PepsiCo expands portfolio with new Mountain Dew range for gamers

USA – The American snack and beverage company, PepsiCo has expanded its Mountain Dew product portfolio with new MTN DEW AMP, a bold,boundary-pushing style designed for gamers. Set to debut in 2019, the new range claims to improve accuracy and alertness, enhanced with a no-slip grip and unique re-sealable lid, enhancing players an enhanced gaming…

Nestle Waters NA to use 25% recycled plastic in packaging by 2021

USA - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), bottled water business of Nestle Waters has announced that it aims to use 25% recycled plastic in its packaging across the US by 2021. This is part of the global initiative by the world beverage giant to achieve 100% recycled or re-usable plastic in its entire packaging portfolio…

FIIRO develops technology to commercially extract natural sweetener Thaumatin

NIGERIA - The Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) has said that it has developed a technology that allows commercial extraction of Thaumatin, a low-calorie sweetener and flavour modifier. According to a Beverage Industry News report the Director-General of FIIRO, Gloria Elemo said that the move was necessitated by a surging demand for alternative sweeteners…

Coca-Cola, Nigerian Bottling Company win top slots at sustainability awards

NIGERIA - Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd and its franchise bottler, the Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (NBC) have emerged winners at the 12th Annual Sustainability, Enterprise Responsibility (SERAS) Awards, reports Beverage Industry News. Coca-Cola was named the winner of the best company in the Good Health and Well-being Category. Its sister company, the Nigerian Bottling Company emerged…

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey named chairman, Muhtar Kent to retire

USA – The Coca-Cola Company Chief Executive James Quincey has been elected as the 14th chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, succeeding Muhtar Kent, who plans to retire in April 2019. Quincey currently serves as the President and CEO of the company and his appointment to chairman and CEO position will be ratified at the company’s…

Ingredion unveils ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America

USA – Global ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Japan’s leading producer of specialty ingredients, Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. to unveil a ‘calorie-reducing’ allulose sweetener in America. Matsutani will manufacture the new product, Astraea Allulose in Mexico and market it across the Americas starting 2019. With wide…

Constellation Brands to invest US$100m in women-led startups in 10 years

USA – Constellation Brands, an international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits has announced that it intends to invest US$100 million in female-founded or female-led businesses in alcoholic beverage categories by 2028. Through Constellation Brands Ventures (CBV), the company’s corporate venture arm, it will invest in a new program dubbed Focus on Female…

Coca-Cola pledges US$38m investment in recycling across Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – World’s leading soft drinks maker, Coca-Cola has pledged to invest US$38 million over three years in recycling and packaging innovations across the Southern and Eastern African regions. This is part of the company’s initiative to reduce the impact of plastic on the environment while safeguarding the planet we live in. The announcement,…

Nigerian Breweries announce director resignation and appointments to its board

NIGERIA – Nigerian distributor of lager and stout beer, Nigerian Breweries has announced the appointment of one resignation and two new appointments of Non-Executive Directors to its board,reports Beverage Industry News. The company has appointed of Mr Oluseyi Bickersteth and Mrs Adeyinka O. Aroyewun as Non-Executive Directors while Chief Samuel O. Bolarinde, a Non-Executive Director…

Singapore considers ban, tax on high-sugar drinks to tackle diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Promotion Board are contemplating banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax in a bid to curb high sugar intake among people. The Ministry indicated that the move targets to control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity in the country. MOH…