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Scottish space whisky set to land on earth

Scottish whisky sent into space three years ago to discover how gravity affects the maturing process will return to earth in 11 days, on September 12, according to its distiller.

60-second interview: the day job

Veteran marine, paraplegic, and CEO: Derek Herrera; RuckPack

Derek Herrera signed on as CEO of US energy drink company RuckPack this month. He is a veteran Marine Special Operations Officer and paraplegic, who was injured taking an enemy...

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FoodNavigator-USA is hiring!

Do you understand the implications of POM vs Coke? Are you excited by innovation and entrepreneurs? And could you produce articles to match our award-winning content? If yes, we want...

Sports Nutrition 2014 delivers business ammunition

It’s free, jammed full of sports nutrition sector insights – and it’s just days away: Sports Nutrition 2014 .

Protein2o CEO: There’s a gap in the market for lower calorie, great-tasting protein beverages

While there is no shortage of high-protein shakes gracing shelves at mainstream as well as specialty retailers these days, there is a gap in the market for more refreshing beverages...

Energy category brushes up against toothpaste

The rapidly broadening energy category has a new platform – energy toothpaste which has been launched in Russia.

Oak Hill to buy Berlin Packaging for $1.43bn

Oak Hill Capital Partners (Oak Hill), a private equity firm will acquire Berlin Packaging for $1.43bn.

Shaken not stirred: Earthquake hits California's wine region

Wine producers in California are assessing the damage after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the region.

Crafty Australian beer independents set sights on China’s middle-class

China’s craft beer market might not yet be as dominant as its Australian counterpart, but this will change as a growing and affluent middle-class opens its eyes and palates to...

Sweeteners face slow growth prospects in Europe and US

Changes in consumer behaviour are having major impact on demand for high-intensity sweeteners globally, with Europe and the US facing the prospect of slower growth while demand remains strong in...

News in brief

Heineken launches Strongbow Honey & Apple as cider drives US growth

Heineken says that hard apple cider remains an 'exciting growth opportunity' for it in the US, after it launched a Strongbow Honey & Apple variety in March.

Nestlé offered stores financial incentives to stop carrying rival's products, claims lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in ‘deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior’ says Nirvana Inc in unfair competition lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a small competitor out of business, alleges New York-based Nirvana Inc in a lawsuit...

Stodgy European relic or comeback kid? Dissecting brand Heineken’s US decline

Heineken is effecting a ‘regional redeployment’ of its beer business towards the Southern USA as its Mexican portfolio grows strongly, while its eponymous brand continues to struggle.

Carlsberg CEO warns of possible Russian brewery closures as Ukraine standoff bites

Carlsberg’s CEO warned today that its Russian subsidiary Baltika Breweries is considering brewery closures due to a fragile consumer confidence affected by the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

'CHERRY IS THE FLAVOR OF THE SUMMER': INSTANT.LY

Pepsi's new cherry-flavored brands top US ‘purchase intent’ chart

US consumer insights platform Instant.ly says its August survey measuring consumer intent to purchase recent soft drinks launches puts PepsiCo’s Gatorade Fierce Blue Cherry at the top of the chart....

NEW PRODUCT GALLERY: SIX HEINEKEN 2014 INNOVATIONS

‘We’re less afraid of failure!’ Heineken exec on UK innovation

Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden insists the company has changed its culture to be less afraid of failure and more realistic in its volume and value expectations...

'DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE LACK OF MILLENNIALS AT NAPA VALLEY TASTINGS,' RESEARCHERS WARN

‘Don’t miss the point with US millennials’, Wine Intelligence warns industry

Wine Intelligence believes the millennial impact on the current US wine market has been overstated but says only those firms that cater for their future buying habits will survive.

The Protein Works builds its muscles with diverse portfolio

UK sports nutrition company The Protein Works says that it plans to capitalise on worldwide appeal for its brand over the next year.

INDUSTRY VOICES: Stefano Zanette, president, Prosecco DOC Consortium

'As with Champagne, product protection is vital': Prosecco DOC Consortium

Italy’s Prosecco DOC Consortium reported world sales of 155m DOC bottles in 2013 and 13% growth. Here chairman Stefano Zanette tells us how the drink can retain sparkling superiority in...

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: CRACKING CHINA

‘Monster Energy can crack China with Coke’s help’: CEO Rodney Sacks

Monster Energy CEO Rodney Sacks insists the brand will be well-placed to crack the Chinese market using the distribution might of new shareholder The Coca-Cola Company.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: WINNERS AND LOSERS

Coke’s Monster Marriage: The 5 Key Talking Points

As Coke inks a $2bn+ deal to buy a stake in Monster Energy, we explore the implications for energy drinks – and predict a harder fight for PepsiCo and Red Bull.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: SPECIAL EDITION

Coke’s $2.15bn bite of Monster Energy: Soda giant’s ‘exclusive energy play’

Coke says that Monster Energy will become its ‘exclusive energy play’ after it finally moved to seal a significant 16.7% stake in the controversial beverage company.

Chasing the elusive ‘Green Fairy’: Absinthe row erupts in Switzerland

Swiss absinthe producers from Val-de-Travers are attacking a Swiss federal court ruling that could deny their region a national monopoly on the terms ‘absinthe’, ‘fee verte’ and ‘la bleue’.

Powerful Yogurt preparing to launch high-protein Greek yogurt drink

Powerful Yogurt is preparing to launch a high-protein yogurt drink that it says harnesses continuing demand for both Greek yogurt and high-protein beverages.

India

Lavazza departs India coffee chain market with sale of Barista

Yet another international firm has bid farewell to the Indian food service market after Lavazza sold its Barista Coffee Co., India’s oldest coffee chain, to local company Carnation Hospitality.