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NZ officials dismiss aspartame-formaldehyde link

A link between the aspartame and formaldehyde by an organic group has been dismissed as scaremongering in a statement issued by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) this week.

Danisco stands by for record sugar harvest

Danisco is expecting a record sugar harvest as climactic factors have stimulated growth, the year's first field samples indicate, meaning that any excess above quota will be channelled towards non-food...

Anheuser-Busch launches skin balancing water worldwide

Global drinks company Anheuser-Busch has launched a new line of bottled water that will be marketed as an integral part of any skin care regime in a bid to make...

Spiderman and The Simpsons are food baddies, says Which?

Consumer watchdog Which? has launched a new campaign to oust cartoon characters from unhealthy snack advertising, claiming that superheros are being exploited to encourage kids to clamour for foods that...

Grolsch plans plunder down under

Dutch brewer Royal Grolsch hopes it can extend its in Australia's burgeoning imported beer market through a new distribution partnership in the country.

Efficiency drive maintains Britvic's summer fizz

While beverage groups continue to lament the affects of recent British weather conditions on their operations, soft-drink producer Britvic forecasts a sunnier outlook for its interests in the UK and...

Green tea spurs detox chemical production

A new clinical study provided evidence that green tea catechins can stimulate production of cancer-protective enzymes in people with low natural levels - the first to demonstrate this effect in...

Court favours Danone in 'cancer water' case

A court in Argentina has dismissed allegations against Danone that it had engaged in unfair trade practices in the country against rival Coca-Cola.

Non-carbonated drinks drive Indian potential

The market for carbonated soft drinks in India has plummeted by about five per cent for a second year in the row as consumers in the country embrace non-carbonated alternatives,...

Weekly Comment

A helping hand to the confused consumer

Consumers are bombarded with an overload of nutritional advice and product marketing - be it from magazines, television shows, and product advertising - and without a degree in nutritional science,...

UK lager has had its day, says Mintel

Recent assumptions that a current slump in UK lager sales is a temporary effect of British weather have been questioned by a new report that predicts long-term difficulties ahead for...

UK councils take up carton recycling drive

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment in the UK (ACE) is working with councils across the UK to increase carton recycling.

Beverage boom drives Crown Mexican expansion

Crown Holdings yesterday announced it is to construct a $48m beverage can production plant in Brazil to cater for growing demand from the region's processors for packaging materials.

Beverage biopackaging market to grow?

The global market for drinks packaged in compostable bottles will reach €23m ($32m) in 2007, according to Zenith international, but only if the necessary infrastructure is put in place.

European sports nutrition to hit 4bn

The sports nutrition market in Europe is set to surpass the €4bn mark by 2010 and is outstripping growth in North America, a report has said.

Coffee drinking may slow cognitive decline in women

Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day may decrease a woman's rate of cognitive decline associated with age, but offers no such benefits for men, suggests a study.

Weekly Comment

Reflections from IFT

As the dust settles on this year's IFT Food Expo 2007 in Chicago, health and wellness and food safety came through as the star performers, and drivers for the future...

SABMiller pushes further into Poland

SABMiller today revealed it is to expand its presence within the high growth beer markets of Eastern Europe with the acquisition of Polish brewer Browar Belgia for about €65m.

Eight become one in German Coke consolidation

Coca-Cola's German bottlers yesterday agreed to consolidate their operations under a single company to better tap the growing potential of its brands in the country.

Danone restructures senior management

Danone yesterday announced a major restructuring of its senior management as it continues to refocus its operations towards being a leading player in health and nutrition.

Crown to double can production in Spain

In a bid to meet rising demand for beverages in cans, packaging supplier Crown yesterday said it will double its production capacity in Spain.

Bacardi invests for whisky success

Spirits group Bacardi yesterday announced a $250m (€183m) investment into production of its Scotch whisky brands amidst increasing global demand for the drink.

PepsiCo re-labels tap sourced water

PepsiCo is to spill the beans on the true source of its Aquafina bottled water, following pressure from a consumer watchdog over its use of marketing.

Expert comment

Nitrite free: Where does the truth end?

Cured meat products are appearing on the market as 'naturally cured', 'no nitrite added', 'without added nitrite' or even 'nitrite free' to promote a health image to consumers. Industry expert...

Coca-Cola reports progress in reducing environmental impact

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has cut down on the amount of water it uses by six per cent and has put measures in place that will reduce the energy used for...

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