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Cut and reduce sugar in drinks, don’t tax them, say NZ adults

Most adult New Zealanders prefer to reduce the amount of sugar in drinks and also their size to imposing a sugar tax to deter their demand, a new survey has...

Muhtar Kent’s hiding under your bed! Coke CEO keen to tap at home trend

Muhtar Kent says at home consumption will be increasingly vital over the next decade and insists Coke needs to be there with different technologies, packaging and ways to serve its...

‘Let’s Twist Again!’ Novel espresso protein drink hopes to hit big time

The CEO of UK beverage brand Twist believes he could score a smash hit with an espresso coffee and whey protein-based drink that you just add water to.

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Slimline beer bottle tops tempt brewers with cost savings

 German company Actega DS believes that breweries and soft drinks makers are only now becoming aware of the potential material savings that low gauge ‘crown corks’ or bottle tops can...

‘Consistent failure to protect workers’: Pepsi US bottler faces $87,000 fine

A high-profile Pepsi bottler faces a fine of $86,900 for allegedly failing to protect its US workers and implement basic safety requirements, according to the US Department of Labor.

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'Obesity, diabetes, tooth decay': California mulls soda health warning

California is considering a controversial law change that would mean soda cans carry labels warning that added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

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$150m+ Mountain Dew Kickstart ‘right for the masses’: PepsiCo shuns energy M&A

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says the firm will not buy brands in the lucrative energy drinks space and insists existing $150m+ offer Mountain Dew Kickstart is ‘right for the masses’.

PepsiCo: New non-cola beverages with stevia and sugar launching in US this year; colas in other markets

New non-cola products sweetened with stevia and sugar will hit the US market this year, while cola products combining stevia and sugar will be tested in other markets, says PepsiCo.

Soda fizz or fizzle out? Stevia-sweetened Dr Pepper a US ‘litmus test’

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) will trial stevia sweetened versions of flag sodas Dr Pepper, 7-UP and Canada Dry in the US this year in a bold move one analyst says...

Power to the Plants! Tree waters tipped to corner $2bn market by 2025

Plant-based waters derived from maple and birch trees can corner a $2bn market by 2025 according to industry expert Julian Mellentin.

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Rexam spends $122m on stake in Middle Eastern beverage can player

Rexam has bought a 51% stake in Middle Eastern beverage can maker United Arab Can Manufacturing for $122m with CEO Graham Chipchase noting its 'strong competitive position in an attractive market'.

Smell to sell: Imagining food smells may increase consumption

Imagining the smell of cake may lead people to eat more cake, suggests a study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

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Site visits fundamental to securing growth: CCE boss

Steve Adams is a sensation at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). A former electrical apprentice, he rose to become CCE group director of supply chain operations for Great Britain in April last...

Coca-Cola changes face of digital print

Few can have failed to notice last summer’s Share a Coke campaign, with its apparently endless roster of first names staring out hopefully from chiller cabinets. And if it caught...

State gov’t bails out SPC Ardmona, Coca-Cola expects big write-downs

The Victorian government has stepped in to safeguard the future of SPC Ardmona following last month’s decision by the Australian government not to bail out the troubled fruit packer.

AB InBev and Miller Coors adopt award-winning beer bottle carton

Graphic Packaging says its award-winning Tite-Pak paperboard beer bottle carton continues to gain market traction in the US after Miller Coors and AB InBev launched it in Q4 2013.

Pomegranate juice sugar shock: UK adults understate levels by 500%+

UK adults drastically underestimated sugar levels in fruit juices and smoothies by 48% on average and significantly overestimated content in energy drinks and CSDs says a hard-hitting comment in The Lancet.

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Breakout beverages in 2014! From frozen beer to juice with chia

Grazia Magazine recently trailed food scouts from high-end retailer M&S to New York City who were searching for trends that could catch fire in the UK. Here are the magazine’s...

Analyst salutes Coke's 'bold' $1.25bn move into pod-based CSDs

The Coca-Cola Company's new 10-year strategic partnership with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to produce and sell pod-based cold beverages is both ‘bold and surprising’ says one financial analyst.

Ardagh and Coke crack sub-200g glass bottle

Ardagh Group has designed a more ecological 330ml glass bottle for Coke weighing just 190g that is 26% lighter than its comparable 2005 bottle.

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Kangshifu steals march on Coke in global soft drinks struggle

Tingyi's successful Chinese brand Kangshifu is gaining ground on Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Sprit in the bottle for world soft drinks domination, according to new Canadean research.

VIRUN boss warns beverage startups: ‘Don’t assume you’ll crack Costco and Kroger's!’

Beverage brands that want to hit the likes of Wal-Mart, Kroger’s and Costco straightaway are doomed to fail, according to VIRUN CEO Philip Bromley.

Rip that top off your Tetra Pak!

Tetra Pak has launched its Tetra Top with Separable Top globally after successful trials in Scandinavia but admits its consumer reception will vary according to the local recycling culture.

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BeverageDaily.com: Refresh your news thirst four times a week!

Starting from today BeverageDaily.com will send out four email newsletters a week in response to strong reader demand, delivering you the latest industry news, views and trends.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Battle of the brands! Watch all the teasers here

As the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos head into battle on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the nation’s biggest food and beverage brands will battle for...