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CEO NOOYI 'FEELS GOOD' ABOUT NORTH AMERICAN BEVERAGES

PepsiCo boss Nooyi stifles succession talk: ‘At this point I’m still in the chair!’

PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi insists she’s ‘still in the chair’ after one analyst asked for her thoughts on CEO transition.

Dr Pepper TEN…A dead duck? Analyst warns of ‘continued deceleration’

Dr Pepper Snapple’s TEN platform ‘continues to decelerate’ in the US and many C-store operators are suggesting that they plan to pull the line from shelves and coolers, one analyst...

Dystopian drinks? ‘Beverages that beep, bleep, yell and waft scents at shoppers’

Manufacturers will spend more on designing packages that ‘blink, beep, yell and waft scents at shoppers', according to food packaging expert Joe Kerry from University College Cork.

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS, LISBON: FROM ZERO TO 400M LITER HERO

BIG Cola meets BIG Buddhism: ‘AJE isn’t your typical capitalist company’

AJE’s CMO and Zen Buddhist master Jorge Lopez Doriga tells BeverageDaily.com that AJE ‘isn’t your typical capitalist company’, although flag brand BIG Cola is the fourth best-selling soft drink worldwide....

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Retail stars in our eyes! Zenith’s UK soft drinks conference

Zenith International says that 19 supermarket and other retail buyers have registered to attend its 2014 UK Soft Drinks Conference slated for May 7 in Central London.

The Philosopher Fizz? Study suggests thinking men prefer Pepsi to Coke

Japanese academics say that students in a taste test comparing the world’s two bitter cola rivals were more likely to prefer Pepsi to Coke when asked to give reasons why....

GILES BROOK EXCITED BY COCONUT WATER, MILK & COFFEE HYBRID, COCO CAFE

Vita Coco CEO: ‘Strong UK rival can help us build £250m coconut water category’

Vita Coco’s UK CEO Giles Brook says he would welcome a strong rival to accelerate growth in coconut water and predicts £75m sales for his brand in 2014.

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS: THE FUTURE FOR WATER ENHANCERS

Squash to smoothie enhancers: DreamPak scans horizon in $400m market

DreamPak’s international sales director tells Ben Bouckley that brands must differentiate to grow in a crowded US beverage enhancers fixture and tips tea, coffee and smoothies to lead the charge....

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Rhubarb, Lavender, cucumber… and significantly less sugar. It’s time soda got sophisticated, says DRY Soda

There’s a reason why soda is generally sweet and comes in three flavors (cola, lemon & lime and root beer), because that’s what sells, right? Wrong, says DRY Soda founder...

BUT BONNIE HERZOG SAYS PEPSICO COULD BE ON RECOVERY ROAD

Analyst ‘increasingly concerned’ at Coke’s ability to realize 2020 vision

US beverage analyst Bonnie Herzog says she is ‘increasingly concerned’ about The Coca-Cola Company’s ability to reach its 2020 vision due to a US soda slowdown and global instability.

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Carlsberg’s Seth & Riley’s Garage shuns sweet flavors, garish colors

Carlsberg hopes that its new ‘hard lemon drink’ Seth & Riley’s Garage will attract young men aged 25+ seeking a transitional drink that moves them from sweet beverages to beer...

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS: FINAL THOUGHTS

‘Functional beverage belief is back’: Zenith International chair

Zenith International chairman Richard Hall tells BeverageDaily.com that he thinks the beverage industry is regaining its faith in functional products. 

Sweetened beverages again linked to stroke risk, and effects could be dose-related, says new study

Increased intakes of sweetened beverages may increase the risk of stroke, says a new study from Sweden.

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Pepsi explores salt flavor modifiers with Senomyx; plans new 'made with real sugar' colas

San Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx has entered into a collaborative agreement with PepsiCo to identify flavors with "modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt"....

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS: IN PICTURES

What do Unilever and Kermit the Frog have in common?

A sneak peek at some of the action on the conference floor at Zenith International's InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress, where Unilever showcased Kermit and AJE dreamed BIG, and came...

Borealis and Borouge expand BorPure MB5568 into Asia

Do you know how much stress we’re under? Life as a lightweight cap

Technological advances means there is still room for the next generation of lightweight caps and closures to offer further savings on cost, according to plastic manufacturer Borealis.   

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Talking Rain CEO: Pepsi and Coke weren’t even looking at sparkling waters

Talking Rain’s Sparkling Ice brand plugs a market gap that Pepsi and Coca-Cola missed, enabling $350m in annual sales to tot up with little to no competition, its CEO says....

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS, LISBON, APRIL 7-9

Pimp my bespoke beverage ride! Milk, coffee, cocktail enhancers…

Flavor ‘enhancers’ have already spread beyond water to milk and have potential to conquer categories such as coffee and cocktails, according to Zenith International.

dispatches from Analytica 2014

Mobile colorimeter meets immediate analysis needs

Making decisions based on quick on-site analysis is helping to drive the demand for mobile colorimeters, according to Merck Millipore.

NATURALLY SWEET SODAS POSE MARKETING NOT R&D CHALLENGE - ZEVIA

Could Coca-Cola Life health halo kill standard US Coke sales?

Naturally sweetened soft drinks such as Coca-Cola Life could pose problems for big soda since they risk cannibalizing standard product sales, one analyst suggests.

MINTEL'S BIG CONVERSATION: MILLENNIALS DON'T CARE FOR TRADITIONAL CATEGORIES

Alien soft drinks could invade! Sales fizz for Kirin cola with fibre

Beverage concepts that seem wacky or weird right now could sparkle in the future, says Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth, who notes strong sales for Kirin’s fiber-fortified cola in Japan since...

Insights from IFT Wellness 2014

Why should we care about what @Susan thinks of stevia?

Despite a trend toward reduced sugar consumption in the US, many Americans are still getting far too much added sugar in their diets. But how do consumers really feel about...

MINTEL'S 'BIG CONVERSATION': ORGANIZED DISRUPTION, SOFT DRINKS INNOVATION

Dessert drinks to CSDs with jelly: Mintel urges ‘global drinks disruption’

Beverage brands can blur the lines both within the category and steal outside cues to create novel products such as beer-flavored ice cream that arrest the consumer’s attention, according to...

Juice Products Association: Yes, fruit juice contains sugar… but let’s stop comparing it with soda

As the focus has switched from fat to sugar as public enemy #1 in the battle against obesity and diabetes, juice - once promoted as a healthy alternative to soda...

From Red Bull to Big Red: Beverage industry veteran talks energy, classic soda and why Sparkling Ice should inspire us all

The energy drinks market has become more segmented in recent years, but relentlessly negative PR, a flurry of lawsuits and an FDA-probe have not dampened consumers’ enthusiasm for the original...