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beverage bites: News up to June 5, 2015

Beer and baseball for Miller Lite; glass particles prompt wine recall; and more beverage bites

SABMiller’s American Light lager, Miller Lite, has signed a multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) in Canada. Read on for more beverage bites from the industry this week. ...

Coca-Cola creates PET bottle made entirely from plants – but when will we see it on shelves?

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled a PET bottle made completely from plant materials, but says there is still some work to do before it reaches a commercial scale. 

PepsiCo team wins green food innovation award

A team of PepsiCo placement students has landed a £2,000 cash prize after winning a prestigious green food innovation award.

Sugar reformulation failure like slow poisoning of nation, says UK health chief

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) CEO says failing to reformulate products to reduce added sugars would be like slow food poisoning of the nation.

Sponsor Coca-Cola says FIFA World Cup ideals have been ‘tarnished;’ Budweiser says it expects ‘strong ethical standards’

Coca-Cola and Budweiser speak out in response to FIFA corruption scandal

Long-standing FIFA sponsors Coca-Cola and Budweiser have responded to the FIFA corruption scandal, with Coca-Cola concerned that the ideals of the event have been ‘tarnished.’

Beverage bites: news up to May 29, 2015

Suntory goes shopping, Lipton launches festival, and more beverage bites

This week PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi was ranked #15 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list; while research said teens are ditching beer in favour of energy drinks. Meanwhile, Lipton is preparing...

Soft drinks’ brand values up, despite health concerns

Soft drinks firms have increased the value of their brands globally over the past year, despite consumer health concerns about sugar and artificial sweeteners, new figures suggest.

Friend or foe: What is the evidence on zero-calorie sweeteners and obesity?

While swapping out calorific sugars for a zero-calorie sweetener may seem like a common sense public health policy, some recent reports have suggested that the reverse may be true. We...

Product launches in the beverage aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Ginger Ninja juice, vodka for women, Twix shakes and more

M&M’s peanut thick shakes, sweet and spicy Ginger Nija juice, and art-inspired vodka: just some of the beverages springing onto shelves across the globe.

AG Barr invests £11M at Milton Keynes

AG Barr has confirmed a further £11M investment at its new £41M Milton Keynes manufacturing facility in its interim results today.

Boys more vulnerable to junk food adverts than girls

Research suggests boys eat more fast food and are more susceptible to junk food marketing than girls, prompting renewed calls for limits on advertising to children.

ASA ruling

Healthy water slugged over claims abuse

Scotland-based supplement and infused water distributor Water for Health  (WFH) has been censored by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making non-authorised immunity and other claims for chlorella and other infusions...

PepsiCo creates snacks franchise in Philippines via drinks partner

PepsiCo will strengthen its snacks network in the Philippines, manufacturing Cheetos via its beverage partner Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines (PCPPI).

Honeydrop Beverages CEO: 'A tablespoon of raw honey in every bottle is what makes us stand out'

With an eight-year stint in sales and brand management at PepsiCo on his resume, David Luks knew a fair bit about the beverages market when he launched Honeydrop in 2009....

beverage bites: news up to May 21, 2015

Wine in the limelight; Pepsi launches Limon; and more beverage bites

This week is a good one if you like drinking wine: it’s Aussie Wine Month, English Wine Week, and London Wine Week. Meanwhile, Pepsi Limon hits the shelves, while Tesco...

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Tree-mendous: NPD boom in plant waters, with 'natural' and 'no preservatives' leading health claims

Plant waters such as aloe, birch, artichoke, maple, cactus, and almond water are starting to challenge coconut water’s pedestal, with NPD in this emerging category booming, according to Innova Market...

Education shows little effect on students’ vending machine choices

Educating secondary school students about low-calorie foods and drinks may have little effect on their vending machine purchases, according to a study from The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research...

Ball eyes RTD tea and kids' drinks categories for in-can straw technology

Just weeks after its integrated straw solution landed in the Polish market, Ball Packaging Europe has revealed that it has a broader target audience in mind than flavored alcoholic beverages...

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag partners with second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Chile

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has installed two high-speed El-Exis SP injection moulding machines at Chilean plastics processor Envases CMF production facility in Pudahuel, Chile.

Premium price for Keurig Kold a ‘big obstacle’, say market reseachers

While shares in Keurig Green Mountain fell sharply after bosses unveiled the $299-$369 price tag for the new Keurig Kold machine (99c-$1.29 per pod), CEO Brian Kelley said purchase intent scores were...

Swapping out one sugary drink per day could slash diabetes risk

Drinking water or unsweetened tea or coffee in place of one sugary drink per day could slash the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to a quarter, say researchers.

TEA TIME! Highlights from the World Tea Expo 2015, from coffee leaf tea to ‘teablets’

From teablets (tablets of compressed tea leaves you drop in your mug, minus the bag) to tea made from coffee leaves, the tea market is a hotbed of innovation. FoodNavigator-USA...

Beverage Bites: news up to May 15, 2015

What do Pepsi, the International Space Station, and Usher have in common? This week’s beverage bites

This week Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company released its first quarter trading update, while Constellation Brands takes on a former US army captain as its chief marketing officer for wine and...

News in brief

Cargill and Evolva prepare for commercial launch of fermentation-derived stevia in 2016

Swiss fermentation specialist Evolva and sweeteners expert Cargill have agreed to start engineering work so they can produce next-generation stevia sweeteners via fermentation at a Cargill biofuel and corn milling...

“Our entire line of soda will be clear in color.”

Zevia unveils 'clear' colas: 'This is an important step in changing the way Americans think about soda'

Zevia – a zero-calorie carbonated beverage line sweetened with stevia, monk-fruit and erythritol – has removed colors from its entire product range, including colas, and put every SKU through the...

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