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JBF to build giant bio-glycol plant in Brazil to help Coca-Cola meet PlantBottle 2020 target

JBF Industries will build a giant new plant in Brazil dedicated to the production of the recyclable PET material used in Coca-Cola's PlantBottles to help the soft drinks giant meet...

RTS identifies growing market for natural flavour materials

Market research firm RTS has identified a burgeoning market for natural flavour materials as companies increasingly move away from artificial ingredients – but its first report on the market is...

Orange Fanta ‘Bounce’ survives child-related advert complaint

Coca-Cola brand Fanta has escaped censure for a UK advert that the Children’s Food Campaign (Sustain) claimed encouraged excessive consumption of the drink and poor nutritional habits.

Tetra Pak boosts Turkish output with lamination investment

Tetra Pak has invested €25m in lamination facilities at its Turkish packaging material plant, to lift beverage carton production capacity by 20%.

PepsiCo savors $363m US tax triumph over IRS

PepsiCo has won a US Tax Court judgment against the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which claimed the firm owed it circa. $363m in unpaid tax relating to operations in...

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Coke wows Kiwis with personalized PET bottles

Coca-Cola New Zealand is selling PET bottles of Coke personalized with one of 150 names popular in the country, and encouraging Facebook fans to 'share a virtual can'.

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Ardagh invests in European food can line

Ardagh has invested €10m in a two piece drawn, walled and ironed (DWI) food can line in the Czech Republic.

ABA slams sugar-sweetened beverage obesity studies

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has slammed a series of studies that link sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and obesity, accusing them of doing “nothing meaningful” to help address the issue....

Australian bottled water industry slowing to a trickle

Volatile economic conditions, environmental concerns and low consumer sentiment have hurt Australian packaged water producers, a new report by research firm IbisWorld has revealed. 

Downsize me: Will NYC-style portion curbs help battle the bulge?

The row over Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial plan to curb sales of super-size sodas in New York City has intensified with the publication of new research debating the role that sugary drinks play...

Tea blends could ignite Chinese craft beer craze: analyst suggests

An influential alcoholic drinks analyst says the launch of a novel beer blended with black tea could supply the spark that ignites a craft brewing revolution in China.

Purac touts its lactic acid ingredient for stabilising anthocyanin colours

Purac researchers have said that the company’s natural purified lactic acid ingredient reduces the fading of natural red-purple colours from anthocyanins in acidified foods and beverages by up to 50%...

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Stevia sweetened Pepsi NEXT hits Australia in cola first

Pepsi NEXT has been launched in Australia, but intriguingly the drink has been formulated with stevia for this market to achieve a 30% sugar reduction, rather than the 60% effected...

AkzoNobel ‘disappointed’ after UK Competition Commission initial verdict

AkzoNobel has said it is ‘disappointed’ after the UK Competition Commission (CC) preliminarily ruled against a merger deal over fears it could damage competition in the sector and see prices...

A.G Barr maintains Britvic merger radio silence

A.G Barr has not revealed any details on the progress of talks regarding its possible merger with PepsiCo bottler Britvic, as it reported H1 2012 results today.

Goddess Energy flirts with hoodia in energy drink

US firm Goddess Energy has launched an energy drink for women called Flirt, which is on East Coast sale as a dietary supplement with one interesting appetite-suppressing bioactive, Hoodia Gordonii.

Top analyst predicts FDA wriggle room in supplement-beverage guidance

With the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) poised to publish guidance on distinguishing between beverages and liquid dietary supplements, one analyst tells he doesn’t see the agency cracking...

Coca-Cola Refreshments hails 'confidence' in management as union tastes Texas defeat

Coca-Cola has hailed a 'vote of confidence' in management, after staff voted against making its Fort Worth bottling site the firm's first corporate-owned unionized plant in the South.

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The challenges of ‘natural’ and ‘bumpy road’ tests: Efficient troubleshooting in action

Dealing with problems that may arise in the formulation of food and beverage products is vital for manufacturers. In the second part of his look at troubleshooting, Leatherhead Food Research’s...

Sunsweet teams up with CreAgri to develop beverages packed with olive polyphenols on new anti-inflammatory platform

Californian co-operative Sunsweet Growers has tied up with olive polyphenols expert CreAgri to develop a new range of juices containing Hidrox, a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient from olive juice.

Australian medical body calls for more controls on alcohol marketing

A new report by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has come out strongly against alcohol companies and the way they market to young people. 

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Expert outlines top 10 tips for efficient formulation troubleshooting

As foods become ever more complex, the need to be able to efficiently troubleshoot problems becomes even more critical. In this guest article, Wayne Morley, PhD, head of food innovation...

Study shows plant sterols don’t go ‘POP’ in fruit beverages

A new Spanish study suggests that fruit and milk-based fruit beverages are suitable vehicles for plant-based sterols, after detecting low sample levels of potentially harmful compounds called ‘POPs’.

Pernod Ricard subsidiary slams Czech spirits ban

Pernod Ricard’s Czech subsidiary Jan Becher (JBKB) says the Czech government’s decision to ban all strong spirit sales in the country, following 20+ methanol-related deaths linked to local bootleg liquor,...

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'Suntory dreams ripped at the seams, but oh…'

After drinks giant Suntory Liquors said yesterday that it would step out with rival Beam Inc in Japan, Brown-Forman quickly swopped one distribution relationship for another, heralding a new fling...

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