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Coca-Cola nears completion of US refranchising plan

Coca-Cola said it is on track to complete refranchising of its company-owned US territories by the end of 2017 after receiving agreements and letters of intent from a significant portion...

Functional beverages in Asia: Start-ups need to 'redress the health balance'

Functional beverage start-ups in Asia should not get fixated on making and securing official health and efficacy claims before launching, and could look instead to “wrap up” products alongside more...

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GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

Lavazza mirrors global coffee market targeting North America, but it must look to Asia for future growth

Volume sales of coffee are expected to grow 0.2% from 2013 to 2021 in Italy, making the country's No. 1 coffee brand (in volume sales), Lavazza, needing to turn to...

Cannabis tea sales rise in US driven by women, says BDS Analytics

Cannabis-infused tea products sales have more than tripled in US states where recreational cannabis use is legal (Colorado, Washington, and Oregon), according to BDS Analytics.

Pro Mach acquires P.E. Labellers with plans to open more facilities

Pro Mach has acquired P.E. Labellers, which manufacturers self-adhesive, hot melt, cold glue, roll-fed, and sleeve labeling technologies.

Interpack 2017

Multivac signs MoU with Meyn Food Processing Technology and Cabinplant

Multivac has completed a strategic alliance (Memorandum of Understanding) with Meyn Food Processing Technology and Cabinplant to sell joint processing, filling, weighing and packaging technology.

AquaBall distribution gains fuel True Drinks Q1 growth

True Drinks, maker of children’s sugar-free flavored water brand AquaBall, has posted first quarter revenue of $1.5m and a gross revenue forecast of $10m for 2017, driven by recent expanded...

Euromonitor: Global alcoholic drinks market sees slight lift but remains in negative territory

The global alcoholic drinks market was in negative growth territory for the second year in a row registering a 0.2% in volume terms led by a slowdown of the North...

Role Tea secures Whole Foods listing with eye on nationwide expansion

Role Tea, a turmeric-based RTD iced tea, has launched in select Whole Foods locations in the mid-Atlantic US and aims to double and possibly triple its Whole Foods retail footprint...

Miraka expands with Malaysia deal

Miraka, New Zealand’s first Maori-owned milk company, has signed an MOU with Malaysian company Storiiu, a food distribution business, to supply their flagship consumer food, Whai Ora. 

Nestlé inaugurates Nescafé and Maggi factory in Dubai

Nestlé Middle East has inaugurated its Al-Maha factory in Dubai South; its 18th factory in the region. 

LaCroix fills missing distribution gap with Hudson News Distributors

Independent sparkling water brand LaCroix has teamed up with Hudson News Distributors’ direct store delivery footprint which covers 2,400 independent stores in the Northeast portion of the US.

PepsiCo pledges less sugar, sodium in global product portfolio by 2025

Through a collaboration with non-profit Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), PepsiCo has unveiled plans to “transform its product portfolio and offer healthier options” by 2025.

Brewers Association sees more engaged craft beer audience rally behind American Craft Beer Week

To appeal to a more engaged and educated craft beer audience, the Brewers Association has launched its #beeritforward social initiative and a partnership with pub trivia organization Geeks Who Drink...

Could rum be the dark horse of spirits? Rum author and importer sees it chip away at whiskey’s supremacy

Driven by the rising price of whiskey many US consumers are switching over to rum in the search for an alternative brown spirit. 

Craft spirit growth outpaces craft beer with premium whiskey leading the way

Craft spirit growth is outpacing that of craft beer in the US, registering a CAGR of 13% and 6% respectively, with premiumization and on-premise alcohol sales being key trends driving...

AB InBev's core beer brands boost revenues

AB InBev’s three core global brands, Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Corona, collectively grew by more than 12% for Q1 2017, mainly driven by revenues outside of the US.

Extreme weather & natural disasters across wine regions cause $10bn in annual wine losses

Mendoza and San Juan wine regions of Argentina face the highest risk of production losses due to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, according to a wine index study by...

Peet’s Coffee rides third-wave coffee trend with expansion of RTD cold brew to rest of California

Peet’s Coffee is expanding distribution of its RTD cold brew coffee to the rest of California through a new DSD (direct store delivery) network called Coldcraft.

Mongibello teams up with NutraT to launch functional and clean label nutraceutical coffee

Mongibello has launched a new line of functional coffees containing NutraT, an instant drink powder boosted with the health benefits found in a Mediterranean diet, and will debut the new...

Sadafco continues health charge with fortified fruit laban

Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (Sadafco) has launched a functional laban fruit drink in the Middle East after demoing the product in the manufacturer's home market.

The Beverage Forum 2017

Beverage Marketing Corporation: Bottled water will continue as ‘undisputed’ top player of beverage market

Bottled water maintains the undisputed number one position in the non-alcoholic beverage market and will for some time, according to Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) Research.

The Beverage Forum 2017

Boston Beer Company: Craft brewers will keep innovating the category despite consolidating beer landscape

Per capita beer consumption has declined 25% since 2000 and “it would’ve been significantly more than that if it weren’t for craft beer,” Boston Beer Company founder, Jim Koch, said...

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