Governments throughout Europe are threatening tighter alcohol regulations and beer consumption is on the decline. In this challenging environment, the new secretary general of The Brewers of Europe, Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, speaks out on his priorities...
Scientists find antimony in juice above EU drinking water limits
Scientists have found antimony levels in commercial juices and cordials that exceed the EU limit for drinking water and raise concern about leaching from packaging.
UK threatens mandatory alcohol labelling
A UK government report has criticised the drinks industry for failing to adhere with a voluntary agreement to introduce better alcohol labelling.
Nationwide soda tax proposal fizzles out
The prospect of a national tax on soft drinks has been effectively quashed for the time being as a key congressional committee has refused to consider such a levy, according to a report in the LA Times.
Red Bull reacts to German opinion on energy shots
Energy shots are safe if used according to instructions, says Red Bull, as the German risk assessor BfR calls for a ban on energy shots because consumers could not be trusted to drink ‘safe’ amounts.
Study links energy drinks to heart attack risk
Energy drink consumption has been linked to heart attack risk in a newly published study, but Red Bull claims the research is old and the results would be no different for a cup of coffee.
Soft Drinks Association slams pancreatic cancer study
Soft drinks are safe and not a risk factor for cancer, says the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) in response to yesterday’s study from an Asian population.
Soft drinks may increase pancreatic cancer risk
Drinking two or more soft drinks per week may double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, suggests the first study of its kind in an Asian population.
Coca-Cola faces mercury poisoning cases in China
Coca-Cola brand Sprite has been caught up in a Chinese investigation into two cases of alleged mercury poisoning.
Germans call for energy shot ban
German health authorities have issued a 14-page statement warning against over-consumption of energy shots – one of the fastest growing segments of the international beverages market.
Sugar vs HFCS: What's in a name?
A consumer group has accused the Sugar Association of playing “confusing word games” in pursuit of a narrow commercial agenda.
Food nutrition labels fail to impress European consumers
Less than one-third of European consumers look for nutrition labels when shopping, according to a new study by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) published in the Journal of Public Health.
France ups Reb A limits for food
The French government has approved the use of stevia sweetener Reb A in table top sweeteners, and raised the levels at which it can be used in a range of no added sugar food and beverage products.
$2m weight loss ruling sends warning to bogus claim makers
The recent federal district court ruling that has ordered a company to pay $2m to the Federal Trade Commisssion (FTC) for making misleading weight loss claims will act as “road map” in the sector, according to a veteran claims attorney.
MPs attack industry in call for alcohol policy overhaul
A committee of British politicians has attacked drinks industry lobbying and called for higher duty on spirits and tighter advertising controls.