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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.

BEN WEISS PREDICTS 'BIG YEAR FOR BAI' IN 2015

Bai Brands CEO: ‘Sales will hit $50m in 2014, but there were ‘unsexy’ years’

Bai Brands CEO Ben Weiss says the Dr Pepper allied brand will hit $50m in sales this year and puts this down to a focus on ‘distribution at the expense...

BRAU BEVIALE 2014: IN CONVERSATION WITH...REXAM

Rexam targets dairy drinks with cans after MIO success

Rexam tells BeverageDaily.com it is pursuing business in the dairy drinks segment and says one notable success to date was lemonade flavored milkshake MIO in Russia.

BRAU BEVIALE 2014: PACKAGING INNOVATION FOCUS

Whistle-stop stand tour: Crown BevCan Europe & Middle East

With Day Two of Brau Beviale in full swing, we worked in a whistlestop tour of the Crown BevCan Europe & Middle East stand, exploring the company’s Smartcan and Instant...

Action in Images! Show floor at Brau Beviale 2014

Can't make it to Brau Beviale this year? Here's a taste of the action with innovations and news form KHS, GEA, SACMI and WILD Flavors.

Coca-Cola Hellenic keen to take Monster Energy to ‘big markets’ like Russia

Coca-Cola Hellenic’s CEO says the firm is keen to take Monster Energy into new markets, as its lackluster performance in developed markets led by Italy hit summer soda sales. ...

‘Too early to declare victory’ with Coca-Cola Life: Coca-Cola Enterprises

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) says it is too early to ‘declare victory’ with stevia-sweetened cola Coca-Cola Life after September launches in Britain and Sweden.

Pepsi’s 'homemade' SodaStream test: Sales trickle or treat?

As PepsiCo inks a deal with SodaStream to test launch its brands on the platform, Euromonitor analyst Jonas Feliciano says demand for such Pepsi-branded products is ‘debatable’.

Dr Pepper hopes for Hispanic ‘home run’ with Mexican sparkling waters brand Penafiel

As one analyst suggests that Dr Pepper Snapple Group has hit a ‘home run’ with Mexican mineral water brand Penafiel, the company says it hopes to increase distribution in the...

Coke's capitulation to the 'new normal', and could a newly graduated MBA run the business? Analysts unpick Q3 2014

Coke appears to be capitulating to the ‘new normal’ operating environment by lowering its revenue and volume growth targets, according to one financial analyst, while disaffected investor David Winters claims...

‘Everything is possible in energy drinks: There’s no fear!’ WILD Flavors

Helene Möller, product manager for ingredients at WILD Flavors, tells BeverageDaily.com that energy drinks is the category with the most possibilities for innovation.

Coke's Net Income FELL 14% to $2.12bn in Q3 2014 ending September 26

Still waters run deep...and Coke eyes ‘value-added dairy’ growth potential

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent will today identify value-added dairy as a top target category for still beverage retail value growth through to 2020.

INTERVIEW WITH MOSHY COHEN: VP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING

RC Cola International: 'Our bottlers must balance flexibility with cost efficiency'

Royal Crown Cola International (RCCI) caused a stir in 2013 when it launched stevia-sweetened RC Cola Neo. Here VP for business development and marketing, Moshy Cohen, tells us what the...

Soda stories that shook the world in 2014: BeverageDaily.com's Top 5

As big brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr Pepper reformulate and drive NPD to thrive in the soda space, here are BeverageDaily.com’s hardest hitting news stories of 2014 to...

PURE LIFE EXOTICS LAUNCH FLAVORED WITH NATURAL FRUIT ESSENCES

Nestle Waters seeks soda-style taste with unsweetened sparkling waters

Nestle Waters tells BeverageDaily.com it designed new flavored sparkling waters range Nestle Pure Life Exotics to provide a ‘taste delivery’ as similar as possible to sodas without using sugar or...

PepsiCo launches craft cola: Caleb’s Kola promises ‘amazing freshness’

As the news broke yesterday that Pepsi had launched a new craft cola, or 'kola' as the hipster spelling has it, we run the rule over a launch that excites...

$1bn brand by 2018? Analyst thinks Sparkling Ice target ‘achievable’

As American phenomenon Sparkling Ice strives to become a $1bn beverage brand by 2018, one analyst says she thinks the eye-watering target is realistic.

REFERRAL FOLLOWS JULY DECISION ON NESTLE WATERS COMPLAINTS

Advertising watchdog refers Sparkling Ice to FTC over ‘bold side of water' claim

The National Advertising Division has referred Sparkling Ice to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that the brand failed to comply with a determination that its advertising was misleading.

Industry reformulation is the only route to better nutrition, says expert

Food producers should look at the current obesity crisis as an opportunity to do good business and do good for public health through the reformulation of mass-market products, says one...

FOCUS ON…SPARKLING WATERS IN THE US: RAKHEE BURGESS, INSIGHT ANALYST, CANADEAN

Success in sparkling waters : Why Crystal Geyser leads the US pack

As sparkling water sales soar in the States, Canadean analyst Rakhee Burgess tells us flavor variation is vital and the reasons why Crystal Geyser is the leader of the pack.

Coke International ‘uniquely positioned’ to capture $300bn beverage growth

Coca-Cola International president Ahmet Bozer insists his company is uniquely positioned to capture a $300bn world growth opportunity between 2014 and 2020.

Canadean predicts US fizzy water sales will soar at expense of CSDs

Canadean predicts that US carbonated water sales will grow 12% in 2014 as health-conscious consumers embrace the category's health halo in preference to carbonated soft drinks.

‘Baby boomers unlikely to buy much 24-pack Pepsi’: Al Carey warns

PepsiCo Americas Beverages boss keen to scrap ‘old industry growth paradigm’

PepsiCo Americas Beverages CEO Al Carey says he wants to spend less on soda promotions where sales are declining and more on spurring growth in faster-growing portfolio areas.

Coke's largest India bottler abandons $25m bottle line, campaigners claim 'colossal victory'

Coke’s largest Indian bottler has blamed officialdom for the 'inordinate delay' it said led it to abandon a newly built $25m bottling line in Uttar Pradesh, but insists it will...

Sweeteners flat line in EU and US as consumers turn backs on soft drinks

The global market for high intensity sweeteners is flat lining in Europe and North America as consumers drink fewer soft drinks, according to a market report from IHS.

SODA GIANT DITCHES 'TRIED AND TESTED' GDA LABELING RIVAL

Coke passes green for 'Go!' with UK traffic light nutrition labeling

Coca-Cola Enterprises today pulled a U-turn by adopting the UK Government’s voluntary front-of-pack ‘traffic light’ nutrition labeling scheme – ditching the EU-wide GDA system it had praised as ‘tried and...

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