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...

Codi launches canning system for craft brewers

A semi-automatic, low-volume can filling system aimed at craft brewers and beverage producers has been launched by US-based Codi Manufacturing. The volumetric, counter-pressure canning system is claimed to be ideal for craft brewers, with an output of between 40cpm and 60cpm.Codi, located in Golden, Colorado, showcased the combined depalletising, filling and seaming system at the recent Craft Brewers Conference in...

Lucozade ops chief elected president of BSDA

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has appointed Peter Harding, operations chief at Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS), as its new president. Previously vice-president, Harding was elected president at the BSDA’s recent AGM.He joined GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 1998 as marketing chief for Nutritional Healthcare where he worked towards doubling the size of Lucozade in the UK. In 2003 he moved to...

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...