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Amcor, Coca-Cola and others give $300K to spur recycling in South Carolina

The city of Columbia, South Carolina, has received a $300k grant to modernize its residential recycling program, thanks to a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company, major packaging suppliers, packaging industry...

PepsiCo's new Mountain Dew Kickstart flavors target ‘cross-cultural millennial males’

PepsiCo brand Mountain Dew Kickstart tells us its two new flavor lines with higher juice content, coconut water and slightly less caffeine are targeted at a core ‘cross cultural millennial...

BEVERAGE BITES: 19/01/15-23/01/15

Refresco Gerber under hammer for $1.7bn, Coke splashes cash on London Eye

Here’s what made the headlines during the working week commencing Monday January 19 2015, in our new section Beverage Bites, which brings you the best bite-sized beverage news.

Refresco Gerber faces strikes by ‘betrayed’ staff

Refresco Gerber faces strike action at its manufacturing base in Bridgewater, Somerset, over changes to pay, terms and conditions.

Chinese rain strikes sales but SAB Miller predicts return to 'normal state of play'

SAB Miller says the knock-on effects China’s wet summer continued to hold back the group’s performance in Q3 2014, but tells BeverageDaily.com it is confident the market will bounce back,...

‘Our RTD tea will taste of tea. Not sugar. Not malic acid!’ Ex-Coke exec says it’s time for Tg…

Former Coca-Cola executive Sophia Nadur insists the UK market is ready for her low calorie whole leaf RTD tea brand Tg, which she says is markedly different from what she...

Firm gets warning letter for straddling beverage/liquid supplement divide

A recent FDA warning letter to a New York company points again to the danger of mixing metaphors when positioning a product as either a beverage or a liquid dietary...

ASK THE EXPERT: FOCUS ON JAPAN

Zen and the Art of Japanese Beverage Packaging...

As EP Resources reports on a changing Japanese beverage landscape marked by a C-store surge, report author Stuart Hoggard talks trends including taller, slimmer bottles, and a willingness among global...

Beauty and that beast of a beverage market…Bella Berry targets UK launch

London-based startup Bella Berry tells BeverageDaily.com that it is negotiating with buyers with a view to launching the UK’s first mass market collagen-based ‘beauty drink’ by spring 2015.

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

Vidrala acquires Encirc (formerly Quinn Glass) for $476m

Encirc: 'No job losses and contracts with Diageo and Britvic continue as normal'

Vidrala, through its subsidiary Inverbeira Sociedad de Promoción de Empresas, has acquired Encirc (formerly Quinn Glass) whose clients include Diageo and Britvic, for €408.6m ($476m).

Australia

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study

Australian researchers have called for tighter regulation of caffeine after it was found that the addition of the chemical in soft drinks increases their consumption.

Super vit crit! Researchers challenge drinks with 'extraordinarily high' added micronutrients

There is ‘little evidence’ that consumers benefit from the ‘extraordinarily high levels’ of micronutrients commonly added to novel beverages, according to a study published in the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and...

Aussie lawyers predict Pepsi v. Coke 'contour bottle' shape scrap will continue

The Federal Court of Australia recently dismissed trademark infringement claims brought by Coke against Pepsi over the former’s iconic ‘Contour Bottle’, but lawyers tip the soda scrap to continue.

Hear from the founders of Jin+Ja, Core Power, Vertical water, Reed's, Mamma Chia...

What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2015?

Whether it’s a new ingredient (coffee fruit, maple water, coffee leaf tea), novel technology (barrel-aged tea, ‘raw’ tea), or different way of looking at established categories (soup in a bottle,...

Meiji, Refresco Gerber to speak at Beverage and Dairy Treatment 2015

Do processing technology suppliers inspire new drink trends? Or are they more reactive? That’s one question experts from Meiji and Refresco Gerber will explore at this month’s free Beverage and Dairy...

Government backing of Asda sugar target 'sad day for public health'

Asda’s promise to reduce added sugar in some of its own brand drinks this year is a positive step forward – but it also reveals the chaotic approach to sugar...

Healthy beverage innovation

Chameleon Cold-Brew produces consistent coffee for consistent sales

Consistency born from thoughtful attention to detail and hiring specialists before they were needed helped start-up Chameleon Cold-Brew rapidly expand distribution by three to four times, launch a new line...

Coke plans to slash 500 jobs at Atlanta HQ to help hit $3bn savings target

Coke plans to cut at least 1,600 jobs globally including 500 roles at its Atlanta HQ – as the company ploughs on with a $3bn cost-cutting drive announced after an October profit warning.

Firms engage viewers before unveiling Super Bowl ads to generate more buzz

Even though the Super Bowl is still more than three weeks away, snack and beverage companies are ensuring they get the most bang for their potentially millions of dollars by...

Watching TV linked to unhealthy understanding of nutrition

People who watch more television have a poorer understanding of nutrition that means they tend to eat more unhealthily, say researchers.

Keurig Green Mountain teams up with Dr Pepper on Keurig Cold

Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) have struck a deal to develop products for the hotly-anticipated Keurig Cold at-home beverage system, following Keurig’s 2014 deal to work...

News in brief

Zenith International has 'Thirst for Change' with 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress

Zenith International's 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress has the theme 'Thirst for Change', and its program includes leading players such as Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Talking Rain and the American Beverage Association.

PREMIUM WATERS 2014, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL, DUBAI, DECEMBER 8-9

‘The purest water would be completely uninteresting to drink’: MD of fine waters brand Iskilde

The MD of Danish ‘fine waters’ brand Iskilde insists that such products cannot be both ubiquitous and exclusive and believes that ‘less pure’ waters are often the most interesting.

PATENT WATCH

Resveratrol…Not for heart health but to preserve wine in cans!

Australia's Barokes Wines has applied to patent a process whereby beverage containers are coated with a layer including resveratrol - not to boost heart health but to better preserve wine.

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