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Filipino lawmakers voice support for soda tax bill

Support for a Philippines tax on sugary soft drinks to boost government coffers and rein in an increase in lifestyle is growing as legislation passes through parliament.

Krones celebrates 100th order to install ErgoBloc L. machine in South Korea

Krones is celebrating after receiving its 100th order to install its ErgoBloc L. machine at FINE Bio for CSDs and still water, at its facility in Kirisan National Park, South...

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One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks have excess sugar levels

A consumer watchdog has called on the foodservice industry to do more to tackle sugar consumption after a study found that one-third of the drinks served in Hong Kong outlets...

Diet soda: A key to weight loss?

Low energy sweeteners commonly used in diet sodas may help with weight loss, says a University of Bristol study, adding that confusion among consumers between sweeteners and sugar needs to be...

US retail sales of diet soda remain in freefall, reveals latest Nielsen data

Unit sales of diet soda are still falling at an alarming rate in the US retail market, with the latest Nielsen data (all channels including grocery, drug, mass, and c-stores)...

Sweet Green Fields CEO: We are finally getting close to solving the stevia taste challenge

Not so long ago, pundits were predicting that the high-purity stevia extracts market would be worth a billion dollars as manufacturers ditched artificial sweeteners and embraced ‘all-natural’ alternatives. 

CCE opens factory to inspire young people into industry

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has thrown open the doors of its Morpeth site in Northumberland to students in a bid to show them the many job opportunities in the food and...

Trade shows, conferences, direct sales: SmartSeal’s strategy for growing active closures

SmartSeal – a spill-proof closure system which draws its inspiration from scuba diving – says a ‘systematic and assiduous’ strategy has been the secret to its growth.

Food Matters Live

Four reasons a sugar tax ‘won’t work’: FDF boss

The near impossibility of imposing a sugar tax was one of four reasons why a tax would not limit sugar consumption or obesity, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF)...

Britvic J2O video in hot water for failing to clearly present itself as advertising

The UK’s advertising standards watchdog says Britvic failed to clearly identify a J2O Instagram video post as advertising. 

Time for candy makers to prepare for FDA added sugar label changes, says consultant

US confectioners should ready themselves to declare percentage daily values for added sugars set at 10% of total calorie intake, which could be a regulatory requirement by 2018, says a...

‘Beautifully pure water’: Iceberg Water leverages majesty of Mother Nature

Iceberg Water – a premium bottled water sourced from icebergs – says the stark beauty of the natural phenomena will help market the brand as it grows.  

Dateline Southeast Asia

Thailand mulls action to curb extravagant soft drink promotions

Thailand’s government is considering measures to regulate the advertising of soft drinks, including green tea, which it says is behind the country’s soaring sugar consumption. 

Diabetes chief says no to NZ sugar tax

The head of a body that represents New Zealanders with diabetes has hit out at arguments that a tax on sugary products would help prevent the spread of the disease.

Junk food not the biggest culprit for obesity: Study

While many people have snacks, sugar and sodas pinned as the bad guys in the war against obesity, one recent study found little to no correlation between consumption of junk...

The two companies will assume joint control over four Coca-Cola bottlers

European Commission approves The Coca-Cola Company and Cobega acquisition

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Cobega (Spain) for joint control of Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) in the UK.

DCP 2015 preview

AB InBev, Heineken & Krones join 1st European conference on direct-to-shape decoration

AB InBev, Avery Dennison, Heineken, Krones, KHS and SABMiller are among some of the names attending the first European conference on direct-to-shape decoration Direct Container Print (DCP 2015) conference in...

Medical experts and industry slam study linking sugary drinks to heart failure

A study suggesting men consuming two or more sugary drinks per day are more likely to suffer heart failure does not provide conclusive evidence, say medical professionals while industry calls it...

Dow launches INNATE resins for bags, liquid packaging, and stand-up pouches

Dow Chemical Company’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business has launched INNATE Precision Packaging Resins, for flexible food packaging such as pouches, bags, liquid packaging, and stand-up pouches.

McDonald’s Europe reaches sustainability milestone to source 100% wood fibre from recycled or certified virgin sources by 2016

McDonald’s has announced all centrally-sourced packaging distributed across its 38 European markets is now chain-of-custody certified.

EXCLUSIVE: Minute Maid Sparkling 'will offer a unique proposition to the category'

Coca-Cola to axe Glaceau fruitwater and replace it with 6% juice product called Minute Maid Sparkling

Coca-Cola is to axe Glaceau fruitwater following disappointing sales and replace it in March 2016 with a 6% juice product called Minute Maid Sparkling, FoodNavigator-USA has learned.

Spotlight on Asia: What to watch in bottled water

Asia Pacific gulps up bottled water market share

Asia Pacific continues show strong growth in the bottled water market: taking an increasing share of global volumes.  

Cutting Canadian calories: Product innovation and marketing efforts

The strengths of product innovation and vast distribution networks from beverage companies will help drive a pledge to cut non-alcoholic beverage calories by 20% over the next 10 years, says...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

Tetra Pak: Consumers prefer natural sweeteners, with artificial sweeteners the number one concern

With 30% of the global population overweight or obese, there is an acknowledgement this is a real problem (not just from sugar and juice beverages). Consequently, consumers are paying more...

Cargill continues to expand markets for erythritol with flavor applications

Cargill’s new positioning of its erythritol as a flavor opens up new avenues for the ingredient which up to now has mostly been pigeonholed as a bulk sweetener, the company...

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