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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.


Siemens claims automation takes angst out of craft brewing

Siemens says process automation in breweries cuts out human error and boost product quality, especially in the craft sector and emerging markets where semi-skilled staff are common.

Rip that top off your Tetra Pak!

Tetra Pak has launched its Tetra Top with Separable Top globally after successful trials in Scandinavia but admits its consumer reception will vary according to the local recycling culture.

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Wort its weight in gold: Krones kits out Grupo Petropolis breweries

Krones has supplied and installed the equipment for two Grupo Petropolis breweries in Brazil and claims the wort boilers alone yields significant energy, water and chemical savings.

Molson Coors ‘beer print’ initiative

Molsons Coors will talk about how it is improving its ‘beer print’ at The European Networking Group summit in Berlin this week.


Nestlé Waters excited by Perrier's ‘hyper-premium’ appeal to Chinese sophisticates

Nestlé Waters tells it is excited by Perrier’s growth prospects in China where the carbonated mineral water commands an ultra-premium price.

'Sustainability has only recently become a critical area of focus'

Ardagh Group to make furnace repairs

Ardagh Group has released its Sustainability Report for 2013 but claims it will make ongoing improvements for the year ahead including furnace repairs and operational excellence programmes.

'Immoral' whale beer launch outrages conservationists

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDC) has expressed 'dismay and concern' after an Icelandic brewery began selling beer containing whale meal.

Grape geeks can profit from 'world’s first' wine variety database

‘Dramatic globalization’ of wine markets over the past 20-30 years and rapid climate change means there is a pressing need for the first global database listing grapes by region and...

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Organic coconut water brand COCOZIA extends distribution

Organic coconut water brand COCOZIA says a new distribution deal will extend its access to ‘key retail chains’ in the US.


Turning over a new leaf in 2013: The year tea turned hot...

In 2013 Unilever called tea the 'hottest beverage in the world' and recent research on its health benefits presents opportunities for industry innovation, with drinks like Lipton Natural Energy already...

5 Booms to Shake the Beverage Room in 2014!

Here are five global beverage trends that could shake up everything from soda to smoothies in 2014, as tea goes glam and consumers grow more cynical and health conscious.

Water-in-a-carton sales double in one year

Icebox water, housed in compostable cartons instead of PET bottles, is resonating with sustainability-minded, thirsty consumers.

Dynamism in Drinks: Personality of the Year 2013

Click through the nominees for the inaugural Beverage Personality of the Year, then vote to tell us who you think should triumph!

O-I recycling plant fuels 1m bottles daily

Glass packaging giant Owens-Illinois has flipped the switch on a recycled processing facility to transform discarded containers into new jars and bottles.


‘Perrier knows no limits’: Vergèze factory manager

Perrier site manager Bernard Rouger insists that there are no supply limitations as Nestle Waters’ iconic French sparkling water brand breaks the 1.1bn unit barrier in 2013.

Renmatix, Virent cook up bio packaging partnership

The two companies are joining forces to convert biomass into bio-based packaging materials.

Italian labeling firm celebrates Coca-Cola Brazil award win

Italian labeling specialist PE Labellers is celebrating after Coke-owned Brazilian water brand Água Crystal scooped a packaging award that owes much to its technology.

Unique transparent beverage pouch has enormous potential - Ecolean

Swedish packaging systems supplier Ecolean sees huge potential for its new aseptic transparent pouch, and says it offers impressive shelf standout and consumer convenience.

EREMA recycling tech backed by EFSA

Recycling post-consumer PET into food contact materials using EREMA’s technology through a number of processes has been backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


Could seismic US shift lead to ‘Heineken or Stella Artois of the wine world’?

Winemakers could seize the opportunity to create affordable global brands – along the lines of Heineken in beer – without using native grapes, as mainstream US consumers at least don’t...

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‘Just brew it!’ Patented home brewing bag shakes up UK beer scene

Moonshine Drinks has launched a patented bag that allows drinkers to make 25 pints of beer simply by adding water amidst claims home brewing is the fastest growing hobby in...

The Coca-Cola Company & WWF support BFA

Nestlé, Danone, Unilever, form plant-based bioplastics alliance

Nestlé has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and seven consumer firms to promote the development of bioplastics, derived from plant materials.


Hollywood ‘Monstrosity’? Shocking video shows Dr Pepper BioViper spewing foam

Shocking video footage shows foam spewing out of Dr Pepper’s BioViper wastewater treatment plant in Houston that uses tech backed by Hollywood stars Edward Norton and Woody Harrelson.

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