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The days are gone when beverage firms could simply pay lip service to the word sustainability. There's clear ethical, political and public pressure to act, by reducing one's CO2 emissions, cutting energy and water use, and working with local communities to lessen the impact of production. Then there's packaging - lightweighting, recyclability and bio-based options such as Coca-Cola's PlantBottle are trending.

Top five global F&B trends, Gulfood Manufacturing 2015

‘Sweetshop of the Future’ Part II: Cupcake vending machines, black water, edible packaging, & disruptive chocolate

“There are lots of questions about the quality of our water and where it comes from, the plastic packaging used to transport it, plus the shortage of water due to...

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EcoCortec launches Cor-Pak Bubble film to protect sensitive components

EcoCortec which manufactures biodegradable, compostable films has joined forces with its Czech distributor, Tart, to launch Cor-Pak VpCIStatic Dissipative Bubble film.

Elopak first packaging company to join RE100 campaign

Elopak is the first major packaging company and the first Norwegian company to join the RE100 campaign, in partnership with The Climate Group, to engage, support and showcase influential companies...

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ACE UK joins OPRL as a co-owner with BRC

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK, which represents Tetra Pak, Elopak, and SIG Combibloc, has announced it will become a joint owner of OPRL, which runs...

Dow launches INNATE resins for bags, liquid packaging, and stand-up pouches

Dow Chemical Company’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business has launched INNATE Precision Packaging Resins, for flexible food packaging such as pouches, bags, liquid packaging, and stand-up pouches.

Entrepreneur to bring hot canned beverage to the US

After years of popularity in Japan, an entrepreneur is bringing hot canned coffee to the US.

McDonald’s Europe reaches sustainability milestone to source 100% wood fibre from recycled or certified virgin sources by 2016

McDonald’s has announced all centrally-sourced packaging distributed across its 38 European markets is now chain-of-custody certified.

Bamboo beverages can shoot to stardom with sustainability credentials, says bamboo leaf tea brand

Bamboo-based beverages have the potential to reach the heady heights of coconut and plant waters, thanks to the sustainability credentials of the grass, says bamboo leaf tea IGZU. 

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

PepsiCo: ‘Is sustainability mainstream or faddish?’

PepsiCo will highlight its sustainability progress across its most significant areas: water, packaging, waste, energy and agriculture at Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, in Dubai, this week (October 27).


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.

US Forest Service sued over Nestlé bottled water controversy

The US Forest Service is being sued for not taking action against Nestlé Waters North America, with public interest groups saying the company is bottling water without a current permit...

Nestlé Waters to increase use of rPET by 38% for spring water brand

Nestlé Waters will increase the use of rPET by 38% for its most popular Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water bottles, ensuring it contains 50% recycled content by the end of 2016.

Brewing beer with buckwheat: Israeli brewery goes gluten-free

Being diagnosed with celiac disease usually means the days of drinking beer are over, but entrepreneur Bryan Meadan wasn’t quite ready to accept that fate. He is now brewing beer using...

Nescafé and Google in virtual reality coffee experience: ‘People feel as if they are right there in the plantation’

Transparency on sustainability needs to go beyond data on packaging if it is to really engage consumers, says Nescafé, as it partners with Google to launch a virtual reality coffee...

Umisol installs Infrared Blocking window filters at Coca-Cola

Umisol has partnered with The Coca-Cola Company to install its Infrared Blocking Filter at its Services Building at its company HQ in Brussels.


5 things we learned about appealing to ‘healthy beverage shoppers’

Appealing to health-focused shoppers isn’t always easy. Linda Gilbert, the founder and CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, had some tips to make it easier for the beverage and dairy industries....


Collaborative robot reaches out to dairy industry

Universal Robots has reached out to dairy manufacturers at this year’s International Dairy Show in Chicago with its line of collaborative robots.

‘Prohibition to frack in protected catchment areas has to be clearly stated’: Bottled water group urges protection for natural mineral & spring waters

The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) is calling for clear, specific legislation that prohibits any exploration and exploitation fracking activity in catchment areas around underground water resources. 

Ardagh Group to expand pellet recycling scheme after award recognition

Ardagh Group is looking to expand its programme for recycling softening pellets to its sister plants after winning a Resource Recovery Award by the International Water Association (IWA).

Back to the farm: Companies need to zoom in on climate risks in agriculture, says CDP

Many multinational food and beverage brands are missing their biggest chance to address climate risks, according to the global non-profit group CDP, which says companies need to work closer with...

Demand for coffee hurts grower nations economically, researcher says

First-world coffee demand harms grower countries near the equator, according to a researcher from the University of Kansas.

Tetra Pak and JUST Goods launch carton bottle made from 50% paper

Tetra Pak has partnered with JUST Goods to launch JUST Water in Tetra Top, a carton bottle made from 50% paper.

Liquid Light to create MEG from CO2 for The Coca-Cola Company PlantBottle Packaging Program

Liquid Light has signed an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for its technology to create mon-ethylene glycol (MEG) from CO2 as part of the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) firm PlantBottle Packaging...

Sidel to change the way it manufactures bottles from high pressure blowing to ‘blow and form’, which uses lower pressure

Sidel claims the beverage industry could be more sustainable, with a stronger focus on the package and packaging technologies to deliver completely green products.

Nestlé Waters North America debuts its first 100% rPET bottle in the US

Resource Natural Spring Water has announced the debut of its 100% recycled plastic (rPET) bottle, excluding the cap and label, to decrease post-consumer waste.   

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