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Coke hired snooping private eye in Aussie Honest Tea trademark fight

BEVERAGE GIANT CUTS LOSSES AND DROPS ACTION

Coke hired snooping private eye in Aussie Honest Tea trademark fight

By Ben BOUCKLEY

The Coca-Cola Company today admitted defeat in an 18-month trademark battle that pitted its US Honest Tea brand against a small Australian firm using the same name run by a Sydney mum, but not before putting a private eye on her tail.

Coke recalls Minute Maid in China after Fonterra botulism scare

COKE ALLAYS FEARS, INSISTS WITHDRAWN DRINKS SAFE

Coke recalls Minute Maid in China after Fonterra botulism scare

By Ben BOUCKLEY

The Coca-Cola Company has recalled a Minute Maid line in China after New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra warned that whey protein used in the drinks could cause potentially fatal botulism.

Singapore scientist devises water purification system through peels

Singapore scientist devises water purification system through peels

By RJ Whitehead

A PhD candidate at the National University of Singapore has devised a way to purify water using the peels of apples and tomatoes. This is the first time that the peels of the two fruits have been used to remove different types of pollutants in water. 

Suntory cans Magners cider in Australia after brand sales slump

SPIRITS GIANT ANNOUNCES 'NEW STRATEGIC DIRECTION'

Suntory cans Magners cider in Australia after brand sales slump

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Suntory Australia is taking a ‘new strategic direction’ by focusing on its premium spirits and liqueurs brands and exiting a distribution deal with C&C Group for Magners cider, as the brand's sales suffer down under.

SAB Miller JV MD wants 30%+ market share in China

SAB Miller JV MD wants 30%+ market share in China

The head of SAB Miller’s JV in China says the firm should be gunning for a 30%+ beer market share as it seeks to consolidate its position as market leader, but major takeover targets are scarce.

Average-tasting Tui still scores with NZ beer drinkers

Average-tasting Tui still scores with NZ beer drinkers

By Ben BOUCKLEY

More New Zealand consumers drank Tui beer over an average four-week period than any other brand bar Heineken, despite the former’s relatively poor taste performance, says Roy Morgan Research.

Brawling cricketer lands damaging blow to Oz alcohol self-regulation

Editorial

Brawling cricketer lands damaging blow to Oz alcohol self-regulation

By RJ Whitehead

Cricket has for over a century been seen as a gentleman’s game, but that mantle fell a long time ago. The relentlessly evolving wealth and professionalism of the sport has served to “bring out the mongrel” in players in a way that would have been unheard...

Aussie research finds that coffee is not good for weightloss

Aussie research finds that coffee is not good for weightloss

By RJ Whitehead

Western Australian researchers hoping to demonstrate improved cardiovascular function among coffee lovers have found that drinking too much of the brew may actually be linked to worsening of the metabolic syndrome.

Carlsberg faces Chinese challenge in booming Yunnan beer market

INDUSTRY VOICES: GUEST ARTICLE, HEAD OF AKTIEFOKUS CHINA, JACOB DE LICHTENBERG

Carlsberg faces Chinese challenge in booming Yunnan beer market

By Jacob de Lichtenberg

Danish multinational brewer Carlsberg, which once held a solid market share in the Southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, is facing tough competition from new entrants and existing competitors desiring a share of the region's booming beer market.

Excise issues tax notices to two Mallya empire companies

Indian issues

Excise issues tax notices to two Mallya empire companies

By RJ Whitehead

Two of flamboyant Indian drinks tycoon Vijay Mallya’s businesses have been issued show-cause-cum-demand notices by the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence for allegedly evading service tax of Rs91 crore (US$16.7m)

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