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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.

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. 

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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. 

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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...

Sparkling Ice launches in Mexico

Talking Rain Beverage Company is rolling out its Sparkling Ice brand in Mexico, continuing international expansion after the recent launch in the UK and Ireland. 

Diageo wedges itself into hard soda space with Quaker City Malting Co.’s ‘old-timey’ malt beverages

Diageo has entered the hard soda category in the US with the launch of two new products in partnership with Philadelphia-based Quaker City Malting Co., hopping on the booming hard...

Diet soft drink brands fall flat as regular sodas gain conversational fizz, report reveals

The passion people used to have for diet soda seems to have gone flat, but consumers are bubbling with interest in regular soft drink brands; according to a new analysis...

Kids copycatting parents’ drink habits is heightened for fizzy drinks

Young children are almost three times as likely to consume fizzy drinks if their parents frequently do, according to research carried out by the UK-based Natural Hydration Council.

Pepsi’s Stubborn Soda hits US shelves: heralding ‘the next generation of carbonated soft drinks’

PepsiCo’s craft soda line, Stubborn Soda, is launching on shelves across the US today.

SodaStream Q2 profits sparkle after successful rebranding initiative

SodaStream’s second quarter net profits jumped 120.8% to $7.8m, compared to $3.5m accrued in the same period last year. 

Beverage aisle feels the most social love, NetBase report finds

Beverages dominated the top ten list of the brands consumers are talking the most about via social media, according to NetBase Social Media Industry Report for 2016.

Price, size, and consumer audience led to failure of Keurig Kold, Euromonitor analyst says

Keurig Green Mountain has discontinued Keurig Kold, an in-home soft drinks machine because it “failed to deliver on consumer expectations,” the company said.

Tickle Water brings unsweetened sparkling water for kids to market

Tickle Water has launched its unsweetened sparkling water in the US, responding to a need to "make water fun" for children.

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. ...

DRY Sparkling coming in hot with launch of two limited edition summer flavors

DRY Sparkling is set to release its limited edition summer soda flavors: Serrano Pepper and Malali Watermelon this June with availability through August 2016. 

Tractor Soda Co. expands its organic fountain soda line across the US

Tractor Soda has announced the nationwide US distribution of its craft soda fountains, through its partner Dot Foods, as the organic fountain soda line has the potential to hit 9,000 retail...

Talking Rain CEO outlines strategy for US brand Sparkling Ice in UK and Ireland

Sparkling Ice launches in UK and Ireland: ‘We have bold ambitions for the brand in these markets’

Sparkling Ice - the flavored sparkling water brand which has seen success in its native US market with more than $659m in retail sales last year - is launching this...

Kombucha market to grow 25% each year to 2020

The kombucha market is poised for huge growth by 2020, growing 25% each year, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets.

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DRY Sparkling to debut Fuji Apple at Target, pushing craft soda trend forward

DRY Sparkling just saw the first production of their latest Fuji Apple flavor run last week, which will be distributed nationwide at Target in April, the company told Beverage Daily.

Driving consumer health via better front-of-package labels: Study

Improved labeling on beverages may help consumers make healthier choices, according to a recent Australian study.

Sonoma Cider releases sarsaparilla-inspired cider

California-based Sonoma Cider is adding a new cider with elements of sarsaparilla and vanilla to its year-round mix.

Sugar-sweetened beverages increase visceral belly fat, diet drinks don’t: Study

A daily intake of sugary drinks can lead to high levels of visceral belly fat, according to a recent study from the American Heart Association.

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