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PepsiCo donates $1m to Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief

PepsiCo will donate $1m to support disaster relief and recovery efforts across the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Senomyx: First products from collaboration with PepsiCo using sweet taste modifier S617 will be commercialized in 2014

San-Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx says the first products arising from a collaboration with PepsiCo using a novel sweet taste modifier called S617 should hit shelves next year - contingent upon a...

Coca-Cola vows to engage with Tate & Lyle Sugars over ‘land grabbing’ controversy

Coke’s today vowed to ‘engage’ with key sugar suppliers Tate & Lyle Sugars, Trapiche and Bunge after a powerful Oxfam report raised concerns about the land rights of poor rural...

'Wriggle room' for trendy coconut water despite rising nut prices – Mintel

Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth believes that trendy coconut water brands – Vita Coco, Zico, O.N.E etc. – have quite a lot of cost management ‘wriggle room’ due to their high...

TECHNOLOGY ALSO CHILLS NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS IN CANS AND PET

Ice Cold in Alex or 45 seconds? UK device pulls off beer cooling coup

Enviro-Cool has developed a device that chills drinks cans and bottles from room temperature to 4C in 45 seconds, using 80%+ less energy than standard front drinks chillers in grocery stores.

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Sidel opens Combi PET bottling line in East Africa

Sidel has installed a Combi PET bottling line at Harris International, which produces mineral water, still and carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) in Uganda.  

Australian beverage demand flat, says Coca-Cola

Once-surging demand has slowed among Australian consumers over the last quarter, according to Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), the maker of Coke in the country. 

‘Gene genie’: Coke CTO predicts personalized beverages using genomics

Coca-Cola Company chief technology officer, Guy Wollaert, believes that beverages tailored to our individual genetic makeup will be available in the near future.

Taxing sugary drinks could reduce UK obesity, claim researchers

A 20% tax on sugary soft drinks could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK by 1.3%, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.

Innovation at FIE: New product sneak preview

The FIE show is set to open its doors in just a couple of weeks, bringing together more than 1,300 suppliers - so what are the hottest new products to...

dispatches from K Show 2013

Total partnership for two-step HDPE tech

Total has teamed up with Husky and Sidel to develop and demonstrate two-step high density polyethylene (HDPE) injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) technology.

DSM shakes up still drinks in Mexico with sorbate, benzoate replacer

DSM Food Specialties has launched an all-natural preservation system for still beverages in Mexico and has high global hopes for an ingredient that significantly improves both shelf life and taste.

Placing beverage bets: Killer concepts for 2014

Adomas Pranevicius from MyDrink Beverages touts digestive health, weight management and heart health as three top trends in drinks for 2014. But what else is flashing on his radar?

REUTERS ARTICLE GIVES NEW LIFE TO RUMORS OF POSSIBLE TIE-UP

Could soft drinks scupper potential $100bn AB InBev deal for SAB Miller?

SAB Miller’s association with Coca-Cola and AB InBev’s tie-up with PepsiCo in Latin America is one hurdle that could halt a mega merger between the world’s two biggest brewers, analysts...

On-the-go drinks rise in Mexico

Mexicans are changing their drinking habits, says Alpla which has invested in two Sidel Matrix PET blowers for Coca-Cola Femsa.

CASE STUDY: ENERGY SAVING INNOVATION

Pepsi pushes PET to the MAX in Germany with Sidel blow molding upgrade

Sidel says its ECO lamps for blow molding machines – recently adopted by PepsiCo Germany to cut energy use 19% – use a proprietary ceramic reflector to significantly increase heat efficiency.

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Thai RTD green tea brands fight government tax plan

Ready-to-drink green tea producers in Thailand are up in arms over a proposed government 10-20% excise tax on the bottled beverage from 2014.

Coke Surrounded! Gay rights activists demand Sochi soda action

Gay rights campaigners have surrounded Coca-Cola’s HQ in Atlanta in a bid to force the company into speaking out against Russia’s ‘anti-gay’ laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in...

SODA BEHEMOTH MEETS 'INCREASINGLY DIVERSE' CONSUMER DEMANDS

‘Major milestone’ as Coke inaugurates largest China bottling site

The Coca-Cola Company is set to open a $106m site in China’s Hebei province and says its bottling activities across five provinces although it to meet ‘increasingly diversified’ consumer needs....

ANALYST: 'BOTTOM LINE - CCE DELIVERED AGAINST A DIFFICULT BACKDROP'

Coca-Cola Enterprises shrugs off Pepsi GB surge and Suntory arrival

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) insists analysts take a ‘mid-term perspective’ after Pepsi took volume and value share from Coke in Great Britain in Q3 2013 and says it is too soon...

Arla sees protein drink sales soar in Scandinavian C-Stores

Arla Food Ingredients believes that beverages with added protein have huge growth prospects across Europe, and notes the recent explosion of such SKUs in Scandinavian C-Stores.

‘Shocked’ Dr Pepper boss links US diet soda slump to aspartame unease

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) CEO Larry Young says he is ‘shocked’ by the summer slowdown in diet soda that also hit his firm's North American sales and partly blames misperceptions...

India’s highest court orders regular checks on fizzy drinks

India’s highest court has directed the country’s top food safety watchdog to conduct regular checks on carbonated soft drinks sold in the country.

Q3 2013 RESULTS: GROUP SALES UP BUT PROFIT DOWN Y-O-Y

Dr Pepper Snapple axes Texas distribution site, TEN sales fall flat

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) has confirmed that it plans to close a Texas warehouse and distribution center and consolidate operations at a larger facility in the state.

CARLSBERG SUBSIDIARY BALTIKA 'PLEASED' TO SPONSOR SOCHI

320,000+ petition Coke to condemn Putin’s ‘brutal anti-gay’ laws

Over 320,000 people have signed a petition calling on Coke to condemn Russia’s ‘draconian’ new laws on homosexuality ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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