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Coca-Cola acquires AdeS soy-based beverage business

The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola FEMSA will acquire Unilever’s AdeS soy-based beverage business for $575m.

South Africa Competition Commission sets conditions for AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller

South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller should be approved with conditions. 

C&C continues beer expansion in China with Tennent’s distribution deal

C&C Group has signed its fourth strategic partnership in recent months with a new distribution agreement with Vandergeeten to distribute its Tennent’s portfolio in China. 

Multinational firms sell poorer quality (but more expensive) food to Eastern Europeans

Multinational food firms are manufacturing poorer quality, unhealthier (but sometimes more expensive) versions of their trademarked brands for the Eastern Europe market, says the Czech Republic, which wants to see EU legislation to...

East Coast brewery for Ballast Point announced

US craft brewer, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, is investing $47.8m in an East Coast brewery in Botetourt County, Virginia. 

European Commission approves AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller

The European Commission has approved AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller; conditional on AB In Bev ‘selling practically the entire SABMiller beer business in Europe’.

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Solar project gives ray of hope to struggling Australian grape growers

A renewable energy project in Australia’s largest grape growing region is giving struggling vignerons a sunny alternative.

Black mineral water FulHum seeks to shake-up bottled water industry

Alkaline water brand FulHum says its jet black mineral water can disrupt the bottled water and energy drinks sectors. 

Ethical labels are worth €709 billion globally - so which one is best for your product?

Fairtrade in France but organic in Austria? Euromonitor analysed 26,000 products across the world to help manufacturers understand which ethical labels work best for their products, depending on the country, category...

Australia

Lab-developed PERKii probiotic readies for sale after VC backing

A lactose-free probiotic fruit drink developed by scientists in Australia has managed to secure sufficient investment for it to be launched across the country's beverage market.

'People in the UK think ‘syrup’ when they hear ‘maple’': America’s DRINKmaple on European expansion

US maple water brand DRINKmaple says UK consumers show the same thirst for sustainable, organic, single-ingredient products as those in the US; but there is work to be done in...

Banana water is 'lighter and fresher than coconut water,' says Steuben Foods

Banana water from Elmhurst Naturals – which combines water, banana juice concentrate and natural banana flavor (70 cals per 12oz bottle) – is now available in HEB, Jewel, Sprouts, Albertsons,...

Che bello! Australian Tuscans getting as good as the originals

A wine region over 15,000 kilometres from Tuscany is emerging as a primo producer of Italian varieties and styles, and has even matching the Italians at their own game.

ROAR Beverages CEO: ‘We’re not trying to be another Gatorade’

Looking to bridge the gap between sports and functional drinks, ROAR Beverages created a line of performance drinks using coconut water and packaged it with bold designs to cater towards...

Brooklyn Brewery: Top 5 tips for growing craft beer businesses

Craft brewers are thriving as the category continues to boom. But growth for a small brewer also brings challenges: evidently there’s the need to increase capacity, but what about dealing...

‘There’s a premium on being interesting, relevant and unique’

Guinness on the future of advertising: Consumers judge - and reward - interesting stories

With the evolution of technology, consumers now have much more power over what they see and share – and so brands are rewarded for telling interesting and engaging stories, explains...

Sapporo Beer's imported claims called into question in the US

Sapporo U.S.A Inc. was hit with a potential class action lawsuit alleging the company misleads US consumers by touting its beer as the oldest beer in Japan, and markets the...

DRY Sparkling coming in hot with launch of two limited edition summer flavors

DRY Sparkling is set to release its limited edition summer soda flavors: Serrano Pepper and Malali Watermelon this June with availability through August 2016. 

NEWS IN BRIEF

AB InBev to transfer SABMiller’s Panama business to Ambev

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to transfer SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Ambev. In exchange, Ambev will transfer to AB InBev its business in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. 

Tractor Soda Co. expands its organic fountain soda line across the US

Tractor Soda has announced the nationwide US distribution of its craft soda fountains, through its partner Dot Foods, as the organic fountain soda line has the potential to hit 9,000 retail...

Colorado’s Eddyline Brewery expands into New Zealand, drawing on founders’ kindred connection to the country

Eddyline Brewery has made its first global expansion into Nelson, New Zealand, where the craft brewer opened a brewery and pizzeria, representing the first of several global “basecamps,” the company...

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Vimto returns to India as Nichols signs production deal with Iceberg

Vimto, an iconic global beverage brand, is due to make a comeback in India after its British manufacturer, Nichols Plc, agreed licensing terms with Delhi-based Iceberg foods.

Trendspotting at The Healthy & Natural Show: Millennials shake-up uses of horchata

Elmhurst Naturals, a line of beverage products made by Steuben Foods, has seen a growing interesting from millennials in its line of dairy-based horchata drinks. 

Talking Rain CEO outlines strategy for US brand Sparkling Ice in UK and Ireland

Sparkling Ice launches in UK and Ireland: ‘We have bold ambitions for the brand in these markets’

Sparkling Ice - the flavored sparkling water brand which has seen success in its native US market with more than $659m in retail sales last year - is launching this...

Meet the entrepreneurs: Caliente

‘Our product is quite polarizing – and therefore engages people more’: Chili-infused drink Caliente

The kick of chili may not be for everyone: but chili-infused beverages can offer a real alternative to boring or unhealthy soft drinks, says Swedish start-up Caliente. 

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