Coca-Cola commissions new canning line in the UK

Soft drinks filler Coca-Cola Enterprises Great Britain (CCE) has started operation of a new canning line at its Sidcup plant in Kent. The line supplied by German manufacturer KHS, which has an output of 110,000cph in 15cl and 25cl formats, cost £16.6 million (US$26m) to install. It replaces an existing canning line at the plant that’s been running since 1968.According...

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...

PepsiCo to pull aspartame sweetener from its diet cola

Diet Pepsi, the US’s second best-selling diet carbonated soft drink, will be relaunched in a reformulation that doesn’t use the non-sugar sweetener aspartame in a bid to revive sales. Although declared safe for consumption by many research studies, the image of aspartame has suffered from increasing concerns from consumers, fuelled by campaigns in social media. PepsiCo removed aspartame from Pepsi...

Coca-Cola volumes up in first quarter

Stronger drinks volumes in the markets outside the Americas meant that Coca-Cola’s sales in the first quarter returned to growth of 1 percent in the first quarter of 2015. Chief executive Muhtar Kent saw the results as “some initial positive indicators that we have the right strategies in place to accelerate growth”.Sales grew 1 percent to US$10.7 billion but...

Production to continue at FrieslandCampina plant in Hungary

Dutch dairy group FrieslandCampina has agreed to sell its Debrecen plant to Hungary’s Alföldi Tej for undisclosed sum. Local subsidiary FrieslandCampina Hungária Inc says Alföldi Tej will continue the production of dairy products on site without interruption and employment will be maintained.The two companies have also agreed to a toll manufacturing deal guaranteeing that the products currently produced in the...

Nestlé Spain adds energy-efficient coffee line

Food giant Nestlé is planning to install an energy efficient coffee packaging line at its plant at Girona in north east Spain. The new line, which will cost about €102 million (US$110m) to build and will be dedicated to the production of the Nescafé soluble coffee brand, will increase capacity at the site by 30 percent, says Nestlé.“The new investment...

Drink beer, improve your skin, says Suntory

Tapping in to a Japanese craze for collagen food and drink supplements, drinks giant Suntory has launched Precious, a canned beer that contains two grams of the protein. It’s aimed at women, many of whom increasingly think that ingesting collagen will improve the tone of their skin. It is also thought that the collagen in the 5% ABV beer will...

Heineken wins bid for Slovenian brewery

Netherlands-based brewing giant Heineken has won the race to take control of Slovenia’s top beer maker Pivovarna Laško with a bid valued at €114.3 million (US$120m). Laško put itself up for sale last year, calling for buyers to inject at least €75m ($79m) into the business to help cut debt.Heineken is the world’s third largest brewer after Anheuser-Busch InBev and...

New chief executive for UK aerosol filler

UK-based aerosol filler James Briggs Ltd has appointed Tim Pugh as its new chief executive. He joins the business from the automotive and chemical coatings sectors, having held senior positions at Scania Group, RAC and automotive refinish products business U-POL Ltd. Commenting on the appointment, Jim Sumner, chairman of James Briggs, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Tim on...