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Packaging war wages for coffee giants

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is fighting back in an ongoing dispute over packaging with Kraft Foods by opening counter-legal proceedings over allegations it has infringed container designs used on its...

EU pollution directive sets controls for processing plants

All food and drink processers must now be in compliance with the EU-wide Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) directive, which aims to ensure plants reduce their environmental impact.

Self-cooling packs and cabbage aid drink innovation

Self-cooling packaging and unusual juices derived from vegetables and salad are just some of the latest innovations being adopted by the beverage industry to bolster sales of their goods, according...

Bottled water springs towards soft-drink dominance

Bottled water consumption is set to outgrow the once dominant carbonated beverage segment within two years, according to new research.

Briefs: Coca-Cola, Anheuser Busch and Asashi

Rounding up the beverage business this week: Coca-Cola Enterprises and Anheuser Busch continue to increase profits against cost difficulties, while Japanese brewer Asashi takes steps to protect itself from declines...

RFID project launched to test electronic product code

UK processors and others are being asked to participate in a pilot project to test the use of the international electronic product code standard in conjunction with radio frequency identification...

Research identifies beverages, soups as beta-glucan carriers

Beverages and ready-to-eat soups are prime candidates as carriers of added beta-glucan so long as manufacturers maintain sensory properties, according to a new book.

Russian Standard attacks global market

Russia's largest premium vodka maker, Russian Standard, is making a multi-million euro bid to conquer the rest of the world

Recycling survey adds to pressure on food sector

A government survey showing that 40 per cent of UK food packaging cannot be recycled will add to the pressure on manufacturers to make the switch

News briefs: S&N sale, Coca-Cola and Britvic

In what is proving a busy week for the beverage business, Scottish & Newcastle may be bought out by a consortium of rival brewers, while profitability is up for soft...

Coca-Cola seeks medicinal and coffee kicks

Coca-Cola this week announced plans to scour China for traditional medicines to develop a more nutritionally beneficial portfolio of drinks.

Diageo claims responsible drinking ad success

Diageo claims that its recent television advertising campaign promoting responsible drinking is bringing major benefits to both consumers and its own brand identity.

Weekly Comment

Time to get serious on health claims criteria

The European Food Safety Authority's task to assess thousands of health claims is a headache in anyone's book - and one made worse through vague instructions to industry.

Tesco joins food processors in piloting carbon mapping

UK-based Tesco said today it would map out the carbon dioxide output involved in getting 30 products to the shelves, a bid to develop international labelling standards rating products according...

Sara Lee steps up sustainable coffee sourcing

Sara Lee is to double the amount of sustainable coffee used in its brands to 20,000 tonnes, a move the company says will make it the market leader in the category.

Weekly comment: Food prices

Will value-added lose out to the basics?

Food companies have been focussing on value-added products in a bid to reduce their reliance on commodities, which can fluctuate wildly and deliver slim margins. But now that prices of...

Bud maker denies GM accusations

Anheuser Busch yesterday denied claims by environmental organisation Greenpeace that batches of its beer, including the flagship brand Budweiser, contain genetically modified (GM) materials.

UK proposes to tighten protection for whisky

The UK government yesterday announced new production, export and labelling measures to protect whisky from the threat of counterfeit goods.

Companies face investor pressure to reduce CO2

Investors are stepping up the pressure on companies to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced by their manufacturing operations.

News briefs: Portuguese beer, P&G and metric measures

This week's news brief finds Portugal's largest brewer having to close a plant, Procter and Gamble possibly going off coffee and another victory in the battle against forcing metric measurements.

Innocent found guilty over antioxidant health claim

UK's Innocent has been rapped on the knuckles for making a health claim about its smoothie having a high antioxidant content and detoxifying effect.

Bridge too far in Absolut maker counterfeit case

Sweden-based group Vin and Spirit (V&S) has lost a legal bid in the country's appeal court to continue using a former partner's trademark on its wine labels, following allegations that...

Weekly comment

Ripping the red tape

They say that patience is a virtue. But when it comes to the regulatory process on both sides of the Atlantic, patience too often results in dust gathering in the...

Netherlands to launch carbon-based packaging tax

A decision by the Netherlands to put a carbon-based tax on packaging could have far reaching consequences across the EU for processors.

Tea Council under fire for health claims posters

The UK Tea Council has been criticised for exaggerating the benefits of tea and banned from making further claims about the drinks antioxidant potential after running a series of adverts.

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