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Could the E-number be up?

The European Food Safety Authority's review of additive safety could have a bigger effect on the ingredients industry than the ejection of certain colours and flavours with a suspect safety...

Coca-Cola battles UK unions over pay

Planned 48-hour strikes at two UK distribution centres will not disrupt the supply of its beverages, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) said yesterday.

Unhealthy diet a lifestyle choice, says UK study

People on low incomes consume just as much unhealthy food and drink as the general population, and so bad diets are the result of personal choice, according to a study...

Fancy a beer for more than twice the price?

In 2006, the price of beverages was on average two and a half times more in the most expensive EU country than in the cheapest, according to a Eurostat report.

Companies accused of internet high-jinks

Company executives-turned-internauts at Danone and Wholefoods are accused of blackening the reputation of their rivals online, according to the Financial Times today.

Energy drinks market will grow, says report

Beverage groups will turn more production over to high margin, functional products over the next three years, to meet the growing demand for sports and energy drinks, according to a...

Brewers face GMO testing

US imports of brewers' grain and feed coming into England could face mandatory testing for contamination of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) under new proposals revealed yesterday by the UK's Food...

Snapple maker sued over labelling claims

Cadbury Schweppes could face paying out six years worth of refunds if a native New Yorker succeeds with a court suit against the beverage giant's labelling practices.

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The aspartame science kerfuffle

The publication of a new animal study on aspartame last month has - as expected -sparked yet another bout of head butting from the two opposing sides of the debate....

CEOs of top processors pledge to cut water use

In a sign that environment issues have risen high on the list of boardroom priorities, the chief executives of Nestlé, Coca-Cola and SABMiller have signed a UN commitment to manage...

Study finds no link between sugar drinks and kiddie obesity

A new study from the UK suggests that children consumption of soft drinks between age five and seven is not linked to obesity later in childhood, challenging previous studies that...

EU presses new wine reforms

EU Agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel yesterday outlined proposals which could dramatically shake up wine production within the Bloc in a bid to boost the products' competitiveness on the global...

Volume and safety to drive drinks packaging demand

Demand for beverage containers in China is projected to increase 8.9 per cent per year to 2010, to about 181 billion units in 2010, according to a new study.

Exporters in high spirits over Indian charge change

The cost of imported wines and spirits in India are set to drop following the decision yesterday by the country's Central Board of Excise and Customs (CEBC) to withdraw additional...

Health drive lifting UK soft drinks

Carbonated beverage sales may slowly going flat within the British soft drinks industry, but they still continue to dominate the market with a 41.8 per cent share according to consumer...

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M&A: Urge to merge

Mergers and acquisition activity is always ongoing in every segment of industry, but this summer looks to be a particularly hot one for food and beverage manufacturers.

Changes brewing for beer behemoths

The global beer industry has been given a shake up this week, as some of its major players announced they were preparing further consolidation in response to a changing marketplace.

South Korean strife set to continue for Diageo

Diageo's operations within the lucrative South Korean whisky market are facing further threats from ongoing investigations into its practices within the country, the company said today.

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Clinical trials - gold standard or white elephant?

Randomised clinical trials are the ultimate. Forget what the observational studies tell us, if the RCT gives us an answer it must be the final word, right? Wrong.

Alcohol promotions shot down under new reforms

The party could be over for manufacturers of alcoholic shots and shooters in the UK, as an industry body this week called time on any industry practices that promote rapid...

Diageo mulls Guinness move

The future for Guinness's historic Dublin-based production site seems as unclear this week as the popular beverage itself, after Diageo announced that it was reviewing the effectiveness of its production...

EU welcomes vodka vote compromise

The outcome of a decisive EU parliamentary vote yesterday on a definition of vodka could eventually end the uncertainty in the beverage sector about a controversial labelling issue.

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A sobering thought for the alcohol industry

Much against my own better judgement, there are some issues it seems, where corporate social responsibility must really live up to its name and truly look after its consumers.

Britvic commit to green packaging pledge

Britvic announced Friday that it will commit to a UK-based scheme designed to cut packaging waste from its products as part of an agreement with the Waste & Resource Action...

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