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Nestlé opens CHF80m coffee plant in Vietnam

Nestlé has opened a production factory in Vietnam to meet rising consumer demand for decaffeinated coffee, it said.

Reed’s sees growth potential with liquor companies, convenience stores & supermarkets

Natural soda maker Reed’s Inc. is exploring ways to expand awareness and distribution of its iconic ginger brews through partnerships with liquor companies, convenience stores and mainstream grocery stores, executives...

Coca-Cola Enterprises to invest £66M in sustainability

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will pump £66M into a range of efficiency and operational upgrades across its UK manufacturing sites this year.

Kraft Foods and H.J Heinz agree super-merger

F&B giants Kraft Foods (which boasts beverage brands such as Maxwell House and Capri Sun) and Heinz will merge to create The Kraft Heinz Company. 

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Ardagh Group saves €116k a year on energy bills for defrosting, drying and preheating cullet

Ardagh Groupclaims to havefound the most energy efficient way of defrosting, drying and preheating cullet (recycled glass) saving €116k a year at its plant in Nienburg, Germany, with an annual...

Going for gold: Commonwealth Games helps Irn-Bru and Strathmore beat ‘challenging’ soft drink market

A.G.Barr says sports sponsorship with its Strathmore water brand has helped drive a 10% increase in company profit, with its other drinks also benefiting from sporting associations.

Akuō founder: Innovation is just technical novelty unless consumers see value

Creating a successful new soft drink has more to do with connecting with consumers than its taste or nutritional profile, says co-founder of Akuō – Drink to Think Lukas von Grebmer.

Green tea packs a stronger punch in China with new Bacardi spirit

Bacardi claims to have made a “breakthrough” in spirit production technology with a new liquor named TANG, that is distilled entirely from green tea leaves.

SIG Combibloc Obeikan opens regional HQ in Dubai

‘MEA ambient beverage market has grown with more regionalization of brands and multi-national infiltration’

‘Despite the recent political and economic disruption, the MEA ambient beverage market has grown and remains one of our core markets’, says SIG Combibloc as it announced opening a joint...

What can Coca-Cola learn from drumming gorillas? The ins and outs of a ‘radical’ one brand strategy

Each member of the Coca-Cola portfolio has a distinct identity and separate audience – so will they suffer under a ‘one brand’ strategy, asks Nir Wegrzyn of design agency BrandOpus.

Diageo U-turn on supplier payment terms: ‘A victory for common sense,' says SME forum

Drinks giant Diageo has committed to 60-day supplier payment terms for SMEs, after threatening to extend the terms to 90 days on new tenders.

Lights, camera, action! a2 Milk outlines its US game plan at Expo West

Digestive issues after drinking milk are often attributed to milk protein allergy (which can be severe) or intolerance to lactose (milk sugars). But what if both of these have been...

Victory for capitalism as O-I wins $455m from Venezuelan Government

Owens-Illinois European Group (OIEG) has been awarded more than $455m for Venezuela's expropriation of two plants; in Los Guayos and Valera, in a tribunal organised by the International Centre for...

Irish agri firm Aurivo buys UK sports nutrition player

The Irish agri-business Aurivo Co-operative Society has acquired London-based sports nutrition company My Goodness Ltd in an attempt to gain access to the protein drinks market.

Mark Rampolla: ‘The best time to raise money is when you don’t need it’

ZICO coconut water founder: ‘The first nine years were absolutely brutal…’

What are investors really looking for when they assess a food and beverage business? When it comes to gross margins, is there a magic number? And can you really be...

Classic cocktail craze: Gruppo Campari sees triple digit Campari growth in Argentina

Gruppo Campari is looking to Argentina and Brazil as key emerging markets for the group that are driving growth across the Americas.

Heineken UK advert cleared by ASA after responsible drinking complaints

The UK's ad watchdog has cleared Heineken's ‘Open your city’ advert after the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council alleged it promoted excessive drinking. 

'I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question that we could be a public company'

Zevia CEO: ‘One of the things that has been a key contributor to our success is our independence’

Multinationals are snapping up smaller, more entrepreneurial brands in the natural or organic food and beverage space faster than you can say ‘because that’s where the growth is’. So will Zevia...

‘Bridging beer’ and Chibuku to go: SAB Miller plays Africa’s price ladder

SAB Miller has stressed the importance of Chibuku and ‘affordable clear beer’ made using local ingredients as ‘bridging beers’ to trade Africans up to mainstream and premium brands.

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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...

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