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China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

China now the world’s biggest red wine consumer

By RJ Whitehead

With consumption almost tripling over the last six years, China has leapfrogged France and Italy to become the world’s biggest red wine market, with surging demand for the variety in stark contrast to that for its inauspicious white counterpart.

Coke India bottler fights site wrecking order

Coke India bottler fights site wrecking order

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Coke subsidiary Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) has filed a petition before a district magistrate challenging a government order demanding the destruction of a site in Northern India.

Asia dominates world beer label demand

Asia dominates world beer label demand

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Asia dominates the world market for beer labels but the market is still dominated by old-style wet glue applied labels, but pressure-sensitive labels continue to make inroads in North America.

Australians give marks for beer advertising

Australians give marks for beer advertising

By RJ Whitehead

From the legendary “matter of fact, I’ve got it now” Vic Bitter ads to the notorious Toohey’s Dry “tongue” commercial, the history of Australian TV beer advertising is long and illustrious.

Future Group gains Sunkist, kisses goodbye to Capital Foods

Future Group gains Sunkist, kisses goodbye to Capital Foods

By RJ Whitehead

Future Consumer Enterprise, the FMCG division of Kishore Biyani’s Future Group, has been busy this week, announcing it will launch Sunkist in India, and divesting itself of Capital Foods, a major private-label brand.

PepsiCo India finally fills CEO role

PepsiCo India finally fills CEO role

By RJ Whitehead

D Shivakumar has been named as the new chairman and chief executive of PepsiCo India, a post that has been lying vacant since former incumbent Manu Anand quit the company in June to join Cadbury Kraft.

Tingyi looking to continue acquisitions spree

Tingyi looking to continue acquisitions spree

By RJ Whitehead

Having already formed alliances with PepsiCo, Asahi Group and others over the last three years, China’s Tingyi is looking to further boost its portfolio, according to its chief financial officer.

Scotland—and its whisky—attractive to Indian partners

Scotland—and its whisky—attractive to Indian partners

By RJ Whitehead

A delegation from Scotland to India, on a trade mission to promote the country’s food and drink, has proved a hit with its whisky-loving hosts—not least with the announcement shortly afterwards that an Indian company would invest in a new malt distillery...

Beer, baby and dairy: Australia’s top food export future

Beer, baby and dairy: Australia’s top food export future

By Ankush Chibber

Food is expected to be one of Australia’s top five exports in the next decade, at a time when Asian markets are expected to remain the top export destinations for the country, a new report from research firm IBISWorld has said. 

Soft drinks losing their fizz among younger Australians

Soft drinks losing their fizz among younger Australians

By RJ Whitehead

Soft drink marketeers may need to reconsider their targeted advertising and replace volleyball-playing, festival-going twentysomethings with canasta-playing, arts-loving, Australians in their 40s, new research shows.

‘Major milestone’ as Coke inaugurates largest China bottling site

SODA BEHEMOTH MEETS 'INCREASINGLY DIVERSE' CONSUMER DEMANDS

‘Major milestone’ as Coke inaugurates largest China bottling site

By Ben BOUCKLEY

The Coca-Cola Company is set to open a $106m site in China’s Hebei province and says its bottling activities across five provinces although it to meet ‘increasingly diversified’ consumer needs.

From Kant to the 6 o'clock swill: creative ways to limit alcohol abuse

From Kant to the 6 o'clock swill: creative ways to limit alcohol abuse

By Julian Baggini

Philosopher Julian Baggini has been commissioned by the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council to give his take on the serious issues affecting the industry. Here, he looks at how alcohol abuse can be tackled by using the brain more than legislative brawn.

Wine for cats launched in Japan

Wine for cats launched in Japan

By Mark ASTLEY

Cat lovers need never drink alone again thanks to Japanese pet supplement company B&H Lifes, which has developed a wine product for felines.  

The Putian facility is adorned with decorations for its official opening on August 1.

Crown China expansion sees rise in aluminium cans

By Jenny EAGLE

Crown Holdings has opened three beverage can factories in Heshan (Guangdong province), Ziyang (Sichuan province) and Putian (Fujian province), bringing the total number of plants in China to seven.

The new CEO will oversea growth strategies for the Asia, Middle East and Africa region

PepsiCo eyes expansion with new AMEA CEO

PepsiCo has appointed a new chief executive officer for the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region as it aims to bolster penetration in the region.

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