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2016: The year of the sugar tax

By Richard Whitehead, Elaine Watson, Will Chu, Niamh Michail, Louis Gore-Langton, Rachel Arthur

Debate around sugar taxes has hit the limelight this year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

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‘Biggest growth area for liquid packaging is southeast Asia’

BillerudKorsnäs to build ‘world’s largest’ packaging board machine for $622m

By Jenny Eagle

BillerudKorsnäs, which manufactures confectionery, snacks and beverage packaging, is investing  SEK 5.7bn ($622.25m) in a KM7 (Karton Machine) to produce liquid board, cartonboard and liner at its factory in Gruvön, Sweden, to start operations in Q1,...

Seeds and skin: boosting natural credientials for smoothies and other foods & beverages. Pic:iStock

‘My grandmother always told me: ‘Don’t peel your apple, the best part is in the skin’

Smoothies turn to seeds to boost natural positioning

By Rachel Arthur

In an effort for products to appear as close to natural as possible, beverage producers are turning more and more to ingredients complete with skin, seeds and fruit flesh. 

Virtual reality: what does it mean for our industry? Pic:istock/grandeduc

Feature: Virtual reality

How virtual reality is helping create today's beverages

By Rachel Arthur

Virtual reality can be a bit of fun for consumers: offering bonus content via a 3D experience. But behind the scenes in the F&B industry, it has important roles to play in how our beverages are created and made. 

Tetra Pak already has production facilities in Singapore, India and Japan

Tetra Pak invests $110m in Vietnam factory

By Rachel Arthur

Tetra Pak is investing in a new regional manufacturing facility near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, prompted by increased consumption of liquid dairy and fruit-based beverages across Asia Pacific. 

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Australia

Fruit juice brands fighting for share in shrinking market

By RJ Whitehead

With packaged fruit juice consumption in freefall in recent years, the number of Australians who opt for it has plummeted by 1.3m people since 2012, when over 35% of the population would consume an average of 4.6 glasses each week.

Arjuna launches Ayurveda-based clean-label preservative

India

Arjuna launches Ayurveda-based clean-label preservative

By RJ Whitehead

Kerala-based botanicals major Arjuna Natural Extracts will launch a range of preservatives that the company says will appeal to the clean-label food fixation of millennials by combining herbal extracts with advanced technologies. 

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South Asia radius

Beverage industry licks wounds after regulatory and GST notifications

By RJ Whitehead

The Indian food regulator has amended the national food regulations to include a definition for carbonated fruit beverages, much to the disappointment of beverage makers, who are still reeling at a proposal to levy a “luxury tax” on their products. 

'Updates will have a major impact on beverage producers' Pic:iStock/PRUDENCIOALVAREZ

How to plan for the FDA’s new beverage label rules

By Marsha Frydrychowski, Resource Label Group

In May 2016, the FDA released its final rules for updated food and beverage labels. Marsha Frydrychowski of Resource Label Group outlines how beverage brands can plan for the new rules.

Pepsi will increase its focus on zero and low calorie drinks. Pic: iStock/Radu Bercan

PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

By Rachel Arthur

By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today. 

PepsiCo Naked Juice lawsuit 2016

PepsiCo: ‘There is nothing misleading about Naked Juice’

By Rachel Arthur

A lawsuit alleges that PepsiCo “misleadingly markets Naked Juice as predominantly containing high-value ingredients such as acai berry and kale, when the predominant ingredient is usually cheap, nutrient-poor apple juice.” But PepsiCo says the lawsuit...

Carrots can offer different levels of sweetness & color: watch the video to learn more

Stealth carrots: How veggies are finding victory in F&B

By Rachel Arthur

Carrots might look dull compared to trendy super fruits and leafy vegetables, but the humble vegetable is in demand as a subtle but powerful nutritional boost, as consumers seek to increase their vegetable intake. 

Sustainability and farming: SVZ Ingredients

What does sustainability mean to you?

By Rachel Arthur

Successful sustainability initiatives need to consider how farmers work and think, and involve co-operation between all parties, says SVZ International.

Irish beverage innovator VitHit has launched a stevia-sweetened range of carbonated, vitamin-rich juices

Vitamin drink slugs double digit growth (without claims)

By Lynda Searby

The EU should “quicken its step” and raise the upper limit of stevia that is permitted in soft drinks, says VitHit’s founder, Gary Lavin, whilst dismissing health claims as “unnecessary” when marketing a vitamin drink. 

“A sugar tax will just mean that the public spend more of their money on unhealthy foods,” says Bayn managing director Lucy Dahlgren. © iStock/BogdanReava

Profit increase can drive sugar reduction: Bayn

By Natalie Morrison

More profitable business models are needed for companies committed to healthier products, according to Bayn following the launch of its new Sugar Reduced Community.

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