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Spanish wine exports increase again

Export sales of Spanish wine grew by 5.8 per cent in the first nine months of the year to just over €1 billion, but a steady fall in prices meant...

Tax hikes, ad ban not effective in fighting alcohol abuse

The Wine and Spirit Association in the UK last week responded to the interim report from the government body charged with investigating means of tackling the growing problem of alcohol...

Longer-life packaging

Constar International, a leading producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic containers, has successfully packaged Smirnoff Ice in high performance Starshield barrier PET bottles. The company claims that the material extends...

The future of packaging in Europe

Tetra Pak has been a pioneering force in the central and eastern European food and beverage packaging sector. However, with accession just around the corner a series of new challenges...

A New Year's resolution

Global drinks company Diageo has responded to consumer demands for better labelling of alcoholic drinks. The group says that it will begin providing consumers in the US with important product...

Consumers call for better alcohol labelling

Consumer bodies in the US are clamouring for tougher labelling on alcoholic beverages. This week a proposal for a uniform alcohol facts label was submitted by the National Consumers League...

Soft drinks are hot - and getting hotter

Soft drinks are set to become the biggest beverage sector in the world, overtaking hot drinks, with consumption rising by around 5 per cent a year, according to a new...

Filling a need

German machinery manufacturer KHS has developed a new mechanically controlled filling system specifically for the wine and spirit industry.

Not a barrel of laughs

Seguin Moreau, the cooperage business which belongs to French closures company Oeneo (formerly known as Sabaté Diosos), has unveiled a major new strategy to help it cope with the changing...

Carlsberg ups Polish interest

Carlsberg Breweries has again increased its shareholding in thePolish brewer Carlsberg Okocim through the acquisition of a further 6 per cent of its share capital.

S&P downgrades WBD

Following its failure to attract investment from French food giant Danone, Russian dairy and juice producer Wimm-Bill-Dann has had its Standard & Poor's rating downgraded from stable to negative. S&P...

Shaped can launched in Australia

Amcor has introduced a new shaped VB 375ml can for Carlton & United Breweries in Australia. The can was commissioned for the launch of a limited edition series to celebrate...

Scotch producers bridle at stamp threat

UK Chancellor Gordon Brown's attempts to clamp down on tax evasion have 'dismayed' one of the country's biggest manufacturing sectors - the Scotch whisky industry.

Cargill at the eastern frontier

International food processor Cargill is set to construct a $50 million malt plant in Tula Oblast of Russia. Company spokeswoman Irina Kalygina told the Russian Vedomosti newspaper that the corporation...

Rexam to close plant

UK-based packaging firm Rexam announced today that it is to close its aluminium can end manufacturing plant in California, USA. The company claims that the move is designed to bring...

'Sophisticated' beer image could prevent future lawsuits

With several of the world's biggest drinks group accused last month of deliberately promoting their brands to under age drinkers, the issue of drinks advertising has never been hotter.

DSM adds pace to recovery drink

DSM Food Specialties is hoping to test its new recovery drink on a team of racing drivers next summer. The trial could lead to a more long-term involvement with the...

PET plans for Oxo

RPC Containers Blackburn, a branch of the RPC Group, has produced a new PET jar for the relaunched range of Oxo instant gravy granules. The manufacturer Campbells says that it...

CCHBC further consolidates European operations

The Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) has finally announced the completion of its acquisition of the Austrian mineral water company Römerquelle. The acquisition involves production facilities at Edelstal and Pöttsching...

Mine's a beer...

Baby boomers are convinced that beer makes you fat and wine is good for the heart, so finds a recent poll in Canada conducted by Ipsos-Reid on behalf of the...

Whisky packaging whips up controversy

Drinks giant Diageo has agreed to significant changes in the packaging of its Cardhu Scotch whisky. The move is designed to heal deep rifts that have emerged within the hugely...

Pampryl adopts multi-layer PET

Leading juice manufacturer Pampryl has become the first French producer to adopt aseptically filled multi-layer PET for its ambient-stored 100 per cent fruit juices. The...

Baltic cheese plant expands

Lithuanian cheese manufacturer Rokiskio suris recently signed a contract worth €3 million with processing equipment provider APV to provide anautomated production facility at the company's Rokiskio plant in Lithuania.

SIG on a roll

Machinery specialist SIG Alfa has launched a new roll-fed machine to meet the ever-increasing demands of the bottling industry. Given the market demand for increasingly high-performing user-friendly machines with reduced...

Coca-Cola to take on bottled water giants in France

France is the home of some of the world's biggest mineral water brands - Perrier, Vittel, Evian, Volvic, to name just four - but a new entry into the market...

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