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Liquid blending system ups efficiency

In the US Oden Corporation and Emerson's Micro Motion division are re-launching Oden's patented Mass/Blend Continuous Stream Liquid Blending Systems. The system features straight tube Coriolis metres that are said...

E-wine concept hits Russia

A company has opened an online wine store in Russia in anticipation of the coming electronic shopping craze, despite what sceptics might say, writes Angela Drujinina.

Crown consolidates position in Middle East can market

Crown Holdings is set to substantially increase beverage can production capacity in the Middle East, following fast in the steps of Alcoa Closure Systems.

Keeping wine at its Pek

A hi-tech way of preserving open bottles of wine from oxygen contact could prevent consumers and restaurants from being afraid to open better bottles of wine, reports Kim Hunter Gordon.

Moderate drinking, without food, could impact blood pressure

Drinking alcohol, even only lightly, outside of mealtimes could be a significant risk factor in developing high blood pressure, claim US researchers.

Litexco invests in potential of Romanian wine

Spanish investment company Litexco plans to buy about 1,000hectares of land and invest millions in Romanian vineyards, Bogdan Tudorache.

Alcoa opens plastic closures plant for beverage industry

Alcoa Closure Systems International (CSI) has opened a new plant outside of Cairo, Egypt to support beverage customers in North Africa.

Diageo's surpise bid wins Chalone

Diageo confirms that it has trumped the bid that Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Constellation Brands and Quintessa had submitted to acquire the Chalone Group, reports Kim Hunter Gordon.

S&N combines Indian brewing business with UB

Britain's biggest brewer Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) is to combine its Indian brewing assets with those of United Breweries, the largest beer maker on the sub-continent, to form a group...

Satellite controlled vine planting

As vineyards think about shopping for the planting season in Spring, one German company has put out a technology high above the rest, writes Kim Hunter Gordon.

Superfos drives alternatives to glass packaging

Packaging manufacturer Superfos has won a WorldStar Award for a new plastic alternative to the glass jar, confirming the current trend towards more flexible forms of packaging.

The fear behind America's wine shipping battle

Small vineyards claim that US wholesalers are fighting against direct shipping in order to preserve the "monopoly" they hold. If not this, then what exactly does the wholesaler fear? asks...

German packaging regulations ruling meets with EC approval

The European Court of Justice (ECJ)'s ruling on Germany's packaging regulations has been welcomed by both the EC and firms that import packaged beverages into the country.

Supreme Court listens to winemakers' plight

Following conflicting rulings in lower courts, the US Supreme court in Washington will rule on the legality over state restrictions for shipping wines, reports Kim Hunter Gordon.

Water to be tasty in the new year

Several major beverage companies plan to begin selling flavored water early next year, a move that could bost their sales in the rapidly growing bottled water market, according to a...

Beverage people on the move

The beverage industry has seen a number of big changes at the top this week, with both Rexam and Pepsi Bottling Group reshuffling some key positions,and the president of Baltika...

Heineken has big hopes for China beer sales

Dutch Brewer Heineken is expecting beer sales in China to far exceed its own forecast market growth expectations in the next few years. Indeed, sales of its flagship brand are...

Yarpivo reveals secrets behind brewing success

Brewer Yarpivo is growing twice as fast as the rest of the Russian beer market, which itself has been expanding at an annual rate of seven per cent. Angela Drujinina...

Taskforce looks on the bright side of steel packaging

A development programme to enhance the appearance of steel for packaging has been carried out by Arcelor Packaging International, Corus Packaging Plus and Rasselstein.

More health benefits found in Cranberry Juice

Cranberries have been given a major promotion in the UK as a leading dental charity advises they could help prevent a host of oral health problems, such as tooth decay...

Rhodia compares chemical routes in vanillin production

Nearly half of the world's vanillin supplies are sourced from China but since tighter production rules arrived there a few years ago there are now only two major Chinese producers...

Serac develops compact accurate PET filling system

Equipment supplier Serac has developed a machine with a neck transfer system specifically developed for the filling of vegetable oil into PET containers.

KWV hit by more tampering revelations

Following last week's assurances that the 2003 KWV Reserve Sauvignon Blanc "has been tested and is clean", South African winery KWV faces the enormous task of winning back public trust...

US Low-cal juice market growth set to continue

The low-calorie juice drinks market is expected to continue to increase by 30 to 40 percent in the US during the next few years, according to a report on Reuters.

Constellation takes Italian risk to broaden wine portfolio

A low dollar has hasn't helped sales of European wine, but Constellation continues to bag the big brands.

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