Coca-Cola Amatil launches program to support start-up businesses in Asia

ASIA - Coca-Cola Amatil, one of the largest bottlers of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages in the Asia-Pacific region has launched a new program, Amatil X aimed at developing of start-ups, emerging business and identify innovative product concepts. This forms part of its accelerator programs to enhance growth out of its core beverage businesses. To foster growth while…

Coca-Cola India expands its zero-sugar range with a new No Sugar Variant

INDIA - Coca-Cola India has announced the launch of Thums Up Charged No Sugar, a new no sugar home-grown brand that the company says does not compromise on either taste or flavor. The flavor promotes moderation and offers customers a variety to choose from, that is regular, low-sugar and no-sugar options. The company said it…

Pepsi releases J-Cola soft drink range for the Japanese market

JAPAN – Suntory, a Japanese brewing and distilling company group and Pepsi have announced that they will release a cola drink exclusively for the Japanese market called J-Cola. According to Foodbev, new flavours will be available as part of the new range, including a Regular cola drink, a zero calorie variant aptly named Zero and…

Coca-Cola to carry out own study on Dasani water after ‘microplastics’ claim

KENYA - The Coca-Cola Company, producer of carbonated soft drinks has formed a team of experts to carry out own study on the presence on tiny plastics in its bottled drinking water, Dasani brand. This follows a report published a team of scientists based at the State University of New York, indicating the presence of…

Coca-Cola admits to microplastics in Kenyan sourced bottled water

KENYA - Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has admitted to the concentration of microplastics in Dasani bottled water sourced from a variety of countries, including Kenya. A survey conducted by a team of scientists based at the State University of New York and sponsored by non-profit media organisation Orb, analysed bottled water sourced from Kenya, Indonesia,…

Coca-Cola to localise majority of its products portfolio in India

INDIA - Looking at expanding its regional footprints in India, beverages major Coca-Cola is planning to introduce ethnic drinks and fruit juices with an aim to localise two-third of its product portfolio over the next few years. "The idea is that over a period of time we may have one-third of products which are basically…

Joint venture to acquire Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada franchise

CANADA - The Coca-Cola Company has announced that Larry Tanenbaum O.C. and Junior Bridgeman have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to acquire the company’s Canadian bottling and distribution business, Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada (CCRC). The acquirer will be a Canadian-based joint venture between Tanenbaum, the current President and CEO of Kansas City-based Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling…

Coca-Cola to introduce the first alcoholic drink in Japan

JAPAN - Coca-Cola will introduce the first alcoholic drink in the company's 125-year history, tapping into a growing trend in Japan for mildly intoxicating drink mixes. The new brand will compete in a category known as Chu-Hi- which also includes sparkling water and flavouring- to which the main ingredient is a vodka-like distillation of rice,…

Coca-Cola to launch state-specific fruit beverages across India

INDIA - Beverages major Coca-Cola, as part of diversifying the product portfolio in the country, would look to launch variants in the fruit beverages category that would be specific to each state, a top official has said. The company which has been retailing global brands like Coke, Sprite, Fanta also engaged in retailing brands Thums…

Coca-Cola launches specially crafted beverages into craft soda market

USA - Coca-Cola has returned to its artisanal roots with the release of two new specially crafted beverages, combining the timeless taste of Coca-Cola with peach flavor sourced from peaches grown in Georgia and raspberry flavor sourced from raspberries grown in California. According to the company, it hopes to capitalize on the growing popularity of…