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Briefs: Belvedere, Indian tariffs and Canadian Blue

This week, Canada-based Canadian Blue reveals merger discussions, Belvedere plans vodka consolidation and the WTO backs India over a tariff disagreement.

Fruit has potential for natural sports nutrition product

New Zealand fruit researchers are looking at the potential of a fruit extract to boost muscle function.

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Branding Vs label info: who's the enemy?

Product branding and information provided to consumers on food labels are again at loggerheads, and industry doesn't seem likely to accept new EU labelling proposals without a fight.

UK prepares new standard on carbon emissions

A new standard for measuring embodied greenhouse gases in products and services could help food manufacturers reduce their carbon footprint, according to Campden Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA).

News Briefs: Britvic, German ale and gourmet beer

This week, Britvic posts European revenue growth, German beer demand dips and Carlsberg aims its latest beer brand at Denmark's big spenders.

Nanostructures tested as beta-carotene carriers in beverages

Beta-carotene, used in foods and beverages as colourants and health ingredient, can be stabilised by novel nano-scale carriers, suggests innovative research from Germany.

Hot liquids release harmful chemicals in polycarbonate bottles

Pouring hot water on polycarbonate plastic bottles appears to trigger leaching of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) that could be harmful to consumers, according to a new study.

Coca-Cola arm keen on green plant plan

The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCH) has announced plans to cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 20 per cent by the end of next year, with a new...

UK food and drink makers to cut water use

A group of leading UK food and drink manufacturers is pledging to reduce water use under a new programme designed to improve their environmental credentials and cut costs.

EU spirit makers question Thai import charges

The European Spirits Organisation (CEPS) yesterday welcomed moves by the EU to open talks with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over its concerns regarding Thailand's custom charges.

Wal-Mart chief pledges higher prices for sustainable suppliers

The chief executive of the world's biggest retailer yesterday promised to favour suppliers providing high quality and ethically sourced products.

Pepsi announces responsible water funding

PepsiCo is teaming up with the Earth Institute and the H2O Africa Foundation in a bid to encourage sustainable use of non-industrial water supplies in developing countries.

Bitter taste discovery could lead to palatability boost

American and Japanese researchers have identified how peptides in food activate human bitter taste receptors, data that could have implications for the food industry and food formulators.

Exporters and watchdogs question US booze labelling

Proposals for new mandatory labelling requirements on alcoholic beverages in the US have come under criticism this week from foreign manufacturers and watchdogs for offering no benefit to the consumer.

Coffee linked to lower ovarian cancer risk

Drinking three or more cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by over 20 per cent, according to a new study.

Euro GM reluctance could hit beer innovation

As the EU debates retaining national bans on genetically modified (GM) crops, one industry expert believes that failure to adapt could grant foreign rivals using the technology an upper hand,...

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Exotic fruits or local berries? You choose

As consumer demand for exotic superfruits increases, so will the impact of transport on the environment. But as policy makers and green campaigners devise more ways of monitoring greenhouse gases,...

Charity says game over for drink maker promotions

Despite growing pressure on beverage and food manufacturers to curb marketing junk food to children, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) says that some groups are still using online and label-based...

Briefs: Heineken, C&C and Foster's

In the latest briefs, Heineken steps up its presence in Algeria, The C&C Group continues to be hit by a weak UK cider market, and Foster's goes brand mad by...

Report pinpoints functional food niche with most potential

Foods and drinks developed to address the specific health needs of consumers are expected to exceed category growth in the US functional food segment, according to a new report.

Sustainable manufacturers reaping consumer rewards

US consumers are becoming increasingly concerned over social and environmental implications when choosing packaged food and beverage brands, according to a new report by Information Resources, Inc (IRI).

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How natural is 'natural'?

The refusal by regulators to provide a formal definition of the term 'natural' will ultimately lead to confusion for consumers and a legal headache for manufacturers.

Nutrition key to turnaround for kids' drinks - report

Sales of children's beverages in the US declined by four per cent last year to $4.6bn over the same period in 2006, as concerns over obesity and child health increasingly...

Briefs: Anheuser Busch, San Miguel and Rexam

In the latest briefs, Anheuser Busch continues to profit from its increasing focus on export brands; not to be outdone San Miguel also continues to enact cost savings in South...

Superfruit taste, health will over-ride sourcing worries

The superfruits trend is set to endure for the long term, according to a Datamonitor analyst, as consumers will prioritise their own health over environmental concerns like food miles and...

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