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Coca-Cola slurpee removed from sale

Diet Coke Frost Cherry Slurpee has been removed from shelves, after only a month on sale. 7-Eleven, who stocked the beverage, and The Coca-Cola Company have not said whether the...

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Bacardi CEO Ed Shirley springs retirement shock

Bacardi CEO Ed Shirley has sprung a surprise by announcing his resignation after just over two years in the role.

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Innovation for today: Digital tech empowers industry to innovate

The use of mobile technologies and social media to connect with real consumers can help manufacturers gain better innovation insights for today and tomorrow, says Chris Cornyn.

‘China & South America growth offset by decline in Europe’

Tetra Pak to expand in South America

Tetra Pak released its 2013 net sales today announcing a 3.5% growth and a 15% rise in capital equipment, which saw more than 580 filling machines installed globally, led by...

Cider restructure threatens jobs as Heineken invests £58M

Altogether 97 jobs could be affected at Heineken UK's Universal Beverages Ledbury (UBL) plant as it shifts cider production to Hereford and invests £58M there, the company has confirmed....


Could Coca-Cola Life health halo kill standard US Coke sales?

Naturally sweetened soft drinks such as Coca-Cola Life could pose problems for big soda since they risk cannibalizing standard product sales, one analyst suggests.

From Red Bull to Big Red: Beverage industry veteran talks energy, classic soda and why Sparkling Ice should inspire us all

The energy drinks market has become more segmented in recent years, but relentlessly negative PR, a flurry of lawsuits and an FDA-probe have not dampened consumers’ enthusiasm for the original...

Beauty and the Beast: US consumers ditch Pepsi, marry Monster

PepsiCo was the biggest loser in US carbonated soft drinks in 2013, according to Beverage Digest, with worrying volume and market share loss data contrasting sharply with Monster’s stellar sales.


'Sexy' Irish whiskey can shake Scotch monolith: Tullamore D.E.W

The world’s second-largest Irish whiskey brand Tullamore D.E.W insists the ‘sexy’ Irish whiskey category has immense potential as a rival to 'monolithic' Scotch sales.

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McDonald’s USA joins How2Recycle

GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has announced McDonald’s USA has joined its How2Recycle program.

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Diageo cuts the cards: Reshuffle reflects Chinese ‘growth engine’

Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes has reshaped his management team in light of growth potential in emerging markets including China and India.

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Final preparations underway for Food Vision 2014

Final preparations are underway for Food Vision 2014, the event that brings together global food and drink industry leaders at Cannes in the south of France to discuss key topics...

US firm hopes deal will open up market for californian wines

VATS the way I like it! Constellation Brands inks China wine deal

Constellation Brands has signed a long-term strategic deal with China’s VATs Liquor to develop the world’s best-selling table wine Robert Mondavi in the country.

a2 milk concept not confusing Australian consumers: A2DPA

A2 Dairy Products Australia (A2DPA) has slammed claims made by the CEO of Parmalat Australia that its a2 milk concept has left consumers Down Under confused.

Top of the Pops! Coke’s 5 Most Highly Paid Execs in 2013

Muhtar Kent took home $10m less in 2013 than the previous year, but having trousered $20m can still afford the odd luxury, as our resume of Coke's Top 5 paid executives shows.


‘Outrageous grab!’ Coke investor slams $24bn management pay deal

Coke has hit back at investor David Winters after he insisted that an ‘excessive’ compensation deal proposed for management from 2014 will hit normal shareholders – including teachers and nurses – hard.

Tea company leverages Whole Foods partnership for new product launch

The makers of Third Street Chai have leveraged their partnership with Whole Foods Markets into a new line of ready-to-drink teas that will launch nationwide with the natural foods retailer...

Interview with High Brew founder David Smith

High Brew boss: ‘We’re the antithesis of RTD coffee drinks’

The manufacturer of a ready-to-drink coffee beverage line looks to snag some market share from category-leading Starbucks with a cold brewed line that’s more about the flavor of coffee than...

‘We’d like to buy more brands like Capri Sun’: Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) says it would be keen to buy or distribute more brands like Capri Sun to expand in still drinks alongside increasing its footprint in Western Europe.

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Stellar year for US craft beer: $14.3bn sales in 2013

US craft brewers grew their domestic market share to 7.8% of total beer volumes in 2013 as the Brewers Association insists drinkers are increasingly keen on fuller flavored local brews.

‘Whatever happened to my beverage rock ‘n roll?'

Reset or risk drinks 'destruction' in North America: Peltz warns Pepsi

PepsiCo must return to its roots as a ‘lean, hard-hitting’ $30bn+ revenue beverage business under standalone management as the current strategy risks destroying its North American arm, Nelson Peltz warns.

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Gruppo Campari sweet on $580m Whyte & Mackay?

United Spirits will reportedly fetch £350m for its Whyte & Mackay whisky business in the UK, with rumours spreading that Gruppo Campari could be interested given its sizable war chest.

Aspall invests £4.3M and doubles capacity

Cider producer Aspall has pumped £4.3M into a new warehouse and packaging building to help double its capacity.


‘Germans still trying luck with Aperol copycats!’ Gruppo Campari CEO explains sales slump caught up with Gruppo Campari’s CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz on the the phone yesterday, following the spirits giant’s 2013 results announcement noting problems for Aperol in Germany and Wild Turkey...

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Starbucks CEO slams activist investors: ‘At times it's nothing to do with producing value’

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he is concerned by the activity levels of activist investors as eBay investor Carl Icahn fires off regular Tweets calling for it to spin off...