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'Girly' FABs set to go the way of Babycham

Flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs) took the UK market by storm in the late 1990s, and while recent rumours of their death have been greatly exaggerated, growth in the market does...

PepsiCo flags up 'healthy' products

Soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo might not spring immediately to mind when thinking about healthy food products, but the US company clearly believes it has a role to play...

Interbrew bites back

In reaction to the continued buy up of shares in Sun Interbrew by a Russian investment company, parent company Interbrew has responded by announcing measures to control the sale of...

Two new market leaders for xanthan

The competitive world of xanthan gum saw a new player enter the already crowded market this week when US chemicals firm Huber announced it would buy the world's number one...

Tate & Lyle makes sweetener settlement

Ending a long running lawsuit the US unit of UK starch and sugar group Tate & Lyle will pay out £55 million (€89m) to settle an anti-trust lawsuit on high...

Strong growth for UK malt ingredients firm

Marketing and sales strategy pays off for UK-based firm Muntons Malted Ingredients (MMI) with turnover increasing more than three times in as many years.

Premium growth for New World wine makers

Overproduction by New World wine producers has pushed down prices over the last few years, taking a major toll on producers' margins. But a growing trend towards premium wines could...

Molson, Coors confirm merger

The world's fifth largest brewer will see the light later this year with the merger of Canada's Molson group with its US counterpart Coors - a 'merger of equals' to...

Rexam completes energy efficient glass packaging plant

Rexam Glass' recent €15 million investment in its glassworks at Dongen, the Netherlands, means that energy consumption (per tonne of glass) from the improved furnace will be within 10 per...

More cash for French wine marketers

French wine producers have been granted more money by the Paris government to help them advertise and promote their wines and combat the increasing threat from New World wines and...

'Community' spirit lifting brand values

Brands which "build communities around their products and services" and "enable customers to feel as if they own [it]" are the ones most likely to succeed, according to the latest...

Food authority issues warning over low-cal sweetener

The Australian food watchdog has issued a warning over a low-cal sweetener that could harm consumers who are intolerant to the fruit sugar fructose, advising these people to avoid the...

Germans losing their taste for beer

Germans have a reputation as Europe's beer-drinking heavyweights, but an increasing lack of interest in beer among young consumers there means that German brewers may have to look to other...

Krones to unveil latest innovations

Integrated bottling and packaging systems manufacturer Krones is launching a number of new products including a PET-Asept system featuring Isolator technology and a new VO-DM-PET volumetric filling system for water.

Health brings new openings for cocoa milk?

There could be growing opportunities for makers of chocolate milk in health positionings, in particular in the Nordic countries. Danes, for example, are consuming more of this product than ever...

South Korea coffee market comes of age

The South Korean market is proving to be dynamic for coffee exporters, as the population continues to embrace the fashion and trends prevalent in the western lifestyle, reports the German...

Asia, US, drive Rémy growth

French drinks group Rémy Cointreau has reported double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2004, driven by strong gains in Asia and the US, but continued weakness in its domestic...

Nestlé adopts Alcoa shrink labels for Canadian market

Nestlé has launched a range of milk products in Canada, packaged in Alcoa Flexible Packaging shrink labels.

VBS develops new pressure testing for drinks containers

VBS International has developed a new means of pressure testing non-carbonated liquid containers, which it claims is ideal for processors who need to carry out high volumes of pressure testing.

N American beer rivals mull merger

Two of the best-known names in the North American beer market are considering joining forces in a bid to bolster flagging performances and generate growth in an increasingly tough market....

The end of an era as Merrydown stops the cider presses

British drinks group Merrydown has come a long way since its restructuring in 1998, in particular moving steadily into the adult soft drink brand with its highly successful Shloer brand...

Alfa Laval and Sartorius extend filtration alliance

The extended alliance between Alfa Laval and the Sartorius Group underlines the growing popularity of the crossflow filtration concept in brewing, with processors moving away from traditional methods of filtration.

Budvar fails in Bud marketing ban bid

Budejovicky Budvar, the Czech brewer, has taken a different tack in its attempt to stop arch rival Anheuser-Busch from using the contested brand name Budweiser. But the bid to stop...

Carlsberg extends Chinese presence

Carlsberg and the Danish Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) have drawn up an agreement with Lanzhou Huanghe Enterprise Group to acquire 50 per cent of the LanzhouHuanghe Brewery's operations...

Food and drink firms asked to go further on kids advertising

Food and drink manufacturers are coming under increasing pressure to review their policies on advertising to children amid fears that increasing levels of promotional activity are contributing to an obesity...

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