Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito

‘Focus No.1: Bud Light has to work!’ Anheuser-Busch boss reveals Top 5 US priorities

31-Oct-2014 - Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito says growth for Bud Light is the brewer’s top US priority as the brand lost less share in Q3 2014, and insists the company won’t spend more on marketing its growth value portfolio.

Slow in the exports of Scotch

Diageo puts brakes on Scotch whisky expansion

31-Oct-2014 - Weakening global demand for Scotch whisky could put the brakes on Diageo’s plans to upgrade its northern distilleries as part of the business’s £1bn expansion plan announced in 2007.

‘Big fight in a Mini business’: Super Bock's beer battle with Sagres

‘Big fight in a Mini business’: Super Bock glosses Portuguese beer battle with Sagres

31-Oct-2014 - Unicer’s innovation head explains how adding pull-off caps to 200ml ‘Mini’ beer bottles allowed the Super Bock brand to win back market share from Portuguese rival Sagres in the late 2000s.

Consumers' coffee tastes are changing, says FIS

Coffee firms should broaden ranges

31-Oct-2014 - Coffee manufacturers could boost sales by developing the broader variety of products that consumers buy elsewhere in Europe, according to Carlos Diaz, food director at Food Innovation Solutions (FIS).

Ball Corporation third quarter financial results

Ball saw weaker than expected can sales after the Brazil World Cup

31-Oct-2014 - Ball Corporation has released its financial results for the third quarter of 2013, with weaker than expected customer demand for its beverage cans in Brazil following the World Cup.

Jaime Crespo, senior brand manager at Lipton North America, speaking at eBev 2014

‘Instagram trumps Facebook for brand engagement’ – Lipton North America exec suggests

31-Oct-2014 - Jaime Crespo, senior brand manager, Lipton North America, says research suggests consumers are 59 times more likely to engage with brands on Instagram than Facebook, while millennials measure wealth more by experiences.

Danone Waters environment director, Philippe Diercxens, said his company supports PEFs to combat 'media misinterpretations' of bottled water and its ecological impact (Photo: Angelo DeSantis/Flickr)

Danone Waters warns EU bottled water PEF rules could cost struggling SMEs

30-Oct-2014 - Danone Waters has warned that EU plans to introduce rules obliging bottled water brands to assess their product environmental footprint risks discriminating against hard-pressed SMEs.

Anna Hagemann-Rise, group communications & CSR manager, pictured here at one of Froosh's fruit farms in Malawi. In Brussels she urged 'trade not aid' developing countries

Smoothie brand Froosh warns of ‘social washing’ on supply chain sustainability

30-Oct-2014 - Scandinavia’s top-selling smoothie manufacturer Froosh has called for ‘trade not aid’ in developing countries and insists beverage brands should do more to understand their supply chains.

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

30-Oct-2014 - Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

Lewis Road Creamery ups chocolate milk production 4000%...in a month

Lewis Road Creamery ups chocolate milk production 4000% after 'unprecedented demand'

30-Oct-2014 - New Zealand dairy Lewis Road Creamery has increased production of a recently launched chocolate milk product from 1,000 litres a week to 40,000 in less than a month following "unprecedented demand."

“I think the baobab could be the next ingredient for sport, and it's not only a fashion,” says Matahi founder

Launching a baobab brand is about educating consumers and telling a story, says drink startup

30-Oct-2014 - Consumers need to be taught what the ‘unknown’ baobab fruit is, according to beverage newbie Matahi.

Avantium must now wait for the decision from the European Commission, expected next year

Avantium passes EFSA food contact application

30-Oct-2014 - Avantium’s food contact application for the monomer used to create polyethylene furanoate (PEF) has been backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Owens-Illinois North America sales drop 3%

O-I North America sales drop 3% after decline in major domestic beer brands

30-Oct-2014 - Owens-Illinois (O-I) has released its financial results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2014, noting volume sales in North America fell 3%, primarily due to continued declines in the major domestic beer brands.

Fireball whiskey recalled

Fireball pulls whiskey after EU regulation breach

29-Oct-2014 - Fireball whiskey has recalled products in three EU countries which breached regulations after shipping its drink there meant for North America.

Baked goods are a top source of curcumin for European children

EFSA reassesses European curcumin exposure levels

29-Oct-2014 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reassessed exposure to curcumin and found consumption is lower than previously thought – although some children consume close to the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

Pepper, Nestlé's robot, will be able to 'read' people's emotions

Nestle commissions empathic robot to sell its coffee machines in Japan

29-Oct-2014 - Nestlé Japan will soon begin using a humanoid robot to sell Nescafé machines as the company devises new ways to appeal to customers in the brand’s biggest market.  

Hangover beverage debuts in Las Vegas

Hangover beverage debuts in Las Vegas

28-Oct-2014 - A new energy drink is seeking a middle path in the sphere, trying to find space between the shot market and bigger serving size cans. Called Last Shot, the product is the subject of a distribution agreement between EQ Labs and Liquid Health Labs, Inc.

“We have to go at right speed, not too fast and not too slow," says firm on its algae-coloured blue water

‘We want to democratise spirulina’, says blue water start-up

28-Oct-2014 - Start-up firm Springwave says it wants to bring spirulina to the masses with its blue bottled water.

Rebel Kitchen launches the 180ml kids' lunchbox format in Tesco this week

Start down with the kids: ‘It’s one of the best decisions we made as a brand’

28-Oct-2014 - Rebel Kitchen is launching its children’s coconut ‘mylks’ in Tesco this week, just 10 months after CEO and entrepreneur Tamara Arbib started the business.

Coca-Cola recognised for Tetra Pak bio-based plastic

Coca-Cola recognised for Tetra Pak bio-based plastic

28-Oct-2014 - Coca-Cola’s Del Valle Reserva juice and Vigor’s Actilife probiotics have been recognised for their Tetra Pak products at the 2014 ABRE Awards (Brazilian Packaging Association).