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Arsenal FC scores speaking slot at Sports Nutrition 2014

Sports Nutrition 2014 explores the market and future opportunities for the sports nutrition industry, valued at more than $30bn globally, and you can join the action for free!

Coke faces Swiss anti-trust probe as discounter Denner takes up cola cudgels

Coca-Cola Hellenic has confirmed that Swiss Competition Commission (WEKO) is investigating allegations that it illegally stopped retailer Denner buying its branded sodas abroad at lower prices.

Sports Nutrition 2014 delivers business ammunition

It’s free, jammed full of sports nutrition sector insights – and it’s just days away: Sports Nutrition 2014 .

Energy category brushes up against toothpaste

The rapidly broadening energy category has a new platform – energy toothpaste which has been launched in Russia.

Analyst savages Coca-Cola Amatil for ‘really poor company culture’

Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington has savaged Coca-Cola Amatil’s former management – insisting that they ‘compromised the business to meet short-term earnings targets’ in 2013.

Flux Power claims big beverage ‘excitement’ over lithium-ion truck batteries

Flux Power insists that large beverage companies active in everything from beer to soda are excited by the productivity advantages and cost savings its next generation lithium-ion batteries offer over...

Pure Via labels will be amended, but 'natural' claim will stay

What is natural, and who decides? Pure Via latest stevia brand to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims in $1.65m deal

10 months after Cargill agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was misleading shoppers by marketing consumer products under the Truvia brand as ‘natural’, the firms behind rival...

The Protein Works builds its muscles with diverse portfolio

UK sports nutrition company The Protein Works says that it plans to capitalise on worldwide appeal for its brand over the next year.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: CRACKING CHINA

‘Monster Energy can crack China with Coke’s help’: CEO Rodney Sacks

Monster Energy CEO Rodney Sacks insists the brand will be well-placed to crack the Chinese market using the distribution might of new shareholder The Coca-Cola Company.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: WINNERS AND LOSERS

Coke’s Monster Marriage: The 5 Key Talking Points

As Coke inks a $2bn+ deal to buy a stake in Monster Energy, we explore the implications for energy drinks – and predict a harder fight for PepsiCo and Red Bull.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: SPECIAL EDITION

Coke’s $2.15bn bite of Monster Energy: Soda giant’s ‘exclusive energy play’

Coke says that Monster Energy will become its ‘exclusive energy play’ after it finally moved to seal a significant 16.7% stake in the controversial beverage company.

Milk-based EnerDrinks 'healthy alternative' to existing energy drinks

German firm EnerDrinks believes it can challenge established energy drink brands such as Red Bull with its combination of flavored milk and energizing ingredients such as taurine.

Survata is 'democratizing' consumer insights, says CEO

Consumer insights are no longer a luxury only big brands can afford, says online survey expert

Until pretty recently, food marketers looking to test new product ideas, brand names or pack designs could look to friends, family, and colleagues for cheap - though notoriously unreliable -...

GMCR 'hitting milestones' for 2015 Keurig Cold launch

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters CEO Brian Kelley insists the firm is on track for a fiscal 2015 launch of its cold carbonated soft drinks system and is working closely with...

INDUSTRY VOICES: Seth Hillstrom, American Beverage Consortium Managing Partner

‘We’re closer than ever to personalized beverage marketing!’ – eBev exec

As we gear up for eBev 2014 in Atlanta Georgia, the American Beverage Consortium’s Seth Hillstrom tells us that personalized beverage marketing is here to stay, but warns that getting...

High-acid drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

Drinks with high acidic content can cause a permanent damage to teeth within the first 30 seconds of consumption, an Australian study has found.

New labels would highlights calories, include 'added sugars'

Special edition - Nutrition Facts revamp: Radical overhaul or a missed opportunity?

UPDATED: Significant changes to the Nutrition Facts panel on foods & beverages have been proposed in the US and Canada, with the plan to include ‘added sugars’ tweak rules on...

SEE INSIDE MONSTER ENERGY'S INNOVATION LOCKER: THE BEVERAGEDAILY.COM TOP 5

'Monster Energy Sunrise will have 'Orangina-type flavor': CEO Rodney Sacks

Monster Energy CEO Rodney Sacks insists new launch Ultra Sunrise will not go head-to-head PepsiCo's Mountain Dew Kickstart, despite its lighter 'Orangina-type flavor'.

INDUSTRY VOICES: LAURENT JARDIN, SIDEL MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, GREATER MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

Aseptic drinks technology uptake in Nigeria 'only a matter of time’: Sidel executive

Laurent Jardin from Sidel talks trends ahead of an September 9 meeting with customers in Nigeria, and tells Ben Bouckley that Africa’s largest city Lagos is a beverage ‘trendsetter’.

KHS launches Innoket 360 Duo roll-fed labeler

KHS has launched a roll-fed labeling machine with two labeling stations and a capacity of up to 60,000 non-returnable PET bottles per hour.

Coca-Cola Company won’t ditch stevia in the UK

Sugar reduction campaigners have praised the Coca-Cola Company’s (CCC’s) refusal to drop the natural sweetener stevia in its Glaceau Vitaminwater in the UK, as it has done in the US....

ENERGY GIANT RUMORED TO BE READYING LAUNCHES TO GRAB MORNING, AFTERNOON, EVENING CONSUMPTION

Monster Energy trademarks Ultra Sunrise: Taking on Mountain Dew Kickstart?

Monster Energy has filed a US trademark for the term Ultra Sunrise and one analyst predicts the name will be used for a CSD that will take on $150m brand...

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CCL Industries says CAD $18m deal for Bandfix will give Swiss foothold

Specialty label and packaging supplier CCL Industries has signed a binding agreement to acquire Bandfix for CAD $18m and says the purchase will give it a foothold in Switzerland.

Coke launches ‘Source Africa’ initiative to ensure ethical Kenyan tea production

Coke CEO Muhtar Kent insists Africa is the ‘most dynamic region in the world I can see right now’ as he unveils a further $5bn system investment there and ethical...

Red Bull: 'All future claims will be medically and/or scientifically supported'

Red Bull offers $13m to settle false advertising lawsuit; 'No way judge will approve this', says attorney

Red Bull has agreed to pay $13m to resolve a class action lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its energy drinks as providing functional benefits above and beyond what might be...