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Thinfilm partners with Barbadillo to deploy NFC tags on Spanish wine bottles

Thinfilm has partnered with Barbadillo to deploy near field communication (NFC) tags on 126,000 bottles of Spanish white wine brand, Castillo de San Diego.

Sanyuan and Fosun to acquire St- Hubert healthy-spreads company

Beijing Sanyuan Foods Co. (Sanyuan) and Fosun Group (Fosun) have agreed to jointly acquire Brassica TopCo and PPN Management, the controlling shareholders of St- Hubert.  

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

Scotland seeks continued ‘robust legal protection of Scotch whisky’

Scotland is emphasising the need to protect the Scotch whisky industry following Brexit, calling for the current EU definition of whisky to be applied into UK Law.

Essentra Packaging to consider plant closure after $4.4m operating loss

Essentra, which makes beverage, dry foods and dairy packaging, has entered a consultation process to close a factory in Newport, Wales, affecting 150 jobs.

Starbucks buys back its eastern China operation in record deal

In the biggest single transaction in its history, Starbucks’ American parent has bought up the remaining shares in its eastern China joint-venture. The deal now brings all stores in the...

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

Nestlé’s innovation platform HENRi@Nestlé marks one year anniversary

From initiating portion control advice on biscuits, alternative green packaging for Nestlé Waters and promoting Nespresso’s sustainability efforts - HENRi@Nestlé celebrates its one-year anniversary this month.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Thailand to introduce new sugar tax over six years

Thailand will phase in a sugar tax over six years in a bid to help drinks manufacturers to lower their sugar content and take advantage of a simultaneous lowering of...

AB InBev global beer brands carry Q2 growth

AB InBev revenue grew by 5% for Q2 2017 driven by continued premiumization of its beer portfolio in international markets outside of the US, the company said.

From kefir to kvass: What's in store for Europe's fermented food trend?

From do-it-yourself kefir kits and lacto-fermented vegetable juices to kvass and spreadable cheese-style tempeh – what’s trending and what's next for the fermented food trend in Europe?

Coca-Cola accelerates global expansion of low & no sugar sparkling soft drinks

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar launches in the US

Coca-Cola is launching Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in the US: giving Coca-Cola Zero a 'new name, new look and improved real Coca-Cola taste’. The launch comes as the company accelerates global...

News in brief

Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

News in brief

Kent police seize wine in fraud investigation

Tens of thousands of bottles of wine have been seized by Kent Police in the UK.

Cork wine closures associated with a premium drinking experience in the US and Europe

Wine stoppered with cork is seen as more premium by US consumers partly because it gives them the traditional ritualistic experience of opening the bottle, according to a study conducted...

What's hitting the shelves? New products: July

From craft beer in Hong Kong to frozen cocktails in France, we take a look at some of the new products launching around the globe this month.

Guest article

Aptean: ‘Investments in CRM systems within the F&B industry have been low’

‘The Food and Drink manufacturing industry is typically an arena of tight margins.

Nestlé seals 5-year deal with Netherlands logistics firm

Nestlé has partnered with Kuehne + Nagel logistics company to store its chocolate, coffee and culinary products over the next five years.

Aussie wine firms turn to AI to streamline manufacturing

The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing and significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use.

New Codex standard for dairy permeate powder will help dairy industry

The final approval of a Codex Alimentarius international standard for dairy permeate powder has been welcomed by permeate producer Arla Foods Ingredients.

Liquid paperboard sees growing demand in ‘alt-milk’ products

Demand for liquid paperboard (LPB) is dependent on a few segments but there is scope to expand into new areas, according to Smithers Pira.

‘Coming soon: BrewDog Australia’: Craft brewer sets out Aussie brewery plans

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has announced its plans to build a brewery and taproom in Australia.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters launches single-use ground coffee in a can

La Colombe Coffee Roasters and Crown Beverage Packaging have launched the MiniVault, pre-portioned ground coffee in a single-use can.

South Asia radius

Local drinks firms to use juice to get round new GST hike

Hundreds of Indian beverage manufacturers are preparing to start adding fruit juice to their carbonated beverages in a bid to game the newly implemented GST regime.

Sugary drink options on kids’ menus fall as low-fat milk and water availability grows

The availability of sugar-sweetened beverages on children’s menus at the top 50 US restaurant chains has decreased from 93% in 2008 to 74% in 2016, according to the Center for...

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