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DRY Sparkling gets non-GMO certification, will expand to food store channel

DRY Sparkling, one of America’s fastest-growing soda brands, has been certified as non-GMO and will expand to larger stores this year.

SodaStream: More than a one-off gift?

When pushing a new product into the already-crowded beverage market, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. SodaStream’s US President John Sheppard said the company’s biggest challenge...

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The fat after the famine: Obesity the next challenge facing Africa, says FAO boss

After years of battling undernutrition, Africa is now facing an emerging threat of obesity and the two must be considered simultaneously, according to the director of nutrition at the UN’s Food...

Nostalgic flavors: Coca-Cola and Pepsi create buzz with throwback drinks

Hi-C Ecto-Cooler, Surge, and Crystal Pepsi: It may seem like a list straight out of 1995, but these flavors are helping create a beverage buzz in 2015.

Diet soda: A key to weight loss?

Low energy sweeteners commonly used in diet sodas may help with weight loss, says a University of Bristol study, adding that confusion among consumers between sweeteners and sugar needs to be...

‘A new distribution mechanism for craft beer:’ Pico lets beer fans recreate their favorite brands at home

A new device has been created that will allow people to brew their own craft brews at home.

DISPATCHES FROM 2015 AACC INTERNATIONAL

PepsiCo science chief: Food industry must innovate in grains to feed growing population

The baking and snacks industry must explore innovations in grains to meet the challenges of a growing population, according to PepsiCo's global R&D head.

PepsiCo CEO: It's way too early to talk about how aspartame-free Diet Pepsi is performing

While the new aspartame-free version of Diet Pepsi has been on sale since August, it’s “way too early” to provide an update on how it’s doing, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi...

More than 60% of Americans now avoid soda: Gallup

Nearly two-thirds of Americans avoid drinking either diet or regular soda, according to Gallup's annual Consumption Habits poll.

Talking Rain (Sparkling ICE) CEO: We might acquire brands, or build our own new brands

The Sparkling ICE brand notched up sales of more than $500m in 2014, is on course to top $600m in 2015, and has a fighting chance of reaching its well-publicized...

Special edition: Fizzing up carbonates

Cola goes craft: Gusto confronts preconceptions with organic, Fairtrade and low calorie craft brand

Gusto Cola says it can overcome mainstream preconceptions about cola with its craft brand, offering something that ‘pushes the right buttons’ with consumers.

Coca-Cola Enterprises pledges to cut calories by 10% by 2020

Coca-Cola Enterprises is positioning itself as ‘part of the solution to obesity,’ as it pledges to reduce calories by 10% per litre across its beverage portfolio in the next five...

Premium price for Keurig Kold a ‘big obstacle’, say market reseachers

While shares in Keurig Green Mountain fell sharply after bosses unveiled the $299-$369 price tag for the new Keurig Kold machine (99c-$1.29 per pod), CEO Brian Kelley said purchase intent scores were...

VitaminFIZZ seeks to emulate meteoric success of Sparkling ICE in enhanced waters market

VitaminFIZZ – a new zero-calorie enhanced sparkling water backed by former Red Bull executives and other beverage industry veterans – is now available in 1,400+ stores in the US nine...

Innocent launches sparkling juice and coconut water: 'It’s like a posh holiday in a can, only without the pesky sand'

Innocent Drinks is stretching beyond its smoothie comfort zone with a sparkling juice variant and blended coconut water to inject life into the health and wellness aisle, it says.

PepsiCo hits back at ‘out-of-date’ cancer risk study

PepsiCo has hit back at a cancer risk study, which linked caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI to ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk.

‘Snack and beverage co-purchases beat peanut butter and jelly!’ Frito-Lay CEO Tom Greco champions PepsiCo's 'Better Together' policy

Frito-Lay CEO Tom Greco insists snacks and beverages occupy common ‘demand spaces’, and PepsiCo’s ‘Better Together’ approach gives it the scale to outpace its rivals at retail level.

Coca-Cola Enterprises boss: ‘Detractors don’t understand how safe aspartame is’

Coca-Coca Enterprises boss John Brock says detractors ‘don’t understand’ how safe aspartame is, and insists that diet soda sales remain strong – growth for Coke Zero offset a 5.5% full...

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Mid-calorie soda gamble: Pepsi True hits test markets in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C

PepsiCo is rolling out its mid-calorie cola Pepsi True at selected retailers in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. following a soft launch on Amazon to assess demand.

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Will Pepsi True & Coca-Cola Life revitalize the cola market, or are today’s more demanding and sophisticated consumers looking for more than refreshment and ‘no-artificial’ claims from their beverage calories...

PepsiCo's new Mountain Dew Kickstart flavors target ‘cross-cultural millennial males’

PepsiCo brand Mountain Dew Kickstart tells us its two new flavor lines with higher juice content, coconut water and slightly less caffeine are targeted at a core ‘cross cultural millennial...

BEVERAGE BITES: 19/01/15-23/01/15

Refresco Gerber under hammer for $1.7bn, Coke splashes cash on London Eye

Here’s what made the headlines during the working week commencing Monday January 19 2015, in our new section Beverage Bites, which brings you the best bite-sized beverage news.

PATENT WATCH

Mars functional beverage capsule patent application hints at new single-serve trend?

Mars recently applied to patent a special single-serve beverage capsule it said would give more consistent dosing and less wastage of functional ingredients – from flavonoids and vitamins to minerals, antioxidants.

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