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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.

Natural sweeteners a 'compelling attribute' for soda drinkers: Zevia

The use of natural sweeteners, such as stevia, in carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) has become an increasingly “compelling attribute” for North American consumers, stevia-sweetened soda brand, Zevia, has claimed....

As soda consumption decreases, biomarkers of chronic disease risk improve, says new analysis

Reductions in the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages are associated with improvements in biomarkers for chronic disease risk, says a new study from North Dakota State University.

Coca-Cola 'under pressure’ from consumers over Diet Coke aspartame use

Coca-Cola has conceded that it is “under a bit of pressure” from US consumers over its use of artificial sweetener, aspartame, in  Diet Coke, Coke Zero and other low- and no-calorie products....

PepsiCo: Disruptive innovation, not "ridiculous pricing", the answer to diet soda slowdown

The recent drop in diet soda sales in North America has been “a little more rapid than we expected” says PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, but PepsiCo remains convinced that “significant disruptive...

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: INNOVA MARKET INSIGHTS, PART 2

From Pina Colada to Apple Vinegar: Top trends in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australasia

Innova Market Insights delved into its database for Anuga Taste the Future 2013 to provide an update on the flavor trends that are driving beverage innovation in Australasia and developing...

Nestlé backs down in Canadian bottled water drought restrictions fight

Nestlé Waters Canada has bowed to pressure from environmental groups and accepted the drought restrictions detailed on a ‘Permit to Take Water’ for its Hillsburgh, Ontario bottled water production well.

Why are Americans falling out of love with diet soda? And what are they drinking instead?

If current trends continue, carbonated soft drinks volumes could decline 15-20% by 2020 driven by sharp declines in diet variants, predicts Wells Fargo. But why have Americans fallen out of...

Diet soda in a funk says Wells Fargo: ‘PepsiCo will be forced to do something soon to stop the share and volume losses’

Dollar sales of low/zero calorie carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) plunged 8.6% in the four weeks to Sept 28, according to the latest Nielsen xAOC* data, which shows the diet soda...

Sidel wins $9m contract with Pepsi bottler Moha

Sidel has won a contract with Moha Soft Drinks to install a production line for its carbonated soft drinks (CSD) and water in Ethiopia.

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: INNOVA MARKET INSIGHTS, PART 1

Retro soda meets spice: Innova’s top drinks trends in Americas, Europe

Innova Market Insights mined its datasets for Anuga to lend unique insight into what’s on trend in drinks across key world regions - here Europe and The Americas.

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: WE HIT THE SHOW FLOOR

Stealing the show! Hot beverage concepts at Anuga 2013

Orang-Utan themed drinks for kids with a high fruit juice content, malted non-alcoholic beverages sold under the Tiger Beer brand? Here's what tickled the jury's tastebuds at the 'Anuga Taste...

'BIGGER FIRMS WOULD NOT HAVE DEVELOPED AWARD WINNER': CEO

'Unique' Orang-Utang orange-juice soda with cola scoops Anuga award

Klaus Dörrenhaus, CEO of German company KDM, tells Ben Bouckley why he chose to persevere in developing his award-winning, all-natural Orang-Utang soft drink.

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X-ray inspection demand continues for glass packaging

X-ray inspection adoption is increasing with it being an accepted process but finer and more contaminants remain the target to increase its use, according to Eagle Product Inspection.

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