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Customer feedback drove carton range revamp to boost line speed: Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak says customer feedback led it to introduce new sizes for a carton range popular in developing markets such as China, but claims they could also cut waste and...

Clipped wings? Indian regulators threaten to ban ‘energy’ drink label

India’s food safety watchdog is set to issue new regulations and crackdown on caffeinated energy drinks, possibly stripping them of their ‘energy’ tag.

Sidel targets Asian markets with new high-speed PET filler

Sidel will launch a new version of its Combi Predis FMa machine this year for filling single-serve PET bottles with sensitive beverages, to meet the industry need for higher speeds...

Diageo ups spirits stakes in Vietnam with new Halico deal

Diageo has announced the successful closure of its public offer to acquire an addition 10.62% state in Hanoi Liquor Joint Stock Company (Halico), as it aims to work with the...

Time for Chinese beer market to engage the ladies: Mintel

The Chinese are drinking more beer and buying more expensive varieties, but multinational brewers need to innovate to seize growth opportunities presented by groups such as female drinkers, says Mintel.

World consumers 'intrigued' by growing cider category, says Heineken

Dutch brewer Heineken has cited new activity in the cider category and global interest among consumers, and says its takeover of Belgian company Strassen Ciders provides it with production capacity...

Krones installs its first German PET recycling line

Krones has confirmed to that it has struck a deal to commission its first sustainable closed-loop PET recycling line for a German beverage firm, the sixth such line worldwide....

Danone mineral water brand Evian fails Chinese entry inspection

Danone mineral water brand Evian has failed another entry inspection in China due to unacceptably high nitrite levels, according to local media reports.

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PepsiCo reportedly under fire from Mexican drug cartel

Mexican police were hunting for culprits following the latest attack on PepsiCo's Mexican subsidiary Sabritas last Thursday, with a powerful drugs cartel believed to be behind a series of attacks...

Stellar Chinese wine market presents ‘mind bending’ challenge – Rabobank

Stellar growth of wine sales in China is attracting foreign firms facing 'fierce competition and sluggish sales' elsewhere, but penetrating local markets remains the holy grail for foreign and local firms....

Oat ingredient is stealing whey protein limelight – Biovelop

Swedish firm Biovelop claims that its new oat-based protein rich ingredient Proatein is already being used in place of whey protein, as a cheaper source of the macronutrient.

Vehement industry opposition to Indian alcohol regulations

The head of a powerful Indian trade body representing multinational alcohol brands has told that standards proposed by the FSSAI to set nationwide alcohol limits in drinks are a...

Diageo believes Brazilian buy will make it 'relevant' spirits player in country

Diageo says its acquisition of premium ‘cachaça’ (Brazilian rum) brand Ypioca makes it a ‘relevant’ player in Brazilian spirits and will allow it to boost sales of other key brands...

Both sides claim victory as judge rules in FTC v POM false advertising case

Both sides have claimed victory in a bitter legal dispute between Californian juice maker POM Wonderful and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations of false advertising.

Diageo 'delight' at UK success for Nigerian sorghum-based Guinness

Diageo has told it is 'delighted' by the export success of its African sorghum-based beers in markets such as the UK, but said there would be no wholesale push...

Coca-Cola Hellenic hit by perfect political and economic storm

Economic and political uncertainty across its markets and ‘persistent’ input cost pressures have hit Coca-Cola Hellenic's first quarter results, with volume sale declines of two per cent and significant losses...

Chinese sales slump hits O-I but cost-cutting reaps rewards

Owens-Illinois (O-I) chairman Al Stroucken says the company is ‘encouraged’ by its start to 2012, but said that overall global shipments by volume fell due to lower sales in China.

Wine exporters swoon at sight of Canada: Rabobank

Faced with volume declines in core European export markets, exporters are reassessing the importance of smaller markets with better growth and pricing, and Canada is leading the way.

Chinese ‘shift’ away from carbonates boosts liquid carton sales, analyst suggests

A Chinese ‘health and wellness’ trend inspiring a move away from carbonates towards waters and teas with added vitamins is boosting liquid carton sales, according to Euromonitor packaging analyst Regina...

Buoyant sales offset by higher expenses as Q1 profits dip for Crown

Inflated costs and adverse foreign exchange conditions saw Crown Holdings post a slight year-on-year profit drop in the three months to the end of March 2012 – despite notching up...

PepsiCo’s new Chinese alliance will not change our business strategy: Coke CEO

Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the firm will not change its Chinese business strategy in response to PepsiCo’s new alliance with leading local drinks maker Tingyi-Asahi Beverages (TAB).

Cargill agrees sale of juice blends and compounds business to Wild Flavors

Cargill has signed an agreement that will see Wild Flavors acquire its global juice cold blends and compounds business for an undisclosed amount, subject to anti-trust approvals.

SIG Combibloc discusses Brazilian ‘business opportunities’ with PepsiCo

SIG Combibloc says that milk-mix drinks are a rapid growth category in Brazil, and has revealed that it is discussing new “business opportunities” with PepsiCo having just supplied the beverage giant with a new...

Molson Coors snaps up StarBev and plans to push ‘aspirational’ premium brands in CEE

Molson Coors has swooped to takeover Staropramen brewer StarBev for €2.65bn and says it aims to leverage its own premium brands in central and eastern Europe (CEE) citing the success of...

‘New manufacturing capabilities’ in Sri Lanka will boost our consumer offer, Nestlé

Nestlé says its latest investment in a UHT milk factory in Sri Lanka will have a positive “ripple effect” on suppliers and farmers in the country, and lend it the ability to...

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