Soft Drinks

Agrana Nile Fruits brings new beverage solutions to Middle East & African markets

10 Aug 2018 --- Agrana Nile Fruits has inaugurated a new production line for tailor-made beverage compounds, specifically targeting markets in the Middle East and North Africa. The joint project with Austria Juice, a sister company of the Agrana Group, is a successful endeavor of installing high-quality standards and the innovation drive from European markets to the region, according to the company.

South Africa to Spain: Appletiser wins over European market

31 Jul 2018 --- Appletiser, South Africa’s lightly sparkling, apple juice brand is taking off in Spain, with new market launches set to follow across Western Europe and the Americas. Coca-Cola initially sent out over 20,000 presentation kits to the Spanish market as an introduction. As hoped, customers fell for the flavor and now Appletiser is stocked by over 43,000 customers across the country.

Going beyond juices: “Our possibilities are endless,” says Austria Juice

30 Jul 2018 --- The awareness of health goes hand in hand with the demand for beverages containing fewer calories, according to Kai Oliver Antonius, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of Austria Juice. 100 percent and 50 percent juices have experienced a decline in Europe and Antonius believes this is down to the fact that consumers are making choices directed towards water-based beverages while delivering a lower juice concentrate. The needs of the market can, therefore, be embedded into a new generation of juice flavors and the demand for natural ingredients enhances this.

The way of the Samurai: Ball collaborates with famous vegan chef for striking can design

30 Jul 2018 --- Ball has collaborated with Attila Hildmann Empire GmbH to produce complexly designed cans for its organic drink, Daisho. The central design element of the 25-centiliter Slim cans depicts a Samurai warrior with a pair of traditional swords called Daisho. To highlight the sophisticated design in the best possible way, the cans feature Ball’s popular HD printing technique. Produced at the Gelsenkirchen, Germany plant, the cans will be available at retail stores in Germany from July in three flavors: Litchi-Lime, Berry-Vanilla and Mango-Pineapple-Coconut.

Nestlé first half profits jump: Momentum in US and China, coffee and infant nutrition boost

26 Jul 2018 --- Swiss food giant Nestlé has reported a 19 percent jump in net profit to CHF5.8 billion (US$5.8 billion) in the first half of the year as markets in the US and China improve. Earnings per share have also increased by 21.4 percent to CHF 1.92 (US$1.94). Nestlé sales have been gathering momentum since the group switched its focus toward high growth areas including the US coffee sector following a deceleration in sales growth last year which was the slowest in more than two decades and the result of changing consumer trends.

Coca-Cola initiative at UK attractions: One plastic bottle for half price entry

26 Jul 2018 --- Consumers will be getting an extra rush on their next theme park trip – provided they bring along a used plastic bottle. Coca-Cola GB and Merlin, the UK’s largest visitor attraction operator, have partnered to roll out “reverse vending” machines at selected sites which will offer 50 percent off admission with the donation of one plastic bottle

Britvic’s sugar-free strategy pays off as revenue rises

24 Jul 2018 --- British soft drink producer Britvic saw its third-quarter revenue increase by 3.4 percent boosted by sales of the company’s sugar-free and non-carbonated range. The company behind brands such as Robinson’s Fruit Shoot and Tango was also helped by the unusually warm weather experienced in Britain over the last couple of months. Revenue climbed as temperatures soared.

Start-up success: Boxed water company secures US$6.7m investment led By AccelFoods

24 Jul 2018 --- Rethink Brands, the boxed water company disrupting the children's beverage sector with the creation of Rethink Kids Water, has received a US$6.7 million investment for growth and expansion. The latest round of funding is led by AccelFoods, investors in high-growth, natural food and beverage companies.

“Heat&Go”: SIG launches microwaveable carton for mobile drinking convenience

19 Jul 2018 ---  SIG has developed a new microwaveable aseptic carton designed specifically for on-the-go consumption of liquid dairy, non-carbonated soft drinks and broth with low viscosity products. The new “Heat&Go” pack is aluminum free and can be heated in a microwave, either in a vending machine, store, café, home or office. SIG cite the rising consumer trend for hot drinks that can be consumed on-the-go – particularly in Asia – as the inspiration behind the design.

Sweet survey: Who are the world’s biggest sugar consumers?

17 Jul 2018 --- As governments around the world work to curb sugar intake, drive down obesity and health issues by introducing sugar taxes, one survey has collated data to show which countries have the highest intake of the sweet stuff. UK insurance provider Protectivity has analyzed data on human sugar consumption figures to discover which countries are consuming the most sugar per capita.

Chile sugar levy success: Could others “take heart”?

04 Jul 2018 --- Four years after the introduction of Chile’s sugar tax, research claims that the levy has driven down the consumption of sugary drinks. And researchers believe that other countries could “take heart” from the findings because they show that the sugar tax incentive does not need to be high in order to have an impact. But there are doubts about its impact on socioeconomic inequalities in diet-related health, like obesity, leading to claims that it may be a “bittersweet success.” 

Better beverages: High protein and digestive health tipped for strong growth

03 Jul 2018 --- Nutrition science is making itself heard in the beverage category. Protein coffees, probiotic juices and turmeric teas are common sightings as the demand for convenient and functional foods increases with consumers. The penetration of better-for-you related claims for soft drinks products increased from 58 percent in 2012, to 65 percent in 2017 globally. 

Beverage breakthrough: Roha launches solution for O-ring formations on bottlenecks

27 Jun 2018 ---  India-based colors company, Roha has launched an innovative solution to tackle the issue of neck ringing, the formation of the oily ring like stains on the necks of beverage bottles. Roha’s scientific experts have been working with clients in their labs and have revealed their so-called breakthrough product for the beverage industry: Natracol Ultima Yellow.

CO2 shortage causes Coca-Cola to temporarily pause production in UK

26 Jun 2018 --- The carbon dioxide shortage is impacting big brands and small enterprises as the soft drinks, beer and meat industries wait for CO2 for their businesses to operate amid low stocks across Europe. Coca-Cola even “temporarily paused” production for a short period, however, the soft drink giant stresses that there has been no disruption to supplies so far.

Europe’s carbon dioxide shortage: Drinks industry concern as CO2 runs low

22 Jun 2018 --- The closure of carbon dioxide production sites in Europe has led to a shortage of CO2 and concerns over the possibility of low stocks of soft drinks and beer during one of the busiest times of the year. Despite the fact that most retailers and drinks manufacturers hold high volumes of soft drinks, there are growing concerns that stocks could run low during the height of summer, a high-demand period for carbonated beverages and beer.

Combidome convenience: SIG partners with Pfanner for on-the-go juice drink

19 Jun 2018 --- Targeted at busy millennials who “prefer to consume healthily on-the-go,” Pfanner’s Supersafte range of lifestyle juices are packaged in SIG’s innovative carton bottle combidome 500ml, which is optimized to be consumed on the move. The companies state that the new range of drinks tap into the millennial market even further through their transparent marketing and sustainable status. 

Highland Spring trials 100 percent recycled eco bottle in UK first

14 Jun 2018 --- One of the UK’s leading natural source water brands, Highland Springs, will begin trialing a new eco bottle which is both recyclable and made from 100 percent recycled material. The project aims to “keep plastic in the circular economy and out of the oceans.” In a first for the UK Bottled Water category, the trial starts this month with the launch of a 500ml Highland Spring eco bottle in selected Tesco stores in Scotland.

Smurfit Kappa extends Bag-in-Box packaging solutions for fresh apple juice

13 Jun 2018 --- Paper-based packaging specialists Smurfit Kappa has developed the Thermo Bag as part of its Bag-in-Box range. The bag is designed to facilitate the hot filing technique used in the production of fresh apple juice, which enhances shelf-life and improves cost-efficiency. The market for fresh apple juice is on the rise as consumers seek out healthy additions to their diets.

Israeli start-up to launch alcohol-free spring water infused with grape extract

08 Jun 2018 --- Israeli-based start-up, Wine Water Ltd., is set to launch O.Vine, the world's first non-alcoholic spring water infusion with the spirit of wine. According to the company, O.Vine brings an intoxicating aroma and refreshing taste to the palette.

Coca-Cola's first alcoholic beverage hits the shelves in Japan

29 May 2018 --- Coca-Cola has launched its first alcoholic drink, a lemon flavored alcopop, in Japan, in a bid to tap into new markets and consumers, appealing particularly at the growing market of young female drinkers. In a global first for the US drinks giant, three fizzy lemon drinks went on sale on earlier this week.

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