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Innocent and AG Barr let loose with juice in UK health push

Two major UK-based soft drink manufacturers have stepped up their operations in fruit Juice production amidst growing national and European demand for the products’ perceived nutritional benefits.

Senomyx targets full-year sweetener sales push

Senomyx posted a 41 per cent rise in half-year sales to $9.6m, despite a second quarter drop in revenues, as it continues to collaborate with leading food and confectionery groups...


Why food is the new oil

“Food is a weapon – don’t waste it.” This message, which featured on a Second World War poster issued by the US Office of War Information in 1943, is a...

News briefs: Brewer results and lightweight ales

This week, Carlsberg and Molson Coors detail their financial performances during the opening half of the year, and a leading UK retailer expands its focus on sustainable packaging.

Packaging price hikes adding to food sector pressures

Food manufacturers are facing additional cost pressures due to the recent hikes in packaging materials, with Nampak the latest in a series of packaging firms to raise prices.


Can we believe the Danisco-Apax rumours?

Rumour, according to the Romans, is a feathered beast with a myriad eyes and tongues. Last week she went bristling through the Danish business pages, spreading the news that Danisco...

Brits' healthy drink demand defies weather

Britain's wettest summer on record failed to quench UK soft drink demand as consumption remained virtually unchanged in 2007 amidst growing demand for health and functional products, says consumer analyst...

News briefs: Coca-Cola and probiotic juice

Coca-Cola has announced that profits are increasing from its non-carbonated soft drink brands across the globe and a new beverage brand is combining probiotics with fruit juice to target US...


Budweiser to be Belgian? Big deal

The news that all-American brewer Anheuser-Busch is to be sold to Belgium’s InBev for $52bn has made sports bar patrons across the US weep into their Budweisers. But the idea...

Anheuser-Busch sues takeover suitor

Anheuser-Busch is suing Belgian brewer InBev for allegedly misleading its shareholders over its mooted $46.3bn takeover bid.

News briefs: InBev's 'Bud' plans, MillerCoors

This week, the US brewing industry continues to look set for additional shake-ups as InBev threatens to get tough on acquisition target Anheuser-Busch, while the MillerCoors joint venture finally comes...

Starbucks concerns not stimulating Euro coffee fears

With global café chain Starbucks this week announcing a major restructuring of it US operations to boost profitability, similar concerns are not being shared by European coffee manufacturers and retailers.

Nutrinova pushes up sorbates prices again

German ingredients company Nutrinova has increased the price of its sorbate products by an average of 10 per cent, effective from next week or "as contracts allow".

News briefs: InBev, Greencore and Friesland Foods

This week, InBev outlines financing plans for its Anheseur-Busch bid, Friesland Foods sells off a juice arm to focus on core brands and Greencore says it has uncovered fraud in...

News briefs: Diageo vs. California, exploding kegs and InBev

This week, Diageo heads to the court over new taxing measures in California, a major US roadway is closed over beer-induced chaos and InBev expresses its concerns to potential takeover...

Cost hikes from BASF to impact packaging suppliers

BASF, a major supplier of polymers and other chemicals for use in a variety of industries like consumer packaging, said that it is raising the prices for its paper and...

News briefs: Bud deal, Fosters and energy drinks

This week, InBev confirms its interest in Budweiser brewer Anheuser Busch, Foster's plans to shake up its flagging wine division and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group targets the US energy...

Coca-Cola calls on peers for cooler commitment

Coca-Cola is calling on rival food and rink manufacturers to join it in investing in carbon dioxide (CO2) refrigeration as part of its commitment to improving energy efficiency within its...

SunOpta to build new soymilk plant

SunOpta is planning to construct a new soymilk processing and packaging plant in California, which it says will enable it to meet growing demand for the beverage.

Big brewers searching for a brand old time, says analyst

As speculation mounts over the future of US brewer Anheuser-Busch amidst rumours of a possible takeover bid from rival InBev, it is not the brewer, but the brands that are...

News briefs: Space beer and Coca-Cola

This week, Coca-Cola Enterprises prepares for full year uncertainty after a difficult second quarter and a Japanese brewer hopes to devise a beer that is truly out of this world.

News briefs: Coca-Cola and Cobra Beer

This week, news reports suggest that the Coca-Cola's new chief executive may look to spend on his arrival, while production of one of the UK's leading beer brands could be...

Guinness retains heritage amidst brewery shake-up

Guinness appears to be sticking to its roots with the announcement today by parent company Diageo of a significant investment to step up production as its Dublin-based St. James's Gate...

News briefs: Sara Lee and soft drink bottles

This week, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola reportedly review their bottle sizes within the US, and the beverage division of Sara Lee helps ensure the company remains on target for full year...

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Adjusting to Mars' centre stage ambitions

While in the Hollywood stratosphere, it seems that you are not anyone these days unless you're a duo, in the glamorous world of food manufacture, the team-up route to success...

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