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Coke 2013 Super Bowl ad draws Arab-American race criticism

Several Arab-American groups have attacked Coke for a 2013 Super Bowl advert that shows an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, with some claiming that it perpetuates racist stereotypes.

Silgan CEO says Can Vision 2020 is not ‘defensive reaction’

Silgan has identified a “couple of hundred million dollars of opportunities” as part of a project aimed at reducing systems costs of canned food products from steel to store.

Nestlé Waters enrages US shock jock Glenn Beck

Nestlé Waters North America is under fire from high-profile US shock jock Glenn Beck, who rubbished the company’s Pure Life water and its PET bottle on his radio show Monday....

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Diageo CEO bowled Cuervo ball, but hints at 'exciting' 2013 tequila entry

Diageo CEO Paul Walsh says he was ‘somewhat disappointed’ by the breakdown of talks to acquire the Jose Cuervo tequila brand, but hints his firm may make an ‘organic entry’...

Australia's labelling free-for-all

Researchers call for tooth-decay warnings on soft drinks

The latest call for advisories on Australian food labels comes from researchers at the University of Adelaide, who say that any health warnings for soft drinks should include the risk...

CCL Label ditches takeover of Scottish spirits labeler John Watson

Canadian beverage labeling giant CCL Industries has pulled out of a deal to acquire John Watson & Co., a Scottish producer of labels for Scotch whisky and other spirits.

Diageo faces struggle to make United Spirits pay: Analyst

The potential upsides in Diageo’s potential acquisition of a majority stake in India's United Spirits (USL) are clear but achieving acceptable profitability from the business may be tricky, according to...

Rexam’s first Finnish site inspired by better beer pack mix

Rexam today opened a new can manufacturing plant in Southern Finland, and claims the £68m ($107m) investment is partly inspired by a pack mix shift in beer sales from glass...

Coke and Pepsi shifting bottling assets to build brands in 2013: Rabobank analyst

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo are looking to shift bottling assets onto strong franchise partners in order to refocus in house efforts on brand building and marketing.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Draws Advocacy Fire

Coke stresses US health ‘mission’ after AND draws advocacy fire

The Coca-Cola Company tells it is fully committed to improving US health by partnering groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), after an advocacy report claimed...

FDA: Brominated vegetable oil (BVO), is safe, so removing its interim status is ‘not a priority’

While brominated vegetable oil (BVO) has been sitting on a list of food additives “permitted on an interim basis pending further study” for decades, it is not in ‘regulatory limbo’...

South African wine industry figure attacks Guardian editor for ‘shrill shallowness’

An influential South African wine industry figure has attacked UK national newspaper The Guardian for publishing an article carrying union claims that wine farm workers were sacked ‘in truckloads’ after ending strikes...

Steviva Brands: New stevia syrup is ‘magic bullet’ beverage sweetener

Steviva Brands has launched a new stevia-based syrup blend designed to replace high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in beverages, and claims it is a no added sugar ‘magic bullet’ for...

UK report urges tax on sugary drinks to improve children’s health

The UK government should consider taxing unhealthy foods and sugary drinks in an effort to improve children’s health and combat diet-related illness, according to a new report from food and...

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Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., resolves violations with EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has resolved violations with four Guam companies, including Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., for their failure to report the amount of diesel fuel and other...

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Tea-rrific cans supplied by Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation has delivered 11.5-ounce cans to AriZona for its line of teas and beverages to provide a size option to consumers.

‘Time to market’ will be future key for Indian clients: Sidel

Swiss-based PET packaging specialist Sidel has opened a dedicated packaging and tooling center in Pune, India to offer customers improved regional service and boost time to market. 

PepsiCo cuts flame retardant BVO from US Gatorade but not Mountain Dew

A 16-year-old student is claiming victory after PepsiCo announced it will remove emulsifier Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) from Gatorade in the US, but the firm says it will continue to...

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Diageo raises sorghum beer stakes with $36m investment

Diageo has agreed to a form a 50:50 joint venture with DR Mallya to take over United National Breweries' traditional sorghum beer business in South Africa, with the UK company...

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New Zealand winemakers talking tactics for China push

Recognising the newfound importance of the Chinese wine market, New Zealand’s vintners are pulling out the stops to make sure their exports have a place in Far East cellars.

Coke CEO Muhtar Kent: ‘No I don’t use Facebook, but 57m fans make me proud’

Coke CEO Muhtar Kent admits he doesn’t use Facebook, but is ‘really proud’ that his company has surpassed the 57m fan mark on Facebook.

Dr Pepper ‘stands by’ Mott’s for Tots immune support claims despite legal action

Dr Pepper Snapple Group says it ‘stands by’ immune support claims made on packaging for its Mott’s for Tots beverage brand, after a US-wide class action was launched against it...

Large scale solar food processing under investigation

Large scale solar food processing remains under-exploited, especially in hot countries, according to a study that is due to be published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology.

Danone juice JV with Chiquita dogged by ‘mismanagement’: Industry source

With rumors emerging that Danone is selling its 51% stake in its fruit juice JV with Chuiquita Brands International, one industry source told that the French firm was likely...

Amcor Rigid Plastics expands bottle manufacturing due to demand

Amcor Rigid Plastics has invested $20m in one of its bottle manufacturing operations due to demand for beverage and pharmaceutical packaging.

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