Soft Drinks

Sugar Tax Success for Mexico

23 Feb 2017 --- More than three years after Mexico enforced a one peso tax on sugary sweetened drinks, there is evidence that fewer people are buying sodas with an overall decline of 7.6%. The latest data shows purchases of taxed beverages decreased 5.5% in 2014 and 9.7% in 2015, yielding an average reduction of 7.6% over the study period. 

Cleaner Labels for PepsiCo's Naked Juice Brand

23 Feb 2017 --- PepsiCo juice brand Naked are set to make several modifications during the next eight months to the labeling and marketing of its current line-up of pure fruit, veggie, protein and boosted juices. According to an agreement announced by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), it is set to give consumers a clearer understanding of the ingredients. 

Dr Pepper Snapple Profit Falls Short, Disappointing Guidance

15 Feb 2017 --- Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (DPS) has reported fourth quarter 2016 net income of $1.65 million, or 90 cents a share, which included an $0.11 per diluted share loss on the early extinguishment of certain debt. Reported EPS were $0.97 in the prior year period. Core EPS were $1.04, up 4%, compared to $1.00 in the prior year period. For the year, the company reported earnings of $4.54 per diluted share compared to $3.97 per diluted share in the prior year. Core EPS were $4.39, up 9%, compared to $4.02 in the prior year.

Tax on Sugary Drinks Used to Target Children's Health

10 Feb 2017 --- Funds are being allocated by the Children’s Health Fund, launched in 2015 by food and farming charity Sustain and funded by a voluntary 10p ($0.20) levy on drinks with added sugar in over 134 of the UK’s leading restaurants, cafes and coffee shops.

Australian Sugar Milling Council: Time to Put the Sugar Industry Ahead of Politics

10 Feb 2017 --- The Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC) says any calls for even more political intervention in the Queensland sugar industry are both disturbing and unhelpful. 

Fraunhofer and Doehler Collaborate on Microbiological Detection

09 Feb 2017 --- Microbiological safety is a top priority for the food industry. The quick microbiological validation and approval of products coming from food and beverage production has an immediate affect on the profitability of the manufacturer. Doehler, a leading producer of natural ingredients for the food and beverage industry, offers a complete portfolio of solutions for detecting microorganisms in beverages under its DMD (Döhler Microsafety Design) brand. 

European Soft Drinks Sector Commits to Reduce Added Sugars by a Further 10%

07 Feb 2017 --- The European soft drinks industry has announced it will reduce added sugars in its products by a further 10% by 2020. The metric is average content of added sugar per 100 ml. The commitment will be rolled out across Europe. This initiative responds to changing consumer preferences regarding sugar intake and calls from Member States and the European Commission for a coordinated approach to reformulation and sugar reduction.

South Africa Beverage Association Calls for Sugar Reduction Regulation Not Tax

02 Feb 2017 --- The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) has been strongly opposed to the planned 20% tax on sugary sweetened drinks ever since it was first mooted - but now the body has outlined its criticisms in Parliament.

France Bans Unlimited Soda Refills

30 Jan 2017 --- All-you-can-drink free soda refills in restaurants and other public eateries around France have been banned as a new law comes into force legislating against unlimited sugary soft drinks being offered as part of a promotion.

Lawsuit Alleges Coca-Cola Uses Misleading Marketing to Downplay Risk of Sugar

05 Jan 2017 --- US non-profit movement, The Praxis Project, that calls for social change and seeks to build better communities has filed a complaint in the federal court of California against Coca-Cola and trade body, the American Beverage Association, claiming they are deceiving consumers about the harms of consuming Coke and other sugar-sweetened drinks. 

US: Philadelphia Soda Tax Comes into Force

04 Jan 2017 --- Despite efforts to legally block the tax on sugary beverages in Philadelphia new legislation is now in effect increasing the cost of soda, diet drinks and other beverages by 1.5 cent-per-ounce. 

Under 18s Most Likely to See Reductions in Obesity Levels Following Sugar Tax, Claims Study

16 Dec 2016 --- People aged under 18 are the most likely to see reductions in obesity levels and other health benefits from the introduction of a sugar tax in the UK, according to a new study into the likely impact it will have on public health. The study, published in the Lancet Public Health Journal, scrutinized different ways that the beverage industry could respond to the proposed introduction of the sugar tax- such as reformulation to reduce sugar levels; or an increase in product price on supermarket shelves.

UK Government Publishes Draft Legislation for Sugar Tax, Effective from 2018

06 Dec 2016 --- The UK government yesterday published the draft legislation for sugar tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, which is set to begin from April 2018. The highly anticipated soft drinks levy noted that there will be two bands – one band for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and the other for drinks with more than 8g of sugar per 100ml. 

SPECIAL REPORT: Maintaining Authenticity When Purchasing Fast-Growing Brands

05 Dec 2016 --- PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple have both recently made significant purchases of fast-growing brands that sell healthier drinks but observers believe the two drinks giants could become unstuck if they tamper with their new booty. Acquisitions are always fraught with difficulty – whether it be integrating new staff; maintaining financial pledges promised to shareholders or potential culture clashes – and PepsiCo’s purchase of KeVita for around $200m and Dr Pepper Snapple’s $1.7bn purchase of Bai Brands could throw up potential hazards.

FDF Urged to Stop Opposing Sugar Tax, As Survey Finds UK Brands Less Hostile

02 Dec 2016 --- A survey of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members by the Children's Food Campaign highlights divergent industry views on the Government’s soft drinks industry levy. This is despite FDF maintaining its aggressive opposition to the levy.

Coca Cola Invests $20m in Bottling Plant in Gaza

01 Dec 2016 --- Coca-Cola has invested $20m in a bottling plant in Gaza, marking its first investment in a bottling plant in the region which is beset by conflict. Coca-Cola and its bottling partner, the National Beverage Company (NBC), inaugurated the plant this week, which will eventually employ over 270 people in a region where the bulk of its 2m residents are supported by some type of humanitarian aid.

More US Cities Go Sour on Sugary Drinks

17 Nov 2016 --- The number of US cities experimenting with a tax on sugary drinks is growing after three states in California and one in Colorado have voted to pass a levy as part of a public health drive and growing anti-sugary soda movement. Legislating for a sugar tax continues to resonate around the world as Albany, Boulder, Oakland and San Francisco are the latest areas to support a tax. 

UK: “Alarming” Sugar Content in Soft Drinks

15 Nov 2016 --- An investigation into the sugar content in some carbonated sugar-sweetened drinks has found “alarmingly high” levels with large variations between different flavors as well as within the same flavor group with a gap of 12 teaspoons in certain cases. The findings - published in the BMJ yesterday - come out as the global soft drinks industry is going through a prolonged period of reformulation innovating low and no-sugar options, and the UK is preparing to introduce sugar tax on soft drinks in 2018 as part of a government anti-obesity plan. 

US Public Health Campaign Cuts Soda Sales by 20 Percent

14 Nov 2016 --- A campaign to cut consumption of sugary soft drinks in the US state of Maryland has shown positive results with a 20 percent drop in in sales of sodas as a result of the experiment which included policy changes and community education efforts. 

Texture is Biggest Challenge for Sugar Reduction in Sweetened Beverages

07 Nov 2016 --- The soft drinks industry has been working for many years towards low and no-sugar reformulations with a whole host of new product launches in 2016 and more planned for the future, as companies and manufacturers continue on their quest to meet sugar reduction targets set for 2018 and beyond.