Brazil first for UHT milk in PET bottles

Latin America’s first-ever dairy producer to use an aseptic blow-fill-cap filling line equipped with dry preform decontamination for milk has started up a line supplied by Sidel. Jussara is using PET bottles to differentiate its Jussara Max milk brand from others on supermarket shelves in Brazil. Max is a long shelf life milk (UHT) enriched with added calcium and vitamins. In...

Coca-Cola Enterprises opens new UK operations centre

A newly-refurbished operations centre has been opened by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) at Milton Keynes in the UK, following a £5m investment. With about 160 staff, the operations centre is responsible for the purchase, distribution and refurbishment of all CCE’s cold drink equipment in shops and businesses throughout Great Britain. Every cooler and item of vending machine equipment that CCE distributes comes...

Coca-Cola buys Chinese protein drinks company

China Culiangwang Beverages Holdings, a producer of multi-grain protein drinks, has been acquired by Coca-Cola for US$400 million. The deal is Coca-Cola’s first acquisition in China since the country’s antitrust regulator blocked its bid to buy local fruit juice manufacturer Huiyuan in 2010. Atlanta, US-based Coca-Cola is paying a premium to China Culiangwang’s market value of $230m. “The proposed acquisition is...

Cans broaden an Arizona craft brewer’s consumer base

An established Arizona craft brewer has extended its range of brews offered in aluminium cans manufactured by Rexam. Prescott Brewing Co has added Achocolypse to its Ponderosa IPA and Liquid Amber Ale that are sold in 12oz cans as a means of improving the quality of its products, and widening the range of locations where they can be consumed. Named after...

Ultra-cheap bottled water in India

An impoverished village in eastern India has established a water purification and bottling plant after years of suffering illnesses from drinking polluted groundwater. Charity workers from Sulabh International have helped residents in Madusudankati to create what they claim is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water – costing less than one US cent per litre. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the Indian...

Fraser & Neave developing a replacement for Red Bull

South East Asian drinks group Fraser & Neave is developing a new energy drink for launch when its exclusive rights to distribute Red Bull expire at the end of September. The new product is still under extensive research in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, said F&N’s chief executive Lim Yew Hoe in a release to the local Bernama news agency. The group...

Premium beers boost sales at A-B InBev

The world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, said increased sales of premium lagers in Brazil and China offset weak volumes in Europe and North America for its first quarter.Despite a drop overall volumes of 1.2 percent, both Europe and North America fell by 6 percent, the company sold more of its higher priced international brands. Profit attributable to shareholders was...

Diageo Canada invests in beverage canning line

UK-based spirits powerhouse Diageo has announced plans to install a C$6.4 million (US$5.33m) canning line at its facility in the Canadian province of Quebec.The investment will see canning operations added to the plant at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield for the first time in its history. Currently, Diageo operates distilling and bottling machinery at the site.The canning line, which is currently under construction...

Kiwi canner Wattie’s to import all its asparagus

Vegetable canner Heinz Wattie’s has stopped sourcing asparagus from local growers in New Zealand, because it’s cheaper to import the product from Peru, the ‘world’s asparagus capital’. The decision means that up to 15 growers in Hawke’s Bay will have to find other customers, reports the Hawkes Bay Today newspaper. Wattie’s said in a statement it would not continue with processing...