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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.

2016: The year of the sugar tax

Debate around sugar taxes has hit the limelight this year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

Consumers willing to pay 75% more for known ingredients: Survey

Branding ingredients has a mixed record of success but a survey reveals worldwide demand for recognisable ingredients.

Sidel launches StarLite Nitro PET bottle base

Sidel has launched a StarLite Nitro version with PET bottle base for beverage manufacturers using nitrogen dosing.

This week Down Under

Civil group accuses anti-sugar lobby of ‘post-truth virtue-signalling’

A New Zealand taxpayers’ lobby group has accused those who are pushing for a tax on sugary drinks tax of “post-truth virtue-signalling”, citing evidence that many of their claims are...

Cacao pulp sweetens Suavva’s smoothies without added sugar, packs nutritional punch

Cacao is best known for its antioxidant-rich nut that is used to make chocolate, but the fruit has more to offer -- including a sweet white pulp that helps set...

Swisslog taps into Mai Dubai $21m bottled water ‘mega expansion’

Mai Dubai, bottled water company, part of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), has partnered with Swisslog to automate its storage and distribution centre as part of its 2020 $21m...

China direct

Chinese sweetener prices rising at last after spate of plant closures

After a year-long race to the bottom by Chinese manufacturers, acesulfame-K sweetener prices have grown steadily since May, with analysts expecting further increases then stabilisation as suppliers, including segment giant...

News in brief

James Quincey to take the helm of Coca-Cola in May 2017

Muhtar Kent will step down from the helm of Coca-Cola on May 1, 2017, and will be succeeded as CEO by president and COO James Quincey.

Dutch industry pledges to remove cartoon characters from unhealthy food

The Dutch food industry has pledged to restrict the use of licensed cartoon characters from the packaging of unhealthy foods aimed at children.

Hop Pop: Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

A team of Chicago-based t-shirt printers and part-time “soda enthusiasts” collaborated to make non-alcoholic Hop Pop, a hops-flavored soda that can function as a standalone craft beverage or as a...

'Significant players have acted to accelerate reformulation; others need to be more ambitious and move faster'

UK sugar tax: Government encourages further reformulation as draft legislation published

The UK government is pushing ahead with its soft drinks industry levy, saying that the impending legislation is already encouraging producers to reformulate their drinks. 

Asia Pacific proves a boon for global sparkling water market

The Asia Pacific market currently accounts for 15.25% global sparkling water market, and Technavio projects it will grow at a CAGR of 3.67% through 2020, the fastest rate compared to...

Dow: ‘Industry needs to convert away from epoxy and BPA’

Dow says Canvera can coating keeps beverages flavorful and fresh

Dow Coating Materials (DCM), part of Dow Chemical Company, has picked up a number of awards for its Canvera disruptive technology claiming the industry needs to move away from epoxy...

‘My grandmother always told me: ‘Don’t peel your apple, the best part is in the skin’

Smoothies turn to seeds to boost natural positioning

In an effort for products to appear as close to natural as possible, beverage producers are turning more and more to ingredients complete with skin, seeds and fruit flesh. 

News In Brief

Coca-Cola invests £2.3m in Scottish soft drinks plant

Coca-Cola European Partners is investing £2.3m ($2.9m) in Scottish operations this year, helping to save water at its East Kilbride plant. 

Cross-over innovation: What beverage packaging can learn from other industries

What has chocolate got to do with glass? And what do cars have in common with bottles? The Ardagh Group has been investigating how technologies regularly used by other industries...

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

AIPIA Congress 2016

HP applauds Irn Bru for using digital print to ‘make its packaging intelligent’

Digital printing allows consumers to do more and crazy things they could not imagine before, says Hewlett-Packard (HP).

A spoonful of sugar? Teens consume a bathtub full a year through sugary drinks

Teenagers in the UK consume around 77 litres of sugary drinks every year – enough to fill a bathtub, according to "shocking" results of a survey.

PepsiCo acquires kombucha company KeVita

PepsiCo is to acquire KeVita, a North American company that produces fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. 

Dr Pepper Snapple to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is to acquire Bai Brands, a US company known for its antioxidant-infused beverages, for $1.7bn. 

Kombucha and fermented beverages category grew 32% in year to October 2, says SPINS

Brew Dr Kombucha poised for growth as fermented trend gains momentum

According to SPINS data*, retail sales of refrigerated kombucha and fermented beverages** surged 32% to $375.4m (natural, specialty, conventional multi-outlet) in the year to October 2, but with household penetration still very low,...

Beverage can design changes when beverage is chilled – and then again when drunk

Crown has launched two-step thermochromic cans: which change color when the beverage is chilled; but then also reveal another design once the drink has been consumed. 

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