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Soup-To-Nuts podcast: Three trends driving growth in the bottled water category

After years of steady growth in the high single-digits, consumption of water in the US has finally surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in...

International Paper agrees to pay $354m settlement to Kleen Products

International Paper has agreed to pay $354m to Kleen Products in an antitrust lawsuit settlement, but denies the allegations.

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Nestlé and Crown launch limited-edition Nescafé Azera tins

Nestlé has partnered with Crown Aerosols & Specialty Packaging Europe, part of Crown Holdings, to launch a series of limited-edition tins for Nescafé Azera coffee.

Dow/DuPont to divest plastics business amid price hike fears

The Canadian Competition Bureau has reached an agreement relating to the proposed merger between DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company regarding its plastic packaging.

Huhtamaki to acquire International Paper foodservice packaging operations in China for $17.1m

Finnish packaging company Huhtamäki Oyj is to acquire International Paper's foodservice packaging operations in China for €15m ($17.1m).

European Commission clears Dow/DuPont merger, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont on condition of the divestiture of DuPont's pesticide business, including its R&D organization.

Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers.

API launches Holonique Boutique for custom decorative packaging

API has launched a custom decorative holography service called Holonique Boutique.

PepsiCo Argentina closes Buenos Aires plant and relocates cookies, snacks & soft drinks production

PepsiCo Argentina has closed a plant, which produces cookies, snacks and soft drinks, in Florida, Buenos Aires province, and moved production to Mar del Plata, a five-hour drive away, axing...

Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global...

Del Monte Pacific and Fresh Del Monte Produce unite to target US

Del Monte Pacific Ltd (DMPL) and Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. have announced a series of joint ventures to offer expanded refrigerated offerings across the US.

Heineken defends itself after tequila-flavored beer criticism

Heineken has defended itself after being criticized by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT - The Consejo Regulador del Tequila) in Mexico for its tequila-flavored beer, Desperados.

Brewers Association debuts new seal to differentiate craft brewers from ‘big beer’

The Brewers Association has launched a new seal to help distinguish US independent, craft beer from mass-produced “big beer” on the store shelf.

Caffeine aids weight loss in mice...but at equivalent of 30 cups of coffee a day for humans

Caffeine helped obese mice lose weight by suppressing appetites and increasing energy exposure — but one academic has argued an equivalent dose in humans is likely to lead to severe caffeine toxicity and...

Constantia Flexibles meets demand for coffee & dairy packaging in Russia

Constantia Flexibles Group has responded to a growing demand in domestic food packaging by installing a laminating machine at its factory in Timashevsk, Russia, for packaging coffee, dairy and processed...

Maxwell House launches MAX to ‘customize’ a cup of coffee

Maxwell House has launched a line of coffee called Max to allow consumers to ‘customize their coffee drinking experience’.

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Capitalizing on yeast innovation in the brewery of the future

The brewing industry has always embraced innovation to meet market demands, each time revolutionizing the business.

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B.O.M. Brewing to expand operations to the US

B.O.M. Brewing is set to expand its operations to the US market this fall where it will tailor its beer to the American palate, according to the brewery’s founder. ...

Sonoco to acquire Clear Lam Packaging for $170m

Packaging company Sonoco has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the stock of Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of flexible and forming plastic packaging films, for...

Alleviating China’s pollution anxiety: Anagenix’s lung-boosting ingredient set for beverage launch

New Zealand supplier Anagenix has said the first finished product featuring its lung-enhancing BerriQi ingredient will be launched in China in the next few months.

Nestlé Waters North America sees increased demand for ReadyRefresh online delivery service

Nestlé Waters North America has expanded operations of ReadyRefresh, its online shopping and delivery service of bottled beverages, with a new 10,000-square-foot branch in Denver, Colorado.

Estonia sugar drink tax includes dairy and plant-based beverages

At an extraordinary session of Estonia’s government, the Riigikogu, last week, 15 new Acts were passed, including a sugar tax that includes dairy beverages.

Avitae CEO interview

Avitae launches low-calorie energy drink to expand c-store footprint

Caffeinated water brand Avitae plans to drive sales in convenience stores by launching XR energy drink later this month. 

Diageo looks at packaging in innovation agenda

Diageo says it will increase the use of alternative materials in packaging as part of its ‘innovation agenda’: particularly with attention to plastic packaging that meets its sustainable packaging commitments. ...

Sugar tax study: compelling evidence to carry out 'fascinating experiment in public health policy'

Overweight and obese children tend to drink more sugar-sweetened drinks than those of normal weight, making a “compelling case” for taxing the beverages, according to researchers in Ireland.

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