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RC TEN Cola success proves ‘pleasant surprise’ for Dr Pepper Snapple

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) CEO Larry Young insists US retailers are working hard with his firm to develop a ‘better-for-you’ carbonates platform, and said Royal Crown Cola Ten’s initial success...

GSK's iconic tonic: Abandon Ribena and Lucozade to Big Beverage

GlaxoSmithKline will sell its “iconic brands” Lucozade and Ribena to a beverage giant – if the price is right – the company announced in its Q1 results yesterday.

Heineken CFO plays down flag brand’s global sales slump

Heineken has played down a 4.7% slump in global sales of its eponymous brand versus Q4 2012, blaming bad weather in Europe and retailer destocking in France and the US.

Coca-Cola Enterprises could cut up to 288 UK distribution jobs

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has warned that it could make up to 288 UK staff redundant as it exits its direct store delivery (DSD) operation serving the foodservice sector towards the...

Coke’s Himalaya plant plans spark environmentalists' fury

AN agreement between Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages and the Uttarakhand government to set up a Rs600cr (US$110m) manufacturing plant in Dehradun’s Vikas Nagar Tehsil has drawn the rage of local environmental...

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AB InBev settles Justice Department litigation as it nears Grupo Modelo goal

AB InBev has agreed a settlement with the US Department of Justice, which sued to world's largest brewer earlier this year on competition grounds, to halt its proposed $20.1bn acquisition...

PepsiCo: We’ll reinvent the North American cola category

PepsiCo says it is investing heavily in R&D to ‘reinvent’ the flagging cola category in North America.

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Coca-Cola to roll out caffeine-free Coke Zero this summer

A caffeine-free version of Coke Zero will hit US stores from mid-July to give fans a “great-tasting option for later-in-the-day consumption”, says Coca-Cola.

Nestlé sales growth slows – but CEO reconfirms expectations

Nestlé has reported slower sales growth in the first quarter of 2013 hit by unrest in the Middle East and a cold start to spring, which affected sales of ice...

Coca-Cola to hand back US distribution networks under refranchising strategy

Coca-Cola has revealed plans to begin handing back some of its US distribution network to independent bottlers – a move that is expected to improve the company’s profitability in North...

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GSK brand Lucozade unlikely to attract multinational trade buyer: M&A expert

GSK brand Lucozade is more likely to attract a possible private equity buyer than a multinational food and beverage trade player that prefers brands with greater global potential, according to...

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Kraft brings Kool-Aid man into the 21st century with new campaign

Kraft has hired Saatchi & Saatchi New York and VSA Partners of Chicago to give Kool-Aid a “serious makeover”.

Heineken silent on $650m sale rumor regarding PepsiCo licensee

Heineken has refused to comment on rumors it has now put its Finnish business Hartwall up for sale seeking around €500m, after starting a strategic review of the unit in...

CEO ROBERT SANDS EXCITED AT SECURING MODELO 'CROWN JEWEL'

Constellation Brands will double Grupo Modelo brewery output post $4.75bn deal

Constellation Brands plans to double of the capacity of its new Piedras Negras brewery in Mexico to 20m hectolitres within three years, and says its ‘transformational’ deal with AB InBev...

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PepsiCo moves into football sponsorship

Hot on the heels of its sponsorship of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, PepsiCo has now announced a one-year partnership with the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP).

Tragedy strikes Mexico: 7 Grupo Modelo staff die

Anheuser-Busch InBev $20.1bn takeover target Grupo Modelo has confirmed that seven of its staff have died in an accident at its Mexico City brewery.

PepsiCo seeks to patent novel high-protein nutrition beverages in 4floz ‘hydration units’ as protein craze gathers pace

An international patent application filed by PepsiCo last September - and published yesterday - reveals the firm is seeking to patent high-protein nutrition beverages in 4floz ‘hydration units’ containing alpha-lactalbumin,...

Unilever hails one-third sustainable sourcing

Unilever has said it now sources more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, up from just 14% two years ago and 24% in 2011.

Nestlé brewing hot cup of promise for Chinese coffee growers

An agreement between Nestlé and a local government in China’s Yunnan Province will accelerate the development of the coffee industry in the country, the F&B company has predicted....

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IPL sponsorship just the start for cricket-loving Pepsi

With the opening of the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League, PepsiCo is wheeling out its biggest marketing coup to the cricket-crazy public of India.

Ex AB InBev bigwig blew whistle claiming firm watered-down Budweiser

Anheuser Busch’s former director of operations support says he repeatedly complained to senior managers about his belief that the firm was intentionally watering-down drinks to provide less alcohol than advertised....

Coca-Cola seeks to clarify high-fiber slurpee patent stories

Contrary to some media reports, Coca-Cola is not developing a new high-fiber frozen beverage, but it did help develop Slurpee Lite - a low-calorie beverage launched in 7-Eleven last May,...

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...

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