Premium Heineken Silver launched in Vietnam

Heineken has launched a malt beer in Vietnam that it describes as well-balanced, refreshing, low in bitterness, while still keeping the signature Heineken full-bodied taste.The premium quality 4% ABV Heineken Silver is matched with distinctive packaging featuring Heineken’s iconic green and red star on a silver background. It comes in sleek cans as well as green bottles.Speaking during a...

Sales rise for Czech brewer of Pilsner Urquell

Sales at Czech Republic brewer Plzeňský Prazdroj, who’s most famous brand is Pilsner Urquell, grew by 3.8 per cent last year to 7.2 million hectolitres.The improved results from the brewer, based at Plzeň, were attributed to growing demand for beer from pubs, restaurants and shops.Sales of tap beer in pubs and restaurants rose by two per cent, but the...

Danone opens new infant-formula canning plant

Dairy product manufacturer Danone has opened a new infant-formula canning plant in the Netherlands.The Nutricia Cuijk facility will primarily make brands including Aptamil and Nutrilon for infants that have been diagnosed with specific medical conditions such as cow’s milk protein allergy, as well as standard infant formula.The plant will operate a two-step production process: powder production and blending, and...

Second vintage of canned English sparkling wine launched

A UK producer of wine in cans has released a second sparkling white vintage and introduced a new rosé as it seeks to capture market share in the growing sector.Based in Peckham, South London, The Uncommon claims to be the first, and still the only producer of English sparkling wine in cans and will begin selling its 2018 Bacchus...

Two new flavours added to revamped Diet Coke range

A product and packaging revamp that’s revived the flagging fortunes of Diet Coke has been extended to two new flavours.Blueberry Acai and Strawberry Guava will join flavoured versions of the zero-calorie beverage that were launched a year ago under the ‘Because I Can’ campaign in a bid to reverse five years of declining sales. The new-look flavour range also...

New chairman for Campbell Soup Co

Following the retirement of Les Vinney, Keith McLoughlin has been elected as the new chairman of Campbell Soup Company.The Camden, New Jersey-based food and canned soup producer also announced the appointment of J P Bilbrey, former chief executive of The Hershey Company, to the board, as well as the retirement of Sara Mathew.McLoughlin has been a director of Campbell...

Australia’s Lion acquires another UK craft brewer

Australia-based brewer Lion has expanded its craft brewing portfolio in the UK with the acquisition of Magic Rock Brewing Company.Magic Rock, based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, has 45 employees and plans to expand its team further. The brewer’s focus is to meet demand in the UK domestic market, building growth in pubs and supermarkets. The brewer also exports to more...

Coca-Cola Great Britain launches its first energy drink

Coca-Cola Energy, the first energy drink to be released under the Coca-Cola brand, has been launched by Coca-Cola Great Britain.The drink contains caffeine from naturally-derived sources, guarana extracts, B vitamins and no taurine. Available in 250ml slim cans and featuring two variants – with or without sugar, the new beverage will appear at retailers in the UK from late...

Canned drinks are ‘challenge’ tested in a new way

A new method for inoculating carbonated canned beverages and soft drinks, to ‘challenge test’ them against the growth of potentially-dangerous pathogens, has recently been validated by the brewing research arm of Campden BRI, the UK-based international food and drink research body.The brewing services microbiology team at Campden BRI’s Nutfield site in Surrey recently validated the technique, which has the benefit...