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Anheuser-Busch investigates reports that Bud Light YouTube ad ran with ISIS video

Anheuser-Busch says it is working with YouTube and its media buying agency after hearing reports that one of its YouTube adverts ran as a pre-roll to an ISIS video. 

Tropical energy. A new kind of category blurring?

Both Red Bull and Lucozade Sport have launched tropical flavours of their sport and energy drinks – something Mintel says is another example of these sectors trying to slurp soft...

O-I acquires Bennu Glass renaming its plant O-I Kalama

Owens-Illinois (O-I) has acquired Bennu Glass, a single furnace glass plant in Kalama, Washington, US.

Land of Fire and Honey...Jack Daniel’s fuels Brown-Forman

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire could replicate the success of Tennessee Honey, Brown-Forman says, as it pushes the cinnamon-flavored whiskey out across the US. 

Brown-Forman CEO: ‘Mixability & premiumization’ potential gives US whiskey edge over Scotch

Brown-Forman boss Paul Varga insists that Scotch and vodka are less versatile than American whiskey, as the distiller of Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort revealed its Q3 fiscal 2015 results.

All Coke is equal: Coca-Cola GB shifts Life, Zero, and Diet to centre stage in new ‘one brand’ strategy

Coca-Cola Great Britain is rebranding its portfolio to integrate Coca-Cola Life, Coca-Cola Zero, and Diet Coke with its full calorie drink, seeking to spread the ‘enduring appeal’ of its flagship...

Fanta's 1940 birth in Germany had no association with Nazi Party, clarifies Coca-Cola, after ad backlash

Coca-Cola has apologized for any offence caused by an online Fanta video, after viewers suggested it referred to Nazi Germany as the ‘good old times.’

Dutch supermarkets delist major brands after pricing row

Dutch supermarkets Jumbo and C1000 have boycotted Bertolli olive oil and products from Ferrero and Douwe Egberts following a pricing row – although Douwe Egberts products returned to shelves last...

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Hellenic announce Russian beverage plant closures

PepsiCo Russia and Coca-Cola Hellenic have both announced plans to shut down beverage plants in Russia, with Coca-Cola telling BeverageDaily.com the company has to enhance its competitiveness in ‘the new...

South Africa calls for bulk wine withdrawal to ‘create value at origin’

The South African wine industry is keen to raise the country’s reputation as a premium wine producer by shifting its export emphasis from bulk to bottled.

Nestlé #notjustaboutfood! Multinational launches internship contest with Twitter

Nestlé UK & Ireland is launching a joint internship scheme with Twitter, a programme that will help it draw in talent from previously untapped areas. 

Japanese C-store sales boom fires Monster Energy's international turnaround

Monster Beverage Corporation CEO Rodney Sacks hopes the company's recent deal with Coke will fire further international growth in markets including Japan, after its international arm returned to year-on-year earnings...

Jägermeister sales bomb: ‘Extremely aggressive’ US pricing hits herbal liqueur

Sales of the world’s best-selling liqueur brand Jagermeister fell 5.6% in 2014 due to a slowdown in its biggest market the US – due to changing consumer trends, a crowded...

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

Beam Suntory insists it will fight a US class action filed last week accusing the company of deceptive advertising for describing San Diego’s Jim Beam bourbon as ‘handcrafted’.

VIP Nuts: We’ve cracked it with beer collaboration

Collaborating with major beer brands like Carlsberg and Cobra has stretched our reach even further, says the co-founder of VIP Nuts.

PepsiCo on CSDs: How it thinks it can kick the industry’s Achilles’ heel

PepsiCo’s 2015 launches will see an increased focus on products with health benefits, while it will push smaller packages to make the most of growth in its on-the-go business. 

Red Espresso hopes to capitalise on European coffee capsule explosion – with tea

‘We're not a commodity, we're a niche!’ Red Espresso puts rooibos tea in ‘coffee’ capsules

Red Espresso is launching its rooibos tea capsules in Europe, eyeing up a continent with an ingrained coffee culture and obsession with health, convenience, and coffee pods.  

‘Snack and beverage co-purchases beat peanut butter and jelly!’ Frito-Lay CEO Tom Greco champions PepsiCo's 'Better Together' policy

Frito-Lay CEO Tom Greco insists snacks and beverages occupy common ‘demand spaces’, and PepsiCo’s ‘Better Together’ approach gives it the scale to outpace its rivals at retail level.

Keurig Green Mountain expands hot options even as it prepares for cold launch

Thanks in part to the ongoing success of Keurig Green Mountain’s personal beverage brewing system, sales of single cup coffee are helping to buoy the overall coffee category as sales...

Nestlé Pure Life ‘growth engine’ keeps waters business ticking over

Nestlé CFO Wan Ling Martello says Nestlé Pure Life remains a key growth engine for the company’s Nestlé Waters business, with especially strong growth in North America, UK and emerging...

Coca-Cola Hellenic shrugs off Boko Haram terrorist trouble to maintain Nigeria growth

Coca-Cola Hellenic boss Dmitris Lois said today that Nigeria remains a ‘key growth driver’ for the group despite the negative effects of terrorist group Boko Haram on its operations in...

Carlsberg announces new CEO; Russian market puts pressure on full year results

Carlsberg’s CEO and president Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen will retire from the group in June, and will be succeeded by Cees ‘t Hart (currently CEO of the Dutch dairy giant Royal...

Coca-Cola Enterprises boss: ‘Detractors don’t understand how safe aspartame is’

Coca-Coca Enterprises boss John Brock says detractors ‘don’t understand’ how safe aspartame is, and insists that diet soda sales remain strong – growth for Coke Zero offset a 5.5% full...

Pernod Ricard CEO glosses Absolut sales slide: ‘The US vodka category is suffering’

Pernod Ricard CEO Alexandre Ricard admits that Absolut is under pressure in a ‘very challenged’ US vodka category where flavored varieties in particular are struggling.

DESIGN FOR BUSINESS LIFE: COKE EXEC SHARES SECRETS IN NEW BOOK

'Design disconnects were starting to make Coke’s brands feel old, outdated’: Ex global design head

The Coca-Cola Company’s former head of global design says the company didn’t have a consistent approach to design when he joined in 2004, which meant there were ‘disconnects’ in the...

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