PepsiCo targets the Hispanic community

PepsiCo is growing its drinks range aimed at the Hispanic community with the launch of Pepsi Limon, a mixture of cola and real lime juice. PepsiCo says the drink is sweetened real sugar, and “captures the tart, refreshing taste that Hispanics love to enjoy with their meals and in their beverages”.“Pepsi knows the importance of authentic flavour and delivering on...

Krones opens training centre in Colombia

Germany-based plant equipment supplier Krones has opened a training centre in Bogotá, Colombia, to educate local operators about its canning and bottling lines. The facility was inaugurated in May by Krones’ local Andina subsidiary. The site is responsible for providing service support in a territory that includes not only Colombia, but also Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Panama.“The training centre’s principal...

Extra canning line for A-B’s Merrimack brewery

The world’s biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev is planning the addition of a canning line to its production facility at Merrimack in New Hampshire, USA. According to the Telegraph of Nashua, the Merrimack Planning Board has approved construction of a 5,300sqft brewing facility and 50,000sqft building that will incorporate a warehouse and packaging operations.The Merrimack plant was opened in 1970 and...

Owens-Illinois expands south of the border

Mexico’s biggest supplier of glass containers, Vitro, has agreed to sell its food and beverage business to Owens-Illinois in a deal worth about US$2.15 billion. With the expectation of completion in a year, the deal includes Vitro’s five plants in Mexico and one in Bolivia, which together employ 4,700, and will provide O-I with additional sales worth $945 million. It...

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...