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Dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Friend or foe: Can big beverage brands and small start-ups work together?

Big beverage companies now recognise the speed and energy of start-ups, but corporations maintain the might and muscle when it comes to distribution. So could both worlds work together?

dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Salty, sour, spicy, bitter: Will soft drinks ever go beyond sweet?

Will ‘sweet’ always be superior in the soft drink category? Or will consumers embrace the whole world of senses and suss out alternative tastes?

Beverage Bites: News up to March 26, 2015

New CFO for Coca-Cola Amatil, how to succeed as a tequila don, and more beverage bites

Jose Cuervo’s ‘Don of Tequila’ competition; Diageo introduces nutritional labelling; and Martyn Roberts’ journey from Louis Vuitton to Coca-Cola: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature.  ...

New enzyme could save cash for maltose syrup producers, says company

A new enzyme launched by biotech company Novozymes can optimise operations and reduce processing costs for maltose syrups producers, the company said.

Going for gold: Commonwealth Games helps Irn-Bru and Strathmore beat ‘challenging’ soft drink market

A.G.Barr says sports sponsorship with its Strathmore water brand has helped drive a 10% increase in company profit, with its other drinks also benefiting from sporting associations.

Jamba Juice settles ‘all-natural’ lawsuit, but will pay no damages

Jamba Juice has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed in California alleging it misled shoppers by labeling its smoothie kits as ‘all-natural’.

What can Coca-Cola learn from drumming gorillas? The ins and outs of a ‘radical’ one brand strategy

Each member of the Coca-Cola portfolio has a distinct identity and separate audience – so will they suffer under a ‘one brand’ strategy, asks Nir Wegrzyn of design agency BrandOpus.

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To Drinkfinity – and way beyond! Technology evolves to meet demand for personalized drinks

Personalised beverage hydration systems, one-of-a-kind bottles, and capsules which can transform a plain glass of water into something else entirely - the marriage of technology and personalisation is changing the...

News in brief

Recall due to undeclared walnut: Cott Beverages

Cott Beverages has recalled all date codes of some of its energy drinks and sparkling water because they may contain tree nuts not listed on the label.

Plant waters take center stage at Expo West, but can they emulate coconut water's meteoric success?

FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson talked to three players in the emerging 'plant waters' category at the 2015 Natural Products Expo West trade show to find out whether they have what...

Health benefit of sugary drinks tax is ‘a strong claim’, says academic

The Children’s Food Campaign claims a 20p tax on sugary drinks could have major positive impact on health but academics and industry say evidence is lacking.

Beverage Bites: news up to March 12, 2015

Nestlé goes flying, Tesco vs Coca-Cola, and other Beverage Bites

Heineken invests in a new Mexican brewery; Tetley USA donates 10 million cups of tea; and Ardagh’s birthday present for Coca-Cola: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s...

Mark Rampolla: ‘The best time to raise money is when you don’t need it’

ZICO coconut water founder: ‘The first nine years were absolutely brutal…’

What are investors really looking for when they assess a food and beverage business? When it comes to gross margins, is there a magic number? And can you really be...

'I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question that we could be a public company'

Zevia CEO: ‘One of the things that has been a key contributor to our success is our independence’

Multinationals are snapping up smaller, more entrepreneurial brands in the natural or organic food and beverage space faster than you can say ‘because that’s where the growth is’. So will Zevia...

Californian federal court dismisses 4-MEI medical monitoring lawsuit targeting PepsiCo

A Californian federal court has dismissed a lawsuit that argued consumers of Diet Pepsi and Pepsi One should be entitled to medical monitoring due to the alleged health risk posed...

‘We are not on an anti-Tetra Pak mission’

Ecolean: 'European dairy consumption is going down replaced by water and juice'

Ecolean is expanding and will open an office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, this year as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia.

Beverage bites: news up to March 5, 2015

Bacteria and beer pong; Diageo’s Mexico investment, and more beverage bites

An ‘exploding’ African beer market; Diageo’s Mexican investment; and the bacteria involved in the game of beer pong: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature. ...

All Coke is equal: Coca-Cola GB shifts Life, Zero, and Diet to centre stage in new ‘one brand’ strategy

Coca-Cola Great Britain is rebranding its portfolio to integrate Coca-Cola Life, Coca-Cola Zero, and Diet Coke with its full calorie drink, seeking to spread the ‘enduring appeal’ of its flagship...

FOUNDER PLANS TO SHAKE-UP DULL US AMBIENT DAIRY-FREE AISLE

‘People think we’re insane!’ UK coconut mylk brand Rebel Kitchen braves US 'beast'

Sometimes entrepreneurs have to take a ‘leap of faith’, says Rebel Kitchen founder Tamara Arbib, as she takes her coconut ‘mylks’ to the US just over a year after an...

Soft drink tax targets heavy consumers, says Australian study

An excise tax on sugary drinks would be an effective way of improving the health of those who drink high amounts of the beverages, according to an Australian study. 

Fanta's 1940 birth in Germany had no association with Nazi Party, clarifies Coca-Cola, after ad backlash

Coca-Cola has apologized for any offence caused by an online Fanta video, after viewers suggested it referred to Nazi Germany as the ‘good old times.’

Nestlé #notjustaboutfood! Multinational launches internship contest with Twitter

Nestlé UK & Ireland is launching a joint internship scheme with Twitter, a programme that will help it draw in talent from previously untapped areas. 

Japanese C-store sales boom fires Monster Energy's international turnaround

Monster Beverage Corporation CEO Rodney Sacks hopes the company's recent deal with Coke will fire further international growth in markets including Japan, after its international arm returned to year-on-year earnings...

‘Mood balancing beverages’: Sensient Flavors eyes growth market with new concepts

Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that it says respond to rising demand for food and drink that affects and balances our emotional states in a ‘gentle and natural’...

How Coke got its curves: Coca-Cola's contour bottle celebrates 100 years

Coca-Cola has launched a global campaign featuring icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ray Charles, as it celebrates the 100th birthday of its bottle. 

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