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Nestlé pledges to hire 1,000 paid interns and trainees by 2017

Nestlé has launched ‘Project Opportunity’ in the US, a career acceleration programme to help people of all ages gain work experience and strengthen their skills in food and beverage manufacturing.

Weathering the sugar storm: PepsiCo has faith in its portfolio

PepsiCo is confident it can weather the prospect of increased regulation around sugary drinks, saying it holds the key to success with its diverse portfolio.

Coca-Cola suffers setback in juice labeling lawsuit

A California judge has refused to throw out a false advertising lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola of misleading shoppers by marketing a juice comprised almost entirely of apple and grape juice as...

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

PepsiCo’s leadership appointments help address the rise of digitally connected consumers

PepsiCo has announced a series of appointments, including one to address the importance of digitally connected consumers and e-commerce distribution channel.

VitHit vitamin drink takes simple health message global

Simple health branding and attractive flavours are what will take vitamin drink VitHit global, its founder and director says.

Study linking sugary drinks to high death tolls ‘cannot show cause and effect,’ say industry bodies

Industry bodies around the globe have slammed a US study which attributes 184,000 deaths a year to sugary drinks, saying its authors fail to show cause and effect or prove...

SIG Combibloc confirms $70m investment to expand carton packaging capacity by 40% in Brazil

SIG Combibloc has confirmed it will spend $70m to expand its carton packaging capacity by 40% in Brazil.

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

Do consumers prefer low sugar or no sugar? It depends on the product…

Almost two-thirds of global consumers are concerned about sugar intake – but the choice between low-sugar and sugar-free depends on the food or drink category, according to a new report...

Nestlé, Unilever pledge to halve food waste by 2025

Members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have committed to halving food waste over the next ten years at an event in New York this week.

Beverage bites: news up to 26 June, 2015

Anheuser-Busch's $1.5m US investment, Thatchers' craft ciders head to Glastonbury, and more beverage bites

Anheuser-Busch will invest $1.5bn in its US operation by 2018; Mexico’s soft drink tax has lead to reduced consumption and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will implement his own soda tax.

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Niagara Bottling recalls E.coli contaminated water

Niagara Bottling is recalling bottled water due to concerns that one of its spring sources is contaminated with E. coli.

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’

CCE will have all cardboard and corrugated packaging FSC certified by the end of 2015

‘Despite the fact nearly all of our packaging is recyclable, it is often not recycled’, says Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) in its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report.

PepsiCo: ‘More than half of the bottles and cans consumed in the US aren’t recycled’

Studies show more than half of the bottles and cans consumed in the US aren’t recycled, with only 33% of plastic bottles recycled, says PepsiCo.

Redesign on PET bottle blowers to be rolled out to 10 sites in 2015

Coca-Cola to invest in improved energy-efficient equipment as part of its 2020 Sustainability Plan

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) has released its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report, providing an update on its Sustainability Plan and replacing CCE’s 2013/2014 CRS Report.

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HAZMAT crews called to Coca-Cola ammonia spill

Fire and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) teams are on the scene of an ammonia leak at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Speedway, Indianapolis, US.

Beverage Bites: news up to June 12, 2015

‘Shattering’ Prosecco recall; PepsiCo scores with UEFA partnership; and more beverage bites

This week PepsiCo announced Gatorade and PepsiMax will lead its partnership with the UEFA Champions League, while Diageo shares rose on takeover rumours. Meanwhile, we can breathe easy that Prosecco...

Clear Coffee targets health conscious consumers – and their teeth

A Slovakian entrepreneur has developed Clear Coffee, a transparent coffee designed to appeal to health conscious consumers – in particular those who want to keep their teeth white. 

Special edition: Fizzing up carbonates

Cola goes craft: Gusto confronts preconceptions with organic, Fairtrade and low calorie craft brand

Gusto Cola says it can overcome mainstream preconceptions about cola with its craft brand, offering something that ‘pushes the right buttons’ with consumers.

Special edition: fizzing up carbonates

The classic cola taste and other carbonates: How does the future size up?

Cola carbonates may hog the limelight, but non-cola carbonates could be the ones to watch, according to an Euromonitor International analyst. 

Monk Fruit Corp doubles capacity as more US firms add monk fruit to sugar reduction toolkit

BioVittoria and Guilin GFS Bio-Tech Co have doubled their monk fruit supply and significantly boosted production capacity following a multi-million-dollar investment leading to the formation of a new company -...

Coca-Cola Enterprises pledges to cut calories by 10% by 2020

Coca-Cola Enterprises is positioning itself as ‘part of the solution to obesity,’ as it pledges to reduce calories by 10% per litre across its beverage portfolio in the next five...

Japan

Poor returns blamed on increased VAT after vending machine sales drop

Japan’s vending machine stockers have been seeing sluggish fortunes over the last year as overall sales dropped by 5% last year, down from 2013’s US$42.9bn.

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