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Hot drinks play Cinderella as soft drinks drive innovation, Euromonitor

Beverage industry innovation is led by hot rather than soft drinks, with the latter significantly more profitable and associated with an increased interest in new product forms, according to Euromonitor.

China targets world domination in global packaging

China is aiming to be the biggest packaging producer in the world by 2012, according to a recent study.

Rexam highlights ‘medical concerns’ of high caffeine soft drinks

Sales of energy drinks are booming, but a new report from Rexam also highlights growing concerns about high caffeine soft drink use amongst young people, especially in the developing world.

Ball Packaging targets new markets with Serbian canning line

Ball Packaging Europe has opened a new €35m production line at its Serbian plant in Belgrade, as it seeks to penetrate into “new markets”..

Nestlé battles Kraft to retain global hot drink dominance

Despite its status as the world’s largest hot drinks manufacturer, Nestlé faces a tough battle for global dominance with Kraft in coffee due to the rising popularity of fresh coffee,...

PepsiCo agrees to sell stake in $548m Thai soft drinks firm

PepsiCo has agreed to sell its majority 41.5 per cent stake in Thai soft drinks and bottling firm Serm Suk (SSC), after ThaiBev (THBEV) announced plans to acquire the latter...

If at first you don't succeed... Could it be 3rd time lucky for PepsiCo in mid-cal beverage market?

Early feedback from trials of Pepsi Next - PepsiCo’s third attempt to create a successful mid-calorie cola - has been “very favorable”, bosses have revealed.

BRIC nations to lead folding carton growth - report

The BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, China and India will offer highest growth opportunities for folding cartons at almost 8 per cent annually until 2016, according to new industry research.

Vitamin fortification tops list of energy drink claims

A new Leatherhead report has highlighted how vitamin fortification and other ‘health and wellness’ claims are driving growth in the global sports and energy drink market.

Asia continues to dominate soy milk consumption

Eight of the top 12 soy drink consuming countries are Asian with Hong Kong residents consuming the most at 17 litres per year each, according to TetraPak data.

Tetra Pak invests €100m in new Indian factory

Tetra Pak has invested €100m in the construction of a new factory in India that is to serve the local market as well as South and Southeast Asia and the...

O-I acquires Chinese firm in mass beer market push

Owens-Illinois (OI) has agreed to acquire glass packaging firm Hebei Rixin Glass Group in a deal aimed at opening up opportunities in the growing mass beer market in China.

Cargill launches new texture agents for dairy drinks in Asia

Cargill is targeting the Asian market with new formulations for the stabilisation of high calcium chocolate milk and acidified dairy drinks.

Indian beverage industry sets up new trade association

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Tetra Pak are among the big beverage industry names to come together to form the Indian Beverage Association (IBA).

Tea producers urged to bolster demand at home

Tea-producing nations should up their marketing efforts at home to take advantage of domestic market potential, according to a new FAO report.

PepsiCo looks to ‘new’ Chinese regions in investment push

PepsiCo plans to invest $2.5bn over the next three years in China as the company turns towards the less developed central and western areas of the country for growth opportunities.

Beetroot takes on Red Bull with ‘one-shot’ juice

The firm behind heart-friendly beetroot juice Beet It is aiming to complete its first production run of a ‘one-shot’ 70ml version this month to provide a healthy alternative to drinks...

Global upswing for probiotic and prebiotic food and beverages

World sales of probiotic and prebiotic foods and beverages climbed 12.5 per cent to reach about $15.4bn in 2008 compared with the year before, according to research group Packaged Facts.

Crown to expand capacity to meet rising Brazilian demand

Crown Holdings has announced that it intends to double capacity at two Brazilian beverage can plants on the back of growing demand for soft drink and beer cans in the...

Tetra Pak banks on emerging markets for growth

Tetra Pak said stronger sales in the final quarter of 2009 and emerging markets offset declining demand in Eastern Europe and Central Asia as it posted an increase in...

Carlsberg beats Heineken on beer volume and profits

Brewing giants Heineken and Carlsberg have struggled through a tough year for beer and reported a mixed set of financial results.

Crown expands can production in Vietnam

Crown is planning to install a second beverage can line and double production at a recently acquired drinks container facility in Vietnam.

Heineken buys up FEMSA beer business

Heineken has acquired the beer operations of the Mexican drinks giant FEMSA in exchange for a 20 per cent share in the Dutch brewer.

Heineken resolves Indian brewing conflict

Heineken has consolidated its investments in Asia to grow the Heineken brand in India and resolve a conflict that emerged from the Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) takeover last year....

Symrise buys into North Africa and Middle East

Symrise has acquired fragrance and flavours maker Futura Labs to tap into opportunities in the fast growing regions of North Africa and the Middle East.

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