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A couple of sugary drinks daily ‘doubles diabetes risk,’ study shows

The choice between artificially sweetened and sugared soft drinks does not seem to make a difference in the onset of chronic conditions such as diabetes, according to Swedish research. 

Sparkling Ice launches in Mexico

Talking Rain Beverage Company is rolling out its Sparkling Ice brand in Mexico, continuing international expansion after the recent launch in the UK and Ireland. 

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WILD on trend with vegan protein power drinks and Clarisoy dessert toppings

WILD Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI), part of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), is tapping into the vegan market with its protein power drinks and Clarisoy dessert toppings.

‘Huge potential’ in children’s bottled water category

As concerns over childhood obesity continue to grow - and with sugary drinks under particular scrutiny – there’s a big opportunity for children’s bottled water, according to Zenith International.  ...

2016 Global Bottled Water Awards: And the winners are…

From Norwegian arctic water to probiotic functional drinks, the winners of the 2016 Global Bottled Water Awards have been announced.   

Scots call for reformulation as majority admit they ignore advice

The majority of Scottish consumers say they have clear advice on what they should and shouldn’t be eating but many tend to ignore it, according to new research.

More calories consumed from alcoholic drinks than soft drinks: Euromonitor

Up to four times more calories are consumed in alcoholic drinks than in soft drinks, according to data released by Euromonitor today. 

PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today. 

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Spindrift finds cans better distinguish sparkling water from soda

Small changes in how Spindrift approached the fast-growing sparkling water category added up to a big opportunity for the brand, sales of which have grown 16 times since 2009, according...

Diageo wedges itself into hard soda space with Quaker City Malting Co.’s ‘old-timey’ malt beverages

Diageo has entered the hard soda category in the US with the launch of two new products in partnership with Philadelphia-based Quaker City Malting Co., hopping on the booming hard...

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Zevia expands beyond soda with cocktail mixers, sparkling water & energy drinks

With the launch of a new line of cocktail mixers, Zevia continues its transformation from a leader specializing in only diet, all-natural soda to a multi-service platform that offers beverages...

Big soda sponsoring US health organizations is a conflict of interest: BU study

A study from Boston University says that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo sponsored at least 96 national health organizations from 2011 to 2015, dampening the health groups' support of legislation to reduce...

Proposals outlining a tax on sugared drinks endorsed by WHO

Mounting evidence suggests the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is justified as a way to lower intake and reduce cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

What is ‘Psycho Aesthetics’ and why are packaging product designers embracing it?

A new buzzword is in town and Ravi Sawhney, founder and president-CEO of RKS Design, is using it to describe designers who have made a product that has an emotional...

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Too close to Coke: FIZZ campaigners told to change their logo

A “no sugary drinks” logo which will be on display this week will “empower” communities to improve their health, and send a clear message about the damage caused by too...

Avure on new directions for HPP, and the real takeaways from those FDA warning letters…

High pressure processing (HPP) is rapidly gaining traction in new food and beverage applications, while the growing toll network has also made it more accessible, says HPP specialist Avure, which...

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Evolution Fresh blends coconut milk with juice to reduce sugar in new Organic Superfoods line

Cold-pressed, HPP juice-maker Evolution Fresh’s upcoming spring launch of Organic Superfood Juices promises to “support a wide range of consumers in their wellness goals,” including cutting back on sugar, which...

Coca-Cola to acquire AB InBev’s stake in CCBA

The Coca-Cola Company has announced its intention to acquire Anheuser-Busch InBev's (ABI) stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) following the closing of the ABI combination with SABMiller. 

Sugar market reforms could leave bitter taste, and now is the time to prepare

Food and drink companies expecting the sugar price to fall once quotas disappear might have a nasty shock, according to Rabobank’s latest forecasts.

Diet soft drink brands fall flat as regular sodas gain conversational fizz, report reveals

The passion people used to have for diet soda seems to have gone flat, but consumers are bubbling with interest in regular soft drink brands; according to a new analysis...

Best global brands: Which beverages make the 2016 list?

Coca-Cola takes third place in Interbrand’s 2016 Best Global Brands Report, but which other beverage brands make the list?

Sonoma Brands hires PepsiCo exec to drive ZÜPA NOMA, build drinkable soup category

Initial response to drinkable soup ZÜPA NOMA is ‘off the charts,’ says Sonoma Brands

Drinkable soup ZÜPA NOMA has been flying off shelves in the west coast, according to owner Sonoma Brands, which has just recruited ex-PepsiCo exec Jennifer Berliner as director of marketing...

From function to taste to packaging: Top beverage trends driving growth in organic & natural

Innovation around sensation and packaging as well as increased fortification and functional benefits are driving growth in the booming beverage segment of the natural and organic channel, according to data...

Linx ‘breaks new ground’ with first portable Continuous Ink Jet for SMEs

Linx Printing Technologies, whose customers include drinks manufacturer Fruitapeel, The Gourmet Nut Company and Thorntons chocolate, claims to be ‘breaking new ground’ by launching a portable entry-level CIJ (Continuous Ink...

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5 approaches show coconut water still has room to grow

The coconut water category in the US may be crowded, but it still has room to grow with sales projected to reach $1.97 billion in 2019 -- up from $778...

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