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SHS Drinks targets on-the-go consumers with 50ml Bottlegreen PET bottles

SHS Drinks, which produces WKD, Shloer, and Woody’s, has partnered with M&H Plastics to produce a 50ml version of its Bottlegreen cordials, sparkling pressé and mixers.

Avure tests deadly toxin in coconut water treated with HPP

Avure Technologies has completed a study with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) to test the potential risk of Clostridium botulinum in coconut water, and will share the...

New product launches, June 2016

What’s hitting the shelves? Smirnoff fruit cider, Nespresso Cuban coffee, craft soda & energy water

Smirnoff has announced its entry into the growing fruit cider category, while Nespresso is launching the first Cuban coffee to be sold in the US for more than 50 years....

Disappointing first quarter for Europe’s commercial beverage market, but rising confidence in sector: Canadean

Packaged water was the key driver for European soft drinks in the first quarter of 2016, according to market research company Canadean. 

Closure affects 265 permanent and temporary employees

Aptar Group turns to its network of suppliers following blaze

A fire broke out at one of three production units belonging to Aptar Group at its facility in Annecy, France on Saturday (June 25).

Diet Pepsi brings back aspartame with launch of Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend

Last year PepsiCo ditched aspartame from Diet Pepsi in the US, having seen it fall out of favor with some consumers. Now it has announced it will launch an aspartame-sweetened...

Aspartame-sweetened Diet Pepsi to return as 'classic' sub-brand

Old Diet Pepsi recipe to return in the fall as 'classic' sub-brand: A savvy move or is Pepsi rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic?

Aspartame, said PepsiCo in April 2015, “is the #1 reason why US consumers say they are drinking less diet cola, so we’re confident that with this change [to sucralose], consumers will come...

Coconut Beach competes on quality and price with ¢99 coconut water

Coconut Beach is aiming to break down the perception that coconut-based beverages have to retail at a higher price point by selling products across its entire beverage line for $0.99. 

Coca-Cola invests in organic aloe water beverage company, Aloe Gloe

Coca-Cola has obtained a minority equity stake in California’s Aloe Gloe. Coca-Cola says the investment into the ‘up-and-coming’ brand gives it a further entry in the emerging market segment for...

Beverage industry to fight back against Philadelphia’s new soda tax

Philadelphia's new soda tax violates state law, says the American Beverage Association (ABA), which is preparing to take legal action to challenge the levy.

‘Great-tasting’ coffee starts with the water, Taza Agua founders say

Don Nesbit and Francini Retana Rodriquez have launched Taza Agua to provide consumers with a premium bottled water specifically made for brewing tea and drip coffee.

Food and drink industry ‘delaying’ UK obesity plans

Food and drink manufacturers have “delayed and eroded” government plans to tackle obesity, claimed the lobby group Action on Sugar (AoS), after the publication of a new report by the Obesity...

Canned drinks: product differentiation more affordable

Various options for making a beverage can distinctive in terms of graphics, structure and additional features are becoming more affordable and will change the way brands differentiate themselves over the...

Lassonde partners with SIG Combibloc for its ready-to-drink thickened beverages

Canadian food manufacturer Lassonde has expanded its product range with recloseable carton packs from SIG Combibloc for its Oasis NutriSolution Hydra+ for people with difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Prik & Tik launch BPA-free PetainerCooler for water ‘amid growing health concerns’

Prik & Tik has partnered with Petainer to launch a BPA-free (bisphenol A) reusable PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) water cooler with Evidel (Ginstberg Brand).

Sugar tax could eat into unhealthy breakfast cereal sales, study finds

A sugar tax of 20% could discourage shoppers from buying unhealthier breakfast cereals, research has shown. 

Guest article

Sugar tax reformulation: Could your company claim an R&D tax credit?

The UK's sugar tax will spur some companies to reformulate. Here, a leading R&D tax consultant at Ayming UK explores how manufacturers can make full use of R&D tax reliefs to offset the...

Dr Pepper ‘Pick Your Pepper’ campaign creates customized label experience for consumers

Dr Pepper launched its Pick Your Pepper campaign this week, with US nationwide distribution of hundreds of new, limited edition, custom printed Dr Pepper 20-ounce bottles.

More water and less fizzy drinks lead to ‘unprecedented calorie reduction’ in US diet, market study says

As US bottled water consumption increased, “trillions of calories from [the] American diet” were cut, a new study by the Beverage Marketing Corporation has found. But is there still space for other...

Price, size, and consumer audience led to failure of Keurig Kold, Euromonitor analyst says

Keurig Green Mountain has discontinued Keurig Kold, an in-home soft drinks machine because it “failed to deliver on consumer expectations,” the company said.

‘A key part of our expansion is the reach to universities’: Naka’s ‘drink to think’ approach

Swedish functional beverage brand Naka (formerly Akuō) is dubbed as a ‘drink to think’, and its reach to universities has been one of the keys to its success so far....

New sugar labeling a boon for alternative sweeteners

The added sugars portion of the newly revamped nutrition facts labels for food products will provide a significant opportunity for purveyors of alternative sweeteners, an industry expert says.

Talking Rain (Sparkling ICE) CEO: We had one store in London sell 3,000 bottles in a week

It’s very early days, but initial signs suggests that Sparkling ICE could be a hit in the UK and Ireland, says Kevin Klock, president and CEO at brand owner Talking...

China direct

NGO accuses China’s water bottlers of depleting Tibet’s resources

Campaigners have rounded on China’s bottled water industry, which they say threatens Tibet’s water resources in a region where glaciers have melted substantially over the last three decades.

Coca-Cola could face £226M sugar tax

The Coca-Cola Company could face a bill as high as £226M a year under the sugar tax, if it doesn’t pass on the increased charge for its sugary drinks to...

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