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Ireland's DRS comes into effect this month. Pic: getty/vejaa

Ireland introduces Deposit Return Scheme

By Rachel Arthur

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) – a nationwide money-back initiative for plastic bottles and aluminum cans – launches this month in a bid to improve recycling rates.

According to Unleashed, inflationary pressures have had a greater impact on food than beverage. Image Source: andresr/Getty Images

Why has beverage weathered inflation better than food?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Inflation in recent years has impacted nearly everyone, with rising prices putting a strain on the cost of living. However, according to a new report, food is being hit harder than most sectors, at least in the UK, while beverage seems to have escaped...

A range of fruits can be used as the basis for sweeteners. Image Source: John Wang/Getty Images

Health and taste from fruit-based sweeteners

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Fruit has been used for sweetness in Europe since before we even knew about refined sugar. It’s still in widespread use as the basis for sweeteners.

Plastic bottles' claims to be '100% recycled' and '100% recyclable' are misleading, according to BEUC. Image Source: Yagi Studio/Getty Images

Beverage giants in hot water over plastic bottle recycling claims

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Environmental and consumer rights organisations are taking legal action against Nestlé, Danone, and The Coca-Cola Company, over recyclable claims made about their plastic bottles. They have raised an external alert to both the European Commission and...

ADM predicts ramped up colours and flavours for 2024. Pic: ADM

Defiant consumer choice drives flavour and colour trends in 2024

By Gill Hyslop

The flavours and colours that ADM forecasts to trend in 2024 break with tradition and represent the consumer resolve to boldly choose products that appeal to their personal values - with an unapologetic abandon for the flavours they deem tasty and the...

Rethinking bottled water could require a wholesale shift in business models. Pic:getty/blackjack3D

How brands can rethink the single use plastic water bottle

By Kathryn Jubrail, Partner, Mother Design

The challenges for plastic water bottles are clear: their environmental impact is leading to a consumer backlash and even potential regulatory restrictions. But the future isn’t about a few brands moving into alternative packaging formats: it’s about...

Used by waiters and bartenders, the tech can track top consumption times and places. Pic: Supplied by Coca-Cola

Wecheer wins Coca-Cola HBC’s start-up challenge

By Rachel Arthur

Bottle-as-a-Service platform and app Wecheer – whose patented ‘smart bottle opener’ can track every bottle opened to pinpoint the time, location and brand of consumption – has been named as the winner of Coca-Cola HBC’s €100k Start-Up Challenge.

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