of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, but admits the suit could...

Inaugural Food Vision heralded as success by global food industry – organisers commit to return in 2014

Following a highly successful inaugural summit last week, organisers William Reed Business Media have confirmed that Food Vision will become an annual event, returning to Cannes, France, in March 2014. 

‘We take this matter very seriously’: Carlsberg admits German cartel probe involvement

Carlsberg has confirmed to that it is under scrutiny as part of a wider, ongoing investigation by the German Federal Cartel Office, which also includes AB InBev.

Coca-Cola: ‘A third of beverage industry growth could come from disruptive brands in categories that do not exist today’

A large chunk of the growth in the beverage category in North America over the next decade will come from products in categories that do not even exist today, predicts Coca-Cola’s...

Volac heralds high-protein dairy beverage launch as 'next step' for company

British dairy nutritionals manufacturer, Volac, has launched a low-fat, high-protein dairy drink called Upbeat in the UK - a move that marks the company's entry into the consumer market for dairy beverages....

Dean Foods launches consumer-driven high-protein TruMoo innovation

Dean Foods has launched a high-protein, long-life version of its popular TruMoo flavoured milk range in an attempt to meet increasing US consumer demand for protein-enriched beverages.

Coca-Cola sheds 750 North American staff in distribution shake-up

The Coca-Cola Company announced yesterday that it plans to shed 750 North American jobs after revealing last month that it plans to reduce its regional distribution footprint.

Union fights ‘unacceptable’ Molson Coors pay cuts at Britain’s largest brewery

Unite the Union is fighting plans by Molson Coors to cut staff pay at its Burton on Trent brewery by up to £9,000 per year, and claims workers in similar...


Diageo sues Missouri distributor Major Brands for ‘unacceptable’ performance

Diageo is suing its principal Missouri wines and spirits distributor Major Brands, alleging ‘unacceptable’ performance, but Major CEO Susan McCollum insists her firm has a long record of 'outstanding performance'...

Heineken creates new 'chief strategy officer' position

Heineken has appointed Chris Barrow to the newly created role of chief strategy officer, where as a member of the firm's executive committee, he will report directly to CEO and...

‘Simply unacceptable’: Unite slams Diageo and peers over UK tax loophole

Unite the Union says the use of a legal loophole that it claims allows large multinationals such as Diageo to reduce tax payments on UK profits 'simply isn’t acceptable'....


Coca-Cola accused as US-China cyber war of words escalates

Chinese authorities have accused Coca-Cola China of illegally mapping parts of Yunnan Province, while a high-profile US cyber-security company alleges that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is behind at least...

Moody’s feels brighter about beverage industry prospects

Bond credit rating business Moody’s has revised its outlook for the global beverage industry upwards, citing rising middle class demand in emerging markets for high-end wines and spirits from the...

Beam Inc. Scotches talk of Teacher’s whiskey losing Indian No.1 spot

Beam Inc. insists to that Teacher’s remains the bestselling Scotch Whiskey brand in India, despite press reports suggesting it has lost that position to Pernod Ricard’s 100 Pipers in...

Dispatches from the RCA annual conference & culinology expo

Dr Mehmood Khan: ‘When I first joined PepsiCo, a lot of people asked me what the hell are you doing?’

Why can athletes that smell peppermint before they hit the gym exercise for longer ? And why do we have sweet taste receptors in our gut?

Diageo ‘co-operating’ with Turkish authorities on Mey Içki probe

Diageo’s Turkish president insists that the firm is co-operating with a government competition probe into its Mey Içki spirits business, and says he does not expect it had acted inappropriately....

EFSA health claims chief to share ‘magic recipe’ insights in Geneva

The chief of EFSA’s health claims panel will discuss where the agency stands on the topic in 2013, at this year’s Vitafoods conference and expo in Geneva in May.

Diageo’s $150m global supply chain shakeup ‘likely’ to cost jobs

Diageo will spend around £100m refocusing its global supply and procurement operations to reflect acquisitions in key emerging markets, but says the streamlining operation will probably mean job losses.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey halo: ‘US bourbon is hot', Brown-Forman

Brown-Forman’s US flavored whiskey revolution continues, with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey sales nearly doubling in the firm’s fiscal year to date, as the firm hails a ‘hot’ US bourbon category....

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SAB Miller invests $40m in new Namibia brewery to brew Carling

SAB Miller plans to invest $40m in a new 260,000 hectoliter brewery in Namibia, and says completion of the build by H2 2014 will allow it to make more key...

Nestlé coffee factory fire sparks mass evacuation

Nestlé tells that it chose to evacuate hundreds of staff from its main UK coffee factory yesterday – which makes its Nescafé and Dolce Gusto brands – after machinery...


Dairy-based soft drinks corner small market, but demand rising: Analysts

The market for dairy-based soft drinks is still small, but demand is on the rise, analysts have claim – backing up a 2012 Rabobank forecast that soft drink-dairy category “convergence” would increase....

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