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Keith Nuthall

Articles by Keith Nuthall

Amcor, Sidel get liquid packaging JV green light 1 October 2015

Amcor Group and Sidel have received approval from the European Commission for their liquid packaging technology joint-venture.

EU opens consultation on lower excise rates for smaller producers 2 September 2015

The drinks industry in the European Union has been asked whether it wants to allow smaller beverage manufacturers to sell products at lower excise duty rates than their larger competitors.

Ball Corp announced its intention to buy Rexam earlier this yearEuro Commission runs rule over Rexam's Ball Corp purchase 24 July 2015

The European Commission has launched a phase two examination of UK aluminium can and bottle manufacturer Rexam's proposed takeover by US rival Ball Corp, over concerns that a merged company might dominate European markets.

China Huiyuan Juice Group hives off troublesome units 2 July 2015

China Huiyuan Juice Group has offloaded nine struggling subsidiaries in its home market.

The DG of the World Health Organization has recommended a regulatory approach to full-sugar soft drinksWorld Health Organization calls for full-sugar soft drinks regulations 24 June 2015

The director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accused the marketing of full-sugar non-alcoholic beverages of being one of the main contributors to rising child obesity around the world, especially in developing countries.

The Cuban government has restated its plea for Havana Club to be sold in the USCuban government makes Havana Club plea to US 22 June 2015

The Cuban government has called on the United States to allow the Franco-Cuban Havana Club Holding to sell its product into America, claiming that the import ban continues to breach World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

Canada plans surtax on US wine imports 11 June 2015

The Canadian government has released plans to impose a 100% surtax on American wine imports in retaliation to US measures on meat and livestock.

The European Food Safety Authority handed down the caffeine recommendation last weekEFSA sets safe standards for caffeine consumption 1 June 2015

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said that single doses of caffeine of up to 200mg from all sources, including from energy drinks and cola, do not raise concerns for human health.

OECD report calls for increased prices in battle against alcohol abuse 14 May 2015

A report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) has said that increasing alcohol prices through taxes and minimum prices may help "tackle the heavy cost of harmful drinking".

Health ministers from European Union member states met in Riga earlier this weekEuropean Union readies new alcohol harm reduction policy 24 April 2015

European Union health ministers have agreed the development of a new policy for reducing alcohol-related harm.

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