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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.

‘Coke's Mini Can Can!’ Muhtar Kent salutes small package 'romance'

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the ‘romance of the smaller package’ is critical to building more romance around brands such as Coke in the US.

Vitamin enriched Coca-Cola anyone? Soda giant patents ‘vitamin-rich fermentates’

The Coca-Cola Company has patented what it says is a new method allowing it to naturally fortify beverages including colas with high vitamin levels using a single micro-organism.

Sparkling Ice, Monster and Lipton Tea: US C-Store winners in 2014

Bottled water, energy and iced tea are expected to win big in 2014 as C-store operators predict a ‘banner year’ in packaged beverages led by brands including Sparkling Ice, Monster...

FULL-SUGAR LEMONADE DRINKERS FELT MORE GUILTY THAN STEVIA PLACEBO GROUP

Sugar-sweetened soda drinkers feel more guilty after inadvertent 'bad' deeds

An intriguing French study suggests that students who drank sugary lemonade before completing a ‘guilt inducing’ task felt more guilty than peers who consumed a stevia-sweetened zero-calorie alternative.

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Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just bored of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi? And will naturally-sweetened products such as...

Steve Hills, European contract manufacturing director, reveals ambitious six-year plan

‘Agile capital-light innovation’: PepsiCo Europe targets 600% growth in contract manufacturing

PepsiCo Europe says it plans to grow the size of its contract manufacturing business six-fold in as many years to accelerate food and beverage innovation and boost productivity.

PepsiCo, Heineken, Diageo trend up in 2013 global FMCG league but Tingyi steals show

PepsiCo, Heineken, Diageo and SAB Miller are all risers in the OC&C league table of Global Top 50 FMCG players in 2013, but China's Tingyi Holdings was the rising beverage...

‘What we haven’t offered until today is taste, and taste is king!’ ADM boss justifies $3.1bn appetite for WILD Flavors

Archer Daniels Midland CEO Patricia Woertz insists that WILD Flavors' beverage and taste expertise complement her firm’s expertise in food ingredients and know-how in texture, function and nutrition.

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

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‘Who are you, Mother Teresa?’ We are American. We eat chips and drink soda!’: PepsiCo boss Indra Nooyi on investor ‘who took me to the cleaners’

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says she didn’t want a short-term ‘cut, slash and burn’ policy that would have seen the company make enormous earnings from 2006 despite the upset her...

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‘Make sure you’ve got a drink the world wants, in beautiful packaging’: Innocent co-founder Richard Reed

Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed says aspiring entrepreneurs need to ensure they’ve got a ‘drink that the world genuinely wants in packaging that’s beautiful, distinctive and that works’.

Starbucks Fizzio hits Southern USA: PepsiCo’s ‘next billion dollar baby’?

Starbucks will launch ‘handcrafted’ Fizzio soft drinks in US cafes this summer, and one analyst says the brand represents ‘potential for bubbles everywhere’ and thinks the Seattle chain and Pepsi...

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Tate & Lyle poaches PepsiCo exec as new CFO: Analyst looks at his in-tray

Tate & Lyle has poached PepsiCo executive Nick Hampton to serve as its new CFO and one analyst says he must transition from branded goods to a more ‘commodity-influenced B2B...

What’s the next coconut water? Find out at the FoodNavigator-USA Beverage Entrepreneurs Forum

Will Keurig Cold really turn the soft drinks market on its head? Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk? And what’s the next coconut water? 

Physiological responses to caffeine may increase with age: Study

The potentially negative effects of caffeine consumption on the heart significantly increase as young people reach adolescence, research has suggested. 

Coca-Cola Life is ‘game changer’ for sugar reduction, says policy expert

The launch of stevia-sugar sweetened Coca-Cola Life into the UK signals a new era in sugar reduction, as it suggests stevia will soon be big in soft drinks, and may...

UK version of Coca-Cola Life is sweeter than Latin American versions, confirms Coke, which remains tight-lipped over US launch

Coca-Cola has confirmed that the sugar level in its new stevia-sweetened beverage Coca-Cola Life may vary considerably in different markets, with the UK version containing a lot more calories than...

HEALTHY BEVERAGE EXPO 2014: BRANDS CAN SCORE WITH C-STORES

‘Dollar motivation’ risks damaging healthy beverage definition: expert

Industry expert Jim Tonkin insists the Healthy Beverage Expo raises the bar in terms of what counts as a ‘healthy beverage’ and is a welcome antidote to the ‘dollar motivation’...

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‘There’s nothing soft about soft drinks!’ Tesco's top buyer warns entrepreneurs

Tesco’s top soft drinks buyer has warned entrepreneurs that the category graveyard is full of promising brands that failed because they ran out of cash, despite getting their concept ‘spot...

INDUSTRY VOICES: DAVID MILLER, CSO, COVISINT

The Genie is Out of the Internet of Things Bottle: Custom Colas, Consumers and Supply Chains

David Miller, chief security officer (CSO) at Covisint ponders the potential supply chain impact of the latest move in the cola war between Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola Hellenic still has soft drinks sales runway in Italy: Analyst

Shore Capital analyst Phil Carroll tells BeverageDaily.com he still believes Coca-Cola Hellenic has potential to expand CSD sales in Italy despite a growing health trend and the soda slump in...

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Reworked Nestea with ‘infused formula’ will hit Italy in 2015

Coca-Cola Hellenic will release a reformulated version of Nestea RTD tea in Italy in 2015 as it seeks to grow the appeal of a global product by tailoring it to...

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'Stop Food From The USA!' Russian nationalists target Coke, Pepsi

Russian nationalist youth group Food Patriotism is urging Russian to stop drinking Coca-Cola and Pepsi, and insists the nation's citizens can 'vote with our roubles against the goods of our...

‘Savvy’ promo pricing sees Coke take CSD share from Pepsi, DPS

Coke's ‘savvy’ pricing strategy has helped it take share from Dr Pepper Snapple and PepsiCo in 2014 to date but analysts warn the policy may not be in the brand’s...

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