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Coca-Cola drops BVO (brominated vegetable oil) from Powerade

Coca-Cola removing BVO from Powerade

By Elaine WATSON

UPDATED - Coca-Cola is removing BVO (brominated vegetable oil) from Powerade and other products by the end of this year.

Was it worth it? InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress 2014

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM SCORE: 88.75% - 'ZENITH HITS TOP GEAR'

Was it worth it? InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress 2014

By Ben BOUCKLEY

We're starting up a new slot at BeverageDaily.com called 'Was it worth it?' to review beverage conferences and trade shows. First up is Zenith International's Innobev Global Soft Drinks Congress in Lisbon. The sun was shining there...

Beverage Industry Voices: ‘What do you do?’

Beverage Industry Voices: ‘What do you do?’

By Ben BOUCKLEY

We’re in the business of telling stories, in the best possible sense. So if you have one to tell us about your job in the beverage industry – please get in touch with BeverageDaily.com!

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

By Nathan Gray

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett of MMR Research.

BIG Cola meets BIG Buddhism: ‘AJE not your typical capitalist company’

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS, LISBON: FROM ZERO TO 400M LITER HERO

BIG Cola meets BIG Buddhism: ‘AJE isn’t your typical capitalist company’

By Ben BOUCKLEY

AJE’s CMO and Zen Buddhist master Jorge Lopez Doriga tells BeverageDaily.com that AJE ‘isn’t your typical capitalist company’, although flag brand BIG Cola is the fourth best-selling soft drink worldwide.

Could Coca-Cola Life health halo kill standard US Coke sales?

NATURALLY SWEET SODAS POSE MARKETING NOT R&D CHALLENGE - ZEVIA

Could Coca-Cola Life health halo kill standard US Coke sales?

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Naturally sweetened soft drinks such as Coca-Cola Life could pose problems for big soda since they risk cannibalizing standard product sales, one analyst suggests.

Alien soft drinks could invade! Sales fizz for Kirin cola with fibre

MINTEL'S BIG CONVERSATION: MILLENNIALS DON'T CARE FOR TRADITIONAL CATEGORIES

Alien soft drinks could invade! Sales fizz for Kirin cola with fibre

Beverage concepts that seem wacky or weird right now could sparkle in the future, says Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth, who notes strong sales for Kirin’s fiber-fortified cola in Japan since 2012.

Why should we care about what @Susan thinks of stevia?

Insights from IFT Wellness 2014

Why should we care about what @Susan thinks of stevia?

By Maggie Hennessy

Despite a trend toward reduced sugar consumption in the US, many Americans are still getting far too much added sugar in their diets. But how do consumers really feel about sugar? And how should manufacturers address sugar and sugar reduction efforts...

From Red Bull to Big Red: Beverage industry veteran talks energy, classic soda and why Sparkling Ice should inspire us all

From Red Bull to Big Red: Beverage industry veteran talks energy, classic soda and why Sparkling Ice should inspire us all

By Elaine WATSON

The energy drinks market has become more segmented in recent years, but relentlessly negative PR, a flurry of lawsuits and an FDA-probe have not dampened consumers’ enthusiasm for the original caffeine-fuelled formulas, says one beverage industry veteran.

Don’t tax my soda! Study shows consumers put choice first

Don’t tax my soda! Study shows consumers put choice first

By Maggie Hennessy

First Lady Michelle Obama has called it “liquid sugar” and the World Health Organization warns that much of our sugar intake is “hidden” in processed food and beverages such as soda (a 12-ounce can contains 10 teaspoons). As public health officials continue...

Energy drinks on fire, but diet soda still in a funk, says Wells Fargo as Coke and Pepsi battle to 'reinvent' cola

Energy drinks on fire, but diet soda still in a funk, says Wells Fargo as Coke and Pepsi battle to 'reinvent' cola

By Elaine Watson

Diet soda sales remain in a funk according to the latest Nielsen data, with dollar sales in the four weeks to March 15 plunging 7.3%. Regular soda fared somewhat better (+ 0.6%), while energy drinks (+8.3%) and sparkling water (+26.2%) continued to steam...

‘Outrageous grab!’ Coke investor slams $24bn management pay deal

STATEMENTS 'MISINFORMED AND DO NOT REFLECT FACTS' - COKE

‘Outrageous grab!’ Coke investor slams $24bn management pay deal

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Coke has hit back at investor David Winters after he insisted that an ‘excessive’ compensation deal proposed for management from 2014 will hit normal shareholders – including teachers and nurses – hard.

US class action slams ‘chemical Coke’ for phosphoric acid use

COKE HITS BACK AT 'MERITLESS LAWSUITS' AND LAWYERS

US class action slams ‘chemical Coke’ for phosphoric acid use

By Ben BOUCKLEY

A US lawsuit insists Coke made false, deceptive claims that its eponymous brand was ‘healthy and natural’ in the wake of a ‘Category 5’ consumer hurricane that saw soda sales slip from 2008.

Diet drinks alone can't bear US obesity burden, may even worsen it...

OBESE ADULTS REPLACE LOST CALORIES WITH EVEN MORE SOLID FOOD - ACADEMICS FIND

Diet drinks alone can't bear US obesity burden, and may even worsen it...

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Obese US adults drink ‘significantly more’ solid food and consume more calories than obese peers favoring sugar-sweetened drinks, says a large-scale study questioning the impact of diet drinks on weight control.

‘Coke has mediocre PepsiCo on its heels’: Peltz’s withering verdict

'Pepsi's been outmaeuvered by coke, outshone by dr pepper' - crusading investor

‘Coke has mediocre PepsiCo on its heels’: Peltz’s withering verdict

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Nelson Peltz insists that Coke has PepsiCo on the back foot and says the latter is even outshone by Dr Pepper despite a stellar beverage portfolio including Gatorade, Tropicana and Mountain Dew.

'Rumble in the snack soda jungle': Peltz v. PepsiCo

'Rumble in the snack soda jungle': Peltz v. PepsiCo

By Ben BOUCKLEY

As crusading investor Nelson Peltz lets off another bomb in the Pepsi boardroom – this time in the form of a 37-page letter criticizing the firm’s snack/soda integration – we examine the arguments for and against any split.