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Plant-based water sales predicted to double by 2020

The trend for healthy hydration is driving growth in plant-based waters, with global sales growing 21% in 2016 to reach sales of more than $2.7bn.

PepsiCo prepares to make a splash at Super Bowl LI with premium & zero calorie products

PepsiCo will use next month's Super Bowl to debut its new premium water brand, LIFEWTR, and promote its zero-calorie soda, Pepsi Zero Sugar.

Sugar reduction efforts & demand for functional benefits will drive vegetable juice sales in 2017

Vegetables will shine as a rising star in the juice industry in 2017 as consumers look for ways to reduce sugar and increase functional benefits, predicts a top executive working...

Coca-Cola joins other companies in ‘New Plastics Economy’ plan with pledge of 70% recycling by 2025

Coca-Cola has pledged to boost its recycling rate of plastic packaging from 14% to 70% by 2025, as part of the New Plastics Economy, a global “rethink” and reshaping of...

Lower calorie sugar types may not make a difference to health: Rat study

Switching to a ‘healthier’ low calorie sugar may not lessen the risk of developing health conditions as trials comparing two common sugars found other factors involved in long-term health risks.

Will an end to sugar quotas undermine a sugar tax?

Health campaigners in the UK fear that the end of the EU’s sugar quota regime will trigger a nosedive in prices and shelter manufacturers from next year’s sugar tax. But...

Wincanton logistics wins 3-year deal with Coca-Cola

Wincanton logistics company has signed a three-year contract with Coca-Cola to handle its raw materials and finished products at a warehouse in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Can a soda tax discourage ‘go large’?

Discouraging the sale of ‘jumbo sized’ sugary drinks would have both economic and health benefits, according to a UK study led by the University of East Anglia. Policy interventions –...

Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals findings

Beer and soda cans found to have traces of bisphenol A in laquer coating

Scientists from the Danish Consumer Council, THINK Chemicals, have found eight out of 14 cans tested in a laboratory contain endocrine disrupting bisphenols in the lacquer on the inside of...

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‘Tastes more like Coke’: Coca-Cola’s £4.5m advertising campaign for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has today launched a new advertising campaign for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, emphasizing the similarities in taste with the flagship Coca-Cola Classic brand. 

Blossom Water expects to be in full bloom in 2017 as demand for floral essence water grows

Within six years, the founders of Blossom Water, Trish and Steve Fortuna, have been able to take the floral essence beverage from their backyard garden to thousands of retail stores...

BMJ editorial: ‘Apparently Coca-Cola’s voice counts more than those of directors of public health’

Coca-Cola Christmas truck should be banned, argue public health campaigners

An editorial published in the journal BMJ this week calls for Coca-Cola’s Christmas truck to be banned as public health campaigners seek to improve children’s health. But Coca-Cola GB has...

EverSweet fermented stevia to launch in 2018… if we can reach the right deal with Cargill, says Evolva

Partners Evolva and Cargill have made “solid progress” on EverSweet - their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – but it will not launch until 2018, two years...

Chili-infused beverage start-up goes back to its roots for bottle redesign

Swedish start-up brand Caliente has gone back to its roots to redesign its bottle with a simplistic, clean-looking, Scandinavian design.

New food safety and hygiene course for drinks manufacturers

Appetite Learning has launched a new course, Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Drinks Manufacturers, a course specifically tailored to the beverage industry.

Soylent unveils new products, says TerraVia squabble will have 'no impact' on business

Soylent – which had a rocky few months at the end of 2016 marred by recalls of its powdered beverage and food bar and a public squabble with a supplier...

What are the key trends of the Chinese beverage market in 2017?

Several market research firms have predicted key trends that might be observed in the Chinese beverage market this year, including natural and energy ingredients.

What’s hitting the shelves? New year, new product launches

From sparkling wines to flavored milk, we take a look at some of the new product launches around the globe. 

Sugar-free drinks no better for weight control, argue researchers

Artificially-sweetened beverages (ASB) do not contribute to weight loss and may even be part of the overall obesity problem, researchers claim. 

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‘Find your volcano’: Volvic launches £2.2m new year campaign

Danone water brand Volvic is kicking off the new year with a marketing campaign that celebrates the brand’s volcanic heritage and ‘inspires the public to find their inner strength and...

Kids start the day with big sugar-kick; breakfast cereals highlighted

Children in England consume almost three cubes of sugar at breakfast, according to new research that puts cereal brands in the spotlight once again.

The year that was: Headlines of 2016

From mergers and acquisitions to innovations in packaging and flavors, we take a look back over some of the headlines of 2016. 

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta in acid contamination scare

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta have withdrawn products in a region of Greece after a group threatened to contaminate them with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

6 beverage innovation highlights of 2016

It’s easy to be cynical about the term ‘innovation’ – a buzzword used by marketers in the hope of attracting attention in a crowded marketplace. But here we take a...

BillerudKorsnäs hires Pöyry to build ‘world’s largest’ packaging board machine

BillerudKorsnäs has partnered with Pöyry mill engineering services to construct a $622m board machine at Gruvön, in Sweden.

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