Premium sector drives energy drinks growth in Thailand

The maker of Red Bull in Thailand has launched two premium energy drinks under the Ready brand to attract office workers and young consumers.Red Bull is branded as Krating Daeng and produced by the TCP Group in Thailand.Surachai Chonglertvarawong, TCP’s director of marketing, said that 100 million baht (US$3m) has been spent in the launch of Ready Black for...

BrewDog to decide on brewery location in Australia

Two cities in Australia are competing to attract investment from independent Scots-based craft brewer BrewDog, which says it will make a decision on the site of a new brewery in October.Brisbane City Council has teamed up with the Queensland state government to lure the irreverent US$1.3 billion producer of beers such as Punk IPA and Nanny State. Newcastle, in...

Sales of Coca-Cola in smaller cans grew by ‘double digits’ last year

Sales of Coca-Cola products sold in ‘mini’ cans in North America have grew by ‘double digits’ last year, and despite increasingly challenging retail conditions and declining carbonated soft drinks consumption, revenues grew by four percent in 2016.These were just two of the highlights from comments made by Coca-Cola North America’s president Sandy Douglas during an interview at the recent...

Soft drinks producers to stop selling added-sugar drinks in schools

As part of its commitment to prevent obesity in children, a large part of the soft drinks industry in Europe is to voluntarily stop sales of drinks containing added sugars to schools in the European Union.The move expands on a commitment made in 2006 by UNESDA, which represents producers of four-fifths of soft drinks sales in Europe, not to...

Higher selling prices help first half results at FrieslandCampina

Sales at Dutch-based dairy product manufacturer Royal FrieslandCampina for the first half of the year increased by 10.7 percent to €6.07 billion, compared with the same half in 2016, largely due to higher selling prices and partly from the acquisition of Egro Foods.The increase would have been better but for the effects of unfavourable currency translations and negative product...

”Challenging environment’ for Campbell’s Soup

Facing what its chief executive Denise Morrison called a “challenging environment”, soup-maker Campbell’s reported fourth-quarter and year-end sales that were down on expectations.It also has to contend with a challenge to its pending acquisition of Oregon-based Pacific Foods, announced in July as a $700 million cash deal. The son of its founder says in a lawsuit that the acquisition...

Potential to double canned seafood sales in Brazil, says Grupo Calvo

Grupo Calvo, the Spain-based tuna and sardine canner, could double its sales in Brazil, says chairman Luciano Calvo, following the release of record-breaking results for the year ending 2016.With Calvo the leading seafood brand in Spain and Gomes da Costa holding a similar position in canned tuna and sardines in Brazil, the company posted its best-ever sales and pre-tax...

Countdown to relaxation of alcohol-selling laws in Georgia

Craft brewers in the south east US state of Georgia are gearing up to take advantage of a new law that enables them to sell their products directly to consumers from the beginning of September.With Senate Bill 85, sweeping changes to the state’s alcohol laws were signed into law by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal that enable breweries each year...

Anheuser-Busch ships canned water to flooded communities on Gulf Coast

Three truckloads of canned water are being shipped to the Gulf Coast area of Texas by brewer Anheuser-Busch to help communities hit by the floods resulting from Hurricane Harvey.Supplies of canned water are regularly warehoused by Anheuser-Busch to enable a swift response to any natural disaster.The first truckload of the shipment – totaling more than 155,000 cans – left...

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