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New strategy: Scotland weighs up food taxes and ad bans

Scotland’s new food authority is prepared to take the hard-line on tackling obesity, with a junk food tax and advertising bans under consideration.

Nestlé Waters sees growth in emerging markets and premium brands

Nestlé Waters has posted sales of CHF 3.9bn ($4.1bn) in its 2016 half yearly report, with 4.2% organic growth.

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. ...

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Thai functional beverage firm takes US$4m stake in coconut processor

Thailand functional beverages manufacturer Sappe has taken a 40% stake coconut processor Coconut Factory Co Ltd for US$4 million. 

The top 25 soft drinks brands by value are…

Brand business valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance announced its list of the 25 most valuable soft drinks brands. Even top contender Coca-Cola, on the throne for many years, couldn’t...

South Africa sugar tax will affect jobs and economic growth, says beverage industry

The beverage industry in South Africa says a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages threatens thousands of livelihoods and economic growth. 

Government reticence on sugar tax and obesity policy leaves everything to play for in bitter battle

The UK food industry, the government and health campaigners are locked in a bitter battle to determine the country’s plan to tackle obesity. At its heart is the proposed sugar...

India

Paper Boat invests in R&D for more trendy beverage flavours

Hip beverage brand Paper Boat has budged INR130m (US$2m) for research and development at a new science and technology facility in its native Bangalore.

When it comes to grocery shopping, children have a lot of clout

What differences in shopping habits do childless households have compared to ones with children? A lot, a new study by Packaged Facts reveals. We chat with founders of two smaller...

UK sugar tax will put 4,000 jobs at risk: Oxford Economics

A UK sugar tax will lead to a reduction of just 5 calories per day, but will reduce the industry's contribution to the economy by £132m ($172m) and risk 4,000...

Coca-Cola HBC confident of volume growth in 2016

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company saw volumes grow by 3.5% in its developing markets over the first half of 2016; but a volume decline of 2.8% in its established markets segment. 

DRINKmaple taps into conventional market with DRINKmelon watermelon water

DRINKmelon co-founder Kate Weiler’s primary goal is to make healthy hydration as accessible as possible in the beverage category with the launch of the watermelon water brand last week....

Is the food industry working for or against the consumer? Find out at Food Vision USA 2016

San Francisco soda health warnings violate First Amendment by forcing manufacturers to denigrate their own products, says WLF

The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) has urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to stop enforcing a San Francisco ordinance requiring sugary drink ads to include health...

Pepsi’s Stubborn Soda hits US shelves: heralding ‘the next generation of carbonated soft drinks’

PepsiCo’s craft soda line, Stubborn Soda, is launching on shelves across the US today.

LiquiForm partners with Krones to commercialize its liquid forming and filling process

The LiquiForm Group has partnered with Krones, which makes filling and packaging equipment, to develop and commercialize its liquid forming and filling process.

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From 'good sugar' to reformulation R&D: The companies that welcome sugar taxes

A sugar tax might be bad news for some manufacturers but for others it's an opportunity. We spoke to a stevia manufacturer, a low GI sugar company and a reformulation...

Nestlé announces new $43m Philippines plant to produce Milo ingredient

Nestlé’s Philippines operation is investing PHP2bn (US$43m) in a new plant south of Manila to manufacture a key ingredient for its popular Milo fortified chocolate drink. 

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Coca-Cola fined following health inspection at Vietnamese factories

Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam has been fined for various violations, including the manufacture of food supplements without the required safety certificates, following an inspection carried out by the health ministry last...

Refresco makes first North American acquisition in the soft drinks sector

European-based Refresco Group has agreed to acquire Whitlock Packaging, in the US, for $129m.

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A.G. Barr anticipates Brexit impact in 2017

A.G. Barr warns that Brexit is likely to result in increased costs for the company next year. 

SodaStream Q2 profits sparkle after successful rebranding initiative

SodaStream’s second quarter net profits jumped 120.8% to $7.8m, compared to $3.5m accrued in the same period last year. 

What’s hot in functional beverages? Omega-3s, prebiotics and probiotics

Interest in probiotics is skyrocketing and the friendly bugs are increasingly turning up in functional beverages. But what are the challenges of this delivery system and what are the solutions?

New launches in the beverage aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Drink Chobani; whisky barrel aged craft beer; and the Kopparkeg

From Scotland to South Korea, and Australia to the US, our round-up of some of the new launches in the beverage aisle over the last month takes us around the...

AptarGroup celebrates Nestlé partnership deals despite ‘financially challenging’ Q2

AptarGroup is celebrating product launches with Nestle Canada on its Nestea liquid tea concentrate and development of a custom jar lid for Nescafe Taster’s Choice ground coffee, but admits the...

Beverage aisle feels the most social love, NetBase report finds

Beverages dominated the top ten list of the brands consumers are talking the most about via social media, according to NetBase Social Media Industry Report for 2016.

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