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Fizzing-Up Carbonates

Carbonated soft drinks from the likes of Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are under fire for perceived high sugar levels and use of artificial ingredients. But healthier brands are appearing, and the market leaders are revamping their portfolios. Follow their fightback here as they adopt natural sweeteners like stevia and strive to build value in the category.

NEWS IN BRIEF

Tickle Water enters adult beverage market positioned as cocktail mixer

Tickle Water, a flavored sparkling water brands for kids, has expanded its distribution to wine and spirits stores to capture an adult audience after the company noticed an organic evolution...

Coca-Cola calls on public to develop its next sugar alternative

Coca-Cola is calling on the public via the crowdsourcing platform HeroX to develop a natural, low-to-no-calorie sweetener, but the compound must not contain, or be derived from, stevia or monk fruit....

Anheuser-Busch adds Hiball and Alta Palla to non-alcoholic portfolio

Anheuser-Busch has acquired organic energy drinks manufacturer Hiball in a deal that will be completed by the end Q3 2017.

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

Custom beverage machine startup Bevi has raised $16.5m in funding to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American footprint with the ultimate goal of making packaged...

NEWS IN BRIEF

Coca-Cola India to compete with local soda brands with launch of Kinley Flavors

Coca-Cola will launch of a line of value-priced carbonated beverages in India called Kinley Flavors in order to compete with local soda brands.

Growing trend of everyday wellness positions sparkling water as ‘guilt-free indulgence’: Euromonitor

The list of beverages consumers drink on a daily basis is becoming more restricted, but sparkling water has maintained a prime spot and is perceived as an everyday indulgence, according to...

Coca-Cola launches Coca-Cola No Sugar: ‘The best tasting sugar-free cola we have ever made’

Coca-Cola has launched Coca-Cola No Sugar in Australia, promising the taste of the new sugar-free variety is the closest yet to its flagship brand. 

Healthy and handcrafted beverages add to appeal of fast casual dining

Fast casual restaurants are tapping into the increasingly time-crunched, yet health-focused schedule of consumers, by providing healthy, guilt-free beverage options while satisfying their desire for occasional indulgence. 

Method to detect pesticide residues in non-alcoholic beverages

Researchers have developed a method which has a ‘strong promise’ for regulatory monitoring and commercial analysis of pesticide residues in non-alcoholic beverages.

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.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group: Ginger ale and sparkling water keeps sales afloat for Q1 2017

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) reported a 1.3% bump in revenue for Q1 2017 rising to $1.51bn from $1.49bn with its ginger ale brands showing the highest gains, while net...

Soft drink brands must play into health trends in order to compete: GlobalData

Despite declining market share, there is hope for soft drink manufacturers who can adapt to the highly-competitive beverage market by utilizing major health trends like reduced sugar and digestive benefits,...

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group sees 1% growth in Q4, remains bullish on 2017 outlook

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) experienced modest volume growth of 1% for the full-year ending December 31, 2016, largely due to positive performance of the company’s water portfolio, which was...

New 7UP campaign meant to boost and reposition struggling soda brand

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group-owned 7UP will focus on highlighting the carbonated soft drink as an essential staple for baking, cooking, and cocktails in its upcoming campaign.

True Citrus draws consumers to powdered beverage with flavor being the key

True Citrus credits its past years of accelerated business growth to its simple brand strategy rooted in taste and transparency.

ARYA Curcumin+ aims to be turmeric beverage with mainstream appeal

Since partnering with LA Libations, ARYA Curcumin+ has positioned itself as an affordably-priced luxury beverage aiming to solidify its mainstream consumer appeal. 

News in Brief

A.G. Barr credits product innovation for strengthened second half trading performance

A.G. Barr saw second half trading performance strengthen, crediting the launch of sugar-free Irn-Bru Xtra and sparkling water Rubicon Spring for helping boost sales in a ‘highly competitive’ UK market. ...

News in brief

‘Tastes more like Coke’: Coca-Cola’s £4.5m advertising campaign for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has today launched a new advertising campaign for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, emphasizing the similarities in taste with the flagship Coca-Cola Classic brand. 

Hop Pop: Hops-flavored craft soda has the ‘IPA aftertaste’ without the hangover

A team of Chicago-based t-shirt printers and part-time “soda enthusiasts” collaborated to make non-alcoholic Hop Pop, a hops-flavored soda that can function as a standalone craft beverage or as a...

Dr Pepper Snapple to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is to acquire Bai Brands, a US company known for its antioxidant-infused beverages, for $1.7bn. 

News in brief

Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Not just for cafes: Nitro coffee craze has great potential as at home experience

Nitro coffee  –  a craze that’s attracting consumers in US coffee shops – has the potential to grow in popularity as an at-home experience, thanks to the technology available in...

Bai Brands heralds ‘new generation of carbonation’ with Bai Black

Bai Brands has unveiled Bai Black, a line of carbonated beverages without sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Coca-Cola eyes up potential of adult sparkling beverage category with Cascade refresh

Coca-Cola Australia has expanded its Cascade range, seeing consumer interest in non-alcoholic adult sparkling beverages gather pace. 

Law applies from 3 November 2016

Stevia sector says imminent EU law changes will sweeten NPD

An amendment to the EU food additives regulation has removed the requirement for stevia blends to contain at least 75% stevioside or reb A, giving food and beverage manufacturers scope...

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