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Hop Pop: Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

A team of Chicago-based t-shirt printers and part-time “soda enthusiasts” collaborated to make non-alcoholic Hop Pop, a hops-flavored soda that can function as a standalone craft beverage or as a...

'Significant players have acted to accelerate reformulation; others need to be more ambitious and move faster'

UK sugar tax: Government encourages further reformulation as draft legislation published

The UK government is pushing ahead with its soft drinks industry levy, saying that the impending legislation is already encouraging producers to reformulate their drinks. 

Asia Pacific proves a boon for global sparkling water market

The Asia Pacific market currently accounts for 15.25% global sparkling water market, and Technavio projects it will grow at a CAGR of 3.67% through 2020, the fastest rate compared to...

Dow: ‘Industry needs to convert away from epoxy and BPA’

Dow says Canvera can coating keeps beverages flavorful and fresh

Dow Coating Materials (DCM), part of Dow Chemical Company, has picked up a number of awards for its Canvera disruptive technology claiming the industry needs to move away from epoxy...

‘My grandmother always told me: ‘Don’t peel your apple, the best part is in the skin’

Smoothies turn to seeds to boost natural positioning

In an effort for products to appear as close to natural as possible, beverage producers are turning more and more to ingredients complete with skin, seeds and fruit flesh. 

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Coca-Cola invests £2.3m in Scottish soft drinks plant

Coca-Cola European Partners is investing £2.3m ($2.9m) in Scottish operations this year, helping to save water at its East Kilbride plant. 

Cross-over innovation: What beverage packaging can learn from other industries

What has chocolate got to do with glass? And what do cars have in common with bottles? The Ardagh Group has been investigating how technologies regularly used by other industries...

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

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HP applauds Irn Bru for using digital print to ‘make its packaging intelligent’

Digital printing allows consumers to do more and crazy things they could not imagine before, says Hewlett-Packard (HP).

A spoonful of sugar? Teens consume a bathtub full a year through sugary drinks

Teenagers in the UK consume around 77 litres of sugary drinks every year – enough to fill a bathtub, according to "shocking" results of a survey.

PepsiCo acquires kombucha company KeVita

PepsiCo is to acquire KeVita, a North American company that produces fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. 

Dr Pepper Snapple to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is to acquire Bai Brands, a US company known for its antioxidant-infused beverages, for $1.7bn. 

Kombucha and fermented beverages category grew 32% in year to October 2, says SPINS

Brew Dr Kombucha poised for growth as fermented trend gains momentum

According to SPINS data*, retail sales of refrigerated kombucha and fermented beverages** surged 32% to $375.4m (natural, specialty, conventional multi-outlet) in the year to October 2, but with household penetration still very low,...

Beverage can design changes when beverage is chilled – and then again when drunk

Crown has launched two-step thermochromic cans: which change color when the beverage is chilled; but then also reveal another design once the drink has been consumed. 

Feature: Virtual reality

How virtual reality is helping create today's beverages

Virtual reality can be a bit of fun for consumers: offering bonus content via a 3D experience. But behind the scenes in the F&B industry, it has important roles to...

Coca-Cola bottle snaps a selfie while you drink

Coca-Cola Israel has been showcasing the ‘world’s first selfie bottle’, which snaps a selfie while you drink. 

Most soft drinks on sale exceed daily sugar limit, warns study

Over half of the soft drinks available in supermarkets exceed the recommended daily amount for an adult’s sugar consumption, as a study identifies ginger beer as containing the most sugar....

News in brief

Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

News in brief

New Ingredion launch taps into the Asian non-sugar sweetener market

Ingredion is introducing its range of Sweetis sweeteners, which has been designed to create sucrose-like taste profiles and the mouthfeel of sugar, across Asia-Pacific. 

Bai Brands heralds ‘new generation of carbonation’ with Bai Black

Bai Brands has unveiled Bai Black, a line of carbonated beverages without sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory to cut sugar content of portfolio by 50%

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is reformulating all its drinks to contain less than 4.5g of total sugar per 100ml. 

Australia-New Zealand

Regulator considers permitting use of all minor steviol glycosides

The antipodean food regulator is surveying opinion on an application by a natural sweetener company to permit a wider range of steviol glycosides for use as intense sweeteners.

Coca-Cola eyes up potential of adult sparkling beverage category with Cascade refresh

Coca-Cola Australia has expanded its Cascade range, seeing consumer interest in non-alcoholic adult sparkling beverages gather pace. 

South Asia radius

Beverage industry licks wounds after regulatory and GST notifications

The Indian food regulator has amended the national food regulations to include a definition for carbonated fruit beverages, much to the disappointment of beverage makers, who are still reeling at...

Tesco reduces sugar in own brand soft drinks

UK supermarket giant Tesco has reduced the sugar content in its own brand soft drink portfolio, with the reformulated beverages hitting the shelves this week. 

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