Soft Drinks

Coca-Cola targets millennials with plant-based dairy-free smoothie launch

08 Feb 2018 --- Just a few months before the UK sugar tax begins, Coca-Cola European Partners is making a move into plant-based drinks, with a new range, designed and marketed to appeal to millennials.

Hydrosol launches trendy concepts for fruit-based beverages

08 Feb 2018 --- The market for beverages is continuously growing around the world. The main drivers in the category are fruit juices and fruit juice drinks, which are seeing disproportionate growth. Hydrosol has launched all-in compounds which let beverage manufacturers benefit from this growing demand. The company's Stabifruit systems contain all the important components for making refreshing fruity drinks and offer many advantages over concentrates.

Coca-Cola outlines mission to reduce plastic waste

22 Jan 2018 --- Coca-Cola has pledged to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030 as well as working towards making all its packaging recyclable, as the soft drinks giant joins a global movement to reduce waste.

Four new flavors of Diet Coke as iconic soda enters “new era”

11 Jan 2018 --- On-trend bold botanical, fruit and spice flavors like mango, lime, ginger and blood orange, are the key components of new-look Diet Coke as the iconic brand goes through a transformation which also includes sleek new packaging.

Nestle Waters sells Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds businesses to private equity

19 Dec 2017 --- Private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners has partnered up with Dunn’s River Brands to create a new strategic beverage platform. As part of the venture, the companies have acquired the Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds businesses from Nestle Waters North America. Dunn’s River Brands said Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds are expected to serve as the base for additional acquisitions of smaller high-growth brands in the fast-growing ready-to-drink tea category.

Natural Power for the Whole Day

30 Nov 2017 ---

It’s not just the caffeine in whole green coffee powder that is important. The innovative nutraceutical ingredient acts through its entire matrix.

Soft drinks will soar this Christmas as alcohol consumption declines, finds Britvic research

13 Nov 2017 --- Brand new research from Britvic has revealed that almost half of consumers (45 percent) are set to buy more soft drinks at Christmas as figures show that over a fifth (21 percent) plan to drink less alcohol. With 37 percent also planning to spend more on soft drinks at Christmas than previous years, increasing to over half (56 percent) of consumers aged 16-24, seasonal soft drinks sales are set to soar this Christmas and Britvic is advising leisure operators to be prepared.

Symrise study reveals US millennials see positive authenticity in craft beverages

08 Nov 2017 --- Symrise Flavors’ Marketing and Consumer Insights group recently conducted a study addressing what is driving the growing acceptance of craft products among US millennials, with a focus on craft beverages. 

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.

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