US tax on sugary drinks rejected by Trump

Recommendations that the US increase sales taxes on sugary drinks in the fight against obesity have been rejected by President Trump’s administration.This is despite the move being backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and similar taxes being implemented elsewhere, such as in the UK.Two years ago, Dr. Douglas Bettcher, who heads WHO’s non-communicable diseases department, said consumption of...

AB InBev to continue investment in Africa

To compete with rival Heineken and take advantage of continued demand growth in Africa, Anheuser-Busch InBev is to build a new brewery in Mozambique in the second half of 2019.The brewery will be built with room for expansion and initially have an annual production capacity of two million hectolitres. AB InBev has yet to reveal which of its brands...

Global bottled water consumption to overtake CSDs

Global consumption of packaged water will overtake that of carbonated soft drinks this year, according to predictions in a report from researcher Canadean. Driven by increasing demand from the emerging markets, packaged water consumption is expected to reach 233 billion litres, ahead of carbonates with around 227 billion litres.Since 2010, global demand for packed water has been growing at 6.5 percent...

KHS wins sustainability award for its glue-dot Nature MultiPack

A multi-pack system that uses 85 per cent less material than shrink film to hold cans together has been presented with a Green Star Packaging Award.A subsidiary of German machinery supplier KHS developed the Nature MultiPack a year ago and it was recently commercialised by brewer Carlsberg.The Green Star Packaging Award recognises sustainable packaging and recycling, and improvements in...

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...

American Beverage Association chief executive Neely honoured

Chief executive of the American Beverage Association (ABA) Susan Neely has been named as trade association 'CEO of the Year' by CEO Update as part of its Leadership Awards programme designed as a best practice spotlight on chief executives and lobbyists.Neely will receive the award at a luncheon to be held on 21 September at the Renaissance Hotel in...

Sales drop at Kraft Heinz

Kraft Heinz revealed "disappointing" sales of US$6.5 billion for the full year 2019  – down 5 per cent compared with the previous year.The poor results were largely expected by the market. Kraft Heinz has been struggling to cope with changing consumer preferences for some time. However, market analysts are now beginning to demand a plan to turn the Kraft...

WaveGrip makes Canada debut at craft brewer Lagabière

Lagabière Microbrasserie has become Canada’s first craft brewer to bind its canned beer packs using recyclable materials engineered by a unit of plastic packaging firm RPC Group.The Quebec-based brewer has installed a WaveGrip G1 multi-packing applicator, which collates four-packs of its beers at speeds of as much as 100 cans per minute. Its current production line packs less than...

GEA closes acquisition of pasta equipment company

German food engineering group GEA has completed the acquisition of the Pavan Group, which is based near Padua in Italy, in a deal that was signed in September.With the acquisition, GEA has added to its group a supplier of extrusion and milling technology for processing a range of fresh and dried pasta, pelleted snack products and breakfast cereals.Jürg Oleas,...

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