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‘Prohibition to frack in protected catchment areas has to be clearly stated’: Bottled water group urges protection for natural mineral & spring waters

The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) is calling for clear, specific legislation that prohibits any exploration and exploitation fracking activity in catchment areas around underground water resources. 

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Smurfit Kappa and Vitop make a splash in water market

Smurfit Kappa and Vitop will debut its Bag-in-Box packaging and fitments for water for the first time, at Watercoolers Europe 2015.

Weight loss water: Drinking before each meal aids weight reduction

Drinking 500 ml of water around 30 minutes before main meals could help obese and overweight people to lose more weight, according to new research.

Natural water hits the bullseye: ‘It’s as natural as possible: and that’s very reassuring in a mass manufacturing world’

Flamboyant functional waters and fancy flavoured products may hog the limelight: but natural mineral and spring waters will also continue to hit the mark for consumers.

Cutting out sugary drinks linked to improved levels of ‘good cholesterol’ in children

Lowering the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) by at least one serving per week could help to improve markers of cholesterol, according to new research in school children.

Sidel to make 10% job cuts in company restructure

Sidel will move its headquarters from Zug, Switzerland, to Parma, Italy, next year, axing 10% of its workforce, affecting 360 employees.

Jamie wins 100k signatures to force sugar tax debate

The government will be forced to consider debating whether to tax sugary drinks after a petition calling for the move by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver gained more than 100,000 signatures.

Industry hits back at calls for UK tax on sugary drinks

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has put the spotlight back on sugar with a call for a tax on sugary drinks – but industry has accused him of simplifying a complex problem.

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Vietnam's fizzy drinks market going great guns as category escapes tax

While consumers have been curbing their intake of carbonated drinks in many markets, in Vietnam soft drinks consumption looks set to break the 1bn litres barrier this year.

Judge tosses most claims in unfair competition lawsuit vs Nestlé Waters North America, but allows some to proceed

A New York federal judge has dismissed most claims in a lawsuit accusing Nestlé Waters North America of “deceptive, fraudulent and predatory behavior” in a bid to drive a small...

An unfamiliar taste: Soda Folk brings craft root beer to the UK

A market gap, as well as a bit of homesickness, has allowed Soda Folk to launch its craft root beer and cream soda in the UK.

Sugarcane conditions kill: The deadly epidemic confectioners and soft drink makers ‘can’t walk away from’

Perilous working conditions for sugarcane growers in Central America have claimed around 20,000 lives in the past decade and supply chain advisor Solidaridad says the food and drink industry can...

What will we be eating and drinking in 2016? From banana water to vodka that tastes like birthday cake

Elaine Watson caught up with Anton Angelich, group VP marketing at New York-based flavor house Virginia Dare, to get the lowdown on new flavor trends and product concepts, from rooibos-based tea...

Berkeley soda sin tax isn’t serving its purpose, say economists

The first-ever US soda tax may not be going as well as expected, according to a recent study by economists.

MillerCoors getting into RTD alcoholic beverage game at the right time: Mintel

MillerCoors hopes to regain lost market share with the launch of a new hard soda this January.

FDA warning letter reminds industry whole stevia leaf is not GRAS or an approved food additive

A recent FDA warning letter reminds food and beverage manufacturers that whole stevia leaf is not generally recognized as safe for conventional foods, even though many extracts of the plant...

Coca-Cola takes minority stake in Suja Juice: ‘This is a huge complementary opportunity for us’

Coca-Cola is taking a minority stake in super-premium organic juice firm Suja and will distribute the San-Diego-based firm’s products through its Odwalla chilled direct store delivery system. 

‘The consumer has come a long way from vitamins and minerals’ HFactor launches hydrogen-rich water

Savvy consumers now look well beyond classic nutritional attributes such as vitamins and minerals, and are thirsty for functional beverages, says hydrogen-rich water HFactor.

Will fructose follow trans fats’ fate?

Mounting scientific evidence and a shift in public opinion could mean fructose is set to follow the same black-listed fate as trans fats, argues an analyst.

Bai Brands under fire over 'antioxidant-packed' claims as judge allows false advertising lawsuit to proceed

Beverage industry superstar Bai Brands – which hit the headlines this week with the launch of antioxidant-infused Antiwater – has also attracted the attention of plaintiff’s attorneys in California, which...

Rexam Board change as CFO takes extended leave of absence

Rexam has made a Board change following the announcement David Robbie, CFO, has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

Jobs threat after Coca-Cola bottlers merger: analyst

The merger of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) with two other European bottlers could result in job losses and plant closures, according to a leading analyst.

More than 60% of Americans now avoid soda: Gallup

Nearly two-thirds of Americans avoid drinking either diet or regular soda, according to Gallup's annual Consumption Habits poll.

Tetra Pak and JUST Goods launch carton bottle made from 50% paper

Tetra Pak has partnered with JUST Goods to launch JUST Water in Tetra Top, a carton bottle made from 50% paper.

Two workers taken to hospital after Nestlé Poland Spring water ammonia leak

Up to 100 employees were evacuated and two workers were taken to hospital after an ammonia leak at Poland Spring water bottling plant in Poland, Maine, on Thursday (August 6).

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