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Sustainability

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.

COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES CROWDSOURCES RECYCLING IDEAS

Beverage Bauhaus: Could home design revolution spur recycling?

A Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) funded study insists that design principles in the home are as important as behavioural change in encouraging European consumers to recycle more.

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McDonald’s USA joins How2Recycle

GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has announced McDonald’s USA has joined its How2Recycle program.

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

An Israeli company that has released a range of coffee alternatives made from roasted date kernel, says the waste material has potential as a sustainable food and drink ingredient stretching far...

Ardagh Glass reheats Denmark homes

Ardagh glass melting operation has partnered with SE Big Blue Danish energy group to capture excess heat from its factory and use it to warm more than 1,000 homes in...

Tea company leverages Whole Foods partnership for new product launch

The makers of Third Street Chai have leveraged their partnership with Whole Foods Markets into a new line of ready-to-drink teas that will launch nationwide with the natural foods retailer...

BEVERAGE & DAIRY TREATMENT 2014

'Sell your process pizzazz!’ Packaging guru urges beverage brands

Beverage brands using sophisticated process technologies including aseptic and HPP should better communicate the advantages that they lend, says one world renowned packaging expert.

GEA PROCOMAC, AVURE, COCA-COLA HELLENIC, REFRESCO-GERBER

Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2014: Free Online Event!

Join us on March 20 for a free online event devoted to filling technologies including aseptic, ESL and high pressure processing (HPP) that also teases out their packaging and branding implications

EPA ALLEGED 27 RISK MANAGEMENT FAILINGS AT MICHIGAN MINUTE MAID PLANT

Coke thrashes out EPA deal after $278,000 ammonia fine threat

Coke is brokering a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after it threatened a $278,000 fine for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at a Minute Maid plant...

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Craft brewer opts for Ball cans

SweetWater Brewing Company will launch two beers in 12- and 16-ounce aluminum cans from Ball Corporation.

Manjushree Technopack to open PRIC in March 2015

Coca-Cola PET preform partner to open plastics recycling centre

Manjushree Technopack, which manufactures PET preforms for Coca-Cola and PepsiCo in India, is setting up a Plastics Recycling Innovation Centre (PRIC).

‘Yeast Lightning!’ UK firm reveals big beer interest in testing kit

UK firm BACTEST says a major global brewer is trialing its ultra-fast testing kit for wild yeasts in beer, and insists Speedy Breedy will save money and remove the risk...

Sainsbury’s launches Rwandan ‘women’s coffee’ in UK Parliament

UK retailer Sainsbury’s launched the UK’s first mainstream coffee ‘grown by women’ at a tasting event in the nation’s parliament last week.

Consumer distrust in supermarkets a boon for c-stores

Lack of trust in food prices at the top supermarkets persists in the UK, according to a leading analyst, and independent food stores were well-placed to seize the advantage.

APPLICATION AREAS REMAIN A MYSTERY

‘Pulp fact not fiction!’ PepsiCo files global paper bottle patent

PepsiCo recently filed a patent describing a method for making beverage bottles from paper fibers, although it does not reveal which beverage applications might suit the package.

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Tetra Pak comes clean about its biggest recycling ‘headache’

Tetra Pak doesn’t believe it will be the first company to launch a 100% renewable carton and claims its biggest recycling challenge is working with countries that have a poor...

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 2014: TRANSPARENCY BREAKTHROUGH, CLOSURE ADVANCES

Should RTD teas pounce on pouches? Analyst says ‘Yes!’

RTD teas provide undeveloped opportunities for flexible packaging, but brand owners must look long term rather than expect short-term penetration, one analyst believes.

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING 2014: FREEDONIA NOTES CRAFT BEER POUCH INTEREST

Analyst warns pouches face fight to grab US beer throat share

Stand-up pouches face a fight to wrest beer market share from traditional formats like bottles and cans that are ‘ingrained in the consumer’s mind’ but could carve out their own...

WORLD BANK INVESTMENT ARM 'TROUBLED' BY REPORTS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING ON PLANTATIONS

Angry TATA Global Beverages instructs lawyers over Tetley tea slavery allegations

TATA Global Beverages is instructing defamation lawyers after a video documentary in The Guardian online claimed its Tetley tea brand is supplied by a plantation paying such pitiful wages that...

InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress: April 7-9, Lisbon

'Seesaw’ 2014 in store but global soft drinks congress brings balance

 The global soft drinks industry faces a ‘seesaw year’ in 2014 but the challenges posed by mature markets and categories are amply offset by opportunities elsewhere in the sector.

Operational Efficiency Month

EFSA gives OK to three PET recycling processes

Three processes for recycling post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) into food contact materials have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY MONTH

Slimline beer bottle tops tempt brewers with cost savings

 German company Actega DS believes that breweries and soft drinks makers are only now becoming aware of the potential material savings that low gauge ‘crown corks’ or bottle tops can...

Power to the Plants! Tree waters tipped to corner $2bn market by 2025

Plant-based waters derived from maple and birch trees can corner a $2bn market by 2025 according to industry expert Julian Mellentin.

Juicy joy: Tetra Pak perfects new pasteurization process

Tetra Pak claims it can save its juice, nectar and still drinks customers up to 20% in energy costs by using a significantly lower pasteurization temperature.

AB InBev and Miller Coors adopt award-winning beer bottle carton

Graphic Packaging says its award-winning Tite-Pak paperboard beer bottle carton continues to gain market traction in the US after Miller Coors and AB InBev launched it in Q4 2013.

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY MONTH: KHS CASE STUDY

Chez Czech! Budweiser Budvar beer sales show clear can trend

Budweiser Budvar says it chose to invest in a new KHS can filling line following a recent shift in the nation’s beer market towards at-home beer consumption.

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