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InBev mulls closures and prices amidst brewer woes

Recently formed brewing powerhouse Anheuser-Busch InBev is already having to take difficult decisions in its European operations as it mulls price increases and brewery closures to offset industry-wide financial concerns.

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Anheuser-Busch turns back on free-beer

In a sign that tougher economic times are well and truly upon us, Anheuser-Busch has opted against continuing to offer free beer samples at its theme parks, according to press...

New distribution for DSM enzymes in the UK

DSM and S Black are extending their distribution arrangement in the UK to cover beverage enzymes, which are now being offered to targeted customers or alongside other ingredients in S...

Brewers’ reaction mixed to pound-a-pint scheme

Brewers should be free to price their products competitively to protect themselves in the current economic downturn, though must ensure they are not discouraging moderate consumption, says a European brewers...

Packaging companies taking a hit: report

Reduction in orders and raw material prices are reportedly affecting some of the leading global packaging suppliers.

Own Label Show to spur buoyant UK sector

The UK is set to have its first Own Label Show next November, billed as a forum for sourcing new product lines, finding partners and tracking developments.

Carbonated drinks braced for ‘economic storm’

While leading soft drink groups continue to pledge a path towards product diversification, the often-criticised carbonated drink will continue to undergo sales growth despite wider economic worries, says a new...

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Rexam aims to tackle overcapacity in US market

Rexam said that it is to make further reductions in its 12oz beverage can making operations in the US to address overcapacity in that market.

Processors to bear brunt of supermarket slashing - expert

Beverage and food manufacturers are likely to have to bear the brunt of a price war that is driving leading global retailers to increasingly turn to suppliers of discounted brands,...

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Sonoco tightens belt under in response to market conditions

US-based packaging company Sonoco is expecting to save $28 million by implementing further cost reduction measures.

Functional drinks show greatest global growth

UK-based Market researcher Zenith International reports regular carbonated drinks are no longer the world’s biggest beverage category as they were surpassed by bottled waters in volume terms in 2007.

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Heineken follows rivals in Irish brew shake-up

Up to 120 jobs could be lost as a result of Heineken’s acquisition of the western operations of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), as it opts to close the recently acquired...

Chinese citric acid duties will not halt imports

European producers of citric acid and monosodium glutamate have this week received long-term assurance that their prices will be supported against cheaper Chinese imports, but China is expected to remain...

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Why farm support puts food on plates

“Four legs good, two legs bad.” When the pigs take over the land in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, they have no hesitation; any creature with four legs is beyond reproach...

Price stabilization of bioplastics expected in 2015

Producers and packaging associations claim improvements to cost, performance and moisture barrier properties of bioplastics as well as more investment in sorting technology to prevent contamination of recycling waste streams...

Quality is key to sustaining private label growth

The economic downturn in the US is leading to strong sales increases for store brand products, but high quality standards need to be maintained to make sure they are long-lasting,...

Mouth bacteria boost some flavours: Study

Bacteria present in the mouth may delay the flavour response for some fruit, vegetables, and wine, according to a new study from Firmenich.

Frutarom eyes opportunities thrown up by financial turmoil

The global economic crisis will yield rich pickings for food firms with a strong capital structure. So believes Frutarom, which has reported another quarter of impressive growth figures on the...

Beer bottle hoarding gets San Miguel a fat fine

San Miguel Corporation, Southeast Asia's largest food and drinks manufacturer, has been handed a P130 million (€2 million) fine after being found to have engaged in unfair trade practices.

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InBev cleared for Budweiser buy

InBev says it will divest its responsibility for partially owned Canada-based brand Labatt to clear its acquisition of Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch.

Process innovation key to survival in credit crunch - KTP

Innovation is even more important for the food and drink manufacturing sector during an economic downturn, claims the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).

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A menu for American food policy

At the time of writing, the US is poised to go to the polls. The next two days are going to be hugely exciting. And when it’s all over, after...

Ajinomoto confirms aspartame price increase for Europe

Ajinomoto Europe has announced a 15 per cent price increase for aspartame produced at its plant in Gravelines, France, just weeks after the US business made a similar announcement.

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Recession dampens taste for UK beer

Fears continue to grow for the institution of the great British pub as sales of the token pint of beer fell by 7.2 per cent during the third fiscal quarter...

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Danone agrees Frucor sale

The Asian arm of Danone has agreed to sell off Australasian energy drink brand Frucor to Suntory as part of a €600m restructuring of its operations.

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