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If Mexico’s soda tax really works, why are tax revenues still rising?

In January, the much respected British Medical Journal published a paper which aimed to test the success of the Mexican sugar excise tax, which had been levied on sugar-sweetened drinks.

Australia

Coca-Cola launches Fuze Tea backed by ‘multi-million dollar’ campaign

Coca-Cola South Pacific has backed the launch of its Fuze Tea ice tea brand in Australia with a multi-million dollar marketing push. 

Tranquini eyes up ‘tremendous potential’ for functional relaxation beverages

Consumers worldwide are becoming more interested in a relaxed, balanced lifestyle, says premium beverage brand Tranquini, as it expands into new markets this year.

NHS sugar tax proposals are panned

Plans by the National Health Service (NHS) to introduce a sugar tax on food and drink sold in its hospitals has been heavily criticised by industry trade bodies.

‘Look inside, it’s different’ Thermo Fisher launches HPIC system

Thermo Scientific has launched a High-Pressure Ion Chromatography (HPIC) system to bring additional features to a mid-tier platform.

2016 Beverage Innovation summit: Have you registered yet?

Diet soda sales plummet further, but what's taking their place?

Bottled water, sparkling flavored water, energy and sports drinks, and ready-to-drink coffee have all made strong gains in the New Year as shoppers have continued to spurn carbonated soft drinks...

Health warnings on sugary beverages may improve understanding of health risks: Study

Placing a health warning label on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) may help parents better understand what overconsumption of these beverages may mean for their children, a recent study found.

Rebel Kitchen acquires Unoco to continue growth

Free-from coconut milk manufacturer Rebel Kitchen has acquired raw coconut water brand Unoco for an undisclosed amount, boosting its growth.

Aqua ViTea moves into a bigger facility, increases production

Aqua ViTea, a Vermont-based brewer of kombucha, will expand its brewing capabilities from 15,000 gallons to the possibility of 500,000 gallons with a move into a new facility.

Exclusive interview

DRY Sparkling to debut Fuji Apple at Target, pushing craft soda trend forward

DRY Sparkling just saw the first production of their latest Fuji Apple flavor run last week, which will be distributed nationwide at Target in April, the company told Beverage Daily.

Driving consumer health via better front-of-package labels: Study

Improved labeling on beverages may help consumers make healthier choices, according to a recent Australian study.

‘Artificial sweeteners are dinosaurs’: Food and beverage analyst discusses 2016 trends

Health is reigning supreme in the beverage market in 2016, but are the right companies taking advantage of this consumer demand?

Britvic and AG Barr both score growth

Beverage manufacturers Britvic and AG Barr have both reported revenue growth over the “competitive” festive period.

The Big Beverage Company signs licensing agreement with Cuipo Water

The Big Beverage Company has signed a licensing agreement with Cuipo Water and plans to launch a flavored and sparkling drink with the company at the end of the year.

‘Selfie-inspiring packaging’: Coca-Cola launches Be More Fanta campaign

Coca-Cola South Pacific has launched its 'Be More Fanta' marketing campaign, with a range of ‘fun and spontaneous selfie-inspiring packaging options’ to encourage activity on social media.

News in brief

Probiotics hit the cold brew coffee category

Brooklyn-based cold-pressed juice firm JÙS by Julie has scored an industry-first with the launch of a new cold brew coffee infused with probiotics in original and vanilla flavors.

Alkaline water company Essentia distributes to wider audience

Alkaline bottled-water company Essentia has announced two new distributors it has partnered up with to reach a wider audience.

South Asia radius

Modi’s call for sodas to be 2% juice bewilders beverage industry

A suggestion by India’s prime minister for all fizzy drinks to have at least 2% natural fruit juice content has baffled many beverage manufacturers.

The sugar tax conundrum currently playing out in Asian markets

With various emerging Asian markets now considering legislation or tighter regulation of sugar in soft drinks, one of the key issues of the regional beverage industry in 2016 might well...

PureCircle refining stevia product to fit consumer tastes

Stevia is closing in on mainstream acceptance as a non-caloric sweetener, but the product will need additional innovation before it is fully accepted by consumers.

Asarasi: New carbonated water uses maple trees to filter

To be clear, Asarasi isn’t maple water (sap) and doesn’t claim to be. “Our mission is to redefine sources of pure water from renewable and sustainable resources,” a spokesperson said....

Stevia may benefit from consumer desire for natural claims: Mintel

While stevia, a natural sweetener, is not yet widely known in the US, the product may benefit from consumers demanding healthier products.

Sugar-sweetened beverages increase visceral belly fat, diet drinks don’t: Study

A daily intake of sugary drinks can lead to high levels of visceral belly fat, according to a recent study from the American Heart Association.

Anellotech and Suntory to open 100% bio-based plastic test facility in 2016

Anellotech, a sustainable technology company has entered into the next phase of partnership with Suntory Holdings and will start construction on a testing facility (TCat-8), at the end of January.

‘Designed to deal with the rigours of the 21st century’: Spring water enriched with amino acids launches

Rejuvenation Water, a functional water enriched with amino acids, has launched in the UK and is targeting today’s busy, stressed, urban professionals.

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