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Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages aspires to be ‘total beverage, multi-country, powerhouse’

The Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company plans to invest $500m over the next three years to drive sales of soft drinks including flag brand Ravi in the Middle East, North Africa...

A canny $6.6bn deal? Ball Corp in talks to buy UK rival Rexam

US giant Ball Corporation is in talks to buy UK rival Rexam, in a £4.3bn ($6.6bn) deal that would combine two of the world’s largest beverage can manufacturers. 

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Companies crave category leadership, but Euromonitor warns against 'war is won' illusion

Companies crave category leadership but too much market share risks stymying food and beverage innovation within large firms, as well as the illusion that ‘war is won’, a Euromonitor analyst...

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Coca-Cola urges other food, beverage makers to join Recycling Partnership

Coca-Cola, the sole brand-owner sponsor of an industry/non-profit partnership that is funding major recycling initiatives in three Southeast US cities, is challenging other food and beverage companies to put their money...

Ammonia leak at Coca-Cola US bottling plant

Coca-Cola’s Indianapolis centre shut down production at the weekend, following an ammonia leak on Saturday night. 

‘Fastest-growing US soda brand’ DRY Soda hails dawn of the soda sommelier

The CEO of America’s fastest-growing soda brand DRY Soda says the brand’s relatively low sugar content and a focus on food matching and ‘culinary flavors’ are helping it crack exclusive...

‘We’re on a mission to make HPP juice more accessible’: Coldpress Foods MD

The MD of HPP juice brand Coldpress insists it is still growing strongly in the UK despite wider category woes, with a sustainable business model that now allows it to...

ANALYST BELIEVES DEPRESSED MARKET MAY FORCE FURTHER CLOSURES

Carlsberg closes two Russian breweries as Baltika attacks 'unbalanced' taxes and regulation

Carlsberg will close two breweries in Russia and cut its capacity there by around 15%, with its local subsidiary Baltika Breweries blaming 'disproportionate' laws and taxes.

Bend baijiu like Beckham: Diageo talks up Chinese turnaround but sales keep falling

Diageo chief Ivan Menezes today talked up the company’s turnaround plan for ‘challenged market’ China – where the company is betting on Beckham-backed Haig Club whisky and lower-cost baijiu -...

A rose by the same name will taste less sweet: Coca Cola Canada reduces sweetness and calories

Coca-Cola in Canada will be ‘slightly less sweet’ this year, as the company brings the product in line with its offer across the rest of the world. 

Mid-calorie soda gamble: Pepsi True hits test markets in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C

PepsiCo is rolling out its mid-calorie cola Pepsi True at selected retailers in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. following a soft launch on Amazon to assess demand.

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Will Pepsi True & Coca-Cola Life revitalize the cola market, or are today’s more demanding and sophisticated consumers looking for more than refreshment and ‘no-artificial’ claims from their beverage calories...

MULTINATIONAL INSISTS IT VALUES 'OPEN AND FAIR' SUPPLIER RELATIONS

‘Broken big business ethics’: Diageo attacked for extending supplier payment terms

A UK-based small business lobby today attacked drinks giant Diageo for extending payment terms to new suppliers from 60-90 days under what the former claims is the cover of a...

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Nestlé CEO talks Nespresso: ‘We wouldn’t have a healthy coffee business if we exploited suppliers’

Nestlé boss Paul Bulcke declines to reveal how much coffee farmers servicing its Nespresso platform receive for every little plastic pod sold, but insists the brand creates real shared value for...

PepsiCo's new Mountain Dew Kickstart flavors target ‘cross-cultural millennial males’

PepsiCo brand Mountain Dew Kickstart tells us its two new flavor lines with higher juice content, coconut water and slightly less caffeine are targeted at a core ‘cross cultural millennial...

BEVERAGE BITES: 19/01/15-23/01/15

Refresco Gerber under hammer for $1.7bn, Coke splashes cash on London Eye

Here’s what made the headlines during the working week commencing Monday January 19 2015, in our new section Beverage Bites, which brings you the best bite-sized beverage news.

Refresco Gerber faces strikes by ‘betrayed’ staff

Refresco Gerber faces strike action at its manufacturing base in Bridgewater, Somerset, over changes to pay, terms and conditions.

Chinese rain strikes sales but SAB Miller predicts return to 'normal state of play'

SAB Miller says the knock-on effects China’s wet summer continued to hold back the group’s performance in Q3 2014, but tells BeverageDaily.com it is confident the market will bounce back,...

‘Our RTD tea will taste of tea. Not sugar. Not malic acid!’ Ex-Coke exec says it’s time for Tg…

Former Coca-Cola executive Sophia Nadur insists the UK market is ready for her low calorie whole leaf RTD tea brand Tg, which she says is markedly different from what she...

Suja Juice predicts revenues of $70-80m in 2015 as super-premium juice category explodes

There is room for new players in the burgeoning super-premium juice category, but the barriers to entry are pretty high, says San Diego-based Suja Juice, which exploded onto the scene...

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Ardagh Group to make up to $71m capital investments at its Indiana, US glass facility

Ardagh Group, Glass North America, will receive a tax abatement of approximately $6.1m over 10 years from the City of Winchester and a grant of $300k for local equipment purchases...

Beauty and that beast of a beverage market…Bella Berry targets UK launch

London-based startup Bella Berry tells BeverageDaily.com that it is negotiating with buyers with a view to launching the UK’s first mass market collagen-based ‘beauty drink’ by spring 2015.

Heineken inaugurates Ethiopia's biggest brewery

Heineken has officially inaugurated what it claims is Ethiopia’s biggest brewery. With a total capacity of 1.5m hectolitres, it says the €110m ($95m) Kilinto brewery will enable it to meet...

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