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French fruit juice is recession-proof, declares group

Fruit juice is still a dynamic, growing sector in France and is showing no sign of slowdown, according to trade organisation UNIJUS – although data do belie some trading down...

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Network seeks healthy investment for small companies

An organization dedicated to raising capital for small companies in the fields of health, wellness and green, natural and organic nutrition has announced its fourth investors’ meeting, due to...

Pernod drops Wild Turkey for refinance plan

Spirit group Pernod Ricard says it has offloaded its Wild Turkey branded bourbon operations to rival Gruppo Campari as part of a billion dollar strategy to offset debt through refinancing...

Innocent seal Coca-Cola deal for Euro push

Coca-Cola will take a minority stake in UK-based smoothie group Innocent as part of an investment deal to help push the company’s interests in the European market.

Carbonates dipping in US soft drink shift - report

The notion of the traditional soft drink as a carbonated, high-calorie fizzy drink may have had its day in the US, according to new research suggesting consumers are flocking en...

Snow-ed in: Domestic success drives Chinese beer domination

Bud Light may no longer be the world's heavyweight beer brand in terms of sales, with reports suggesting that it has lost ground to the regionally sold, China-based Snow, according...

Ocean Spray unveils cost-conscious cranberry range

Ocean Spray's Ingredient Technology Group has formulated a lower cost sweetened dried cranberry (SDC) product to meet demand for cost-effective and value-added ingredients in the face of rising commodity prices.

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Tata says hello to branded tea plans

India-based Tata Tea says that it is looking to develop a common brand identity for its core flagship beverage products, which include bottled water, as part of a wider shake...

European stevia firm to build Paraguay plant

Granular, a European stevia producer, has entered into a joint partnership to build a refinery for the natural sweetener in South America which it said will be environmentally neutral.

Carlsberg upbeat despite eastern finance fears

Eastern European markets like Russia have been a key driver for brewers’ sales in recent years, though as governments in the West look to help prop up some economies in...

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Coca-Cola fails with Huiyuan ambitions

Coca-Cola has announced that a proposed acquisition of the China-based juice manufacturer Huiyuan will not go ahead following failure to obtain approval from the China Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

Coke pops Innocent offer

Atlanta, Georgia-based Coca-Cola has tabled an offer for a minority stake in stalling UK smoothie maker, Innocent, according to press reports.

PureCircle reaps rewards for Reb A contracts in H1

Reb A producer PureCircle has reported a net profit increase of 75 per cent for the first half of 2009 after securing major contracts with companies including PepsiCo, Whole Earth...

Beauty from within is going mainstream, says Euromonitor

Danone may have pulled the beauty yogurt Essensis from French shelves but a Euromonitor analyst insists that the ‘beauty from within’ trend is still heading mainstream.

Diageo hits back at supplier shame claims

Suppliers of major drinks brands such as Smirnoff and Budweiser have hit back at claims that they are neglecting and, in some cases, endangering small businesses by extending payment times...

Hoodia finds life after Unilever

Phytopharm, the UK start-up Unilever dumped in November after spending more than €20m euros in a failed attempt to develop a hoodia-based weight management product, says it is in discussions...

Wealth concerns provide challenge in Euro soft drink-downturn

The importance of private label beverages and the impact of a consumer’s wealth on soft drink demand are key issues facing the industry in light of current concerns over future...

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Coke shakes up US Dasani operations

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has announced it will be closing its Dasani mineral water production plant in Washington, Pennsylvania, as part of an efficiency drive in its operations.

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Enzymotec secures new funding

Israeli phospholipids specialist, Enzymotec, has raised $11 million (€8.54m) from its three major shareholders as well as a new investor – Arancia International, a privately owned Mexican ingredients developer with...

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Suntory completes Frucor acquisition

Danone says it has completed the sale of its Frucor drinks subsidiary for €600m to Japan-based Suntory.

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SABMiller lays stake in Transylvanian brewer

SABMiller says it will further sink its teeth into the Romanian beer market by acquiring a 72 per cent interest in Transylvania-based brewer Bere Azuga.

Drinking yoghurt sector slows

Sales of drinking yoghurt are showing signs of a struggle as growth slowed down in Europe at the end of last year, according to a new market report.

Cash-strapped brewers urge UK tax rethink

Pressure is growing on the UK government to resist imposing further hikes on beer up to 2012, amidst fears over declining consumption rates and a struggling pub industry in the country.

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Britvic announces Irish job cuts

Britvic, a UK-based soft drink maker responsible for producing a number of leading brands across the country and in Ireland, has announced a number of job cuts ahead of an...

Budweiser brewer pledges Chinese commitment despite sale

Amidst ongoing restructuring of its global operations, Anheuser-Busch InBev says it has agreed to sell off its holding in Tsingtao Brewery, though remains committed to the wider Chinese beer market.

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