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2012 Beverage industry retrospective

10 Days that Shook the Beverage World in 2012: Mayan Doomsday Countdown

Relive ten seismic days that shook the earth to its core in 2012, from health campaigners petitioning the UK health ministry over Coke, Pepsi and 4-MEI to Dr Pepper's run...

UK Competition Commission reject AkzoNobel merger

The UK Competition Commission (CC) has ruled against the merger deal of AkzoNobel and Metlac Holdings.

Postconsumer plastic recycling increased in 2011, says study

Recycling of postconsumer plastic increased by 24% in Canada last year, according to a new report.

Runaway Omega-3 beverage demand ‘can be scary’ – Virun CEO

Virun CEO Philip Bromley tells Ben Bouckley about the firm’s evolution from drug delivery technology into the beverage sphere, and explains that DHA and EPA Omega-3 oils dominate functional demands...

Heineken ‘disappointed’ by €200m cartel loss in last chance EU saloon

Heineken yesterday lost its final appeal against a European Commission decision to fine it around €200m ($264.7m) for alleged collusion in an illegal Dutch beer cartel, as the European Court...

EFSA on caramel colours: Consumer exposure lower than previously estimated

Consumer exposure to three caramel colours used in a variety of food and drink applications is ‘considerably lower’ than a 2011 scientific opinion published by EFSA suggested, says the Authority.  ...

Heineken, Carlsberg ratings will survive French beer tax: Moody’s Investment Service

Moody’s says it will not downgrade its ratings of Carlsberg and Heineken, despite the potential harm a massive French tax increase in January could pose to national beer sales.

News in brief

Forbes Medi-Tech gets US patent for sterol extraction technology

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to Forbes Medi-Tech Corp. for technology to efficiently extract plant sterols and stanols from tall oil pitch.

5-minute festive flick

Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

Silgan revises earnings estimates as volumes hit

Silgan Holdings has revised its earnings estimates for the year due to lower volumes for metal food containers.

'Bad science' on soft drinks a fact of life: Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) CEO John Brock has taken a sideswipe at detractors of soft drink ingredients who he claims base negative comments on ‘bad science or no science’.

Carton Council targets 50% recycling access

The US Carton Council has targeted 50% recycling access for households to recycle the packaging after the rate grew more than 100% in three years.

Carlsberg ‘surprised’ by UK Alcohol Strategy unit price push

Carlsberg says that UK government plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol are surprising and will not curb alcohol misuse, especially since the EU suggests such a policy could...

State of the industry

Bottled water amounting to big bucks in Indonesia

Indonesia's bottled water market may be one of the most high valued markets in the world, but there are still plenty of opportunities for growth, new research from UK-based research...

If you like it then you should have put a ring (pull) on it... CSPI to Beyonce: Stop promoting Pepsi Cola, you're 'literally sickening Americans'

Non-profit watchdog the Center for Science in the Public Interest has urged Beyoncé to reconsider her $50m endorsement deal with PepsiCo so her image is not used “to promote Pepsi-Cola,...

Red Bull welcomes French court action to strike out energy drink tax

Red Bull has welcomed a ruling from France’s highest constitutional court striking-down the government’s plans to tax caffeine and taurine-rich energy drinks from 2013.

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‘Drinkifying snacks’: PepsiCo mush or master stroke?

Despite giving us object lessons in corporate word wash, can PepsiCo pull off what seems like a slightly puzzling mission, namely a long-term plan to ‘drinkify' snacks and vice versa...

Mexican Cola bottler delves deeper into snacks with two acquisitions

Mexican Coca-Cola bottler Arca Continental (AC) has bought two snack companies as it seeks to deepen its hold in the ‘highly complementary’ snacks arena.

Euromonitor: UK PET growth areas and challenges

Sports and energy drink bottles offer some of the best opportunities for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the UK, but alcohol presents greater challenges, according to Euromonitor.

PEPSICO BOOSTS DISTRIBUTION & MERCHANDISING EFFICIENCY

PepsiCo embraces Apple’s ‘game changing’ iPad and iPhone tech

PepsiCo says that its merchandising and distribution efficiency has improved radically since it began using the Apple iPhone and iPad alongside custom software apps specially developed in house.

News in brief

Tate & Lyle starts making powdered as well as liquid sucralose at its Alabama plant

Tate & Lyle has started producing micronized powdered sucralose in addition to liquid sucralose at its recently-re-opened Splenda sucralose facility in McIntosh, Alabama.

Stevia in Europe: PureCircle highlights emerging trends

Regulatory restrictions and lessons learned from other markets are shaping the way food manufacturers are using stevia-derived sweeteners in Europe, according to supplier PureCircle.

Aspartame must share US Diet Pepsi sweetness spoils with Ace-K in new system

PepsiCo has tweaked its US sweetening formula for Diet Pepsi to include acesulfame potassium as well as aspartame, a combination that Ajinomoto admitted today would boost the cola's sweetness potency.

EU health claims: FoodDrinkEurope welcomes “certainty and clarity”

The EU’s biggest food industry group – FoodDrinkEurope – has backed Friday’s enabling of the article 13 list of 222 approved and 1500+ rejected health claims in the European Union’s 27 member states.

News in brief

Pepsi-Chicken chips winging-it in China

PepsiCo has launched Pepsi Cola and chicken-flavored potato chips in China and cited the popularity of cola chicken in China, with consumers tossing chicken wings with cola.

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