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AB InBev sells its interests in Distell Group to PIC in South Africa

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell its entire indirect shareholding in Distell Group Limited to South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation Ltd, a state-owned pension fund. 

ADM expands sweetener manufacturing in Europe: ‘End of the sugar regime’

Global ingredient producer ADM is pushing harder into the European starch and sweetener market, announcing the acquisition of major production facilities in Turkey and Bulgaria on Monday in the wake...

Federal court shoots down slack-filled container allegations against Muscle Milk

Muscle Milk has dismissed allegations in a New York federal court that it was intentionally underfilling its protein powder products by 30% in non-transparent containers.

AB InBev sells SABMiller’s central and eastern European business to Asahi

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell the former SABMiller businesses in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania to Asahi for €7.3bn ($7.75bn).

China

WeChat joins Starbucks with gifting and mobile payment platform

Starbucks has partnered Chinese online and app giant Tencent Holdings to create a new social gifting feature on WeChat, China’s leading mobile social communications service.

News in brief

James Quincey to take the helm of Coca-Cola in May 2017

Muhtar Kent will step down from the helm of Coca-Cola on May 1, 2017, and will be succeeded as CEO by president and COO James Quincey.

Dutch industry pledges to remove cartoon characters from unhealthy food

The Dutch food industry has pledged to restrict the use of licensed cartoon characters from the packaging of unhealthy foods aimed at children.

Brown-Forman sees 3% drop in Q2 but holds positive outlook for North American premium whiskey portfolio

Brown-Forman may have suffered a 3% loss in net sales, declining to $830m in Q2, but the CEO Paul Varga said the decline was to be expected after the company...

Feature

Byron Bay botanicals give punch to crowdfunded gin start-up

Australia’s newest distillery start-up has been using crowdfunding to bring to market a dry gin made from a wealth of local botanicals developed with the help of Scottish whisky master...

Nascens signs deal to supply wholesale tea to German retailer in India

The maker of Planta specialty teas will tap into German wholesale giant Metro’s cash-and-carry network in India.

Hop Pop: Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

A team of Chicago-based t-shirt printers and part-time “soda enthusiasts” collaborated to make non-alcoholic Hop Pop, a hops-flavored soda that can function as a standalone craft beverage or as a...

Guilty verdict in 5-hour counterfeiting case seen as potent deterrent

The guilty verdict handed down this week in the 5-hour Energy product counterfeiting case is a milestone within the nutritional products sphere that could serve an important deterrent function, said...

Starbucks CEO leaves post to focus on Reserve craft coffee brand, ushering in new wave of ‘retail innovation’

Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, will be stepping down from his post as head of the company; and the global coffee chain’s current president and COO, Kevin Johnson, will step in...

News In Brief

Coca-Cola invests £2.3m in Scottish soft drinks plant

Coca-Cola European Partners is investing £2.3m ($2.9m) in Scottish operations this year, helping to save water at its East Kilbride plant. 

From blue cheese to Blue Brew

Whey is a common dairy product for boosting protein levels in sports and health nutrition, but a UK brewery is working with dairy company Arla to use it in a...

Role Tea balances function with flavor to attract health conscious consumer (who still has a cheat day)

Recently-launched Role Tea strives to bring function without sacrificing taste in its ready-to-drink iced tea line by combining ingredients like turmeric and fruit juice.

PepsiCo acquires kombucha company KeVita

PepsiCo is to acquire KeVita, a North American company that produces fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. 

Dr Pepper Snapple to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is to acquire Bai Brands, a US company known for its antioxidant-infused beverages, for $1.7bn. 

Kombucha and fermented beverages category grew 32% in year to October 2, says SPINS

Brew Dr Kombucha poised for growth as fermented trend gains momentum

According to SPINS data*, retail sales of refrigerated kombucha and fermented beverages** surged 32% to $375.4m (natural, specialty, conventional multi-outlet) in the year to October 2, but with household penetration still very low,...

Sidewood's Adelaide Hills expansion guided by Gallic touch

New vineyards, a bottling plant and French-inspired wines are helping an Adelaide Hills winery rapidly expand its operations.

13 food giants pledge to ‘redouble’ climate change efforts at COP22

A coalition of food industry giants pledged to “redouble their efforts” in combating carbon emissions, carbon dioxide and deforestation, at the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

Coca-Cola bottle snaps a selfie while you drink

Coca-Cola Israel has been showcasing the ‘world’s first selfie bottle’, which snaps a selfie while you drink. 

Nestlé Lanka opens $3.4m UHT milk plant

Nestlé Lanka has opened a new UHT milk plant in its factory in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. The new production facility cost LKR500m ($3.4m) to construct.

News in brief

Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Trademark difficulties hamper Monster’s launch plans in China

Trademark issues and intense local competition among manufacturers have been holding up Monster Beverage’s charge into China. Yet its brand owners have high hopes for its fate in the world’s...

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