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Coke faces Swiss anti-trust probe as discounter Denner takes up cola cudgels

Coca-Cola Hellenic has confirmed that Swiss Competition Commission (WEKO) is investigating allegations that it illegally stopped retailer Denner buying its branded sodas abroad at lower prices.

Edible food packaging, funny designs and unexpected materials

Tetra Pak: 5 Global Emerging Trends

Tetra Pak analysts Anna Larsson, Bettina Scatamachia and Kristina de Verdier look at five global emerging trends – and what this means for food packaging. 

US version of Coca-Cola Life has 60 calories per 8-oz glass bottle

Coca-Cola Life makes US debut, but can it reverse the cola category’s flagging fortunes?

Stevia-and-sugar-sweetened Coca-Cola Life is making its US debut this week following successful launches in Latin America and the UK.  But will it bring a surge of new - or lapsed...

CCE: ‘Employees on the ground provide most useful insight for improvement’

Coca-Cola Enterprises goes back to the factory floor for top decision making

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) claims almost half of the total carbon footprint of its products comes from packaging and wants to reduce this by a third by 2020.

Analyst savages Coca-Cola Amatil for ‘really poor company culture’

Merrill Lynch analyst David Errington has savaged Coca-Cola Amatil’s former management – insisting that they ‘compromised the business to meet short-term earnings targets’ in 2013.

Flux Power claims big beverage ‘excitement’ over lithium-ion truck batteries

Flux Power insists that large beverage companies active in everything from beer to soda are excited by the productivity advantages and cost savings its next generation lithium-ion batteries offer over...

Nestlé offered stores financial incentives to stop carrying rival's products, claims lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in ‘deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior’ says Nirvana Inc in unfair competition lawsuit

Nestlé Waters North America engaged in “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a small competitor out of business, alleges New York-based Nirvana Inc in a lawsuit...

'CHERRY IS THE FLAVOR OF THE SUMMER': INSTANT.LY

Pepsi's new cherry-flavored brands top US ‘purchase intent’ chart

US consumer insights platform Instant.ly says its August survey measuring consumer intent to purchase recent soft drinks launches puts PepsiCo’s Gatorade Fierce Blue Cherry at the top of the chart....

NEW PRODUCT GALLERY: SIX HEINEKEN 2014 INNOVATIONS

‘We’re less afraid of failure!’ Heineken exec on UK innovation

Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden insists the company has changed its culture to be less afraid of failure and more realistic in its volume and value expectations...

Pure Via labels will be amended, but 'natural' claim will stay

What is natural, and who decides? Pure Via latest stevia brand to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims in $1.65m deal

10 months after Cargill agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was misleading shoppers by marketing consumer products under the Truvia brand as ‘natural’, the firms behind rival...

400 representative products tested for 4-mei levels

FDA to conduct more tests, but has “no reason to believe” that 4-mei from caramel colors poses health risks at current intake levels

UPDATED Aug 22: The FDA has conducted new tests to determine exposure to 4-mei (4-Methylimidazole) via consumption of products containing caramel colors III and IV, and plans more to assess...

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: WINNERS AND LOSERS

Coke’s Monster Marriage: The 5 Key Talking Points

As Coke inks a $2bn+ deal to buy a stake in Monster Energy, we explore the implications for energy drinks – and predict a harder fight for PepsiCo and Red Bull.

COKE'S MONSTER MARRIAGE: SPECIAL EDITION

Coke’s $2.15bn bite of Monster Energy: Soda giant’s ‘exclusive energy play’

Coke says that Monster Energy will become its ‘exclusive energy play’ after it finally moved to seal a significant 16.7% stake in the controversial beverage company.

Former Coca-Cola head joins Cavitus and opens US office

Doug Dichting, former VP at Del Monte Foods, The Coca-Cola Company and Schweppes Beverages has joined Cavitus as president and opened an office in Atlanta, Georgia.

News in brief

AG Barr poaches Diageo supply chain guru as finance chief

Irn-Bru maker AG Barr has appointed Stuart Lorimer as finance director and he will join the soft drinks firm following a handover period at current employer Diageo.

Survata is 'democratizing' consumer insights, says CEO

Consumer insights are no longer a luxury only big brands can afford, says online survey expert

Until pretty recently, food marketers looking to test new product ideas, brand names or pack designs could look to friends, family, and colleagues for cheap - though notoriously unreliable -...

Senomyx expects PepsiCo or Firmenich to commercialize sweet taste modifier S617 in 2014

Senoymx says it expects either PepsiCo or flavor house Firmenich to commercialize proprietary sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx S617 in 2014 but is tight-lipped over who will be first to market.

GMCR 'hitting milestones' for 2015 Keurig Cold launch

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters CEO Brian Kelley insists the firm is on track for a fiscal 2015 launch of its cold carbonated soft drinks system and is working closely with...

News in brief

Danone waters brand Volvic updates packaging for 'consistent iconic look'

Danone UK brand Volvic is introducing updated packaging across its four bottled waters ranges to give a 'more consistent, iconic look'.

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Almond milk accounts for almost 70% of sales in plant-based beverage category, says WhiteWave Foods

Almond milk now accounts for almost 70% of sales in the US plant-based beverage category compared with 55% this time last year, says WhiteWave Foods.

26-SERVE SQUEEZABLE PACK WILL SHARE SAME FORMAT AS NESTEA PRODUCT

Nescafe's answer to Mio: Nestle USA beverage boss hails 'major market innovation'

Nestle USA is poised to launch a 26-serve Nescafe ‘to go’ liquid coffee concentrate that consumers can add to water to create RTD coffee on demand, along the same lines...

INDUSTRY VOICES: Seth Hillstrom, American Beverage Consortium Managing Partner

‘We’re closer than ever to personalized beverage marketing!’ – eBev exec

As we gear up for eBev 2014 in Atlanta Georgia, the American Beverage Consortium’s Seth Hillstrom tells us that personalized beverage marketing is here to stay, but warns that getting...

High-acid drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

Drinks with high acidic content can cause a permanent damage to teeth within the first 30 seconds of consumption, an Australian study has found.

New labels would highlights calories, include 'added sugars'

Special edition - Nutrition Facts revamp: Radical overhaul or a missed opportunity?

UPDATED: Significant changes to the Nutrition Facts panel on foods & beverages have been proposed in the US and Canada, with the plan to include ‘added sugars’ tweak rules on...

'One swallow could make a digestive soda summer', Mintel Canada suggests

Over forty per cent of Canadian consumers would be interested in carbonated soft drinks such as Coca-Cola if they aided digestive health, according to Mintel.

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