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The reformulation race: Driving change in sugar-sweetened beverages

With soda taxes looming, sugar is in the spotlight more than ever. Is the industry on the defensive: or is it, in fact, taking the lead in sugar reduction? 

Allulose low-cal sweetener credentials boosted as glucose control is highlighted

Allulose, a low-calorie, natural sugar could help regulate blood glucose levels as preliminary animal studies have highlighted this rare sugar’s ability to also manage weight gain.

Canada sugar drinks levy would save 13,000 lives, say researchers

Health organizations in Canada are calling for a sugary drinks levy, with new research suggesting the measure would save 13,000 lives over the next 25 years. But the Canadian Beverage...

Special Edition: Functional Foods

Storming growth for energy, water and tea in functional beverages

Functional beverages are set to boom with projected 8% annual growth, with energy drinks, waters and teas strong performers – but are consumers growing weary of gimmicks.

This week Down Under

Turbulence at the top sees Coca-Cola Amatil shed Australian drinks MD

The head of Coca-Cola Amatil’s Australian beverages division has become one of five boardroom casualties as the group reacts to a near-40% drop in profit.

Clean-label SweetSense developed during ‘critical time’ for beverage industry

Beverage development company Imbibe has launched SweetSense, a clean-label ingredient designed to optimize sweetness perception in beverages.

Bottled water surpasses soda in consumption with 86% purchase rate among Americans

Americans are drinking more bottled water than any other packaged beverage, outselling carbonated soft drinks by volume for the first time, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) and International...

Sparkling ICE appoints CFO Marcus Smith as CEO as Kevin Klock makes surprise exit

As industry leaders gathered in Anaheim for the Expo West show, Talking Rain (Sparkling ICE) CEO and president Kevin Klock made a sudden, surprise, exit from the business he helped...

Reformulation success: UK says planned sugar tax revenues to fall by €160m

Thanks to drink manufacturers reformulating sugar out of their products, the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now predicts significantly less revenue from the sugar tax - but does this...

RTD tea: A ‘star performer’ with high growth trajectory predicted to continue

The global ready-to-drink tea market reached 37 billion liters in 2016: up 40% since 2011. And F&B market consultancy Zenith Global predicts this impressive growth is set to continue with...

Farmhouse Culture raises $6.5m in financing round led by Gen Mills 301 INC, unveils new sparkling probiotic line

A $6.5m funding round led by General Mills’ 301 INC arm will help Farmhouse Culture - which specializes in fresh organic sauerkraut, sauerkraut chips and fermented 'gut shots' – expand...

UK sugar tax confirmed in Budget 2017

A UK sugar tax has been confirmed as part of the government’s Budget 2017 today, with the rates set for the two-tier soft drinks industry levy.

Dubai firm offers free finance for water made from thin air

A Dubai company has secured a finance partner to provide customers with interest-free loans over four years for machines that literally convert air into water.

‘Modernized soft drinks’: PepsiCo launches IZZE Fusions & Lemon Lemon

PepsiCo says it is eyeing up the ‘next generation’ of soda – which it describes as ‘modernized soft drinks with bubbles, unique flavors and lower calorie counts’ – as it...

PepsiCo, Coke India secure minor victory as Tamil protests rage on

The world’s biggest softs drinks companies were given some respite this week from a furious protest against their products in Tamil Nadu when the state high court overturned a ban...

Nestlé & Coca-Cola end RTD tea joint venture

Nestlé and The Coca-Cola Company have agreed to dissolve their Beverage Partners Worldwide joint venture, a 50/50 RTD tea partnership which includes the Nestea brand. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Win a boy band: Thailand’s drinks draw silly season gets under way

As temperatures begin soaring in Thailand, pulses will also start racing among soft drinks buyers tantalised by the big name prizes on offer once again this season, including cars and...

AquaBall maker raises $3.6m to fuel its expansion plans

True Drinks Holdings – the firm behind kids’ flavored water brand AquaBall – has raised $3.6m to help it expand its reach into mainstream grocery and convenience store channels.

Tetra Pak sets sustainability targets, but says concept still has to ‘catch on’ with some consumers

Sustainable packaging is not a new subject for Tetra Pak, but it may not be a top of mind concern for consumers when making beverage purchases.

India

Pepsi and Coke ready for storm as Tamil Nadu’s boycott begins

Many grocery store owners, restaurant proprietors and refreshment vendors will stop selling drinks made by multinational brands in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu from March 1—though shopkeepers have...

What's hitting the shelves? Teavana craft iced tea, reformulated Nestea, and new 'Coca-Cola with Stevia'

Coca-Cola has replaced Coca-Cola Life with 'Coca-Cola with Stevia' in Australia; while Nestea has launched a new real-brewed line as part of its brand revamp in the US. From soft...

Baby water boom? This could be the next untapped market for firms in China’s infant nutrition space

There are “huge opportunities” for sales of baby water products to soar in China, with consumers extremely concerned about mixing infant formula with polluted tap water, analysts say.

Post Mexico’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax, purchases of levied beverages have fallen 7.6%, says study

Mexico’s sugar tax may have influenced beverage purchase decisions of Mexican households in urban areas, according to a follow up study by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researchers.

AQUAhydrate targets 'everyday warriors' as premium pH segment continues to grow

Celebrity-backed AQUAhydrate has doubled its distribution over the past 18 months from around 30,000 to 60,000 outlets by appealing to a broad set of ‘everyday warriors’ it claims are seeking...

Does a soda tax work? Philadelphia gains $5.7m in tax revenue and sees drop in soda drinking

In its first month of existence, the Philadelphia soda tax has brought in $5.7m, more than double its original projection of $2.3m, according to the figures from the city’s revenue...

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