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Meth found in 7up bottles in Mexican city

By Joseph James Whitworth

Some bottles of 7up in Mexicali, Mexico were contaminated with methamphetamine and have been linked to one death and seven illnesses, according to officials.

Seattle joins other cities such as San Francisco and Berkeley in voting to impose a soda tax. Pic:iStock

Seattle City Council passes soda tax

By Rachel Arthur

Seattle City Council has voted to levy a tax on soda and sugar sweetened beverages, joining other US cities such as Philadelphia and Berkeley.

CMI calls for a ban on tariffs for tinplate steel cans. Picture: iStock.

‘Don’t put a tariff on tinplate steel cans’ urges CMI

By Jenny Eagle

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) has asked the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security not to impose a tariff or import restrictions on tinplate steel because it will have a severe impact on the can manufacturing industry and its...

Coca-Cola Refreshments executives have formed a new bottler to operate territory that includes territories in the Northeastern US. ©iStock/bluebeat76

Coca-Cola nears completion of US refranchising plan

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Coca-Cola said it is on track to complete refranchising of its company-owned US territories by the end of 2017 after receiving agreements and letters of intent from a significant portion of the Northeast US.

The new 'megabrew' entity will be divided into nine regions, with group headquarters in Belgium. Pic:iStock.

Belgium headquarters for combined AB InBev / SABMiller entity

By Rachel Arthur

AB InBev has announced that the new group, created by the combination of AB InBev and SABMiller, will be based in Belgium. Meanwhile, other details of the combined group – such as top jobs and organizational structure – have been announced. 

Picture: Vivid Packaging

Also: O-I completes $2.15bn deal for Vitro

Berlin buy boosts plan to double by 2017

By Joseph James Whitworth

Berlin Packaging has acquired Vivid Packaging claiming the deal makes it the largest US packaging supplier in its class.

Picture: Toppan Printing. The site will supply films including its GL Film

Toppan jumps on barrier films growth

By Joseph James Whitworth

Toppan Printing is to build a transparent barrier film production plant in Georgia, USA with start-up expected in March 2016.

Erik Bouts

O-I European chief becomes FEVE president

By Jenny Eagle

Erik Bouts who was appointed president of the European operations of Owens-Illinois last year has been announced as the head of FEVE (the European Container Glass federation) at its Annual General Assembly in Venice last week.

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Breaking News

tna acquires FOODesign

By Jenny Eagle

tna has acquired FOODesign, which makes fryers and cookers, including kettle batch fryers, baking and toasting ovens, and specialty roasting equipment for food processing plants, based in Oregon, US.

SGS will attend the Food Safety Exchange

SGS to open Food Safety Exchange

By Jenny Eagle

Victor Muliyil, food technical manager, SGS North America, will open the third annual Food Safety Exchange conference with the seminar ‘Food Safety Modernization Act: Understanding the Challenges and Achieving Compliance.’

Carton recycling access improved by 1m households in the US from January to March 2014.

Carton recycling access grows by 1m US households

By Jenni Spinner

Just in time for Earth Day, the Carton Council of North America has announced the number of US households with access to carton recycling jumped by 1m in the first quarter of 2014.

Plastipak Packaging

Plastipak Packaging wins Constar auction

By Jenny Eagle

News has emerged Plastipak Packaging based in Michigan, US, was the successful bidder against Amcor for Constar International Holdings (Constar).

Natural colours overtake synthetics as European growth leads the way

Global report on food colours

Clean label trend helps drive natural colours to overtake synthetics

By Nathan Gray

Natural colours have overtaken their synthetic counterparts for the first time ever, and the trend towards clean label products is one of the key drivers according to new data from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.


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