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Coke Zero incident results in stricter checks

Taiwan has said it would intensify checks on imported products into the country after a batch of concentrate for a Coca-Cola product was found to contain a preservative banned in...

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Irn-Bru owner held back by upgrade delays

Irn-Bru and Rubicon soft drinks maker A.G. Barr has been hit with delays in upgrading its Cumbernauld site.

New test can detect fake whisky, say scientists

A new “reliable and quick” method has been developed that can distinguish between authentic and imitation Scotch whisky brands, according to scientists at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

O-I and Nestlé extend their bottling relationship with Perrier deal

Owens-Illinois (O-I) is extending its relationship with Nestlé Waters’ after striking a deal to become the leading glass bottle supplier for the firm’s Perrier brand; the news comes hot on...

Tagatose player boosts production potential as regulations favour sector

Belgian sweeteners firm Nutrilab is scaling up production of tagatose following regulatory approvals.

Dr Pepper Snapple’s profits down as costs rise

As Dr Pepper Snapple’s profit fell by six per cent, the firm announced a hike in prices to help offset soaring packaging, ingredient and transportation costs.

Nestlé and Kraft get behind game-changing recycling technology

Food giants Kraft and Nestlé have given their backing to a ‘game-changing’ technology that will allow the recovery of aluminum from flexible laminates such as beverage and coffee pouches.

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Coca-Cola to launch plant bottle in UK

Coca-Cola has confirmed plans to launch its 100 per cent recyclable plant bottle in the UK.

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Warning against coffee products with drugs

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a warning asking people not to consume food products claiming to enhance sexual performance as they may contain analogues of the...

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Buoyant jobs market driven by Europe-wide demand for skills

The jobs market in the food and drink industry is extremely buoyant, with skills shortages and growing demand set to push up salaries across the board.

UK collaboration to develop renewable energy for food industry

Two renewable energy technology companies are working together with an aim of developing their scope for anaerobic digestion in the UK food sector.

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PepsiCo in discussions over Indian site expansion

PepsiCo is in talks with Indian authorities in the Punjab in relation to expanding an existing beverage production facility there.

UK beer sales see largest drop in 14 years

Second quarter UK beer sales saw the biggest drop since 1997, according to new figures from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Indian bottler gets major funds injection

Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) has invested about US$56m in India-based bottler Varun Beverages Ltd, as a new market report hints at untapped potential in India's soft drinks market.

Hungary prepares for 'discriminatory' September 1 fat tax

Hungary will introduce a fat tax as of September 1 this year -a move the food industry says is unnecessary and ineffective in achieving widespread dietary shifts.

SABMiller’s volumes rise fuelled by emerging markets

Volumes were boosted by continuing growth in emerging markets for SABMiller, who remained tight-lipped on its Fosters bid in its first quarter results.

Red Bull cans energy shots and Cola in US (but not Europe)

Global energy drink leader Red Bull has taken a rare step back by withdrawing Red Bull Cola and Red Bull Energy Shots from the US market – but says it...

PepsiCo and Coca-Cola’s profit aided by growth in emerging markets

Emerging markets were key to growth for beverage giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola in the second quarter of 2011.

New electronic tongue quantifies antioxidants in juice

A new electronic tongue system that can be applied to the analysis of the antioxidant power and other quality parameters of juices, fruit and fruit purées, has been developed by...

Coffee prices to remain high, Euromonitor

A delay in global harvests will contribute to lingering high coffee prices as the market struggles to bounce back from soaring costs earlier this year, according to Euromonitor.

Chr. Hansen rolls out 3rd generation natural colors

Chr Hansen is expanding the ‘clean label’ options for manufacturers with its new series of natural colors for the US food and beverage industries sourced from fruits, vegetables, herbs, and...

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ECO plastics raise £24m to aid Coca-Cola recycling venture

ECO plastics has successfully raised £24m to drive expansion plans at its UK recycling facility and aid its joint venture with Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Crown profits hit by $74m in charges over last six months

Crown Holdings’ reported a 13 per cent profit growth over the past six months, however the manufacturer also revealed a hit of $74m (€52m) in gross charges.

Drink-size guidelines in schools present market opportunity for mini-can, says Ball

Ball Corp said its 8oz ‘Trim’ can will help brand owners tap into a potential growth market likely to emerge in the wake of a new anti-obesity drive for children...

GLG granted Stevia patent in China

A fully owned subsidiary of GLG Life Tech Corp has been granted a patent in China for its stevia extraction process.

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