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Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

Japan

Nestle commissions empathic robot to sell its coffee machines in Japan

Nestlé Japan will soon begin using a humanoid robot to sell Nescafé machines as the company devises new ways to appeal to customers in the brand’s biggest market.  

Australia

Australia's RFT to ‘go global’ with Gloria Jean’s purchase

Australia’s biggest multi-brand retail food franchiser, Retail Food Group (RFG), will become a “global franchising powerhouse” following its purchase of Gloria Jean’s Coffees at an initial cost of A$163.5m (US$144m)....

Feature - China

Comfort and convenience behind the rise of China's new coffee culture

Once upon a time there was China tea. If you were Chinese and liked hot drinks, the local tradition in tea led the way. If you preferred coffee, especially the...

'530,000 people work for Tesco...it's like selling into Luxembourg': Paul Earnshaw

‘Packaging is a Cinderella discipline’: Tesco packaging manager

Tesco packaging manager Paul Earnshaw insists the retailer is keen to banish the perception that packaging is a Cinderella discipline given its importance in the overall consumer ‘brand experience’.

Nestlé CEO on missed target: ‘Usain Bolt doesn’t always run 100 metres in the same time either’

Nestlé’s share price fell 2.9% in early trading this morning as nine-month sales growth missed objectives.

PPMA SHOW 2014, BIRMINGHAM, UK: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR!

M&S urges food and beverage brands to embrace ‘adaptable machinery’

The head of food packaging innovation at UK retailer Marks & Spencer has urged companies to invest in smaller, more adaptable machines to keep up with the pace of packaging...

PPMA SHOW 2014, BIRMINGHAM, UK: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR!

‘Frightened’ UK grocery brands slow to report retail dirty dealing

The adjudicator charged with policing the UK food and beverage manufacturing supply chain against retailer malpractice claims that many suppliers are scared of speaking out for fear of retribution.

STUDY COULD HELP IDENTIFY WHO SHOULD DRINK MORE OR LESS

Harvard study suggests we seek maximum caffeine bang from coffee buck

A high-profile US meta study suggests people naturally tailor their coffee intake to experience caffeine’s optimal effects, while genetic factors linked to higher consumption likely increase coffee metabolism.

Honeysuckle tea to fight flu? Chinese claim ‘extremely novel finding’

Chinese scientists are claiming an ‘extremely novel finding’ after mice fought off several different types of flu when fed a honeysuckle tisane.

News in brief

BASF & Smart Planet Technologies unite in EarthCoating discussions

BASF and Smart Planet Technologies are negotiating a possible strategic partnership for the mineralized coating technology, EarthCoating, for paper packaging applications.

Nestlé CEO: ‘We have more headwinds; we just have to wake up half an hour earlier’

Tough markets and cautious optimism were among the main themes in presentations from the biggest food and consumer goods companies in Europe last month, according to investment analysis firm Sanford...

Mondelēz abandons Kenyan manufacturing

Mondelēz International will stop manufacturing from its Cadbury Kenya plant at the end of this month as it shifts capacity for Cadbury Drinking Chocolate to Egypt.

LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR, PPMA, BIRMINGHAM, OCTOBER 2014

‘Robotic interest rockets but UK still trails rest of Europe’: Pacepacker

Pacepacker Services CEO Dennis Allison says food industry interest in robots has rocketed in the UK this year but warns that the nation lags well behind countries like Germany in...

Tata Global Beverages, Taylors of Harrogate, and Typhoo support Assam programme

Tea giants join partnership to tackle child exploitation in Indian tea communities

Tea companies have partnered with UNICEF and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) to tackle child exploitation in Indian tea communities.  

Help the Aged: Tokyo Pack 2014 focuses on Japan’s aging population

Asia’s largest packaging show Tokyo Pack will take place on October 7-10 with one of the focus areas smaller pack sizes to cater for Japan’s single-person households and aging population....

Premium private label drinks colonize branded EU shelf space: Canadean

An increasing number of private label drinks are gaining traction in space traditionally reserved for ‘premium’ brands, according to Canadean, as retailers appreciate the margins such products can offer.

Scientist fires EU coffee warning ahead of EFSA caffeine publication

A high-profile scientist warns that any move by EFSA to recommend lower upper levels of caffeine consumption below 300mg/day could be ‘very harmful’ for the EU coffee industry, ahead of...

Food and drink in an independent Scotland – in pictures

Thousands of Scots will vote for or against Scottish independence this Thursday (September 18), but how do some of the UK’s biggest food and drink firms think independence will affect...

Bootstrapping, brand-building & Fresh & Easy’s quest for what's ‘fresh, unique and new’: A day at the Food & Beverage University

From how to keep control of your trade spending to presenting the perfect pitch to investors (spoiler alert: ‘Let me get back to you on those numbers’ will not inspire...

Coffee genome sequenced: Researchers drink to greater caffeine control

Reducing, enhancing or even eliminating caffeine content in coffee plants will be possible in the near future researchers are saying after completing the genomic map of the coffee plant Coffea canephora....

News in brief

EFSA extends consultation on ‘Open EFSA’

The European Food Safety Authority has extended the period of public consultation on its discussion paper ‘Transformation to an Open EFSA’ by a month.

COMPANY PROMISES Lattes, smoothies, hot chocolate enhancers will follow

DreamPak launches first ‘no refrigeration’ liquid creamer concentrate

DreamPak claims to have launched the first ‘no refrigeration needed’ concentrated liquid creamer in select H-E-B locations in Texas, and promises lattes, smoothies and even hot chocolate will follow.

FTC levies $3.5 million fine against green coffee bean extract supplier

Applied Food Sciences, a Texas-based ingredient supplier, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission over what the FTC said was a...

Australia

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development

It will soon be possible to grow premium-quality caffeine-free coffee, tea and cocoa, according to research by the University of Queensland.

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