DTU researchers say the TDI should be 0.7 micrograms per kilogram body weight per day or lower

DVFA: No basis for BPA legal action

02-Mar-2015 - There is no basis for individual legal action on BPA according to The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) after researchers in the country said the safe level recommended by EFSA does not adequately protect consumers against endocrine disrupting effects.

'A Good Mood' (Photo: Nick F/Flickr)

‘Mood balancing beverages’: Sensient Flavors eyes growth market with new concepts

01-Mar-2015 - Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that it says respond to rising demand for food and drink that affects and balances our emotional states in a ‘gentle and natural’ way.

'Golden Amigo' - a cocktail suggestion from Casamigos

George Clooney’s tequila, why a latte is less likely to spill than coffee, and more beverage bites

26-Feb-2015 - George Clooney’s tequila, a fire at Diageo’s Burghead Maltings and why a latte is less likely to spill than a standard coffee. Just some of the news nuggets in this week’s ‘Beverage Bites’.

How Coke got its curves: Coca-Cola's contour bottle celebrates 100 years

How Coke got its curves: Coca-Cola's contour bottle celebrates 100 years

26-Feb-2015 - Coca-Cola has launched a global campaign featuring icons such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Ray Charles, as it celebrates the 100th birthday of its bottle. 

Thought soft drinks were sugary? Look at energy drinks! says Action on Sugar

Thought soft drinks were sugary? Look at energy drinks! says Action on Sugar

26-Feb-2015 - Energy drinks contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml serving – more than three times the maximum adult daily intake of free sugars a day, according to research released by Action on Sugar. 

Jägermeister sales bomb: ‘Extremely aggressive’ US pricing hits herbal liqueur

Jägermeister sales bomb: ‘Extremely aggressive’ US pricing hits herbal liqueur

26-Feb-2015 - Sales of the world’s best-selling liqueur brand Jagermeister fell 5.6% in 2014 due to a slowdown in its biggest market the US – due to changing consumer trends, a crowded category and aggressive pricing by rivals.

The report found that 55% of consumers still thought 'natural' sugars were healthy

UK sugar industry sales drop by 14%

26-Feb-2015 - Sales dropped to £298m (€338m) in 2014 and coincided with findings that nearly half of British consumers had shied away from sugar that year.

Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

25-Feb-2015 - Goya Foods has hit back at a study on the safety of 4-MEI in soft drinks by John Hopkins researchers, insisting that the team's data on the caramel color byproduct is 'outdated and inaccurate'.

While allulose is found naturally in some fruits, Tate & Lyle is manufacturing it on a commercial scale via the enzymatic conversion of corn

Tate & Lyle unveils Dolcia Prima allulose low-calorie-sugar: ‘We believe this will change the food and beverage landscape forever’

25-Feb-2015 - Tate & Lyle is launching a new ultra-low-calorie sugar that is found naturally in jackfruit and raisins, but is being made in commercial quantities via the enzymatic conversion of corn using a proprietary process.

Most of India's calories come from homemade food

Packaged food and fizzy drinks not behind India’s diabetes spike

25-Feb-2015 - Despite living among the highest population of diabetics in the world, Indians consumed just one-fifth of the global daily average for calories through packaged food and soft drinks last year.

Photo: Rodrigo Amorim/Flickr

Beam Suntory fights ‘frivolous’ lawsuit attacking Jim Beam bourbon's handcrafted credentials

25-Feb-2015 - Beam Suntory insists it will fight a US class action filed last week accusing the company of deceptive advertising for describing San Diego’s Jim Beam bourbon as ‘handcrafted’.

‘We don’t want your plonk!’ German wine consumers turn to higher quality wine

‘We don’t want your plonk!’ German wine consumers turn to higher quality wine

25-Feb-2015 - German consumers are prepared to pay more for a better quality still wine, says Mintel, as drinkers become sceptical of mass-production and demand authenticity and quality. 

Smart bottle gives phones more than QR codes, says Thin Film

Not just any old bottle: Diageo ‘smart bottle’ thwarts counterfeiters and boosts consumer experience

25-Feb-2015 - Diageo and Thin Film Electronics have released a prototype Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘smart bottle,’ which can assure consumers of authenticity, help the industry track the product, and ‘completely change the role of a bottle in the consumer experience.’

VIP Nuts co-founder: 'If Carlsberg did nuts, they would do VIP Nuts’ – you know, how good is that?

VIP Nuts: We’ve cracked it with beer collaboration

25-Feb-2015 - Collaborating with major beer brands like Carlsberg and Cobra has stretched our reach even further, says the co-founder of VIP Nuts.

Coconut sugar is made from the sap of flowers from the palm

Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative

24-Feb-2015 - Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar - but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.

Beer… and beyond! SAB Miller Latin America wants to grow in other beverages

Beer… and beyond! SAB Miller Latin America wants to grow in other beverages

24-Feb-2015 - SAB Miller wants to develop its premium beer portfolio in Brazil and increase beer consumption across LATAM, but also strengthen its hold on other beverage sectors in the region.

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

'Semi-skimmed soft drinks!' Mid-calorie soda could become the mainstream choice, Zenith International

24-Feb-2015 - Mid-calorie soft drinks have the potential to gain ground on traditional full calorie drinks – and could eventually become the new mainstream choice, according to Zenith International. 

A visit to Lynfred Winery in Illinois (Photo: H.Michael Miley/Flickr)

Direct to consumer sales will snare ‘significant revenues’ for US wineries: Wine Intelligence

24-Feb-2015 - US direct to consumer wine sales grew 15% in 2014 off a relatively low base, but will become a significant future revenue source for small to mid-sized wineries, according to Wine Intelligence.

Social media's role during product recalls

Firms turning to social media to manage product recall fallout

24-Feb-2015 - Interactive social media decreases the negative market reaction to product recalls compared to firms who do not use the platform, according to a study.

'Show me the mini,' proclaims Pepsi

PepsiCo on CSDs: How it thinks it can kick the industry’s Achilles’ heel

23-Feb-2015 - PepsiCo’s 2015 launches will see an increased focus on products with health benefits, while it will push smaller packages to make the most of growth in its on-the-go business.