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Horst Bittermann with Jean-François Roche, president, ECMA.

ECMA Congress 2018

ECMA Congress welcomes Pro Carton president

By Jenny Eagle

Horst Bittermann made his debut as president of Pro Carton at the ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) Congress (September 20-21) in Riga, Latvia, this year, taking over from Roland Rex who stood down in June after eight years.

Hans van Schaik, MD, ECMA speaking at the ECMA Congress last week.

ECMA Congress 2018

ECMA revises its business strategy to tackle growing challenges

By Jenny Eagle

ECMA (The European Carton Makers Association) has revised its business strategy to tackle growing challenges within the industry such as Brexit, food safety, recruiting a younger workforce, currency fluctuations and sustainability.

Economies of scale make sense for most businesses - but not necessarily for craft. Pic:getty/jacoblund

The Brewers of Europe Forum

Craft brewing and business strategies: ‘Small is the new big’

By Rachel Arthur

Throw out the rule book. When it comes to the craft beer business, bigger is not always better; and profit maximisation is not always the ultimate goal. Here’s why craft breweries need to think differently to other businesses.

‘Protein refreshment’: Kerry eyes up growth of protein juice, water and energy drinks

Vitafoods 2018: ‘The consumer really is driving into plant-based’

Protein refreshment: Kerry eyes up growth of protein juice, water and energy drinks

By Rachel Arthur

With protein seeing continued interest from mainstream consumers, a new world of ‘protein refreshment’ is emerging, says Irish dairy and ingredients supplier Kerry – with increased demand for protein boosts in lighter, refreshing beverages such as water,...

La Colombe unveiled its honeysuckle and Brazilian caramel flavors at Expo West earlier this month.

Expo West 2018

La Colombe on ‘liberating the café menu’

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee company La Colombe is seeking to recreate the coffee shop consumer experience with its line of draft lattes, launching three new products.

RUNA challenges ‘formulated in a lab’ energy drink notion

EXPO WEST 2018

RUNA challenges ‘formulated in a lab’ energy drink notion

By Mary Ellen Shoup

RUNA is providing the energy drink category with a natural alternative that gives consumers a caffeine boost without ‘the crash’ thanks to its core ingredient, derived from caffeinated Amazonian holly leaves.

Ollivier Chevreteau, sales director, EMEA, Serac at drinktec.

Serac to open an office in Dubai

By Jenny Eagle

Serac has seen growing success with Combox, its packaging production and filling technology in a single block unit, within dairy for cartons, pouches, cups and bottles.

Adult soft drinks: What flavors appeal to consumers?

Adult soft drinks: What flavors appeal to consumers?

By Rachel Arthur

Adult soft drinks are gaining in popularity: but what flavors appeal to this audience? From the beer cues of brewed soda to the sour tang of vinegar, natural ingredient company Döhler explores the tastes that are appealing to today’s consumers. 

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Innovation watch: Customising wine with Vinfusion

By Rachel Arthur

Exhibiting at drinktec, Cambridge Consultants presented its ‘Vinfusion’ technology: which lets consumers customize their wine at the point of dispense based on three parameters.

Weight management ranked as the top reason consumers are limiting sugar in their diets, according to Mintel. ©iStock/JulyProkopiv

IFT 2017

Mintel talks trends in sugar and sweeteners

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Sugar reduction is a trend among most consumers (84%), with millennials leading the charge citing more reasons than older consumers for following the health trend, according Mintel.