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Klear Can founder to delay factory transfer from Germany to Czech Republic

Milacron Holdings, founder of Klear Can - an alternative to metal cans - has delayed plans to transfer its Ferromatik injection molding machines from Malterdigen, Germany to the Czech Republic...

Seattle City Council passes soda tax

Seattle City Council has voted to levy a tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages, joining other US cities such as Philadelphia and Berkeley.

Coca-Cola and partners invest $1.7bn in Indian agri ecosystem

Coca-Cola has collaborated with its bottling partners, fruit suppliers, and processors in India to contribute $1.7bn to the country’s agribusiness over the next five years, with much of the investment...

Cott: UV systems provide us with insurance before bottling

Cott Beverages is using Hanovia UV disinfection technology to treat process water used in the production process.

Unilever to switch to 100% renewable energy in UK plants

Renewable energy is now supplying 15 of Unilever’s UK sites, as part of its Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to hit the 100% mark by 2030.

Thailand expects cap on sugar content by 2018

Thailand is expected to introduce a sugar cap by next year, according to the national food regulator. 

Seattle soda tax moves to final vote after dropping diet soda from proposed plan

The proposed Seattle, Washington, soda tax has moved forward to a final vote after city council members approved the ordinance 6-2 but agreed to exclude a tax on diet soda...

Saudi sets date for 50-100% beverage sin tax next month

Saudi Arabia will begin to tax energy drinks and carbonated sodas from June 10, making it the first country in the Gulf to fix an implementation date. 

New launches: May 2017

What’s hitting the shelves? New product launches: May

From chia energy drinks to limited edition IPAs, we take a look at some of the new products launching around the globe.

Coca-Cola nears completion of US refranchising plan

Coca-Cola said it is on track to complete refranchising of its company-owned US territories by the end of 2017 after receiving agreements and letters of intent from a significant portion...

Functional beverages in Asia: Start-ups need to 'redress the health balance'

Functional beverage start-ups in Asia should not get fixated on making and securing official health and efficacy claims before launching, and could look instead to “wrap up” products alongside more...

Rapidly expanding Vermont syrup maker launches line of 'enhanced' maple waters

A new major player in the field of maple ingredients has entered the increasingly crowded plant waters field with a line of ‘enhanced’ maple waters.

South Asia radius

GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

Pringles and Lucozade respond to criticism about their packaging

The makers of Pringles and Lucozade Sport have come under fire from The Recycling Association because it claims the materials in their packaging make it harder to recycle.

Winners and losers in non-alcoholic drinks: Mintel

With consumers concerned about the sugar content of their drinks, bottled water is a clear winner in today’s UK non-alcoholic beverage market. But what other drinks are doing well -...

Fall of soft drinks give rise to energy and sports drinks, says Packaged Facts

Sports and energy drink sales hit $25bn in 2016, according to the latest research by market data firm Packaged Facts. The firm forecasts that the category “will remain among the...

Coors Light beer cans ‘come to life’ when exposed to sunlight

Coors Light has launched six limited edition beer cans with sun activated ink technology in Canada.

AquaBall distribution gains fuel True Drinks Q1 growth

True Drinks, maker of children’s sugar-free flavored water brand AquaBall, has posted first quarter revenue of $1.5m and a gross revenue forecast of $10m for 2017, driven by recent expanded...

LaCroix fills missing distribution gap with Hudson News Distributors

Independent sparkling water brand LaCroix has teamed up with Hudson News Distributors’ direct store delivery footprint which covers 2,400 independent stores in the Northeast portion of the US.

VITAFOODS 2017

“Frutarom in a cup”: Firm showcases functional drink solutions as acquisition integration begins

Frutarom launched a range of functional beverages at Vitafoods in Geneva last week, as it looks to integrate newly acquired businesses into its product portfolio.

PepsiCo pledges less sugar, sodium in global product portfolio by 2025

Through a collaboration with non-profit Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), PepsiCo has unveiled plans to “transform its product portfolio and offer healthier options” by 2025.

Crown opens greenfield plant in New York

Crown has opened a greenfield plant in New York claiming demand for specialty can sizes is flourishing in the US as brand owners seek to refresh their packaging mix.

Sugar tax confusion could hit sales of confectionery, biscuits and cakes

Brits are completely baffled by the country’s planned new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks, with many believing it covers food as well.

News in brief

Pepsi launches Pepsi Fire: Cola with a cinnamon twist

Pepsi has launched its latest limited edition drink, Pepsi Fire, which is described as ‘a refreshing cola with a cinnamon flavored twist’. 

Interpack 2017

Treofan turns to phthalate-free packaging films and mineral oil barriers

Treofan has started to offer its customers phthalate-free packaging films on request using phthalate-free base polymers in the extrusion process.

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