Added sugar from soda, energy and sports drinks accounts for a fairly modest 4.9% of total energy in the American diet

What are the biggest contributors of added sugars to the US diet?

29-Jul-2014 - While we tend to assume that fast food outlets (the bottomless soda cup) contribute a disproportionate amount of added sugar to the US diet compared with store-bought groceries, new data shows that the reverse is actually true.

Times Square: The US is becoming ever-more multicultural (Mel Schmidt/Flickr)

Comax Flavors agrees US local flavors trend 'challenges' big brands

29-Jul-2014 - Comax Flavors agrees that the trend in the US towards greater flavour differentiation and localization is challenging for big beverage brands as it launches a range targeting Hispanic, Asian and younger consumers.

Ardagh on track to complete US IPO in 2015

Ardagh on track to complete US IPO in 2015

29-Jul-2014 - Ardagh Group looks set to proceed with its long-awaited stock market launch in the second half of next year, according to Moody’s Investor Service.

The US soda category has been particularly susceptible to promotional pricing (Photo: Alan/Flickr)

‘When you overdo it it’s an arms race!’ IRI Consulting warns of US food and beverage promo fever

29-Jul-2014 - IRI Consulting warns that US food and beverage manufacturers risk a significant impact on their profitability when they get sucked into unduly aggressive promotional cycles.

SIG Combibloc's facility in Paraná state, Brazil

RGHL confirms 'approach' to buy SIG Combibloc: $5bn price tag rumored

29-Jul-2014 - Reynolds Group says it will perform a strategic review of the world’s second-largest carton producer SIG Combibloc after an approach by an unnamed suitor looking to buy the business.

Unilever's Q2 results were not as strong as expected ass the firm sees an emerging market slowdown.

Unilever Q2 falls short on back of emerging market slowdown

29-Jul-2014 - Global food and consumer products giant Unilever missed second-quarter expectations as a slowdown in emerging markets and declining prices in developed ones hit sales.

China and Co. driving New Zealand food and beverage exports

China and Co. driving New Zealand food and beverage exports

29-Jul-2014 - Consumer demand from East and Southeast Asia for high value foods and beverages is driving export growth and diversification for New Zealand’s food and beverage industry, a new government report has revealed.

Coca-Cola Life. Yes, it's green! (Photo: Coca-Cola Argentina)

‘I ditched the Coca-Cola Life-style’: A millennial confession

28-Jul-2014 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock insists people in the UK think Coca-Cola Life tastes just like standard Coke ahead of its September launch, but is this lack of differentiation necessarily good news?

Think Drinks plans top-tier science for functional nootropic beverage

Think Drinks plans top-tier science for ‘first functional nootropic beverage’

28-Jul-2014 - US neurotech startup Think Drinks says it plans to conduct high-calibre peer-reviewed study to prove the benefits of what it claims is the world’s ‘first functional nootropic’ brain beverage.

Amcor Rigid Plastics is joining Coke, Ball, Sonoco, and other organizations in The Recycling Partnership to increase US recycling rates.

Amcor joins Coke, Ball, and Sonoco in packaging recycling group

28-Jul-2014 - The packaging giant has signed onto The Recycling Partnership, a group of food, beverage, and package firms dedicated to increase US recycling rates.

Struggling Chinese baijiu sales weigh on Diageo?

Struggling Chinese baijiu sales weigh on Diageo?

28-Jul-2014 - Diageo reportedly plans to write down the value of its stake in China baijiu brand Shui Jing Fang, as the government's anti-extravagance drive hits sales.

P.E.T Engineering wins Devin water deal

P.E.T Engineering wins Devin water deal

28-Jul-2014 - P.E.T Engineering has designed packaging for Devin, mineral water in Bulgaria, made from Glasstar resin, which looks like glass.

Johnson is encouraging Londoners to become more physically active

Drinks giant teams with London mayor for obesity strategy

28-Jul-2014 - The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with drinks firm Coca-Cola Great Britain for a £1M project to encourage Londoners to become more active and tackle obesity.

Cargill's market development manager Jack Heffern: “Consumers respond better to this idea of steady energy and fueling your body. It goes back to that physical benefit of energy...enabling them to work throughout the day." Photo credit:

‘Sustained energy’ not as powerful a message as we thought: Cargill

25-Jul-2014 - No matter how much or how little consumers understand the concept of “energy”, one thing’s for certain. They want more of it. 

Tate& Lyle have delivered below-target results for Q1, but expect to be 'broadly in line' with full year expectations.

Tate & Lyle miss first-quarter profit target

25-Jul-2014 - Ingredients giant Tate & Lyle has said that group operating profit from Q1 fell below expectation after it was hit by poor weather and exchange rates.

Anna Rubaylova/Flickr

‘They all want the next Glaceau deal!’ Dr Pepper’s Larry Young loves young entrepreneurs but finds them expensive

25-Jul-2014 - Dr Pepper Snapple CEO Larry Young says he loves the young entrepreneurs who run his allied brands – these include Bai 5 and Vita Coco – but says the buyout prices startups demand are ‘ridiculous’.

Traditionally athletes were told to take caffeine before exercising, but new evidence shows brain is more susceptible to caffeine when fatigued, says sports performance nutritionist.

Caffeine taken during training and even in small doses may boost sports performance: Researcher

24-Jul-2014 - Already one of the most widely-used stimulants in sport, recent research suggests there may be greater scope for caffeine to be used in a wider range of sports as well as during exercise, says sports nutrition researcher and consultant in elite sport.

Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr

PepsiCo CEO on the threat of fresh: Indra Nooyi plots mastery of muted US retail market

24-Jul-2014 - PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says the company is positioning itself as the highest growth food and beverage manufacturer in a ‘relatively low growth’ US retail landscape where fresh food is trending strongly.

Zevia CEO: 'US consumers have rejected mid-calorie sodas resoundingly'

Beverage Entrepreneurs Forum: Is mid-calorie cola a failed concept, why Keurig Cold may disappoint, and is ‘healthy’ in the eye of the beholder?

24-Jul-2014 - While beverage’s biggest guns have pumped some serious cash into developing ‘mid-calorie’ versions of their iconic brands (Dr Pepper TEN, Pepsi Next, Coca-Cola Life), not everyone is convinced they will deliver the incremental growth to the ailing soda category that's been promised.

Hoping for a VITHIT Stateside: Ireland’s No.1 health drink enters US

Hoping for a VITHIT Stateside: Ireland’s No.1 health drink enters US

24-Jul-2014 - The founder of Ireland’s best-selling health drink VITHIT insists the brand can succeed in the UK where US vitamin waters have failed, and reveals plans to launch the drink in the States via PepsiCo’s system.