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BASF and Avantium to produce FDCA and PEF to improve food packaging films and plastic bottles

BASF and Avantium have signed a letter of intent to establish a joint venture (JV) for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranoate (PEF).

Now it is just a question of 'when' and not 'if'

GLG a step closer to realizing a commercially viable Reb M extract from stevia leaf

Vancouver-based GLG Life Tech has developed a new variety of stevia containing unusually high levels of sought-after steviol glycoside Reb M, a breakthrough it claims is “a very important step...

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Mexican soda tax analysis: The figures just don’t back the hype

The success of the Mexican soda tax is fast becoming the stuff of public health myth and legend.

Kolé functional drink promises cognitive performance improvement

A brain scientist was challenged by his wife to create a functional drink that benefits the brain. Fast forward two years, the scientist is ready to launch his Kolé Food...

‘For something to taste good, it doesn’t need to be sweet!’ Ugly water eyes up new opportunities for unsweet beverages

The founders of Ugly, an unsweet, fruit infused sparkling water brand, believe consumer palates will become less focused on sweet in the coming years. This can open up opportunities for...

India

Soft drinks makers rail against Budget duty increase

India's INR140bn (US$2.8bn) soft drink industry has called on the government to reverse an increase in excise duty on beverages. 

India

Report: Coffee-in-a-can manufacturers should broaden ingredient base

India’s burgeoning ready-to-drink coffee market will be worth over US$480m by 2020 after seeing annual growth of 3.2% since 2015, according to a report by Mordor Intelligence. 

Japan

Scientists find way to make sweetest sweetener taste sweeter

Japanese researchers have devised a method to make one of the sweetest natural sweeteners even sweeter in a development that will be seen as a breakthrough at a time when...

Taste, choice and trust: Pillars for success in soft drinks

Soft drinks companies need to ensure they are addressing three key issues for future industry success: taste, choice and trust, says Richard Hall, chairman, Zenith International.

OCME launches ‘Advance range’ palletisers and shrink wrapping machines

OCME, which works with Heineken and Coca-Cola, has launched the Advance range - faster palletizers and shrink wrapping machines.

EU throws out Coca-Cola request to protect bottle design trademark

The General Court of the European Union has dismissed a request by The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) to register a contour bottle without fluting as a Community trademark.

US bottled water sales reach record high in 2015, with growth expected to continue: Mintel

Sales of bottled water in the US increased 6.4% to reach more than $15bn in 2015, according to research from Mintel. And as consumers continue to look for alternatives to...

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Lemonaid and ChariTea Fairtrade beverages launch in the UAE

Lemonaid and ChariTea is launching its non-alcoholic beverages in the UAE and expects the drinks industry to move towards products with a reduced sugar content in the next couple of...

‘Pact will face competitive constraint from other manufacturers’

ACCC will not oppose Pact’s acquisition of Power Plastics

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Power Plastics by a subsidiary of Pact Group Holdings.

The Barton Group files a patent on its Stand Up SqueezyStraw Pouch

The Barton Group of New York has partnered with Multivac to create a Stand Up SqueezyStraw Pouch.

Highlights from the 2016 Beverage Innovation Summit: Suja's 'dog years', soda in a funk, and high pH water on fire

Want to know the size of the cold brew coffee prize, when Suja finally broke even, and what all the fuss is about over alkaline water? Check out the highlights of...

Sugary drink obesity claims slammed by industry

The soft drink industry has slammed claims that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would cut UK obesity rates by 5% within nine years – resulting in 3.7M fewer obese people.

Non-alcoholic Mocktail plans for expansion after initial success

Mocktail Beverages will soon see its brand expand, having inked a deal with United Natural Foods, Inc., according to the company’s founder.

Dairy down slightly as Nestlé profits drop

In its 2015 financial report issued today, Nestlé announced sales of $89.5bn (CHF 88.8bn), stating that this equated to 4.2% organic growth and 2.2% real internal growth.

Coke's failed white can due to the color red being associated with sweetness

‘The characteristics of packaging is crucial in consumers liking a product or not’

‘There are two reasons why businesses change their packaging: as a strategy to increase sales or to try and cut costs. 

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Kona Deep brings desalinated deep ocean water to the US market

It’s a billion-dollar market in Asia, but it’s almost unheard of in the US. Thanks to Kona Deep, bottled deep ocean water will soon roll its way across the US from...

Coca-Cola suspends manufacturing in three Indian plants

Coca-Cola India's bottling arm Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages has confirmed it has suspended manufacturing at its Kaladera plant in Rajasthan, while media reports suggest other plants in Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya...

Soda companies rapped for allegedly targeting low and middle income countries

The soda industry has vigorously defended itself against claims it is “borrowing a page from the tobacco industry playbook” by trying to spread its products in low- and middle-income countries.

PepsiCo on Gatorade: Innovation, brand legitimacy, and keeping ahead of the competition

Gatorade’s efforts in innovation, and its popularity with athletes, will continue to set the brand apart from emerging competitors who try and attack the brand on price, says PepsiCo CEO...

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Barry Callebaut to push the limits of chocolate in dairy drinks

Barry Callebaut wants to push the limits of chocolate and sees drinks as an exciting category where consumers will see a lot of innovation over the next few years.

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