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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.

ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL 2014, COLORADO

‘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’...

DRINKPRENEUR LIVE! START-UP ACCELERATOR: LONDON, JUNE 11 2014

‘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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Scaled-down Pepsi Spire could hit heights in US homes

Pepsi first digital fountain that offers up to 1,000+ beverage combinations looks great and we think a scaled-down version could add verve to the US home.

Cargill: Ongoing sugar scrutiny has beverage formulators seeking alternatives

The healthy beverage segment continues to steal market share from sugar-sweetened soft drinks and diet soda, as consumers’ perception of the role of beverage in their diets evolves alongside changing...

‘Good beverage entrepreneurs? Give me paranoid overachievers!’ Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

“One question I like to ask an entrepreneur – usually when they’re really tired after presenting for an hour and a half, is ‘what keeps you awake at night?’ A...

SodaStream unfazed by rivals' march into home carbonation

The CEO of SodaStream says he is confident that the next generation of home beverage-making systems will not deal a killer blow to SodaStream.

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS 2014, LISBON

‘Coke, Pepsi…These guys aren’t cracking beverage innovation’: Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

The executive director of one of Europe’s biggest investment funds managing $1bn in assets insists that big brands like Pepsi and Coke are not cracking innovation and lag behind young...

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS, LISBON

‘Everything starts with the consumer!’ WILD Flavors MD's top tips for healthy beverage innovation

Consumers are the ‘most important, complex constructs’ beverage brands must understand when launching successful healthy innovations, WILD Flavors’ EMEA MD insists.

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Soft drinks growth drives Coke system investment in Nigeria

Robust volume and value sales growth for soft drinks in Nigeria has led Coca-Cola Hellenic (CCE) to invest in a 42,000 bottle/hour Sidel line for PET bottles.

Coca-Cola removing BVO from Powerade

UPDATED - Coca-Cola is removing BVO (brominated vegetable oil) from Powerade and other products by the end of this year.

JUNE 11, HOLIDAY INN, CAMDEN, LONDON

‘Beverage Entrepreneurs: Start your engines…It’s Drinkpreneur Live 2014!’

Drinkpreneur Live – the world’s first event devoted to unearthing the next generation of beverage industry entrepreneurs – will launch at a live event in London, UK on June 11.