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Kiwis drinking more cider, but less beer

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Kiwis drinking more cider, but less beer

By Ankush Chibber

Cider is the rising star of New Zealand’s alcoholic beverages market even as consumption of beer in the country is showing a steady decline, said a top official from Lion, the Australasian food and beverage major.

From chai to latte: India’s new coffee culture

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From chai to latte: India’s new coffee culture

By RJ Whitehead

Coffee culture in India is flourishing thanks to the efforts of a few specialist coffee chains and the instant coffee players, says a new report from Rabobank. 

Experts don't buy new Pepsi’s fat-busting claims

Experts don't buy new Pepsi’s fat-busting claims

By RJ Whitehead

“I know what people are thinking as they head out for a Big Mac, large fries and cola: why not make it a lighter meal and opt for diet- or zero-calorie Coke—or now, a Pepsi Special?” reasons Rashi Chowdhary, a Dubai-based nutritionist. 

Q3 wrap: Nutrition stars for DSM and Naturex

Q3 wrap: Nutrition stars for DSM and Naturex

By Shane Starling

Royal DSM saw Q3 sales slip 7% to €2.3bn across all divisions with polymer intermediates performing worst, but as has been the case in recent quarters, the Dutch firm’s nutrition cluster held firm with 1% organic growth in difficult economic times.

Fizzy drinks can massively increase risk of stroke

Fizzy drinks can massively increase risk of stroke

By RJ Whitehead

Drinking just one fizzy soft drink per day could bump up the risk of stroke by up to 80 per cent, according to a research team studying the effects of such beverages on nearly 40,000 Japanese men and women.

China wakes up and smells the new Nescafé...

China wakes up and smells the new Nescafé...

By Ben Bouckley

Nestlé will launch a reformulated version of single-serve coffee product Nescafé 1+2 Original in China this month, and claims that consumer tastes in the nation have changed.

Indian consumers driving fruit and vegetable extract market

Indian consumers driving extract market

By Ankush Chibber

Indian consumers are far more aware of the functionality of food and beverage ingredients, which is driving innovation with fruit and vegetable extracts for ingredient manufacturers, a new report has revealed.

Carlsberg denies Heineken APB takeover drove Singha deal

Carlsberg denies Heineken APB takeover drove Singha deal

By Ben Bouckley

Carlsberg has agreed a strategic partnership with Singha Corporation, and tells BeverageDaily.com it is confident the new venture will succeed where a previous Thai partnership with Chang Beverages failed amidst legal acrimony in 2005.

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

By Ankush Chibber

India’s coffee industry is under severe stress due a shortage of skilled labour and must invest heavily in expanding its capabilities, a major industry association has said.

Coke wows Kiwis with personalized PET bottles

Coke wows Kiwis with personalized PET bottles

By Ben Bouckley

Coca-Cola New Zealand is selling PET bottles of Coke personalized with one of 150 names popular in the country, and encouraging Facebook fans to 'share a virtual can'.

'NZ spirits industry ripe for investment'

'NZ spirits industry ripe for investment'

By Ankush Chibber

A growing number of investors are eyeing New Zealand’s nascent spirits industry, with many small and medium-sized firms jostling to replicate the successes of the country’s wine growers, a new report has revealed.

Aung San Suu Kyi: iconic Burmese opposition leader and chair of Burma's National League for Democracy

Burma now awash with Sprite as well as Coca-Cola Light

By Ben Bouckley

The Coca-Cola Company has relaunched Coca-Cola onto the Burmese market, while Coca-Cola Light and Sprite are also now available, as it works to found a bottling venture with a local soft drinks firm.

US food exports jump 27% in the Philippines

US food exports jump 27% in the Philippines

By Ankush Chibber

The Philippines has emerged as a top destination for US food and beverage manufacturers, says the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

One of Wahaha's product ranges

Chinese drinks firm partners Nottingham University

By Rod Addy

Chinese soft drinks manufacturer Wahaha has signed a deal with the UK’s Nottingham University to collaborate on research and development covering areas including bioenergy, food technology and electric motors.

Nestlé's Pure Life range was a star performer for Nestlé Waters

Nestlé first half results: Pros and cons

By Rod Addy

Europe and North America were the worst performing regions for Nestlé according to its first half (H1) results, while Asia, Oceania, Africa and emerging markets delivered double digit growth.

Monster Energy in Japan (Picture Copyright: Inazakira/Flickr)

Becoming a Japanese energy drink Monster isn’t easy…

By Ben Bouckley

Monster Beverage Corporation admits its Q2 brand launch in Japan has hit problems, but said the nation’s distributors and retailers were far less tolerant of shipping damages and leakages than in the US.

Oz-NZ proposes WHO bottled water chemical limits

Oz-NZ proposes WHO bottled water chemical limits

By Ankush Chibber

Australia and New Zealand’s food standards regulator is calling for submissions on an application seeking to adopt World Health Organization (WHO) limits for chemicals in packaged water in the region.

The social buzz around minimarkets offers branding opportunities

Branding heaven: The sociable, young Indonesian minimarket

By Kacey Culliney

Snacks and soft drinks brand owners looking to build traction in Indonesia should target local convenience stores amid a soaring trend for young, wealthy consumers to socialise in this retail space, Euromonitor says.

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