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Nestlé inaugurates Nescafé and Maggi factory in Dubai

Nestlé Middle East has inaugurated its Al-Maha factory in Dubai South; its 18th factory in the region. 

Yakult adjusts ten-year plan

In 2011, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. formulated a long-term business management vision “Yakult Vision 2020,” which it split into three phases. The company has just released its Phase III Plan...

Anheuser-Busch: $2bn investment in American brewing

Anheuser-Busch has announced a major capital expenditure program in the US, saying it is one of the largest in the country’s brewing history. 

PepsiCo pledges less sugar, sodium in global product portfolio by 2025

Through a collaboration with non-profit Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), PepsiCo has unveiled plans to “transform its product portfolio and offer healthier options” by 2025.

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Pepsi launches Pepsi Fire: Cola with a cinnamon twist

Pepsi has launched its latest limited edition drink, Pepsi Fire, which is described as ‘a refreshing cola with a cinnamon flavored twist’. 

Functional beverages using nootropics will rise, predicts new energy drink LGND

With consumers looking for alternatives to high doses of caffeine and sugar, nootropics could become the ‘new norm’ for energy drinks, believes new brand LGND.

AB InBev's core beer brands boost revenues

AB InBev’s three core global brands, Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Corona, collectively grew by more than 12% for Q1 2017, mainly driven by revenues outside of the US.

Peet’s Coffee rides third-wave coffee trend with expansion of RTD cold brew to rest of California

Peet’s Coffee is expanding distribution of its RTD cold brew coffee to the rest of California through a new DSD (direct store delivery) network called Coldcraft.

Mongibello teams up with NutraT to launch functional and clean label nutraceutical coffee

Mongibello has launched a new line of functional coffees containing NutraT, an instant drink powder boosted with the health benefits found in a Mediterranean diet, and will debut the new...

Anheuser-Busch acquires Wicked Weed Brewing

Marking its 10th craft brewery acquisition, Anheuser-Busch has added Wicked Weed Brewing of Asheville, North Carolina, to The High End portfolio.

Vimto gears up for bumper Ramadan

Despite “challenging” times in its home market, Vimto manufacturer Nichols is expecting another strong performance during the Ramadan season in the Middle East.

Sadafco continues health charge with fortified fruit laban

Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (Sadafco) has launched a functional laban fruit drink in the Middle East after demoing the product in the manufacturer's home market.

Steaz organic cactus water line expands distribution amid plant water boom

A legacy brand in the natural channel since its 2002 launch with organic sparkling green tea, Steaz is now enjoying the momentum of low-sugar, plant-based waters, and recently expanded distribution...

Dr Pepper Snapple Group: Ginger ale and sparkling water keeps sales afloat for Q1 2017

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) reported a 1.3% bump in revenue for Q1 2017 rising to $1.51bn from $1.49bn with its ginger ale brands showing the highest gains, while net...

Coca-Cola to cut 1,200 jobs after fizzy drink sales fell 1%

Coca-Cola says it will cut approximately 1,200 jobs after global carbonated drink sales fell 1% in the quarter to March 31.

Weight loss brew? Fibre-rich tea and coffee aiming for European success

The UK and France are early target markets for new tea and coffee concepts containing soluble pea fibre, says founder.

Diageo to cut 100 jobs in Scotland

Diageo will make redundancies at its Leven and Shieldhall sites in Scotland as it moves some production to Italy and the US. In response, union GMB Scotland has accused the...

Heineken posts slight Q1 2017 gains with Brazil lagging behind other markets

Heineken reported 2.5% volume growth of its flagship beer brand for the first quarter of 2017, but double-digit volume declines in Brazil hampered overall growth for the second largest brewer. 

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Anheuser-Busch to launch ‘Latin-American inspired’ craft beer brand

Anheuser-Busch InBev will be expanding its high-end craft beer portfolio with the launch of Veza Sur Brewing Co. in Miami, Florida, early this summer.

Flow Water CEO thinks big: We could emulate the success of Evian and Fiji

It’s one of the biggest beverage success stories to emerge out of Canada in the recent years, but can naturally alkaline spring water brand Flow Water – one of a...

Interview

Former Aussie PM Bob Hawke back on the grog with new lager launch

One of Canberra's best known politicians has been immortalised by a craft beer that bears his name and "shares his values". 

Craft Brewers Conference 2017

PicoBrew reaches further into home brewing with kombucha and gluten-reduced beer options

PicoBrew has extended its reach further into the home brewing market with Pico Model C, a less expensive version of its original Pico machine with added kombucha brewing capabilities and a...

ProFood Tech 2017

Sierra Nevada spreads sustainability practices with CO2 recovery program at North Carolina brewery

US craft brewer Sierra Nevada puts the spotlight on its sustainability initiatives, reporting reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) and greenhouse gas emissions.

‘We have a tremendous opportunity to use our global scale to influence positive change’

PepsiCo launches Nutrition Greenhouse incubator: ‘The latest food innovation is coming from both big & small players’

PepsiCo has launched an incubator programme to help nurture the ‘best and brightest’ entrepreneurs in the nutrition, health and wellness sectors. Eight ‘breakthrough brands’ will benefit from a €25,000 ($26,500)...

Wilmar announces partnership to end labour violations in palm oil supply chain

The world’s number one palm oil supplier Wilmar International has announced a new initiative to combat "systemic labour issues" occurring in its supply chain.

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