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Elopak enters Japanese market with Pure-Pak carton

Elopak has partnered with Nippon Paper Industries to launch its Pure-Pak carton in Japan.

Product strategy expert says palatinose's 'time has come'

As consumer knowledge about blood sugar level management builds, low-glycaemic sweetener Palatinose could be about to enjoy its day in the sun, according to author and marketing guru Julian Mellentin. ...


Regulator cracks down on illegal packaged drinking water manufacturers

India’s food regulator has directed state food safety officials to identify cases where packaged drinking water brands do not carry either the FSSAI or Bureau of Indian Standards’ certification marks,...

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Vimto returns to India as Nichols signs production deal with Iceberg

Vimto, an iconic global beverage brand, is due to make a comeback in India after its British manufacturer, Nichols Plc, agreed licensing terms with Delhi-based Iceberg foods.

Tennent’s beer to arrive in India through Mahou San Miguel partnership

C&C Group has signed a new partnership with Mahou India to brew and distribute selected Tennent’s beer lines in India.

Aussie winery finds success from ‘cellar door’ sales approach in China

Establishing cellar doors in China to provide a winery experience directly to consumers is proving a successful formula for a South Australian wine company.

Marina launches ‘SunStar’ in combidome carton bottle

SIG Combibloc: ‘Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future’

Investments in Iran should start to prove easier in the future, according to SIG Combibloc as it partners with Zarin Jam Marina to launch 21 varieties of its SunStar beverage...

Tea for three: Asia’s leading tea companies

Three out of the world’s five biggest tea companies are based in Asia, according to new market research by Technavio that predicts steady growth in the global market until at...

Joyride brings cold brew coffee by the keg to US offices and cafes

Joyride Coffee says it has one goal in mind: to make bad office coffee a thing of the past, by bringing cold brew coffee kegs with specialty coffee to offices...


Contrary to opinion, WA wines can break into China’s vast market

A common belief that Western Australian wine volumes are not big enough to make any significant inroads into the Chinese market is incorrect, and the state’s wineries are in fact...

Not Your Father’s Root Beer appeals to ‘whole new market’, founder says

Small Town Brewery has found success crafting distinct brews inspired by classic American flavors with Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) and more recently, Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, available...


Chinese consumers demand premium beer products

The Chinese beer market is the world’s largest, yet it is experiencing negative volume growth after growing continuously for the past 24 years, according to China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA)....

Medics: Years of Indian health gains would be wasted without soda tax

An international group of 50 medical professionals has united to call on Indian lawmakers to sign off on a proposed sin tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Smithers Pira: ‘Slowest growing packaging type for 2015-2020 is glass’

Champagne houses are looking to pioneer isothermal packaging

The slowest growing packaging type for 2015-2020 is glass, according to Smithers Pira.

O-I to pursue arbitration award against Venezuela thanks to World Bank ruling

The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has ruled a subsidiary of Owens-Illinois (O-I) is free to pursue the enforcement of a prior arbitration award against...

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Mountain Dew launches Mtn Dew Black Label

No puppy monkey baby this time. Mountain Dew's recent Black Label launch will appeal to a classier and more refined crowd, says the brand.

Coca-Cola HBC tracks shifts in consumer preferences

Health and wellness continues to be a priority for consumers, while evolving market dynamics are changing the way people shop, says Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.   

Mitsubishi Electric opens Factory Automation centres in Italy and South Africa

Mitsubishi Electric Europe has opened a Factory Automation (FA) centre in Italy and an FA satellite centre in South Africa, to provide automation product services to Southern Europe and Africa,...

Beverage categories are getting blurrier, Mintel report suggests

A recent Mintel report shows cross-category beverages have become increasingly popular as manufacturers look to cater for consumers’ health and wellness demands, as well as their cravings for new flavor...

Hatch adds new single origin products to Canada’s embryonic cold brew coffee market

Canadian organic single origin cold brew coffee company, Hatch, is launching new products with two direct trades: one with a farm in Colombia from the Huila region, called Chalo’s Farm,...

Canadian beverage company launches calorie-free organic energy water

Natural energy beverage company, Guru, has launched a sugar-free, zero-calorie organic energy water in Canada.

Taking on the big brands: Canadian organic sports drink prepares for US launch

Vancouver-based NorthStar Organic is preparing to enter the US sports drink market this year, according to the company’s president, Shahab Samimi.

Nigerian F&B processing firm applies for $25m loan to modernize plant

Promasidor Nigeria Ltd (Promasidor), which manufactures powdered milk, food seasoning and packaged tea leaves, has applied for a $25m loan to modernize its plant in Lagos, Nigeria, to start operations...

Reading the changes in Asia’s new coffee culture

Coffee culture in Asia has been brewing a storm and growing in popularity in recent years, with most major cities now being awash with coffee shops not just in city...


Soft drinks makers rail against Budget duty increase

India's INR140bn (US$2.8bn) soft drink industry has called on the government to reverse an increase in excise duty on beverages. 

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