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Regulation & Safety

Check in here to learn the latest movements at the FDA, EFSA and other regulatory bodies on everything from sugar levels to health claims, and for the latest beverage safety news from accidents to recalls - starting on the factory floor and ending with the consumer.

Coca-Cola beats its water replenishment goal 5 years ahead of schedule

Coca-Cola announced that it replenished approximately 191.9 billion liters of water to local water sheds and communities, the equivalent to 115% of the water used in the company’s finished beverage...

FlavorActiV and Bruker partner on beer flavor stability

FlavorActiV and Bruker Corporation have partnered to help breweries improve flavor stability.

Texas craft brewers raise their pints after judge rules distribution rights law unconstitutional

A Texas federal judge has sided with three Texas-based craft brewers, striking down a 2013 law that required breweries to give up their distribution and territorial rights. 

Invisible Sentinel launches assays to detect beer spoilage organisms

Invisible Sentinel has developed, validated and commercialized two detection tools for breweries.

Berkeley ‘soda tax’ linked to 21% drop in sugary beverage consumption, study finds

Within months of enacting Berkeley’s controversial “soda tax” and the corresponding public awareness campaign on the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages, consumption of the drinks in the California city dropped...

UK obesity plan attacks sugar – but calculating sugar in yogurt and dairy beverages is tough

The UK government has published its Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action paper.

EU argues Colombia tax on imported spirits is discrimination, asks for WTO panel to rule

The EU has requested the establishment of a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel to rule on a dispute over what it says is Colombia's discriminatory treatment of imported spirits.

Gäyo Kopi seeks to expose 'underbelly' of fraudulent Kopi Luwak coffee

Detroit-based startup Gäyo Kopi has introduced wild-certified Kopi Luwak coffee (sourced from wild civets in Indonesia) to the US market, completing pre-order shipments of the rare imported coffee this month, the...

How will milk drinks be affected by UK sugar tax?

Milk-based drinks are to be excluded from the UK sugar tax, given their nutritional value. And yet some milk-based drinks contain considerable amounts of added sugar. So how can the...

Rheonix targets perfect pint with beer spoilage detection tech

Rheonix has launched an assay for detecting beer spoilage on its recently unveiled platform for food and beverage testing.

New strategy: Scotland weighs up food taxes and ad bans

Scotland’s new food authority is prepared to take the hard-line on tackling obesity, with a junk food tax and advertising bans under consideration.

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. ...

Texas craft brewers seek to repeal state law they say stunts industry growth

Three Texas-based craft brewers are suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to overturn a state law that prohibits breweries from accepting payments from distributors to sell their beer. 

South Africa sugar tax will affect jobs and economic growth, says beverage industry

The beverage industry in South Africa says a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages threatens thousands of livelihoods and economic growth. 

Government reticence on sugar tax and obesity policy leaves everything to play for in bitter battle

The UK food industry, the government and health campaigners are locked in a bitter battle to determine the country’s plan to tackle obesity. At its heart is the proposed sugar...

EU Commission raises concerns over Dow DuPont merger

The European Commission says it has opened an investigation to see if the proposed merger of Dow and DuPont is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.

News in brief

Counterfeit vodka finding leads to suspended sentence

A man has been given a suspended sentence at Runcorn Magistrate’s Court after unsafe counterfeit vodka was found in his taxi.

UK sugar tax will put 4,000 jobs at risk: Oxford Economics

A UK sugar tax will lead to a reduction of just 5 calories per day, but will reduce the industry's contribution to the economy by £132m ($172m) and risk 4,000...

CAMRA calls for consultation on alcohol guidelines: ‘Government advice is at odds with common sense’

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), a UK consumer organisation, is calling for a consultation on alcohol guidelines, saying that ‘government advice on drinking is at odds with common sense’.

Uflex fights war on counterfeiting with 3D Nescafé tamper-proof seal

Uflex has created a ‘Seal of Authenticity’ tamper-proof 3D seal for Nescafé Classic manufactured by Nestlé India.

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San Francisco soda health warnings violate First Amendment by forcing manufacturers to denigrate their own products, says WLF

The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) has urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stop enforcing a San Francisco ordinance requiring sugary drink ads to include health...

3D inspection of beverage cans and glasses exceeds speeds of 1,200 containers per minute

Filtec has launched AURAtec, a laser-based inspection system that detects pressure inconsistencies in glass and can containers.    

‘Our efforts are far from over’: Responsible drinking alliance highlights 2015 progress

The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking – a group supported by global alcohol beverage companies including AB InBev, Heineken and Diageo – says ‘good progress’ has been made on a...

GUEST ARTICLE: #SayItWithPepsi and #SmileWithACoke... Have you trademarked your hashtag yet?

You can trademark words, phrases, symbols and designs, so what about #hashtags? It's relatively new territory in the world of intellectual property law, but it's well worth doing, say Rebecca Cross...

Report calls for more measures to reduce energy drink consumption among children

A UK research group is calling for measures to curb excessive energy drinks consumption among children and young people: such as preventing sales to under 16s and banning marketing targeted...

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