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Whisky and beer lead UK food & beverage exports

Exports of beer have overtaken chocolate to become the UK’s third largest food and beverage export product by value; joining whisky which retains the top spot in F&B exports. ...

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Merck reveals smaller agar plates for water/beverage testing

Merck has released ready-to-use agar plates for quality control of water and filterable beverages.

Krones responds to EN ISO 14119 standard with Schmersal safety sensors

Krones has partnered with Schmersal to equip its machines with safety sensors RSS36 and safety interlock AZM300.

Foreign firms winning in battle for Vietnam’s soft drinks market

Foreign soft drink manufacturers have taken control of more than half of Vietnam’s US$4bn non-alcoholic drink market for the first time, as local players work out how best to compete....

Making tea trendy: How can the category appeal to millennials?

Functional teas, specialty teas, and indulgent products will help the tea category appeal to millennials against a backdrop of overall falling tea volumes, according to Mintel. 

UK targets calories in next phase of childhood obesity plan

The UK has set its sights on foods with a high calorie count as it updates the country’s childhood obesity plan, which previously focused on sugar reduction.

FrieslandCampina agrees to sell Riedel to Standard Investment

FrieslandCampina has agreed to sell Riedel to Dutch investment company Standard Investment, with the deal to be completed before the end of the year.

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Coca-Cola South Pacific launches Barista Bros campaign to get closer to consumers

Coca-Cola South Pacific has launched a Barista Bros campaign – ‘The Deliciousness is in the Detail’ – to build a stronger emotional connection with consumers.

Gusto Organic gains popularity with its Fairtrade organic cola

Gusto Organic has launched two premium colas in a 275ml glass and signed distribution deals with 12 countries across Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and Singapore.

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Ribena recalled in Malaysia

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

ACE UK looks back at 10 year recycling milestone

From uniting big name packaging manufacturers to setting up standardized collection regimes and opening a reprocessing plant in 2013, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) is...

Molson Coors sets target of zero waste to landfill by 2025

Molson Coors has set out its new sustainability strategy: which includes achieving zero waste to landfill across its major manufacturing facilities, improving water efficiency by 22%, and reducing absolute carbon...

Grupo Sun Ocean Lda to manufacture juice, water & wine in Africa

Quantum Global African Infrastructure, Embasa and Sun Ocean Holdings have been given the green light to set up a beverage plant in Angola, Africa.

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BRC & FDF call for submissions for sugar alternative ingredients

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) are calling on ingredient manufacturers, product specialists and researchers to submit details of sugar alternative ingredients to help...

Craft, premium and alcohol-free beers boost Carlsberg results

Carlsberg has seen 25% volume growth in craft and specialty beers, while the brewer reports an overall rise in net profit but decline in volume in H1 2017.

Ardagh takes ‘sensory experience’ to the next level with thermo ink tailored messages

Ardagh Group is expanding its thermochromic ink portfolio with the launch of Reveal Impact cans which change color and reveal a hidden message for promotional activities.

Bio-tiful Dairy kefir ad falls foul of ASA

A poster for UK kefir company Bio-tiful Dairy’s Kefir drink has been found by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to be in breach of advertising rules.

Jin+Ja projects revenues of $4.5m in 2017, unveils new Super Greens powder

Canada Enterprises LLC - the company behind spicy ginger beverage Jin + Ja - is on course to more than double revenues in 2017 to approach $4.5m as it explores...

Sweetener combos in food result in irrational metabolic response: Yale study

A greater metabolic response to a sweet-tasting, lower-calorie drink could explain the link between artificial sweetener use and diabetes, according to Yale University scientists.

Pretium Packaging launches PET container with integrated handle

Pretium Packaging has launched the SureHandle, a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container with an integrated handle. 

Bramley & Gage launch ‘ultra-premium’ gin in sleek black bottle

Bramley & Gage has launched an ultra-premium 6 O’Clock Gin in a black limited edition bottle.

RPC opens foam modelling studio to test packaging

RPC Design team has opened a purpose-built foam modelling studio for designers to make mock-ups of packs to test and modify them before they are released on the market. 

Novozymes’ F&B unit delivers company’s top growth in H1 2017

Novozymes’ Food & Beverages division clocked in the company’s highest growth, increasing 8% organically and 10% in Danish Krone (DKK) in the first half of the year compared to 1H 2016.

PPC top paperboard packaging trends

The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) has revealed its top trends in folding carton and rigid box design, following entries for the 2017 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition.

Constellation Brands acquires Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery

Constellation Brands has acquired Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery as part of the company’s goal to expand its high-end beer segment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

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