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Coca-Cola Enterprises sets out innovation platform after Q1 sales dip

Coca-Cola Enterprises, the Western European Coca-Cola bottling giant, reported a net sales decline in the first quarter and plans to innovate with Coca-Cola Life and Finlay to restore growth.

News in brief

California soda warning bill dies in committee

A bill proposing warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages that would alert shoppers in California to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay, has died in the committee stage.

Special edition: Authentic Tea Tastes

What’s next in tea? Functional claims, hot tea pods, and increased attention from Coca-Cola

Major soft drink players are turning their attention to tea as a focal point for innovation and volume growth, delegates at World Tea Expo will hear this week.

Nichols’ drinks deal offers strategic benefits

Nichols’ acquisition of a minority stake in slush and milk drinks distributor Noisy Drinks Co offers both firms considerable benefits, according to one leading analyst.

VitaminFIZZ seeks to emulate meteoric success of Sparkling ICE in enhanced waters market

VitaminFIZZ – a new zero-calorie enhanced sparkling water backed by former Red Bull executives and other beverage industry veterans – is now available in 1,400+ stores in the US nine...

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Caja Roja chocolates ‘sweet’ choice at Hispack 2015 Líderpack Awards

Nestlé Monster Smarties and Nestlé Caja Roja chocolates picked up awards in the Food Packaging category of The Liderpack Awards at Hispack 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, last week (April 21-24).

Matcha green tea market on fire, says report: ‘This is not a passing fad, but a major trend’

US retail sales of Matcha green tea powder surged 54.9%* in 2014, while sales of ready-to-drink products leaped up $253.1% (albeit from a small base), reveals a new report arguing...

‘This is one step up the ladder of desperation to remain relevant’

Diet Pepsi reformulation: ‘Does making aspartame the bad guy solve diet soda’s problems? Probably not.’

While cynics might paraphrase PepsiCo’s move to axe aspartame from Diet Pepsi as ‘Pepsi replaces one very unpopular artificial sweetener with another slightly less unpopular artificial sweetener’, it highlights the...

Aspartame has been deemed safe by all major scientific and regulatory bodies

PepsiCo ditches aspartame from Diet Pepsi in US: ‘While decades of studies show aspartame is safe, we recognize that consumer demand is evolving’

While aspartame is safe, many US consumers don’t want it in their cola, said PepsiCo this morning, announcing plans to ditch the much-maligned sweetener from Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet...

“We’ve never seen consumers as confused!” PepsiCo asks what – exactly – is ‘good for you’

PepsiCo faces the challenge of redefining 'good for you', as it sees consumers turn their attention to real sugar, organic, and non-GMO.

Market research

India and China drive world’s rise in packaged water consumption

Emerging countries are driving a trend that will soon see packaged water overtake fizzy drinks.

Sidel on Share a Coke, beverage personalisation, and adaptable printing runs

Consumers want product personalisation: How must packaging processes adapt?

Beverage brands are constantly looking for ways to personalise products for consumers – placing new demands on packaging, says Sidel.

Firm is looking to expand outside the US and build partnerships in Europe

Icebox has a spring in its step with 250ml Elopak Mini Pure-Pak Diamond cartons

Icebox is launching its Canadian Spring water in Elopak 250ml Mini Pure-Pak Diamond cartons this month.

Dr Pepper invests $15m in minority stake in Bai Brands

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has invested $15m in a minority stake in Bai Brands, which has generated explosive growth in multiple retail channels with its 'antioxidant infusion' low-calorie Bai5 beverages.

Sugar reduces stress more than aspartame, say scientists

Sugar-sweetened drinks may reduce stress levels and therefore be harder to reduce than aspartame say scientists - but campaigners are still calling on industry to reduce both.

Beverage Bites: News up to April 17, 2015

Kruger and cognac, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola’s sports sponsorship, and more beverage bites

This week Danone and Nestlé both posted healthy results for their waters businesses, while PepsiCo scored a basket with NBA sponsorship. Meanwhile, two barrels of cognac will shortly start making...

Southern hemisphere

Cola is king in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia

Soft drinks may not be to the taste of the world’s government authorities, but they remain extremely popular among ordinary citizens in the lower Asia-Pacific. 

$86m factory now operational as distribution broadens

Beijing and beyond: Capri-Sun expands operations in China

Capri-Sun is expanding its presence in China, announcing a partnership with Reignwood Group that will give it the necessary sales and distribution muscle. 

News in brief

Pepsi invites consumers to recreate its iconic can

Pepsi is inviting consumers to re-create the design of its iconic can as part of its 2015 #PepsiChallenge.

Innocent launches sparkling juice and coconut water: 'It’s like a posh holiday in a can, only without the pesky sand'

Innocent Drinks is stretching beyond its smoothie comfort zone with a sparkling juice variant and blended coconut water to inject life into the health and wellness aisle, it says.

Firing on all flavours: Treatt opens new beverage centre to develop future flavours

The scale of innovation in the beverage industry, coupled with consumers’ constant appetite for something new, is boosting the evolution of flavours, according to Treatt.

Soda should come with a warning label, say public health scientists, researchers

Legislation requiring warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages alerting shoppers to the risk of diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay has been backed by a group of 34 leading public health scientists...

Hain Celestial all-natural lawsuit to proceed: ‘One does not have to suspend reality’ to understand why plaintiff felt misled, says judge

A California federal judge has given the green light to a false advertising lawsuit filed against Hain Celestial accusing it of misleading shoppers by describing its Sunflower Dream beverage and...

Dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

‘What I already drink – but better!’ What can functional beverages offer consumers?

Consumers are keen to learn more about beverage ingredients, which is good news for the functional drink category, suggest beverage entrepreneurs. 

Anti-sugar campaign hits sports drinks and juices

Sales of sports drinks and fruit juices continue to plunge in what looks like a consumer reaction to concerns raised by anti-sugar campaigners.

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