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Cognex has a high-speed camera vision

Cognex has launched a compact smart-camera vision system that it says will allow food and beverage manufacturers to inspect products at a rate of up to 400 products per second.

Vitamin enriched Coca-Cola anyone? Soda giant patents ‘vitamin-rich fermentates’

The Coca-Cola Company has patented what it says is a new method allowing it to naturally fortify beverages including colas with high vitamin levels using a single micro-organism.

FOCUS ON: FERMENTED FUNCTIONAL DRINKS

The Kvass of 2014? ‘Next generation’ fermented functional drinks show promise

Brands are increasingly using modern bio-technology to develop ‘next generation’ fermented functional beverages, researchers say, but they warn that many drinks still face challenges prior to possible commercialization.

‘Confusion and fear’ underpin beverage naturalness trend: Mintel

Confusion and fear of the unknown continue to drive interest in simplified product labels and natural ingredients, Mintel says.

Lighter rum: Bacardi cuts its packaging weight by 90%

The spirits brand is raising a toast to sustainability with lighter packing and recyclable bottles.

New Zealand

Kiwi scientist finds way to counter mealybug threat

The New Zealand wine industry is now better equipped to battle a devastating plant pathogen thanks to new research carried out in the country.

Steve Hills, European contract manufacturing director, reveals ambitious six-year plan

‘Agile capital-light innovation’: PepsiCo Europe targets 600% growth in contract manufacturing

PepsiCo Europe says it plans to grow the size of its contract manufacturing business six-fold in as many years to accelerate food and beverage innovation and boost productivity.

Heineken USA boss: ‘We like to call the US the Silicon Valley of beer’

Heineken USA boss Dolf van den Brink says the brewer splits consumers into those who ‘live thoughtfully’ and ‘live legendary’ to understand beer-buying habits in an especially innovative market.

INDUSTRY VOICES: ADOMAS PRANEVICIUS, MYDRINK BEVERAGES/DRINKPRENEUR

Bottling that blockbuster beverage: How to choose the right contract manufacturer

Adomas Pranevicius, general manager of MyDrink Beverages tells BeverageDaily.com readers how to choose the right contract manufacturer for their product – and why it's vital to assess everything from capabilities...

Australia

Japan trade agreement could spur beleaguered Australian wine exports

The recent signing of a trade agreement between Japan and Australia will give wine exports to the Far East a “step-up”, according to the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA). 

Professor: What exactly is this mythical ‘pristine’ alternative to GMOs that presents no risks?

When consumers think about GMOs, they tend to contrast them with “some hypothetical alternative food that is pristine”, when in most cases, going ‘non-GMO’ just means returning to a food...

PepsiCo, Heineken, Diageo trend up in 2013 global FMCG league but Tingyi steals show

PepsiCo, Heineken, Diageo and SAB Miller are all risers in the OC&C league table of Global Top 50 FMCG players in 2013, but China's Tingyi Holdings was the rising beverage...

Who drinks more wine – the Chinese or the Japanese?

Isn’t the answer obvious? The Chinese, with their thirst for fine French wines, New World reds and keenness to plant vineyards over the past five years, easily outstrip the economically...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

'PowerPoint can be painful!’ Tesco soft drinks buyer warns entrepreneurs

The head of Tesco’s soft drinks buying team David Beardmore has urged aspiring brands not to turn up at the retailer’s HQ with a lengthy PowerPoint presentation but to do...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM: ENTREPRENEUR'S EDITION

Golden rum revival: The Duppy Share follows Sailor Jerry’s spiced footsteps

Premium golden rum The Duppy Share is following in the footsteps of spiced brands like Sailor Jerry’s and wants to offer millennials a great-tasting artisanal spirit at an affordable price....

DIAGEO BRAND RESPONDS TO REPORT LONDON FACTORY MADE 7,000 FAKE BOTTLES DAILY

Smirnoff insists fake vodka ‘rarely a problem’ if people use reputable retailers

Diageo brand Smirnoff insists fakes are rarely a problem if people buy the vodka brand from reputable retailers after reports a London factory was counterfeiting 7,000 bottles a day.

World’s first pasteurisable lightweight PET bottle for beer

Sidel: ‘PET still only represents a fraction of the total packaging market for beer’

Sidel claims to have launched the world’s first pasteurisable lightweight PET bottle for beer but says PET still only represents a fraction of the total packaging market in this sector....

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Matt Rompala, Avery Dennison, product and business development manager, wine & spirits

Avery Dennison wood label helps beer brands target 'one-to-one' consumer connection

Avery Dennison tells BeverageDaily.com that beer, wine and spirits brands are increasingly looking for shorter-run labels that bring them a more emotive one-on-one connection with a given consumer.

‘Disruptive technology should encourage some US wineries to up their game’: Beverage Grades

Beverage Grades analyzes the 'DNA' of wine to identify cheaper bottles that taste almost identical to your favorites and its founders agree the technology should encourage US wineries to raise...

‘EU doesn’t have resources to police trade deals properly’: spiritsEUROPE DG warns

The head of powerful EU spirits trade confederation spiritsEUROPE warns that the EU Commission needs more resources to better police trade agreements with outside nations.

Grolsch targets $40bn beer sweet spot based on ‘new experiences’

Grolsch in a glass jar has been launched in Romania and Canadean believes the launch will boost long-term brand loyalty as customers flock into a $40bn market for beer offering...

William Grant & Sons spends £100,000 opposing Scottish independence

Glenfiddich Scotch whisky distiller William Grant & Sons has given £100,000 to Better Together – the official opponents of Scottish Independence.

‘What we haven’t offered until today is taste, and taste is king!’ ADM boss justifies $3.1bn appetite for WILD Flavors

Archer Daniels Midland CEO Patricia Woertz insists that WILD Flavors' beverage and taste expertise complement her firm’s expertise in food ingredients and know-how in texture, function and nutrition.

'Increasingly adventurous' Japanese welcome different wine styles

Wine Intelligence reports that 21% of regular wine drinkers in Japan enjoy trying new and different styles of wine on a regular basis compared to 15% two years ago, while...

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

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