Soft Drinks

South Africa: Coca-Cola stays in touch with changing tastes and consumers preferences in the country

20 Oct 2017 --- Coca-Cola in South Africa, in line with its global long-term business strategy, is evolving to become a total beverage company that can be even more responsive to people’s changing tastes and needs. 

Jamie Oliver sugar tax success: Drop in sugary drinks sales at his Italian chain

17 Oct 2017 --- Introducing a small levy to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants across the UK is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in SSB sales, according to new research published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The celebrity chef and food campaigner has collated the results of a study that has been running in his 37 Italian restaurants exploring the effects a 10 pence sugar tax had on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages. 

Ireland plans 30 cents per liter sugar tax

12 Oct 2017 --- Ireland is proposing to bring in a sugar tax similar to the levy to be introduced in the UK amid concerns the country is facing an escalating obesity crisis. As the Finance Minister of Ireland, Paschal Donohoe set the country’s 2018 Budget, he  announced measures for a new sugar tax of 30 cent per liter on drinks with over eight grams of sugar per 100 milliliters, with a reduced rate of 20 cent per liter on drinks with between five and eight grams of sugar per 100 milliliters.

Debut for Origins botanically infused waters

21 Sep 2017 --- One Drinks, a company based in Surrey in the UK, has launched its new Origins range of botanically infused spring water drinks. These drinks contain natural ingredients from the places where the company funds life-changing water projects for communities around the world.

Irish Beverage Council calls for soft drinks tax deferral amid risk of border smuggling

07 Sep 2017 --- The Irish Beverage Council, the lobby group representing the soft drink sector, has called for a deferral of the proposed sugar-sweetened drink tax claiming it could lead to increased border smuggling and will drive consumers to buy cheaper goods in Northern Ireland.

Singapore: Seven major soft drink firms pledge to cap sugar

25 Aug 2017 --- Ministry of Health officials in Singapore say that seven big name soft drink companies have pledged to cut sugar content in drinks within the next few years. The soft drink manufacturers – Coca-Cola, F&N Foods, Malaysia Dairy Industries, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pokka and Yeo Hiap Seng – are reportedly reducing sugar as part of an initiative to drive down diabetes in the sovereign city state.

Bell inspires innovators with “craft” and botanical extracts

23 Aug 2017 --- Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA has announced new trend concepts and flavor creations for beverage products, including botanical extracts and taste concepts.  This year, Bell is focusing on the “craft” megatrend, covering inspiring ideas for sparkling craft lemonades, refreshing flavors of cider, as well as innovative concepts for refining beer mixers. 

BRC publishes new guidance on food packaging

22 Aug 2017 --- Brand and consumer protection organization, BRC Global Standards has published the first edition of food packaging materials guidance. It’s geared towards achieving a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice for businesses involved in the delivery of food and to prevent substances from packaging materials from getting into food.

Coca-Cola has rolled out no-sugar, no-calorie Zero Sugar option in US

27 Jul 2017 --- Coca-Cola is promising the same taste as regular Coke, as it officially launches a replacement for Coca-Cola Zero with its innovative “better-tasting” recipe in the US, which will now be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

AB InBev set to acquire energy drinks firm Hiball

21 Jul 2017 --- Anheuser Busch InBev (AB InBev) has announced the acquisition of Hiball, a San Francisco-based producer of energy drinks and owner of the Alta Palla brand of organic sparkling juices and sparkling waters.

GNT address thirst for multi-sensory experiences in beverages

17 Jul 2017 --- Consumers expect more from beverages than just to quench their thirst. Ideally, soft drinks, smoothies and the like offer new drinking experiences and bursts of flavor – while suiting people’s individual lifestyles. The GNT Group recently compiled five ways for food and beverage companies to meet this challenge.

US: Soda Lawsuit Aims to Take Fizz Out of “Misleading Marketing”

14 Jul 2017 --- A US lawsuit has been filed accusing Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association of obscuring the link between drinking sugar-packed sodas and obesity as well as other health problems.

GNT Group Highlight Consumer Thirst for Sensory Experiences in Beverages

23 Jun 2017 --- Consumers expect more from beverages than just to quench their thirst. Ideally, soft drinks, smoothies and the like offer new drinking experiences and bursts of flavor – while suiting people’s individual lifestyles. The GNT Group has compiled five ways for food and beverage companies to meet this challenge.

Researchers Develop Coated Fabric to Determine Freshness of Oranges

13 Jun 2017 --- Scientists have found a quick and reliable way to test the freshness of the fruit and it all starts with a small strip of coated fabric developed at FIU.

Australia: Classic Coke Taste But Without the Sugar, Claims Coca-Cola’s New Variant

12 Jun 2017 --- Following on from its debut in Mexico last year, Coke No Sugar is now available in Australia and New Zealand with the planned global rollout predicted to be the biggest launch of a new Coca-Cola since Coke Zero was introduced over a decade ago in 2006. The soft drinks giant promises consumers it has found “the answer” for those who love the taste of Classic Coca-Cola, but are watching their sugar intake with big promises that this is “closer than ever to the classic Coca-Cola taste.”

Symrise Acquires Cobell, Expands Presence in British Beverage Market

31 May 2017 --- Symrise AG are set to strengthen their position in the British market segment for beverages. The Company has signed an agreement to acquire Cobell Limited from the Managing Partners. Cobell, which was established in 1999, is the largest supplier of processed fruit and vegetable juices in Great Britain and a leading supplier across Europe. Cobell ideally complements the activities and will enhance Symrise’s local presence and customer proximity.  

UAE Moves Towards 50 Percent Soda Tax and 100 Percent Levy for Energy Drinks

25 May 2017 --- The UAE is introducing new fiscal measures to tax carbonated drinks by 50% and a 100% tax hike on energy drinks. 

Coca Cola Cuts Jobs as Demand for Sugary Soda Goes Flat

27 Apr 2017 --- The falling demand for fizzy drinks has hit Coca-Cola as the soft drinks giant posts its first quarter results and also announces 1,200 job losses. As global consumers continue to opt out of sugar sweetened soda in favor of healthier choices and a general change in tastes and preferences continues to sweep across many food and drinks sectors, growth is stalling at Coca Cola.

Study Suggests Some Strategies to Limit Sugary Drinks May Backfire

11 Apr 2017 --- In response to policy efforts aimed at limiting individuals' intake of sugary drinks, businesses could enact various strategies that would allow them to comply with the limits while preserving business and consumer choice. New research shows that one of these strategies - offering smaller cup sizes with free refills - can actually increase individual consumption of sugary drinks. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Stevia-Packed Coca Cola Life Scrapped in the UK as Sales Go Flat

10 Apr 2017 --- Low-sugar Coca Cola Life is to be phased out in Britain in June after sales of the stevia soft drink have nosedived. The move comes as Coca Cola increases its investment in Coca-Cola Zero Sugar as part of its on-going zero sugary strategy. This will allow the company to “simplify consumer choice between sugar and sugar-free formats” as Coca-Cola continues to focus on the growth of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and Diet Coke.

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