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Rexam announces third plant closure

Rexam has confirmed that it is to close a plastic packaging manufacturing plant in the US – the third closure announced by the company since June.

Target women with energy drinks, says Mintel

UK consumers view energy drinks as value for money rather than a luxury, with sales for the products expected to soar over the next five years, according to the latest...

Danone splits from Wahaha; not talking to Mead

Danone’s troubled relationship with China’s Wahaha looks finally to be at an end; and rumours of a new deal with Mead Johnson over baby food are flatly denied.

Review claims rbST milk is eco-friendly and safe

Milk from cows treated with the rbST hormone is not only identical to other milk, but is also more eco-friendly, says a scientific review sponsored by Elanco, the company that...

Guest article

Stevia: beverages and replacing aspartame

Aspartame and sugar are likely to be the main substitution targets for emerging stevia sweeteners, and beverages the initial main application, writes Sneha Pasricha, a research analyst for Frost &...

Bericap launches new light-weight beverage closure

German beverage closure manufacturer Bericap has added the LinerSeal SuperShorty model to its PCO 1881 light weight neck finish range.


The benefits of a probiotic witch hunt

Get your pitchforks ready! There are evil-doers out there! We’ve been conned: Probiotics don’t work. Dannon’s settling out of court, EFSA’s rejecting health claims, and the media is starting a...

Kraft explores boosting chocolate health benefits

Drinks or high sugar-containing chocolate may be the best formulations for boosting antioxidant levels in the blood, suggests a new study from Kraft Foods.

Soft drinks may raise likelihood of fatty liver disease: Study

People with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease tend to drink larger quantities of soft drinks than those without the disease, according to new research published in the Journal of Hepatology.

Low-fat options expand with seaweed bead breakthrough

Microparticles made from seaweed may provide low-cost fat replacers for food and texturizers for beverages, as well as delivery vehicles for value-added bioactives, suggests new research.

Big growth forecast for US children’s healthy drinks market

The US market for children’s food and drink will grow in value by 50 percent from $16.4bn in 2007 to $26.8bn within two years, according to a new report from...

Global food use of bulk and high intensity sweeteners

Some 70.4 million tonnes of sweeteners were used by the global food and beverage industry in 2008, including sugars. But which sweeteners are most used, in volume terms?

Nestle unveils lightweighting plan for PET bottle

Nestle said plans to lightweight one of it PET bottles by almost a quarter will realise huge cost and environmental savings as it reconfirmed its belief in the long-term profitability...

“Revolutionary” low energy separator for brewers launched at Drinktec

Up to 30 per cent less energy consumption is claimed for the new separator platform for beverages launched by Swedish engineering company Alfa Laval at last week’s Drinktec trade fair...

Glass is greener on the other side, says trade body

 The green credentials of glass are equal to or even better than those of PET bottles, a leading glass industry body has said.

The science of sweetener blends

Achieving the ideal sweetener blend is a scientific undertaking, making or breaking a product’s acceptance. In the second part of our special series on sweetener blends, FoodNavigator look at what...

Rexam plans to close 1.1bn capacity beverage can factory

Consumer packaging giant Rexam wants to close its 1.1bn steel can plant at Dunkirk, France and has started negotiations with employee representatives.

New Agr blowmolder software promises one year payback

Agr International presented new software for PET blowmolding at Drinktec last week that promises to improve quality consistently, replace an operator and deliver a quick return on investment.

Versatile beverage multi-packer deals with all product types, formats

The ability to package products of almost any type, dimension and format at high speeds are stand-out features claimed for a multi-packing beverage system by manufacturers R.A Jones.


Are health claims curbing freedom of speech?

The US FDA is being sued over its health claims regime – actions that are unlikely to succeed according to most pundits – but they raise serious questions about healthy...

Euromonitor advises on emerging markets strategy for soft drinks

Euromonitor predicts that Africa and the Middle East present the best opportunities for soft drink manufacturers as global sales growth slows.

PET bottles greener than glass or aluminium - Study

PET bottles are a greener alternative to glass or aluminium cans, according to a new study into the environmental impact of single use packaging.

Dispatches from Drinktec

Sustainability shines at Beverage Innovation Awards caught up with the hosts of the 2009 Beverage Innovation Awards at Drinktec this week to pick out the highlights and uncover the trends behind the winning entries.

‘World-first’ bottling kit boosts quality and rPET content

Improved bottle quality and the ability to include higher amounts of food-grade recycled PET are claims made for a new preform beverage packaging system by manufacturers Husky Injection Moulding Systems.

Aluminium bottle manufacturer starts commercial roll out

Rexam aims to produce 60 million units of its Fusion aluminium bottle in the first year of full production at its Czech Republic plant, in response to increasing industry...

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