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PepsiCo's solar panels at its Purchase, N.Y. headquarters.

PepsiCo to use 100% renewable energy in US operations

By Rachel Arthur

PepsiCo’s direct operations will soon be powered by 100% renewable energy in the US. “We have entered a decade that will be critical for the future of our planet’s health,” says the beverage and snack giant.

Sales of zero sugar drinks increased by 22 million litres between 2015 and 2018. Pic:getty/andreypopov

Soft drink sugar drops by 29% in the UK

By Rachel Arthur

An Oxford University study has found the total amount of sugar sold in soft drinks in the UK dropped by 29% between 2015-2018. “Sustained pressure on business, including fiscal measures, has led to a striking reduction,” say the researchers.

Alcohol brands

Alcohol brands are making billion-dollar ecommerce mistakes

By Beth Newhart

US consumers spent $2.6bn buying alcohol online last year, but experts say it could be billions more. Alcohol ecommerce penetration is ‘abysmally low’ which Rabobank believes could have 'profound consequences' on the industry.

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UK microalgae startup secures £1m in funding

By Jane Byrne

Edinburgh-based biotech startup, MiAlgae, has received investment of £1m (US$1.3m) in total to focus on the commercialization of its microalgae product, targeting the aquaculture and pet food sectors.

The Budweiser Solar Farm will produce the equivalent of power for 670,000 homes. Pic:getty/edufoto

AB InBev to brew beer with renewable electricity in Europe

By Rachel Arthur

AB InBev has signed a deal with global renewable energy developer, BayWa r.e., to purchase 100% renewable electricity for its European brewing operations. It is the largest Pan-European corporate solar power deal ever made: covering AB InBev’s 14 breweries...

BrewDog opens alcohol-free bar

BrewDog opens alcohol-free bar

By Rachel Arthur

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has opened an alcohol-free beer bar in London this week: with a view to rolling the concept out across the UK and Europe.

“We’re doing so much more in DC than we were four years ago. We’re speaking up for common sense labeling regulations, lobbying for legislation to lower excise taxes.

Cider association rebrands and highlights dry offerings

By Beth Newhart

The United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) was officially renamed to the American Cider Association (ACA) on December 31. It called 2019 ‘a year of resilience’ for cider in the face of flavored malt beverage (FMB) popularity.

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