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Synerlink expands into milk, desserts, yogurts and juice sector

Food packaging technology supplier Synerlink has acquired Ermi, which manufactures aseptic fill-seal bottle and cup fillers for milk, desserts, yogurts and juices.

The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to...

WHO set new standards for monitoring junk food ads aimed at children

The World Health Organisation has released guidelines for a new Europe-wide investigation into junk food ads aimed at children.

Australian cricket gives a XXXX for new beer sponsor

Lion’s XXXX beer brand will replace VB after two decades of sponsorship of the Australian cricket team.

News in brief

Coca-Cola acquires AdeS soy drink brand from Unilever

Coca-Cola has completed the purchase of AdeS, a soy-based beverage company based in Argentina, from Unilever for $575m as part of its strategy to expand its plant-based beverage portfolio. 

Lactips creates edible plastic packaging from milk protein

Lactips has developed an edible plastic made from milk protein (casein), claiming it has enormous potential for intelligent packaging in the food and beverage industry.

More than half of consumers think 'hybrid beverages' are a pricey gimmick, Mintel survey finds

Despite the emerging trend of blurring category lines in the functional beverage sector, many consumers still hesitate to believe the claims and attributes on pack, let alone make a purchase,...

Califia Farms taps into growing RTD coffee & dairy alternative beverage markets in Canada

Califia Farms has rolled out its almond beverage and cold brew coffee ranges into Canada: a market where non-dairy alternative milks grew by 225% during a three-year period, with almond...

Britvic eyes up opportunities in ‘vibrant’ soft drinks category

British soft drinks producer Britvic says there are still ‘huge opportunities’ for growth within the soft drinks category: notably in low/no calorie drinks, personalized drinks, and the convenience channel. ...

Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

By the end of the year, manufacturers will see ‘transformational’ wearable technology in the consumer market, which will overtake sales of handheld devices, says NSF International.

Misfit Juicery’s two-prong approach to addressing the anti-sugar trend’s threat to juice

Startup Misfit Juicery is taking a two prong approach to the growing threat to the juice category posed by consumers’ increasing concern about sugar, and in doing so is setting...

AB InBev: ‘We have the opportunity to play a leading role in the battle against climate change’

AB InBev announces 100% renewable electricity future

AB InBev will secure all of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025, reducing the company’s operational carbon footprint by 30%.

UK and EU wine industries united as Brexit Article 50 is signed

The European wine trade is calling for ‘legal certainty and the maintenance of smooth wine trade’ between the UK and EU, as the UK today signs Article 50 to formally...

Heineken will never remove its iconic red star: ‘defending it to its core’

Heineken says it is in ‘constructive conversations’ with Csiki Brewery in Romania following a long-running trademark dispute and has responded to claims the Hungarian Government will ban its red star...

Brewers Association: 20% market share by 2020 for craft beer now a ‘long shot’

The Brewers Association recorded 5,301 operating craft breweries in the US last year, up from 4,548 in 2015, representing a 0.1% market share increase from 12.2% to 12.3% (by volume).

In age of sugar reduction and 'clean label,' sweetener manufacturers adapt

“When consumers are asked an open-ended question, ‘What are you trying to avoid,’ the top three out of four answers are related to a sweetener,” Andy Ohmes, global director of...

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

Coca-Cola investigating ‘human waste’ claims

An investigation has been launched after reported findings of ‘human waste’ in Coca-Cola cans in a factory in Northern Ireland.

What's hitting the shelves? Heineken zero alcohol, SodaStream infusions & Baileys Almondmilk

From SodaStream's herb infusions to low calorie craft sodas, we take a look at some of the new products hitting the shelves around the globe. 

Coca-Cola reshuffles leadership roles as it ramps up innovation efforts

Coca-Cola has made changes to its leadership team to grow the innovation side of its business as James Quincey transitions from president and COO to CEO on May 1, 2017.

'We are creating a completely new product category'

UK start-up aims to transform alcohol from beverage to staple seasoning ingredient

UK start-up Just A Splash is on a mission to change the way consumers see alcohol with its individual cooking pouches of premium, seasoned alcohol. "We approach alcohol as a food...

Millennials are ‘the most health-conscious generation ever,’ says report by The Halo Group

From certification seals to romance text to website blog posts, many packaged food and beverage brands put a lot of thought (and resources) into creating convincing nutrition-related arguments to persuade...

Proud Pour aims to save the environment one wine bottle at a time, with plans to move into beer

Proud Pour was founded with the goal of engaging the public around an environmental mission: and chose wine as the vehicle to deliver its message. Having received positive feedback from...

Beetroot juice may boost performance in soccer players: RCT

Consuming beetroot juice may improve high-intensity intermittent-type exercise performance, says a new study with trained soccer players.

Top beverage firms want 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030

Döhler, FrieslandCampina Riedel, Refresco and Verbruggen Juice Trading Sustainable Products have signed an agreement to supply 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030.

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