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Nestle commits US$2.1bn to recycled plastic packaging pledge 16 Jan 2020

Andy Coyne

Switzerland-based food and beverage giant Nestlé is to invest up to CHF2bn (US$2.1bn) in a shift to recycled plastic packaging.

"No swift action" on US CBD regulation after FDA comments, warns analyst 16 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

CBD beverage producers in the US may have to wait for clarity on regulation as authorities look set to miss a February deadline, an analyst has said.

PepsiCo unveils Mtn Dew Amp Game Fuel Zero as non-sugar portfolio grows 16 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

PepsiCo has further expanded the zero-calorie roster of its Mtn Dew brand with the launch of a no-sugar Game Fuel.

MBF Co's Slapjack Jackfruit Vodka - Product Launch 16 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

US drinks company MBF Co has launched what it claims is the world's first jackfruit spirit. The company describes Slapjack as "juicy and tropical, with a touch of sweet heat".

PepsiCo rolls out new look for Pepsi Zero Sugar in Super Bowl push 16 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

PepsiCo has lined up a Super Bowl giveaway to highlight new pack designs for its sugar-free namesake brand.

Gin maker Fishers names Christian Hamilton commercial director 16 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

UK gin producer Fishers has appointed its first commercial director in an effort to expand its business.

SHS Drinks’ WKD Dark Fruit - Product Launch 16 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

SHS Drinks has added a dark fruit variant to its WKD RTD brand as it looks to tap into the "easily understood ‘dark fruit’ concept".

"The Trump administration has been bold in addressing long-standing trade barriers" - just-drinks speaks to Distilled Spirits Council CEO Chris Swonger - Part I 16 Jan 2020

Olly Wehring

Spirits producers in the US had plenty to worry about last year, and 2020 shows little sign of respite. Late last week, just-drinks spoke to Chris Swonger, the CEO of trade association the Distilled Spirits Council of the US. In this, the first in an exclusive, two-part interview, Swonger, who assumed the role in late-2018, leads us through the twists and turns of tariffs and trade talks in recent months.

Billie Eilish, Diplo get behind flavour push for MatchaBar's Hustle 16 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Matcha energy drinks company MatchaBar has lined up a new campaign and new flavours for its Hustle brand in the US market.

Lucky Saint rolls out non-alcoholic beer on draught in UK bars 16 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

UK non-alcoholic brewer Lucky Saint has launched a draught version of its namesake beer in around 40 bars in its home market.

PepsiCo to fight "severe" climate change threat with US renewables switch 15 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

The coming decade will be "critical for the future of our planet's health", according to PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta, as the company announced plans to move to 100% renewable electricity in the US.

Millennials drive fall in US frequent wine consumption - figures 15 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

The number of "frequent" wine drinkers among Millennial consumers in the US has fallen by almost 8m in the past four years, new data has shown.

Villa Maria Estate names Matt Deller chief of sales & marketing 15 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

New Zealand's Villa Maria Estate has appointed Matt Deller MW to the newly-created role of chief global sales & marketing officer.

Ronald Allen retires from The Coca-Cola Co board 15 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

The Coca-Cola Co has announced the retirement of one of its long-standing board members.

Tomatin’s Warehouse 6 collection - The 1977 - Product Launch 15 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Highland whisky distillery Tomatin has released the fourth expression in its ultra-premium 'Warehouse 6 Collection' line.

Purity Organic snaps ups Sweet Leaf Tea in Dunn’s River Brands deal 15 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

California-based organic food company Purity Organic has acquired the owner of the Sweet Leaf Tea iced-tea brand.

Heineken reveals latest James Bond push - video 15 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Heineken has released details of its latest James Bond TV commercial, featuring Bond star Daniel Craig.

What effect does alcohol have on consumers with a lower socio-economic status? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 235 16 Jan 2020

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

In recently-released research, the authors aimed to investigate whether - and to what extent - consumption by beverage type, BMI, smoking and other factors explain inequalities in alcohol-related harm evidenced through wholly-attributable alcohol-related hospital admissions (ARHA).

Edrington to shutter South Korean operations - Scotch in South Korea data 15 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

Edrington is to close its South Korea unit amid long-term declines for the Scotch whisky category in the country.

Ocean Spray unveils coffee "hybrid" Ocean Spray Brew 14 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

Ocean Spray has launched a "hybrid" drink in the US that combines cranberry juice with cold brew coffee.

US hard seltzer sales to jump by 270% in 2020 - analyst 14 Jan 2020

Andy Morton

Hard seltzer is set to almost triple in value in the US this year as demand for the booming beverage category refuses to subside, an analyst has forecast.

Jagermeister Cold Brew Coffee set for GTR release 14 Jan 2020

Olly Wehring

Mast-Jägermeister will roll out the recently-launched coffee-flavoured extension of its namesake liqueur brand in the Global Travel Retail channel.

Halewood Wines & Spirits' Whitley Neill Gooseberry Gin - Product Launch 14 Jan 2020

Olly Wehring

UK-based Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a limited-edition flavoured expression to the roster of its Whitley Neill gin brand.

NewAge Beverages Corp names David Vanderveen COO 14 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Colorado-based NewAge Beverage Corp (NABC) has appointed David Vanderveen to the role of chief operating officer.

Grey Goose launches seven cities packs in Global Travel Retail 14 Jan 2020

Olly Wehring

Bacardi has unveiled a city-themed pack offering for Grey Goose vodka in the Global Travel Retail channel.

US trade groups call for tariff end as wine, whiskey exports drop 14 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Drinks trade organisations in the US have called on the Government to end tariffs that they claim are behind alarming drops in alcohol exports.

Drygate’s Shred citrus alcohol-free beer - Product Launch 14 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Scottish brewers Drygate has launched a citrus alcohol-free beer, as it looks to "boost battered immune systems" in the UK.

Molson Coors lines up Saint Archer Gold Super Bowl ad - video 14 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Molson Coors has announced plans to run TV ads for its low-carb Saint Archer Gold beer brand, during Super Bowl weekend.

Heineken’s Strongbow Dark Fruit 0.5% - Product Launch 14 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

Heineken has added a 0.5% abv variant to its Strongbow Dark Fruit cider brand. Strongbow Dark Fruit 0.5%, which is 73 calories a bottle, contains no artificial flavours or colours, the company said.

What will shape consumer trends in 2020? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - comment 16 Jan 2020

Lucy Britner

As 2020 kicks off, consumer trends commentator Lucy Britner offers her views on the key trends that are set to shape the next 12 months.






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