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Diageo 2015: Where is Guinness growing, what’s next for Mexico, and rising star Orijin

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes says he has confidence in what the alcoholic beverage giant can achieve in 2016, despite challenges on top line growth in FY2015. 

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European Commission clears Verallia glass acquisition by Apollo

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Verallia by Apollo Management of the US. Verallia is formed by a group of companies that manufactures...

‘Demand for standard 12oz can has been declining for several years’

Ball Corporation to close one of its oldest US plants as it admits: ‘We compete against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market’

Ball Corporation says it is closing one of its oldest North American beverage packaging plants because it ‘competes against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market’.

What to do about Diet: How Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper are tackling diet drink declines

Diet drinks have been in decline for some time now: so what are the big brands doing to improve the category's fortunes?

Diageo faces US probe on sales figures

Diageo says it is ‘working to respond fully’ to a US inquiry on its distribution in the country, reportedly over allegations that it has been shipping excess inventory to distributors in...

Britvic’s £114M Brazilian buyout to double earnings

Britvic’s £114M buyout of the Brazilian soft drinks firm Ebba will provide a significant boost to turnover, the manufacturer announced after revealing third quarter (Q3) revenues up by just 1%...

Dr Pepper Snapple champions its ‘strong foundation for growth’ in Mexican market

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) saw operating profit in Mexico up 29% in its latest quarter, calling the country an “increasingly important part of the business.”

Liquid Light to create MEG from CO2 for The Coca-Cola Company PlantBottle Packaging Program

Liquid Light has signed an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for its technology to create mon-ethylene glycol (MEG) from CO2 as part of the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) firm PlantBottle Packaging...

New product launches

What's hitting the shelves? A wine monster, pineapple vodka and more

Heineken, Nestlé, Beam Suntory and Diageo all have launches in our round up of beverages springing onto shelves across the globe. 

Talking Rain (Sparkling ICE) CEO: We might acquire brands, or build our own new brands

The Sparkling ICE brand notched up sales of more than $500m in 2014, is on course to top $600m in 2015, and has a fighting chance of reaching its well-publicized...

PepsiCo's Brazilian sugar sourcing audit falls short of expectations: Oxfam

PepsiCo’s new report on its sugarcane supply chain in Brazil and the impact it has on land rights has been welcomed with caution and some critique by Oxfam.

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Kraft Heinz moving Illinois location to downtown Chicago

Just two weeks after Kraft and Heinz officially announced they were merging into The Kraft Heinz Company, it has announced it will move from its Northfield, Illinois, offices to downtown...

Japan

KonaRed looks to Pacific neighbour for new coffee fruit market

Hawaiian antioxidant juice manufacturer KonaRed is moving into Japan with its nutritional supplements made from the American state’s indigenous coffee fruit.

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Nestlé pledges to hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees by 2017

Nestlé has launched ‘Project Opportunity’ in the US, a career acceleration programme to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their skills in food and beverage manufacturing.

The drink of champagne-ions! Supplying Wimbledon is an ace opportunity, says Champagne Lanson

Exclusive Wimbledon bubbly supplier Champagne Lanson is running a ‘military operation’ to keep the Grounds well-stocked, particularly in the run-up to the finals this weekend.

Coca-Cola suffers setback in juice labeling lawsuit

A California judge has refused to throw out a false advertising lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola of misleading shoppers by marketing a juice comprised almost entirely of apple and grape juice as...

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

PepsiCo’s leadership appointments help address the rise of digitally connected consumers

PepsiCo has announced a series of appointments, including one to address the importance of digitally connected consumers and e-commerce distribution channel.

VitHit vitamin drink takes simple health message global

Simple health branding and attractive flavours are what will take vitamin drink VitHit global, its founder and director says.

Constellation Brands pinpoints pinot noir for long-term success with Meiomi acquisition

Constellation Brands sees pinot noir as a solid prospect for its long-term future, boosted by the $315m acquisition of Meiomi wines this week. 

Diageo sells Gleneagles, Spanish wine warfare, and more beverage bites

Diageo announces the sale of luxury hotel and golf resort Gleneagles, while Heineken and Ball Packaging launch ‘groovy’ cans. Meanwhile, Spain’s annual wine fight takes place… read on for more...

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Chr Hansen delivers 'encouraging' Q3 results

Chr Hansen has turned in ‘an encouraging performance’ for Q3 2015 with revenues rising 9% for the first nine months in 2014/2015.

Kraft in legal hot water over 'natural cheese' and 'all-natural' Capri Sun

Kraft Foods Group has come under renewed fire over ‘natural’ claims this month, with a judge certifying a false advertising lawsuit over its ‘natural cheese’ and a plaintiff filing a...

Product launches in the beverage aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Weetabix’s protein power, Carlsberg’s non-alcohol lager, and Cucumber Chili Tequila

Carlsberg UK’s non-alcoholic lager, Weetabix’s protein-rich breakfast drink, and summer cider varieties: here are some of the beverages appearing in aisles.  

Nestlé, Unilever pledge to halve food waste by 2025

Members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have committed to halving food waste over the next ten years at an event in New York this week.

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