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Coconut Beach founder: “We’re the anti-$8 coconut water”

The founders of Coconut Beach credit their affordable price to familial relationships with coconut growers in Thailand, and they want their product to reach the masses.

Taking on the big brands: Canadian organic sports drink prepares for US launch

Vancouver-based NorthStar Organic is preparing to enter the US sports drink market this year, according to the company’s president, Shahab Samimi.

Nestlé UK boosts coffee production at Tutbury

Nestlé has officially opened its improved factory in Tutbury, UK, following a £325m ($462m) investment in the site. 

India

Manpasand ties up with Baskin-Robbins in latest urban expansion deal

Baskin-Robbins India will now offer beverages in addition to ice creams after entering into an exclusive tie-up with fruit juice manufacturer Manpasand Beverages.

Growing probiotic market prompts GoodBelly's new products launch

GoodBelly has launched four new product lines, including GoodBelly Protein Shake, GoodBelly Juice Drink, GoodBelly Sparkling Drinks and GoodBelly Ade, as consumers are gravitating more towards the functional beverage category,...

A look at the top product launches in Germany, Europe's 'innovation testing ground'

Not only is Germany the front-runner for innovative food and drink launches, it is also Europe's testing ground for trendsetting companies looking for a receptive market. Mintel market analyst explains...

AB InBev to sell SABMiller’s stake in Snow to China Resources Beer

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has agreed to sell SABMiller’s stake in China Resources Snow Breweries (CR Snow), the company behind the Snow beer brand, to China Resources Beer.

News in brief

Brown-Forman completes Southern Comfort and Tuaca sale

Brown-Forman has completed the sale of the Southern Comfort and Tuaca trademarks to Sazerac.  

Moto aims to tap into Dubai’s energy

Moto, a new Dubai-made energy drink, made its entry at Gulfood and is aiming to leverage the emirate’s growing reputation to carve out its identity in a crowded market.

Food Vision 2016 preview - Cannes, France March 2-4, 2016

Trailblazers: Whey, wheatgrass and ‘zenverages’ win Unilever innovation awards

Whey-based ice cream, an organic wheatgrass supplement and a herbal relaxing drink have won the Trailblazers contest hosted by Unilever and William Reed Business Media’s Food Vision event.

Coca-Cola reveals packaging which can be turned into virtual reality viewers

Coca-Cola has designed secondary cardboard packaging that can be turned into smartphone virtual reality viewers. 

AB InBev says SABMiller deal is on track, as it releases FY2015 results

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) says its takeover of SABMiller remains on track to be completed in the second half of 2016, as it releases its full year 2015 results.

Brexit debate

Food and drink bosses back EU membership

Quitting the EU would “deter investment, threaten jobs and put the economy at risk”, according to the bosses of food and drink firms who joined nearly 200 other business leaders in signing...

Non-alcoholic Mocktail plans for expansion after initial success

Mocktail Beverages will soon see its brand expand, having inked a deal with United Natural Foods, Inc., according to the company’s founder.

Dairy down slightly as Nestlé profits drop

In its 2015 financial report issued today, Nestlé announced sales of $89.5bn (CHF 88.8bn), stating that this equated to 4.2% organic growth and 2.2% real internal growth.

Australian wine region a barrel of laughs for whisky distiller

Access to high-quality barley and barrels, and a variable yet temperate climate have distillers confident South Australia can emerge as a top-shelf whisky region.

Coca-Cola suspends manufacturing in three Indian plants

Coca-Cola India's bottling arm Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages has confirmed it has suspended manufacturing at its Kaladera plant in Rajasthan, while media reports suggest other plants in Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya...

PepsiCo on Gatorade: Innovation, brand legitimacy, and keeping ahead of the competition

Gatorade’s efforts in innovation, and its popularity with athletes, will continue to set the brand apart from emerging competitors who try and attack the brand on price, says PepsiCo CEO...

Looking ahead: Coca-Cola’s refranchising plans, new product development & higher value drinks

The Coca-Cola Company released its full year 2015 results this week. Euromonitor International picks out key points from the results, and what they mean in the long term.  

Carlsberg reports ‘mixed year’ in 2015

The Carlsberg Group has reported strong performance in Asia, but a challenging year for its Western and Eastern Europe businesses. 

Asahi bids for Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings Ltd has offered to buy SABMiller’s Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands, in a bid worth $2.9bn. 

Australia

Coca-Cola launches Fuze Tea backed by ‘multi-million dollar’ campaign

Coca-Cola South Pacific has backed the launch of its Fuze Tea ice tea brand in Australia with a multi-million dollar marketing push. 

Coca-Cola accelerates bottler refranchising plans as it announces full year results

The Coca-Cola Company has announced it is accelerating its refranchising plans, as part of its efforts to focus on ‘building strong, valuable brands and leading a system of strong bottling...

Rebel Kitchen acquires Unoco to continue growth

Free-from coconut milk manufacturer Rebel Kitchen has acquired raw coconut water brand Unoco for an undisclosed amount, boosting its growth.

Aqua ViTea moves into a bigger facility, increases production

Aqua ViTea, a Vermont-based brewer of kombucha, will expand its brewing capabilities from 15,000 gallons to the possibility of 500,000 gallons with a move into a new facility.

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