British water brand Wenlock Spring re-brands sustainable bottle line

UK - Wenlock Spring, a premium British water lien, has redesigned its recycled plastic (rPET), fully recyclable range to illustrate their natural origins, incorporating the rock strata of the Wenlock Edge limestone escarpment through which Wenlock Spring water filters. According to the company, with the introduction of over 50% recycled plastic into their rPET bottle…

Singapore opens new research centre to address global food and water safety

ASIA - Singapore has opened the International Food and Water Research Centre (IFWRC) to support food companies and other scientists with food and water safety-related projects. The IFWRC will support scientists throughout the world working in areas such as food authenticity, food fraud discovery, water contamination research, food quality enhancement and new ingredient/formulation studies. The…

Upbeat Drinks introduces new low-sugar flavored water line-up to UK market

UK - Upbeat Drinks, a leading beverage brand in the UK, has introduced its new low-sugar flavoured water line-up to the UK market, designed for health-conscious consumers. According to FoodBev, the new water is a low-sugar beverage that contains added protein and minerals. “Consumers are increasingly looking for healthy drinks that do not just offer…

Evian commits to 100% recycled packaging, reduced emissions by 2025

FRANCE - French bottled water company Evian has committed to make all of its plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions that have sparked global debate on the need of conserving the environment. The initiative will enable the company to adopt a circular approach to its plastic usage, “where plastic…

Competition Authority nullifies Coca-Cola-Ambo Water merger

ETHIOPIA - The Tribunal of Trade Competition & Consumer Protection Authority (TCCPA) declared that East African Bottling, Coca-Cola’s bottler, and Ambo Mineral Water made an illicit merger, fining them five percent of their turnovers from last year. The case began in June 2017, when the Authority’s prosecutors filed a claim stating the two companies had…

Tanzania Breweries touts effective water management

TANZANIA – Private sector has a key role in ensuring that it utilises and manages water efficiently to ensure that the resource is available to all, the AB-INBEV President for East Africa Roberto Jarrin has said. Jarrin who is also the Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) Group Managing Director was speaking at the 10th Economic Update…

Water association reports 40% reduction in glass and plastic packaging

USA - The amount of material used to make PET, HDPE and glass water bottles fell by more than 40% between 2007 and 2015, according to a report into the environmental footprint of North America’s bottled water industry. Commissioned by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), the report found that total bottle material per gallon…

Cold-pressed juice maker receives US$6 million PE funding

INDIA - Rakyan Beverages Pvt. Ltd, the maker of organic cold-pressed juices and other beverages sold under the brand RAW Pressery, has raised around $6 million (Rs40 crore) to fund expansion. The capital was raised entirely from its existing venture capital investors Sequoia Capital, Saama Capital and DSG Consumer Partners. RAW Pressery had last raised…