Soft Drinks

Combidome convenience: SIG partners with Pfanner for on-the-go juice drink

19 Jun 2018 --- Targeted at busy millennials who “prefer to consume healthily on-the-go,” Pfanner’s Supersafte range of lifestyle juices are packaged in SIG’s innovative carton bottle combidome 500ml, which is optimized to be consumed on the move. The companies state that the new range of drinks tap into the millennial market even further through their transparent marketing and sustainable status. 

Highland Spring trials 100 percent recycled eco bottle in UK first

14 Jun 2018 --- One of the UK’s leading natural source water brands, Highland Springs, will begin trialing a new eco bottle which is both recyclable and made from 100 percent recycled material. The project aims to “keep plastic in the circular economy and out of the oceans.” In a first for the UK Bottled Water category, the trial starts this month with the launch of a 500ml Highland Spring eco bottle in selected Tesco stores in Scotland.

Smurfit Kappa extends Bag-in-Box packaging solutions for fresh apple juice

13 Jun 2018 --- Paper-based packaging specialists Smurfit Kappa has developed the Thermo Bag as part of its Bag-in-Box range. The bag is designed to facilitate the hot filing technique used in the production of fresh apple juice, which enhances shelf-life and improves cost-efficiency. The market for fresh apple juice is on the rise as consumers seek out healthy additions to their diets.

Israeli start-up to launch alcohol-free spring water infused with grape extract

08 Jun 2018 --- Israeli-based start-up, Wine Water Ltd., is set to launch O.Vine, the world's first non-alcoholic spring water infusion with the spirit of wine. According to the company, O.Vine brings an intoxicating aroma and refreshing taste to the palette.

Coca-Cola's first alcoholic beverage hits the shelves in Japan

29 May 2018 --- Coca-Cola has launched its first alcoholic drink, a lemon flavored alcopop, in Japan, in a bid to tap into new markets and consumers, appealing particularly at the growing market of young female drinkers. In a global first for the US drinks giant, three fizzy lemon drinks went on sale on earlier this week.

Imbibe & Ball Corp. collaborate on nitro-infused beverages

10 May 2018 --- Beverage development company, Imbibe, and Ball Corporation, a beverage can supplier, have announced a new partnership intended to leverage Ball’s Widget Inside can technology and increase the development of innovative, nitrogen-infused beverages.

Nespresso Launches Double Espresso And Partners With Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream For A Custom Espresso Ice Cream - A Double Scoop That's Twice As Nice

09 May 2018 ---  Nespresso is making the coffee moment twice as nice with the introduction of two new coffees to the Vertuo range, Double Espresso Chiaro and Double Espresso Scuro. While both blends are rich in taste, Double Espresso Chiaro embodies an intense, yet balanced character and Double Espresso Scuro has a dark and bold character.

Arla reinvents soft drinks with launch of new Milk & Oats range

04 May 2018 --- Arla Foods is tapping into the breakfast food-to-go market with the introduction of its new Milk & Oats range of healthy and ready-to-drink (RTD)  beverages. Bringing the benefits of dairy into the soft drinks category, Milk & Oats is a simple blend of skimmed milk, hearty wholegrain oats and natural flavor that will launch in two breakfast-inspired variants – Maple and Vanilla.

Crunch time: Ireland’s sugar tax begins but will higher prices lead to lower consumption?

01 May 2018 --- After years of debate, Ireland’s sugar-sweetened tax on soft drinks comes into effect today (May 1) pushing up the price of sugar-laden beverages in a bid to cut spiraling obesity rates in the country. Soft drinks companies were early movers in sugar reduction and reformulation has been going on for many years. However, Ireland’s tax will push up the price of popular sodas, adding 30 cents per liter to the cost of soft drinks containing more than 8g of sugar per 100ml.

Foodex 2018: Sophisticated adult beverages trend, as reduced sugar options sought

25 Apr 2018 --- Foodex 2018, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK last week, featured some of the trendiest innovations in British food and drink solutions. FoodIngredientsFirst attended the event which was strong in sophisticated adult soft drinks boasting intriguing flavors and concepts. With the UK sugar tax having just come into force, there was an impressive display of low sugar, adult soft drinks that come with health claims and fruitful flavors.

Plastic recycling: Canary Wharf launches UK’s first deposit return machine

24 Apr 2018 --- East London commercial district, Canary Wharf, has unveiled the first UK on-site Deposit Return Scheme machine as part of its “breaking the plastic habit” strategy. The move coincides with the UK Government’s strategy to tackle plastic waste by introducing a European-style nation-wide Deposit Return Scheme on all plastic, glass and metal drink containers.

Start-up focus: Rethink Water revolutionizes sugar-free beverages for children

23 Apr 2018 --- Plastic in our oceans has been a hot topic of conversation for a number of months and Rethink Brands is on a mission to help reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills and oceans each year. Just last year, it honed in on demand for sugar-free or low-sugar beverages for children, in a world where parents are looking for healthier beverage options.

Ederna’s coffee concentrate innovation perks up cold brew category

16 Apr 2018 --- In the US, over a five year period between 2011 and 2016, cold brew coffee consumption soared by more than 500 percent – and now it’s growing rapidly across Europe. Tapping into the cold-brew coffee trend, which is tipped to be even bigger this year, is France-based cold concentrations expert Ederna.

Nestlé commits to 100 percent renewable packaging by 2025

11 Apr 2018 --- Nestlé has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The world’s largest food and beverage company aims to avoid any of its packaging, including plastics, ending up in landfills or as litter. It will instead adopt a circular economy model in which packaging, particularly plastics, are actively reused. Nestlé highlights the need to minimize the impact of packaging waste on the environment as its motivation.

UK sugar tax comes into force: Key suppliers react to levies, as low sugar claims strongly influence purchases

06 Apr 2018 --- Today marks the start of the long-awaited sugar tax on soft drinks in the UK – and as consumers brace themselves for price rises, the burning question is “What impact will the implementation of sugar levies have on consumption?” And as industry monitors early reaction over the next few months to see the choices UK consumers make, Innova Market Insights has carried out a survey examining what factors influence consumers by when making soft drink purchasing decisions.

Sugar taxes start to bite, but agile formulators have been prepared

03 Apr 2018 --- A controversial sugar tax billed as a new health-promotion levy by the South African government has just started. Designed to support the Department of Health’s aim to reduce the incidence of diabetes, obesity and related diseases, the levy is 2.1 cents per gram of sugar content that exceeds four grams per 100ml (the first four grams per 100ml are levy-free) and sugar content includes added sugar and other sweetening matter.

Banking on bottles, UK debuts recycling return scheme

29 Mar 2018 --- England will introduce a deposit return system (DRS) on all plastic, glass and metal drinks containers, the UK minister for the Environment, Michael Gove has announced. Such schemes have successfully been running in neighboring countries Germany and Sweden and Scotland announced a similar plan last year. These schemes have managed to boost collection rates for beverage packaging to over 90 percent in some states. The announcement has been met with positive feedback amid concerns over the potential costs of implementation.

Beverage innovation: “Lighter enjoyment,” botanicals and cold brew NPD

20 Mar 2018 --- Current innovation across the beverage category is centered around health and wellbeing, as sugar reformulation and the broader idea of “lighter enjoyment” continues to dominate new product development. Globally, producers are tapping into the growing consumer demand for enjoyable soft and alcoholic drinks that have been given a clean and clear label makeover as innovators continue to dump sugar and reformulate with more natural alternatives.

Microplastics found in 11 major global bottled water brands

15 Mar 2018 --- Landmark discoveries from New Orb Media have found potentially harmful plastic particles in the water bottles of 11 leading global brands, including Dasani (Coca-Cola), Epura (PepsiCo), Aqua (Danone) and Nestlé Pure Life and San Pellegrino (Nestlé). Exclusive testing was conducted on more than 250 bottles from nine different countries, with 93 percent found to have contained plastic debris the size of the width of a human hair, including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Japan: Coca-Cola set to launch company's first alcoholic beverage

08 Mar 2018 --- Coca-Cola is breaking a 130 year plus tradition by launching the companies' first alcoholic beverage in the world in Japan. The soft drinks maker has said that the alcopop type beverage will be similar to “Chu-Hi,” a canned sparkling flavored drink that includes a local spirit called shochu.