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EU sugar quota reform: 2015 v 2020? Is it time to give sugar beet a caning?

On the day 27 associations issued a joint open letter imploring the EU to keep to its word and scrap widely despised sugar quotas across the bloc in 2015 -...

Monster Energy CEO chose ‘beverage’ birth to cut Red Bull advantage

Monster Beverage Corporation says it will reclassify Monster Energy as a beverage in the US to remove Red Bull’s competitive advantage, and admits that no 5-Hour Energy energy shot rival...

Coke admits Atlanta city may seek wastewater damages

The Coca-Cola Company revealed yesterday that City of Atlanta regulatory authorities may seek monetary or other sanctions against it due to potential inaccuracies in wastewater reports submitted by its Atlanta...

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Sidel claims ‘firsts’ with triangular PET bottle design

Sidel says it has created the first triangular PET bottle for the water market, and the only mineral water bottle without a label, where product information is engraved in to...

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Mark Wahlberg team up with maker of ‘performance water’ AQUAhydrate

Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, who recently lent his name to a new range of sports nutrition products called MARKED, has teamed up with fellow celebrity Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to promote and... visits Linpac in Germany

Linpac shows off German investment and plan to boost PET

Linpac has recently completed a €9m investment in two German facilities to drive the market change in the country from polypropylene (PP) to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) was invited along to see...

Marc Jacobs designs new Diet Coke cans as 2013 ‘creative director’

US fashion designer Marc Jacobs has been confirmed as Diet Coke’s creative director for 2013, and has created three limited edition can designs for the brand’s 30 year anniversary.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

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Molson Coors sues SAB Miller for move to kill Canada licensing deal

Molson Coors has launched legal action against SAB Miller in response to the UK company's move to terminate a licensing agreement granting the US-Canada brewer rights to license SAB products...


UK man wins Red Bull ‘VIP trip’ to Grand Prix by budget airline

A UK man won a Red Bull ‘VIP trip’ to the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix, only to travel there by budget airline, stay in a spa hotel without a spa,...

AB InBev fiercely denies ‘watered down’ Budweiser allegations in face of US class action

A US class action alleges that Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) labels showing the alcohol content of brands such as Budweiser are ‘false in every instance’, with consumers deliberately overcharged for...

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Datamonitor’s Streeter: recycling is “holy grail” of sustainable packaging

Closed loop recycling is the “holy grail” of sustainable packaging, according to Andrew Streeter, packaging innovation director at market analyst Datamonitor.

Gulfood 2013 blog

Sports legend meets pragmatism as a brand enters India

It is hard for a food industry trade show to pack the same level of glamour as, say, the Tokyo Motor Show, so it’s probably best for organisers not to...

Coca-Cola Enterprises defends ‘French way’ after fierce Titan attack

Coca-Cola Enterprises has ridden to the rescue of French industrial recovery minister Arnaud Montebourg following his spat with the CEO of US tyre firm Titan International, who claimed that Goodyear’s...

Oxfam slams PepsiCo, Coke over workers’ well-being

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo both received dismal scores in a new Oxfam report that claims the world’s ‘Big 10’ food and beverage companies fail to protect workers, especially women....

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Tetra Pak claims ‘world first’ in aseptic carton packaging

Tetra Pak says its TBA/19 Retrofitability Kit allows clients to transform the package shape and base area on the same machine platform, and claims the launch is a world first.

Ingredients and flavours drive double-digit development for Kerry

Irish food and ingredients giant Kerry Group has reported a 10.8% increase in operating profit for the year of 2012 on the back of strong growth driven by its ingredients...


Diageo hopes for UK frozen cocktail frenzy with Parrot Bay

Diageo is set to introduce a new sub-category within RTD cocktails in the UK, by launching its Parrot Bay frozen alcoholic drinks in April following ‘explosive’ US growth.

Film tipples

Popcorn, spirits and Les Mis: an Oscar-winning combination

With the film awards season now in full flow, an Australian market research company has identified that cinemagoers are more likely to have a tipple than those who stay in...

Shape-shifting packaging and hidden streams: 7 Key Trends

The US beverage industry is poised to introduce packaging that molds to the shape of your bag by 2020, according to industry analysts exploring seven key future trends.

Innocent Drinks has no plans to crack US as Coke swallows new stake

Innocent Drinks tells it will retain its current European focus and has no plans to crack to the US, as Coca-Cola moves to acquire almost all the shares it...

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Elopak installs UK's first gable-top aseptic filling machine for Fruitapeel

UK juice and smoothie company Fruitapeel has installed the UK's first gable-top carton aseptic filling line for juice, enabling British-based production for the first time, using an Elopak machine.

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O-I signs agreement to boost R&D

O-I has partnered with a US university to provide support at its R&D innovation center due to open later this year.

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New 8oz format helped drive 30% rise in juice sales at POM Wonderful in 2012

Strong sales of POM Wonderful’s new 8oz bottle of 100% pomegranate juice helped POM post a 30% rise in juice sales in 2012, said the California-based firm. 

Special edition: New trends in weight management

A conversation with Margo Wootan, CSPI: ‘On a good day, I think my job is totally do-able; on a bad day I feel completely overwhelmed’

With its flair for sound bites -‘soda is a slow-acting but ruthlessly efficient bioweapon’ - and its undisputed PR skills (remember those diabetic bears? ), the Center for Science in the...

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