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Beverage aisle feels the most social love, NetBase report finds

Beverages dominated the top ten list of the brands consumers are talking the most about via social media, according to NetBase Social Media Industry Report for 2016.

Newamstar turns to ZW3D to design packaging and blow molding machines for liquid bottles

Newamstar, which works with Nestlé, Danone and Coca-Cola, has partnered with ZWCAD Software Company (ZWSOFT) to purchase over 100 sets of ZW3D software to design packaging and blow molding machines...

Hard water can boost sweetness and cut costs: study

Using certain types of water could allow drinks manufacturers to cut back on sweeteners, according to a new study.

Suja sales up 80% YoY says CEO, as brand gears up for drinking vinegar launch

Suja Juice is tapping into the trend for all things fermented with the launch of organic probiotic-infused drinking vinegars targeting Millennials, says the San Diego-based firm, which has seen retail...

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Highland Spring Group starts work on factory expansion

Highland Spring Group has broken ground on a factory extension at its Blackford site in Perthshire, as it sees continued increased demand for bottled water in the UK.  

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...

Videojet: Global beverage sales to grow 3.9% in 2016

Videojet Technologies, which supplies coding, marking and printing technology, has launched a Beverage Hub for manufacturers to keep up-to-date on changing coding and labelling requirements. ...

Amcor Rigid Plastics to close PET preform factory at the end of the year

Amcor Rigid Plastics will close a factory that makes PET (polyethylene terephthalate) preforms for beverage containers and other applications, at the end of December.

Dairy packaging major increases production in Punjab

A border town in Punjab has played host to the opening of a Rs1bn (US$14.9m) fully-integrated aseptic beverage manufacturing facility. 

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

Chia seed drinks tap into consumer movement ‘away from all things sugary’

Chia seed based drinks can disrupt the beverage market thanks to two key attributes: around 33% less sugar than fruit juice and an array of functional benefits, according to chia...

Coca-Cola turns to baobab in new low calorie soft drink brand

Coca-Cola has launched a soft drink which counts baobab extract among its ingredients: a beverage that could be rolled out globally in the future. 

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Crown sets out 2020 sustainability goals

A new beverage can plant being built in Nichols, New York, will help support Crown Holdings’ progress in achieving its sustainability goals, says the company as it sets out its...

Uncle Matt’s probiotic waters further blur line between juice, water and functional beverages

Uncle Matt’s Organic expands its portfolio beyond juice with the launch of its fruit-infused, cold-pressed probiotic waters, which also continue to blur an already fuzzy line between juice, water and...

South Africa sets out sugar tax plans

South Africa’s National Treasury has published proposals for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and is inviting comment on the plans. 

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

Vero Water targets restaurant diners, offering affordable premium bottled water

Vero Water believes it can make ordering premium bottled water at a restaurant as common place as ordering tap water through its in-house water filtration and bottling technology. 

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Coca Cola: Hubert's Lemonade recall 'limited'

The Coca-Cola Company has recalled some Hubert's Lemonade due to potential presence of glass in some bottles.

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

Nestlé Waters ‘smart factory’ heralded as a protocol for future bottling plants

The Sanpellegrino Group has opened a $17.4m mineral water bottling plant for Nestlé Vera Naturea in Castrocielo, Italy, heralded as one of the most outstanding Nestlé Waters’ plants, for its...

Vita Ice is a ‘blatant and deceptive knock-off of Sparkling Ice,’ claims Talking Rain

Vita Ice – a sparkling flavored water brand that first hit stores in 2013 – is a “blatant and deceptive knock-off” of Sparkling Ice, claims Sparkling Ice brand owner Talking...

me and my factory

Boosting productivity at Coca-Cola’s Wakefield factory

Boosting productivity by improving employee engagement is a four-step process at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield factory.

SHS Drinks targets on-the-go consumers with 50ml Bottlegreen PET bottles

SHS Drinks, which produces WKD, Shloer, and Woody’s, has partnered with M&H Plastics to produce a 50ml version of its Bottlegreen cordials, sparkling pressé and mixers.

Avure tests deadly toxin in coconut water treated with HPP

Avure Technologies has completed a study with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) to test the potential risk of Clostridium botulinum in coconut water, and will share the...

New product launches, June 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Smirnoff fruit cider, Nespresso Cuban coffee, craft soda & energy water

Smirnoff has announced its entry into the growing fruit cider category, while Nespresso is launching the first Cuban coffee to be sold in the US for more than 50 years....

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