Anheuser-Busch buys into organic soft drinks

Two organic energy drink and sparkling water brands are being bought by Anheuser-Busch in the US.Hiball and Alta Palla (‘high ball’ in Italian) have been successful in one of the fastest-growing sectors in the drinks industry and will increase Anheuser-Busch’s commitment in the non-alcohol sector, it says.The value of the deal was not revealed.Anheuser-Busch says that Hiball Energy and...

Thai canned-tuna exports struggle as baht strengthens

Thai exports of canned tuna are expected to miss a target of 80 billion baht as the strengthening local currency eats into economy’s competitive edge, says Chanintr Chalisarapong, president of the Thai Tuna Industry Association.Chanintr said the stronger baht against the dollar had raised the prices of Thai products, making similar products from other countries more attractive for customers.“The...

Ramon Laguarta to become president of PepsiCo

PepsiCo has made three top-level appointments that it says will support its strategic priorities and growth agenda.From the beginning of September Ramon Laguarta, currently chief executive for Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) will become president of PepsiCo, overseeing the company’s global category groups, its global operations, coporate strategy, and public policy and government affairs functions.In Laguarta’s most recent position, he led...

Brunei drinks specialist offers canned iced teas and coffee shots

A drinks marketer in Brunei has launched a range of ready-to-drink (RTD) canned beverages including three flavoured iced tea drinks and an espresso shot.Coffee Bean Brunei, which is linked to a company that markets coffee-based drinks in the US, says the RTD tea range is made from leaves sourced from the finest tea estates to make sure the franchise...

Returnable beer packaging investment for South African Breweries

South African Breweries (SAB), which is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is investing more than US$200 million at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, with half devoted to expanding its returnable glass packaging lines.The other half of the investment is for expansion of the brewhouse at Rosslyn.Each of the two new packaging lines being delivered by a German manufacturer will be...

Another blow for Australian canned infant formula maker Bellamy’s

Hopes that Australian canned infant formula producer Bellamy’s Organic would be able to pack its own range of products have been dealt a blow following the suspension of a licence to export to China, its key market.Bellamy’s A$28.5 million acquisition in June of the Camperdown Dairy International’s Braeside powder canning facility came with the key Certification Accreditation Administration of...

Lithuania brewery joint venture for Carlsberg and Brooklyn

Danish-based brewer Carlsberg and New York’s Brooklyn Brewery are collaborating to establish a new brewery in Lithuania, following recently announced joint ventures in Hong Kong and London.The new brewery will be installed in Klaipėda at the site of Švyturys Brewery, part of the Carlsberg Group, where its brewers will collaborate with those from Brooklyn Brewery to create a range...

Coca-Cola to go down market in India for growth

Coca-Cola is planning to target local drinks brands in India with the launch of a range of carbonates that will be more than a third cheaper than its headline labels.Growth in so-called B brands which are distributed in small geographic areas at prices much lower than Coke, Sprite and Fanta has been dramatic.So much so that Coca-Cola is launching...

North London craft brewer acquired by Carlsberg

Carlsberg UK has acquired craft brewer London Fields and will operate the business in a joint venture with New York-based Brooklyn Brewery.London Fields Brewery, which was founded in 2011 at Hackney in north-east London, produces a range of craft beers including Craft Lager, Easy IPA and Shoreditch Triangle IPA.Carlsberg said in a release that London Fields Brewery, named after...