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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.

Macb investigating quality issue in flavoured water

Consumers have been urged not to drink macb flavoured water due to a ‘quality issue’.

Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA Food Innovation Forum in partnership with FOOD VISION USA 2017

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products (and can 'Big Food' still innovate)?

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products? Hard data and insight… or intuition and stardust?  And can ‘Big Food’ still create winners, or should it throw in...

Dean Foods buys Uncle Matt's: 'It further underscores our commitment to the organic space'

Dean Foods – best-known for dairy brands such as Dean’s, Dairy Pure and Land O Lakes -  has acquired organic juice maker Uncle Matt’s Organic for an undisclosed sum as...

Industry giants unite to eradicate forced labour in global supply chains

Brands such as The Cola-Cola Company, Unilever and Tesco have shared their stories on how they eradicated forced labour in their global supply chains in a recently published report.

What’s hitting the shelves? New product launches: June

From New Zealand spring water to Canadian sparkling RTD tea, we take a look at some of the new products hitting the shelves around the globe. 

Guest article

Is the IoT ever going to bring a breakthrough in the beverage sector?

There have been countless articles, discussions, exhibitions and presentations about the Internet of Things, and yet I think it is fair to say that it really hasn’t had any significant...

Rosé outpaces overall wine category as consumers ‘drink pink’ for summer: Nielsen

Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up during the summer months thanks to the pink...

Diageo buys George Clooney’s tequila brand in $1bn deal

Diageo has confirmed that it will buy Casamigos, a tequila brand co-founded by George Clooney, in a deal that values the brand at $1bn and is expected to close in...

World Tea Expo 2017

Opportunities for tea: RTD, Millennials, and office services

US consumers are trading up in tea due to increased competition and raised awareness, especially in the at-home tea drinking space, says a consultant.

DuPont launches stabilizer for plant-based beverages

DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) has launched a new ingredient in its Danisco range for manufacturers to produce stable clean-label soy, almond and other plant-based drinks.

Tesco introduces low alcohol wine range

Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a range of low alcohol wines in the UK, responding to an 18% decline in alcohol consumption over the last decade. 

World Tea Expo 2017

Bössi rooibos tea for kids delves into uncharted US beverage territory

Bössi tea for kids has carved out a solid space in the under-developed children’s tea category through the launch of three RTD products. 

Child weight gain linked to diet beverage intake during pregnancy, study claims

Children born to women who drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy, were more likely to be overweight or obese in later life, a study claims.

Scotch whisky exports rise

Scotch whisky exports increased by £79m ($100m) in the first quarter of 2017, coming in as one of the top two UK export products by value, along with Scottish salmon. 

Vega Coffee creates a 'more equitable coffee experience' with seed to cup subscription model

Startup Vega Coffee wants to create a “more equitable coffee experience” by empowering small-holder farmers to roast and sell their own beans directly to consumers through a subscription at a...

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API creates cold foil visual for SnowFox vodka

API has created a cold foil visual for SnowFox vodka, owned by Port Royal Distillers.

EU expresses ‘high concern’ for hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, a chemical found in consumer products such as food packaging, may soon be restricted in the EU after authorities expressed “high concern” over its effect on human health....

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