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EFSA backs safety of new stevia form

Rebaudioside M is safe and can be added to the list of EU-approved steviol glycosides (E960), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The agency said this was the...

Ball wins Brazilian approval of its proposed $8.2bn Rexam deal

Ball Corporation has won Brazilian approval of its proposed £5.4bn ($8.2bn) acquisition of Rexam.

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‘Sin tax’ of 40% proposed to cover Indian soft drinks

A panel that is looking into the implementation of a new system of GST in India has proposed levying a 40% “sin tax” on aerated drinks, even though consumption is...

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United Caps opens manufacturing facility in Schwerin

United Caps has opened a manufacturing facility in Schwerin, Germany, following its acquisition of Schoeller Cap Systems (SCS) in Schwerin in 2013, to produce closures for the beverages sector.

Maple water company sees 1800% sales growth, expands internationally

After seeing an 1800% growth in sales in the year since its founding, a maple drink company will expand further nationally and internationally.

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Danone and Veolia: We must transition into a circular economy

Danone and Veolia have partnered to tackle climate change through areas such as water resources and management of plastic packaging.

Nostalgic flavors: Coca-Cola and Pepsi create buzz with throwback drinks

Hi-C Ecto-Cooler, Surge, and Crystal Pepsi: It may seem like a list straight out of 1995, but these flavors are helping create a beverage buzz in 2015.

Sugary beverages rise in low and middle income countries, fall in high-income regions

While sugar-sweetened beverages have seen a decrease in popularity in regions such as North America and Western Europe, they are on the rise in most low- and middle-income countries. But...

Indonesia mulls sugar tax while Filipino farmers make voices heard

With the Philippines preparing legislation to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, neighbouring Indonesia could now follow suit after officials began a study into the policy.

Some sugary drinks can help improve endurance: Study

Having more energy for exercise may be as simple as adding sugar to a drink, according to a recent study.

Sugar-free drinks just as harmful to tooth enamel, study finds

Melbourne researchers believe that sugar-free drinks and sweets may still provoke tooth decay after a number of samples they tested were found to contain additives and pH levels that would...

Coca-Cola Refreshments to ‘bargain in good faith’ following workers’ strike for unfair labor practices

Coca-Cola Refreshments, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola, has spoken out after more than 225 employees voted to go on strike following what it claims are unfair labour practices.

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Carrot, courgette, kale: SVZ launches puree concentrate line to meet soaring demand for vegetables

Asian markets have led demand for vegetable ingredients, but the appetite from US and European markets has increased and this growth is expected to continue gathering pace, according to SVZ.

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Filipino lawmakers voice support for soda tax bill

Support for a Philippines tax on sugary soft drinks to boost government coffers and rein in an increase in lifestyle is growing as legislation passes through parliament.

Krones celebrates 100th order to install ErgoBloc L. machine in South Korea

Krones is celebrating after receiving its 100th order to install its ErgoBloc L. machine at FINE Bio for CSDs and still water, at its facility in Kirisan National Park, South...

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One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks have excess sugar levels

A consumer watchdog has called on the foodservice industry to do more to tackle sugar consumption after a study found that one-third of the drinks served in Hong Kong outlets...

Diet soda: A key to weight loss?

Low energy sweeteners commonly used in diet sodas may help with weight loss, says a University of Bristol study, adding that confusion among consumers between sweeteners and sugar needs to be...

US retail sales of diet soda remain in freefall, reveals latest Nielsen data

Unit sales of diet soda are still falling at an alarming rate in the US retail market, with the latest Nielsen data (all channels including grocery, drug, mass, and c-stores)...

Sweet Green Fields CEO: We are finally getting close to solving the stevia taste challenge

Not so long ago, pundits were predicting that the high-purity stevia extracts market would be worth a billion dollars as manufacturers ditched artificial sweeteners and embraced ‘all-natural’ alternatives. 

CCE opens factory to inspire young people into industry

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has thrown open the doors of its Morpeth site in Northumberland to students in a bid to show them the many job opportunities in the food and...

Trade shows, conferences, direct sales: SmartSeal’s strategy for growing active closures

SmartSeal – a spill-proof closure system which draws its inspiration from scuba diving – says a ‘systematic and assiduous’ strategy has been the secret to its growth.

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Four reasons a sugar tax ‘won’t work’: FDF boss

The near impossibility of imposing a sugar tax was one of four reasons why a tax would not limit sugar consumption or obesity, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF)...

Britvic J2O video in hot water for failing to clearly present itself as advertising

The UK’s advertising standards watchdog says Britvic failed to clearly identify a J2O Instagram video post as advertising. 

Time for candy makers to prepare for FDA added sugar label changes, says consultant

US confectioners should ready themselves to declare percentage daily values for added sugars set at 10% of total calorie intake, which could be a regulatory requirement by 2018, says a...

‘Beautifully pure water’: Iceberg Water leverages majesty of Mother Nature

Iceberg Water – a premium bottled water sourced from icebergs – says the stark beauty of the natural phenomena will help market the brand as it grows.  

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