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Unilever's shares up as ice cream sales help firm beat Q3 forecast

Food and consumer good giant Unilever reported sharply increased third-quarter revenues, as sales of ice cream jumped and emerging markets saw heavy growth.

Diageo sells major wine interests to Treasury Wine Estates

Treasury Wine Estates will acquire the majority of assets from Diageo’s US and UK wine operations for $552m, including Blossom Hill in the UK and Beaulieu Vineyards in the US....

Official: Pepsi will launch a smartphone in China

Pepsi China will enter the mobile phone business, ending 24 hours of frenzied and incredulous speculation by technology web sites, some of which suspected the move was an elaborate hoax.

AB InBev and SABMiller reach agreement on takeover deal

A deal to create the world’s largest brewer has been agreed ‘in principle,’ AB InBev and SABMiller have announced this morning. 

Brewing beer with buckwheat: Israeli brewery goes gluten-free

Being diagnosed with celiac disease usually means the days of drinking beer are over, but entrepreneur Bryan Meadan wasn’t quite ready to accept that fate. He is now brewing beer using...

AB InBev ups bid for SABMiller as deadline looms

AB InBev has launched another proposal in its bid to take over SABMiller: ahead of an impending deadline of this Wednesday. 

AB InBev ‘surprised’ at SABMiller reaction, after takeover proposal refused

AB InBev says it is ‘surprised’ at SABMiller’s reaction to its mega-brewer proposal: after SABMiller yesterday rejected a $103.6bn / £68bn takeover approach. 

SABMiller rejects AB InBev proposal: ‘It still very substantially undervalues SABMiller’

SABMiller has rejected a proposal from AB InBev, which valued the company at around $103.6bn / £68bn. 

AB InBev makes bid for SABMiller; reveals two prior rejected offers

Anheuser-Busch InBev has made an offer to SAB Miller, valuing the company at around $103.6bn / £68bn, it announced this morning.  It says the combination of the two companies can...

A post-workout brew: Crafting a protein-packed beer for the fitness crowd

Supplemental Brewing has launched a protein-infused beer for athletes "who don’t want their workouts to get in the way of their weekend."

Nescafé and Google in virtual reality coffee experience: ‘People feel as if they are right there in the plantation’

Transparency on sustainability needs to go beyond data on packaging if it is to really engage consumers, says Nescafé, as it partners with Google to launch a virtual reality coffee...


Brown-Forman starts construction of $50m Slane Distillery

The official ground breaking ceremony for Brown-Forman’s $50m Slane Distillery in Ireland took place today, representing its entry into distilling Irish whiskey. 

Keurig KOLD hits stores in six cities, but will consumers buy into its promise of ‘game changing, on-demand variety?’

The long-awaited Keurig KOLD system is now available to order on and will be in select retailers online and in six cities beginning in October, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,...

Herbalife launches sports drink with Cristiano Ronaldo

Nutrition company Herbalife has developed a sports drink for soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, with the beverage described as a ‘contemporary take on a traditional sports drink.’

Carlsberg workers take industrial action: Unite

Nearly 200 Carlsberg engineers, brewers, processors and packers will take part in an a continuous ban on overtime and work-to-rule on Thursday (October 1), after the firm imposed what Unite...

AB InBev and SABMiller: bid could be made this week

AB InBev could make its offer for SABMiller this week, with reports over the weekend suggesting a $106bn bid is on the cards. 

Lawsuit filed against Nestlé for gender discrimination

A gender discrimination lawsuit has been filed against Nestlé Waters North America by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Heineken launches joint venture in Ivory Coast with $172m brewery

Heineken has announced a joint venture in Ivory Coast to produce and market beer in the country, under the name Brassivoire. The foundation stone for a $172m beer production site...

AB InBev buys Golden Road Brewing, applauding ‘awesome portfolio’ of craft beers

Anheuser-Busch InBev is buying Golden Road Brewing, pointing to its ‘awesome portfolio’ of beers, the culture and passion for the beer, and its growth and achievements in Los Angeles as...

DuPont blends soy, casein and whey in beverage to ‘challenge industry standards’

DuPont Nutrition and Health is "challenging the norms" of the dairy industry with a concept that blends soy, whey and milk proteins.

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Zerose erythritol is FEMA GRAS and can be used in soft drinks as ‘natural flavor’, says Cargill

Cargill’s Zerose erythritol has been deemed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use as a flavor in non-alcoholic beverages by the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA),...

Dairy Farmers of America launches milk-based, caffeine-free energy drink

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has launched a milk-based energy drink that doesn't rely on caffeine or other stimulants.

Pepsi strikes deal with health advocacy group over 4-mei levels in soft drinks

PepsiCo has struck a legal settlement with The Center for Environmental Health in which it has agreed to keep levels of 4-mei (4-Methylimidazole) – an impurity generated during the production...

AB InBev confirms it has approached SABMiller, exploring mega-brewer tie-up

AB InBev has this morning confirmed it has approached SABMiller regarding a combination of the two companies, which could create an estimated $275bn mega-brewer.

Nescafé dumps traditional websites and turns to Tumblr, in bid to converse with creative and mobile millennials

Nescafé is abandoning its traditional websites in favour of Tumblr: a move aimed to appeal to millennial consumers and particularly those using smart phones and tablets. 

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