Chr. Hansen launches colour range for beverages

DENMARK - Chr. Hansen has launched four new colour solutions for beverages, extending its existing range of CapColors and ColorFruit, in a bid to give beverage manufacturers better choices on colour, performance and costs. The two new CapColors orange solutions utilize Chr. Hansen’s newest patented encapsulation technique to improve the functionality of the natural color…

Alive Biome launches probiotic drink that delivers live bacteria, vitamins

UK - Alive Biome, a UK based start-up, has launched a new probiotic drink designed to deliver live bacteria, vitamins, and botanicals. The company, which has been co-founded by Brian Crowther, who’s had experience in the sports and nutrition sector, has unveiled two drinks featuring citrus and raspberry flavours, both containing high volumes of probiotics…

Coca-Cola to test stevia-sweetened cola outside the US next year

USA - Coca-Cola will test a cola recipe sweetened with stevia instead of sugar outside the U.S. next year, as it is becoming a popular sugar alternative to consumers. The beverage giant already uses the natural sweetener in its Coca-Cola Life drink, and unlike that product, which is made with stevia and sugar; the new…

SABCO settles Ethiopia shares case, buys out local shareholders

ETHIOPIA - The dispute between the shareholders of East African Bottling Share Company, bottler of Coca-Cola, was settled after the South African Bottling Company (SABCO) bought the shares of Abinet Gebremesqel, Munir Duri and Dereje Yesuworq for one Billion Birr (US$ 37 million) Out of the total, the former shareowners paid 200 million Br in…

Delta to complete Natbrew Zambia acquisition next year

ZIMBABWE - Delta Corporation Limited says the transaction for the acquisition of National Brewery Zambia (Natbrew) is expected to be completed by March next year as the beverages maker consolidates its position as a multi- beverages firm in the region. Delta said it would acquire a majority stake in Natbrew in order to boost its…

Local rivals eat into market share of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo

INDIA - Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been losing share to local rivals, including Parle, Dabur and ITC, in the aerated-beverages segment even as the global soft-drink giants introduced more fruit-based and healthier products to reduce their reliance on sugary sodas. In the overall juices, nectars and still drinks, the share of Coca-Cola’s largest fruit-based brand…

Revenue growth muted in SA for brewing and beverage group Distell

SOUTH AFRICA - Multinational brewing and beverage group Distell on Friday said during the first three months of the new financial year ending June 2018, it recorded “muted revenue growth”, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. The company said their South African operations recorded overall revenue growth in an environment of “near…