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DRY Sparkling gets non-GMO certification, will expand to food store channel

DRY Sparkling, one of America’s fastest-growing soda brands, has been certified as non-GMO and will expand to larger stores this year.

Top three packaging F&B manufacturer concerns; Convenience, Design and Recyclability

Convenience and ease of use of packaging continues to lead the field of criteria for manufacturers in France, according to the Observatoire de l’Emballage (Packaging Observatory).

Cutting sugar in soft drinks by 40% could prevent 300,000 cases of diabetes: Study

Reducing the amount of sugar in sugar-sweetened beverages by 40% over five years could prevent 300,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in the UK over the next two decades, according...

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Dematic considering US plant closure, with up to 300 job losses

Dematic, which works with Cadbury Schweppes, Nestlè Australia, and JTM Food Group, is considering plans to close its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, with up to 300 job losses.

Reaction: Smurfit Kappa enters Brazilian packaging market with $200m double acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has acquired two privately owned integrated paper-based packaging businesses, Industria de Embalagens Santana (INPA) and Paema Embalagens (Paema), for €186m ($200m) in Brazil.

Dispatches from FiE, Paris

Explaining HPP to consumers: How brands use humor, videos and animations to present processing technology

Consumers want more information about the products they are drinking: from the ingredients in products to the nutritional value. But does this curiosity extend as far as the processing technologies...

GIVN bottled water sees growth potential for everyday social-good products

Offers to buy-one, get-one free are an effective marketing strategy, but the maker of GIVN bottled water believes an even more effective take on this technique is an offer to...

Manufacturers throw weight behind obesity app that displays food & drink sugar levels

A smartphone app that enables consumers to scan the bar code on products to determine their sugar content has been backed by some manufacturers and major UK retailers.

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes destroy Coca-Cola plant

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have allegedly destroyed a Coca-Cola plant in Sana'a, Yemen, according to reports.

‘A Starbucks quality latte for $0.67’: Liquid concentrate and enhancer market may grow to $1bn by 2020

The liquid concentrate and enhancer market may see a huge expansion in the next five years, according to an industry executive.

Huhtamaki kicks off New Year with FIOMO acquisition and egg packaging expansion

Huhtamäki Oyj's subsidiary is to acquire FIOMO, which manufactures flexible packaging foils and labels in the Czech Republic, expected to be completed in Q1, 2016.

This week Down Under

Soft drinks seeing surge in young Australian consumption

Good news for Coca-Cola Amatil. The bottler and distributor might have posted its lowest profit in eight years, but research figures suggest that consumption of soft drinks is increasing in...

SodaStream: More than a one-off gift?

When pushing a new product into the already-crowded beverage market, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. SodaStream’s US President John Sheppard said the company’s biggest challenge...

Coca-Cola president: ‘I don’t see sugar going away’

The president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company says sugar will not be ‘going away’ as an ingredient, despite obesity and diabetes concerns.

Taking your beverage company into international markets: 10 tips from experts

The growth of eCommerce, the Internet and easier-than-ever international travel means the world is getting smaller. But does that mean it’s time to take your beverage company into a new...

Special edition: Food for kids

No thirst for water promotion among kids’ TV makers

TV is a ‘missed opportunity’ to promote healthy hydration messages to children, with fizzy drinks dominating screen time, according to new research.

Exclusive interview with FAO’s director for nutrition

The fat after the famine: Obesity the next challenge facing Africa, says FAO boss

After years of battling undernutrition, Africa is now facing an emerging threat of obesity and the two must be considered simultaneously, according to the director of nutrition at the UN’s Food...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Soda tax could cost 120,000 Indonesian jobs

Sweetened drinks shouldn’t even be subject to excise duty, never mind an elevated sugar tax, according to the Indonesian drinks industry.

Sparkling trajectory: Metal cans on the rise in packaged water

Metals cans have the highest growth by volume out of all packaging formats in the packaged water category, with the success of flavored sparkling water driving growth in a number...

Top F&B picks - WorldStar Awards 2016

PepsiCo Drinkfinity pods; Tetra Evero Aseptic & Coca Cola Contour PET glass gain world class recognition

From an E-Z SnackPak by Ampac, Drinkfinity pods by PepsiCo US, Coca Cola’s Contour PET glass and Cadbury Glow by Mondelēz International – We round up the best F&B entries...

PepsiCo on healthy vending and 2016 launch of organic Gatorade

PepsiCo is looking to drive a healthier portfolio via new health-friendly vending machines and a 2016 launch of organic Gatorade.

South Asia radius

Coca-Cola could close Indian plants if ‘sin tax’ goes ahead

Coca-Cola would have “no option” but to consider shutting down some of its Indian factories if the government accepted a recommendation to place a significantly higher GST rate on aerated...

Dispatches from FIE 2015

Eat with your eyes: Making sense of multi-sensory food

Food should taste and smell good but what else should and can it do when ‘visually stimulated’ consumers like millennials engage in eating occasions? Touch, sight and sound are increasingly...

EFSA backs safety of new stevia form

Rebaudioside M is safe and can be added to the list of EU-approved steviol glycosides (E960), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The agency said this was the...

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