Coca-Cola hopes to increase its staffing from 60,000 to 135,000 within four years

New Java plant shows first fruits from $500m Indonesian investment

01-Apr-2015 - The Coca-Cola Company’s chief executive has branded Indonesia “one of the most dynamic countries in the world”, as he opened Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s Cikekodan plant in Bekasi, West Java.

Consumers can literally have a 'say' in what they are drinking, using the Medea app

Message on a bottle: Personalized text lights up Medea Vodka bottles

31-Mar-2015 - Consumers can use their phones to programme personalized messages on bottles, with Bluetooth technology and an app launched by Medea Vodka. 

"The global food system remains broken," said Oxfam, although it notes increased willingness to tackle social and environmental issues among the top 10 food firms

Oxfam: World’s biggest food companies must ‘walk the talk’ on sustainability

31-Mar-2015 - Eight of the 10 biggest multinational food companies have improved their food security and sustainability policies over the past year – but all must do more to put their commitments into practice, says Oxfam’s latest Behind the Brands report.

Rexam is investing $77m in a new manufacturing plant, with a second to follow

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

31-Mar-2015 - The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the packaging will become much more popular. 

Researchers explore the functional potential of green coffee beans

Researchers explore the functional potential of green coffee beans

30-Mar-2015 - There is strong potential for the use of ground green coffee beans to be used directly as a functional ingredient in supplements and foods, say researchers.

The factory will use a new technology that will have a minimal environmental impact, it said.

Nestlé opens CHF80m coffee plant in Vietnam

30-Mar-2015 - Nestlé has opened a production factory in Vietnam to meet rising consumer demand for decaffeinated coffee, it said.

Natural Products Expo West attendees enjoying Reed's Ginger Brew in Moscow mules. Source: Reed's Inc. Instagram

Reed’s sees growth potential with liquor companies, convenience stores & supermarkets

30-Mar-2015 - Natural soda maker Reed’s Inc. is exploring ways to expand awareness and distribution of its iconic ginger brews through partnerships with liquor companies, convenience stores and mainstream grocery stores, executives said. 

Working together: mutually beneficial?

Friend or foe: Can big beverage brands and small start-ups work together?

30-Mar-2015 - Big beverage companies now recognise the speed and energy of start-ups, but corporations maintain the might and muscle when it comes to distribution. So could both worlds work together?

CCE will pump £66M into improving the sustainabilty of its UK sites this year

Coca-Cola Enterprises to invest £66M in sustainability

30-Mar-2015 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will pump £66M into a range of efficiency and operational upgrades across its UK manufacturing sites this year.

What's in a glass of beer? Nutrition and ingredient labeling will help consumers find out

Heineken and Carlsberg back brewers’ pledge for nutritional labeling on beer

30-Mar-2015 - Heineken, Carlsberg, SAB Miller, and AB InBev are backing a pledge from The Brewers of Europe, which commits to listing ingredients and nutritional information on beer. 

The Girona factory

Nestlé Spain invests €102m in energy efficient Nescafé line to lower resource consumption

27-Mar-2015 - Nestlé Spain will boost production of Nescafé soluble coffee at its factory in Girona by 30%, with an investment of €102m ($110m) on an energy efficient line. 

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

26-Mar-2015 - Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city.

What could soft drinks taste like?

Salty, sour, spicy, bitter: Will soft drinks ever go beyond sweet?

26-Mar-2015 - Will ‘sweet’ always be superior in the soft drink category? Or will consumers embrace the whole world of senses and suss out alternative tastes?

Jose Cuervo: ‘Prove you’ve got the passion and grit to become our next Don of Tequila'

New CFO for Coca-Cola Amatil, how to succeed as a tequila don, and more beverage bites

26-Mar-2015 - Jose Cuervo’s ‘Don of Tequila’ competition; Diageo introduces nutritional labelling; and Martyn Roberts’ journey from Louis Vuitton to Coca-Cola: some of the nuggets of news in this week’s Beverage Bites feature.  

Secura will be rolled out in countries including Europe, the US, India and Indonesia, said the company

New enzyme could save cash for maltose syrup producers, says company

25-Mar-2015 - A new enzyme launched by biotech company Novozymes can optimise operations and reduce processing costs for maltose syrups producers, the company said.

Kraft Foods and H.J Heinz agree super-merger

Kraft Foods and H.J Heinz agree super-merger

25-Mar-2015 - F&B giants Kraft Foods (which boasts beverage brands such as Maxwell House and Capri Sun) and Heinz will merge to create The Kraft Heinz Company. 

Lawsuit alleges drinking wine could result in 'dangerous arsenic toxicity to the consumer'

‘Dangerously high’ levels of arsenic in California wine, alleges lawsuit: but industry slams the science

25-Mar-2015 - California wine is ‘perfectly safe,’ says the industry body Wine Institute, after a lawsuit alleged some low-cost products contain ‘dangerously high’ levels of inorganic arsenic.  

Ardagh Group energy preheating cullet

Ardagh Group saves €116k a year on energy bills for defrosting, drying and preheating cullet

25-Mar-2015 - Ardagh Groupclaims to havefound the most energy efficient way of defrosting, drying and preheating cullet (recycled glass) saving €116k a year at its plant in Nienburg, Germany, with an annual CO2  reduction of 334 tonnes.

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

24-Mar-2015 - Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered that the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within just minutes.

Polyphenol counts in berries may be high, but bioavailability is much lower, say researchers

Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?

24-Mar-2015 - Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.