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Difficult times for Coke

Difficult times for Coke

Coca-Cola is set to initiate talks with the European Commission in
an attempt to resolve an antitrust case against the group. This is
the latest difficult challenge to have emerged - Coca-Cola has
already had to deal with the Dasani...

Water supply safety

Water supply safety

Agilent Technologies and Swiss-based Metrohm have developed a
high-sensitivity method of detecting perchlorate in surface and
drinking water. Perchlorate, an explosive propellant used in rocket
fuel, is a widespread and potentially...

Estonian drinks push

Estonian drinks push

The Baltic drinks market is awash with activity at the moment, with
both Coca-Cola and A. Le Coq making new soft drink launches and
Saku signing a co-operative agreement enabling it to access the
lucrative Finnish beer market.

Sports drinks boost profit

Sports drinks boost profit

PacificHealth Laboratories (PHLI), a nutrition technology company,
has announced a 64 per cent increase in net sales for its 2004
first quarter. The success has been attributed to the company's
Accelerade and Endurox R4 sports...

Cadcam in food packaging

Cadcam in food packaging

Cadcam developer Delcam has reported that sales for the year to
31st December 2003 were £20.5 million, an increase of 8.5 per cent
on the previous best annual sales of £18.9 million. Food and
beverage packaging has increasingly become...

The fizz for growth

The fizz for growth

A new Euromonitor report on the global soft drinks industry reveals
that emerging markets show strong growth in the sector, while
developed markets are faced with the challenge of market maturity.

Danone increases HOD activity

Danone increases HOD activity

Danone, the French food group, has bought a stake in the Mexican
water container company Arcos Iris. The group has not stipulated
how much it has paid for the business but has indicated that it now
has the majority stake,writes Danny...

Beer feeds bones

Beer feeds bones

A warm glow from a regular pint at the pub might not be the only
benefit to the health as a small study finds moderate beer
consumption could help prevent osteoporosis through the
bioavailability of silicon rooted in the beverage.

Chocks away!

Chocks away!

This week the new product releases in the region focus on the
confectionery sector, with a series of launches in Poland, Czech
Republic and Hungary which reflect the growing popularity of
chocolate.

Absolut capacity

Absolut capacity

Swedish company V&S will build a new production plant for its
Absolut Vodka liquor brand. The move reiterates the company's
success and the high demand for the drink which is the third
largest international spirits drink.

Pump through thick and thin

Pump through thick and thin

Rieke Dispensing has launched a new 10ml pump, which is said to be
capable of handling a variety of liquid products from free-flowing
sauces to highly viscous creams, as well as those containing small
particulates.

Bottling goes hi-tech

Bottling goes hi-tech

Food manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic will soon be
obliged by law to keep detailed records of the supply chain. As a
result, more and more bottling and packaging lines are adopting IT
technology to meet market - and legislative...