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The Cook County sweetened beverage tax has come to an end after four months. ©GettyImages/scanrai

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Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax officially expires

By Mary Ellen Shoup

The sweetened beverage tax in Cook County, Illinois, expired on Friday after four months of “overwhelming and relentless opposition” from retailers, consumers and policy makers.

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Guest article

High intensity sweeteners industry to show 2.3% CAGR

By Ravi Chawat, Allied Market Research

The demand for healthy and natural products has led to the adoption of plant-based sweeteners such as stevia and monk fruit, with these natural sweeteners offering 200 to 300 times the sweetening power of processed sugar. In this guest article, Ravi Chawat...

Innovation in low/no sugar gathers pace. Pic:iStock/nixoncreative

Sports and energy drinks: The rise in low sugar NPD

By Rachel Arthur

The upcoming sugar tax in the UK – along with consumers’ concerns over sugar – have encouraged sports and energy drinks brands to step up low- and no-sugar product development. In fact, these varieties accounted for 26% of launches in 2016, according...

Consumers want hydration and more from beverages, in order to cope with busy lives. Pic:getty/romolotavani

Functional drinks get top spot in US health and wellness beverages

By Rachel Arthur

Functional and fortified beverages were the best performers in US health and wellness beverages in 2016, with strong continued growth testament to consumers’ interest in the category. Meanwhile, the sustained growth of energy and sports drinks – which...

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Coca-Cola to double use of recycled plastic in PET bottles to 50%

By Rachel Arthur

Coca-Cola has announced a new set of sustainability commitments in Western Europe: saying it will ensure all packaging is recyclable or reusable; and aiming to collect 100% of its packaging. It will also use 50% recycled plastic in its PET bottles and...

United Caps has updated several of its standard beverage closures to reach more markets, the company said.

United Caps sees high demand in sports closures market

By Mary Ellen Shoup

United Caps plans to launch a new version of its ProSpring closure for sports drinks in early 2018 to enter new markets such as Germany following the success the cap had in the UK and other parts of Europe, the company said. 

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