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Portion distortion: The EU must define realistic portion sizes, says MEP

With obesity levels on the rise, MEP Mairead McGuinness has called on the Commission to set realistic portion sizes to stop consumers being misled over nutrition values. People don't calculate how many 100 g servings are in a bowl of soup, she says.

European market lagging behind US and Brazil in coconut beverage consumption and growth

Ready-to-drink (RTD) coconut beverages have rapidly gained popularity with consumers in recent years, with sales of packaged coconut water now estimated to be worth more than $1bn worldwide.

Kona Deep brings desalinated deep ocean water to the US market

It’s a billion-dollar market in Asia, but it’s almost unheard of in the US. Thanks to Kona Deep, bottled deep ocean water will soon roll its way across the US from Hawaii.

DRY Sparkling to debut Fuji Apple at Target, pushing craft soda trend forward

DRY Sparkling just saw the first production of their latest Fuji Apple flavor run last week, which will be distributed nationwide at Target in April, the company told Beverage Daily.

Califia Farms’ CEO announces alternative plant-based coffee creamers

“Treat your coffee kindly” became Califia’s new slogan this year, as the company launched its latest Creamer and Better Half lines at the Winter Fancy Food Show.

Exclusive interview: Tetra Pak on why eBeam is a breakthrough technology in the beverage carton industry

Tetra Pak announced the launch of its E3 filling machine with eBeam technology at Fispal Technologia this week.

OAL Group Steam Infusion to make maize-based yoghurt drinks in Zambia

OAL Group has entered the African market winning a deal with Trade Kings, Zambia, to hydrate maize flour and other grains to make Maheu, a maize-based yoghurt drink sold in the country.

Coveris talks about ‘turbulent economy’ as it decides to invest in Ukraine

Coveris Rigid Poland has launched its DuoSmart cups in Ukraine to target the dairy and processed foods sector, but admits it was a courageous decision to invest there given the turbulent economy.

Petainer speaks out after failed bid to acquire APPE

Petainer has spoken out about its growth ambitions after being named the ‘reserve’ bidder on the purchase of APPE Packaging Division, owned by La Seda de Barcelona Group, losing out to Plastipak Packaging .

Packaging to become more 'theatrical'

Heineken's Ignite bottles which illuminate when clinked with another bottle, and Ballantine's graphic equaliser, which adjusts its lighting with loud music, are some of the ways brands have added 'theatrical' technology to products.

FEVE: Health benefits of glass are not known

Glass is more relevant than ever and offers benefits in terms of health, sustainability and a circular economy but according to FEVE (the European Container Glass federation), these attributes go unrecognised. 

Sidel: Customised products are the future of packaging

Consumers will be able to customise products according to their own tastes in five years’ time, according to Sidel.

Tetra Pak comes clean about its biggest recycling ‘headache’

Tetra Pak doesn’t believe it will be the first company to launch a 100% renewable carton and claims its biggest recycling challenge is working with countries that have a poor economy.

Avantium to file food contact PEF claim by end of year

Avantium is to file a food contact application for the use of its biobased polymer in the next step of its partnership with Coca-Cola, Danone and ALPLA.  

X-ray inspection demand continues for glass packaging

X-ray inspection adoption is increasing with it being an accepted process but finer and more contaminants remain the target to increase its use, according to Eagle Product Inspection.

All-natural and 'responsibly caffeinated'. How Bai hit the sweet spot in the functional beverages market

From four years of navigating the unpredictable terrain of the highly competitive functional beverage market (plus 20 in the coffee business), Ben Weiss, CEO and founder of Princeton, N.J.-based Bai, had a few insights into how to build a sustainable brand in an already crowded marketplace. 

Zola Fruits of the World: The ‘12-year overnight success story’

In the increasingly crowded marketplace of functional beverages, what kind of impact can one more manufacturer of acai juice and coconut water expect to have? 

Does Callebaut's EU flavanol claim add health bite or bark to dark choc's image?

Barry Callebaut's R&D department talks to ConfectioneryNews after winning a blood flow health claim for cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa beverages.

AIPIA charts food, beverage packaging trends

Printed Electronics, shelf life and smartphone applications are among the latest active and intelligent packaging developments trends with future potential, according to the Active and Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA).

New RPC chief sets out future strategy

Lightweighting will remain a big trend influencing RPC Group's business strategy, according to Pim Vervaat, the packaging firm's new boss.

Datamonitor’s Streeter: recycling is “holy grail” of sustainable packaging

Closed loop recycling is the “holy grail” of sustainable packaging, according to Andrew Streeter, packaging innovation director at market analyst Datamonitor.

Manjushree Technopack sets out growth plans

Packaging firm Manjushree Technopack aims to double sales by 2015, driven by the growth of the middle class in India, and is poised to start construction on a fourth factory.

Food shoppers are women, marketers are men: Houston, we have a problem…

It is well known that most food shoppers are women, but does the food industry get that in its marketing? Not really, says female marketing expert, author and CEO of The Female Factor, Bridget Brennan.

Dow Chemical pinpoints packaging trends

Demand for flexible packaging, consumer convenience and food preservation are the main trends in packaging development exhibited by customers, according to Dow Chemical.

Saint-Gobain tackles phthalate fears

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has responded to perceived health risks surrounding phthalate use in the food and drink industry with the launch of Tygon S3 pthalate-free flexible tubing.

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