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Official: Pepsi will launch a smartphone in China

Pepsi China will enter the mobile phone business, ending 24 hours of frenzied and incredulous speculation by technology web sites, some of which suspected the move was an elaborate hoax.

Consumer trends changing the world of packaging

Consumer trends are actively changing how food items are packaged, according to a report released at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas and Pharma Expo 2015.

Nestlé Waters to increase use of rPET by 38% for spring water brand

Nestlé Waters will increase the use of rPET by 38% for its most popular Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water bottles, ensuring it contains 50% recycled content by the end of 2016.

Hanovia UV eliminates bacteria from water in soft drinks manufacturing process

Hanovia UV has partnered with F&N (Fraser and Neave) Beverages Manufacturing (FNBM) in Malaysia to install a disinfection system at its manufacturing plant in Inanam, Kota Kinabalu.

TPP trade agreement ‘good news' for US confectioners: SUA president

The recent finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for confectioners and sugar-using manufacturers across the US, according to Rick Pasco, president of Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

PepsiCo CEO: It's way too early to talk about how aspartame-free Diet Pepsi is performing

While the new aspartame-free version of Diet Pepsi has been on sale since August, it’s “way too early” to provide an update on how it’s doing, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi...

UK agency launches €13.5 m reformulation competition

The UK government is calling on businesses, scientists and agricultural producers to submit their proposals for salt, sugar, fat and fibre reformulation with the chance to win up to €13.5 m in...

Best global beverage brands: Who joins Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Budweiser?

Coca-Cola has taken the #3 spot in Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands Report, which identifies the most valuable brands across the world. Pepsi, Budweiser, and Nescafé also feature in the...

Technology to produce lightweight dairy, juice & water containers

Breakthrough for first commercial all-electric reciprocating blow molding machine

Velocity Equipment Solutions is realigning its business model ahead of its first commercialisation of its all-electric reciprocating blow molding technology.

Dispatches from Canadean Innovation in Non-Alcoholic Beverages, London

Vita Coco and Jimmy’s Iced Coffee on samples, meeting consumers and building a brand: 'You can't just slap a product on a billboard'

Handing out free samples is not a new marketing strategy: but it’s an important one that’s been a key part of building Vita Coco coconut water and Jimmy’s Iced Coffee,...

World’s first LED bottle cap ‘Illumicap’ to go on sale in 2016

The Kirin Group F&B company in Tokyo has partnered with WHITE design agency to create the World’s first Internet of Things (IoT) LED bottle cap.

Update on European Commission Phase II proceedings

Ball receives warning Rexam deal may increase price of aluminium cans and bottles

Ball has allegedly received a statement of objections (SO) from competition watchdogs over its deal with Rexam, warning it may increase the price of aluminum cans and bottles.

More than half of consumers eat across a 15-hour span daily, study finds

Consumers end up eating for much longer stretches of the day than they had anticipated with over half of adults eating over a 15-hour span daily, says new research.

Fizzy drink sugar levels vary dramatically between countries, says survey

Research highlighting the variation in soft drink sugar content around the world – a difference of as much as 29g sugar (7 teaspoons) per 330ml for the same brand in...

Cargill: 'This opens up a new space and helps us address a market we can’t get to today from the leaf'

Next generation Reb D + M to debut at Supply Side West: 'It performs exceptionally well in diet soda'

Cargill and Evolva will introduce their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – produced via fermentation rather than from the stevia leaf – at the Supply Side West...

Guest article: analyst insights

Global market for natural food colors to reach $1.7bn by 2020

The global market for natural food colors is predicted to reach $1.7bn by 2020, with 20% of this market attributed to beverage applications. Analysts Iti Singh and Indu Tyagi, from...

United Caps sees success with finger grip water bottle cap

United Caps claims to have set new standards in the F&B industry with its Wattwiller water patented flower cap, Protecscoop flip-top hinge for infant milk powder and McCormick disposable grinder....

Special Edition: Active, Intelligent Packaging

What are the problems with packaging design today?

Packaging which you cannot open, designs which are not interactive, products that do not carry an emotional message and do not connect with the consumer, are all the problems with...

Keurig KOLD hits stores in six cities, but will consumers buy into its promise of ‘game changing, on-demand variety?’

The long-awaited Keurig KOLD system is now available to order on and will be in select retailers online and in six cities beginning in October, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,...

Added sugar in the firing line: Experts call for aggressive efforts to reduce consumption

Consumption of sugary drinks that contain high levels of added sugars can lead to excess weight gain and higher risks of developing diabetes and heart disease, says the most comprehensive...

Coconut water will keep growing, says Canadean: 'People cannot get enough'

Last year 587m litres of coconut water were sold globally, and consumption is predicted to rise by a further 15% in 2015, according to Canadean.

News in brief

Drink Maple and SIG Combibloc launch maple tree water drink cartons

Drink Maple has launched a natural maple tree water drink in SIG Combibloc combifitMidi 1,000ml cartons.

Lawsuit filed against Nestlé for gender discrimination

A gender discrimination lawsuit has been filed against Nestlé Waters North America by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Zerose erythritol is FEMA GRAS and can be used in soft drinks as ‘natural flavor’, says Cargill

Cargill’s Zerose erythritol has been deemed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use as a flavor in non-alcoholic beverages by the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA),...

Robert Kral: 'People want to build lean muscle without calories'

Protein water hits the mainstream as Protein2o rolls out at Walmart

Protein2o – a rapidly-growing line of flavored waters infused with electrolytes and 15g of protein – is rolling out to 750 Walmart stores this month, says the firm, which is...

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