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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.

Saltwater Brewery launches edible six-pack rings for beer

Saltwater Brewery has partnered with We Believers advertising agency to launch the first 100% biodegradeable edible six-pack rings for beer.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a...

Millennials chose coffee based on emotional, “elevated needs,” survey finds

For most millennials, selecting coffee is an emotional decision that goes beyond meeting basic needs such as freshness and affordability to include the social and environmental impact of how it...

Juice company Tabletree bolsters culled cherry juicing operations with new plant in Montana

Due to growing demand for its cherry juice made from culled cherries, Canadian company Tabletree is expanding with a new juice plant near Flathead Lake, Montana, set to be fully...

Corbion to open €65m PLA plant in Thailand in 2018

Corbion will open a €65m PLA (polylactic acid or polylactide) plant in Thailand in 2018.

EU Dibbiopack Project on bioplastics draws to a close

A four-year European project to look at the development of multifunctional bioplastics (bio-based, compostable and biodegradable) for packaging has come to an end.

Veolia to build two waste water treatment plants in China

Veolia Water Technologies has won a contract with Bacchus to design and build two wastewater treatment plants in Tianjin and Chengdu, China.

Baobab Foods predicts baobab will explode in the US beverage industry

SPINS data shows baobab sales have increased 208% in all natural sales channels from June 2014 to July 2015, and 267% in supplements. US supplier Baobab Foods is working with...

From barrels to tanks: Will winemakers use concrete instead of oak?

Could a shift from oak barrels to concrete tanks save the wine industry millions?

Distilled spirit supplier sales up 4.1% in 2015

It was a good year for distilled spirits, as supplier sales were up 4.1% and volume was up 2.3%, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

Tetra Pak’s plant-based package to hit 100m mark in 2016

Tetra Pak has announced that the company expects to deliver more than 100m packs of its Tetra Rex Bio-based to customers during 2016.

ACE UK hires senior recycling manager

‘Recycling & sustainability continue to rise up the political agenda'

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has hired Mandy Kelly, former business development director, Palm Recycling, as its senior recycling manager.

Aqua ViTea moves into a bigger facility, increases production

Aqua ViTea, a Vermont-based brewer of kombucha, will expand its brewing capabilities from 15,000 gallons to the possibility of 500,000 gallons with a move into a new facility.

The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report

‘Over the past 20 years, packaging has evolved to effectively deliver on sustainability’

Over the past 20 years, packaging has evolved to effectively deliver on sustainability including economic, environmental, and social learnings, according to The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report.

News in brief

Petcore Europe to host workshop on tracers in plastic packaging material

The European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) industry association, Petcore Europe, is hosting a workshop on tracers in plastic packaging material at the VLEVA Conference Centre, in Brussels, Belgium, on February 24.

News in brief

ABF installs wastewater treatment plant

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies has partnered with Associated British Foods (ABF) on a wastewater treatment plant in Thailand, for handover in June 2016.

Small spaces, big companies: Can big corporations keep craft’s cool factor after the acquisition?

Big beverage companies are buying up craft breweries in big numbers, but does going from craft to corporation lose the cachet for these brewers?

‘Artificial sweeteners are dinosaurs’: Food and beverage analyst discusses 2016 trends

Health is reigning supreme in the beverage market in 2016, but are the right companies taking advantage of this consumer demand?

The Big Beverage Company signs licensing agreement with Cuipo Water

The Big Beverage Company has signed a licensing agreement with Cuipo Water and plans to launch a flavored and sparkling drink with the company at the end of the year.

Heineken, SAB Miller, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlè & PepsiCo.

CGF completes five-year project to install low carbon refrigeration systems

Members of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have completed a five-year project to install low carbon refrigeration systems in over 4,000 supermarkets, four million ice cream and drinks chiller units...

Anellotech and Suntory to open 100% bio-based plastic test facility in 2016

Anellotech, a sustainable technology company has entered into the next phase of partnership with Suntory Holdings and will start construction on a testing facility (TCat-8), at the end of January.

BillerudKorsnäs partners with EcoXpac to make paper bottle

BillerudKorsnäs has acquired a 10% stake in Danish packaging company EcoXpac, to make a bottle made entirely out of paper.

What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2016?

What distinguishes the winners from the losers in the ultra-competitive beverages market?

Winemaking waste shows antioxidant and anti-cholesterol benefits: Study

Researchers say polyphenols from winemaking by-product red grape pomice has potential as a functional ingredient in nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. 

Taking your beverage company into international markets: 10 tips from experts

The growth of eCommerce, the Internet and easier-than-ever international travel means the world is getting smaller. But does that mean it’s time to take your beverage company into a new...

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