Coca-Cola’s asymmetric Fanta bottle took at least two years to develop


Going out on a limb for packaging development

By Paul Gander

Every manufacturer wants their fast-moving consumer goods to make speedy progress onto the shelf, as well as off it. But how can firms accelerate the packaging development process for that to happen?

Light colas are valued by Nielsen MAT at more than £900m annually

Coca-Cola launches low-sugar push

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is stepping up its innovation through four key brands, with the promise of more to come later in the year as it aims to demonstrate its healthy credentials.

Cott has launched zero sugar cola in Spar stores nationwide

Cott’s sugar-free cola hits Spar stores

By Gwen Ridler

Drinks maker Cott has secured listings for its zero-sugar cola at Spar, making it the first symbol group to launch an own-label sugar-free cola, it has claimed.

Coke's Fanta bottle gets a new twist

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Coke's Fanta bottle gets a new twist

By Rick Pendrous

Equipment supplier Sidel has collaborated in the new ‘Spiral’ polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle project from The Coca-Cola Company designed to ‘rejuvenate’ the Fanta brand.

At least 50% of CCEP’s bottles will be made from recycled PET by 2025

Coca-Cola sets higher green targets

By Rick Pendrous

A new sustainability action plan covering drinks, packaging and society has been jointly launched by The Coca-Cola Company in western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), in a move that is claimed to be the first initiative of its kind.

Research on Coca-Cola’s ‘spiral’ Fanta bottle stalled for two years

Caution over consumer insight tests

By Paul Gander

Most brands would agree that some sort of consumer research is necessary when exploring structural packaging choices, but the jury is out on how much importance to attach to different insights and how to balance them against other design criteria.

The sugar tax on soft drinks will be set at two bands – 5g and 8g per 100ml

Sugar tax needs to offer more incentive, claims IFS

By Rick Pendrous

The tax on soft drinks, which comes into force in April 2018, needs to be changed to give manufacturers more incentive to reduce the sugar in their products, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has argued.

The soft drinks tax is driving the pace of reformulation to reduce sugar

Drinks brands compete on sweetness

By Paul Gander

The looming sugar tax is accentuating differences among drinks manufacturers over how sweetness levels can be achieved and – in some cases – what those levels should be.

J2O maker Britvic reported a profit rise of 10.3% in its full-year trading update

Sweet results for Britvic focusing on low sugar drinks

By Matt Atherton

Soft drinks firm Britvic reported a 10.1% rise in annual sales revenue to £1.43bn, boosted by growth in its no and low sugar drinks, as the manufacturer strived to reduce sugar content before the sugar tax is introduced in April 2018.

Coca-Cola UK & Ireland boss Jon Woods called for the sugar tax to be scrapped

Sugar tax should be scrapped: Coca-Cola UK boss

By Gwen Ridler

The UK sugar levy should be scrapped, so that more can be done to help businesses cope with the transition to life after Brexit, according to Coca-Cola UK’s boss.

A worker suffered chemical burns at Princes' site in Bradford

Princes fined £13k over chemical burns

By Alice Foster

Food and drink manufacturer Princes has been fined £13,000 after a worker suffered chemical burns to his arms and face, leaving him temporarily blinded.

Action on Sugar revealed 88% of soft drink cans exceed recommended daily intake

Soft drink manufacturers urged to slash sugar levels

By Alice Foster

Soft drink manufacturers worldwide have again been urged to set sugar reduction targets, while the advertising regulator plans to consult on new rules for non-broadcast adverts targeted at children.

Coca-Cola Company is looking to simplify through mergers

CCE ‘in multi-billion pound merger talks’

By Nicholas Robinson

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has refused to confirm or deny whether it is in a three-way multi-billion pound discussion to combine its operations with two other European Coca-Cola bottling firms.

Coca-Cola Enterprises triumphed in the hotly contested Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year category

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Coca-Cola Enterprises wins manufacturing Oscar

By Michael Stones

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has won the coveted Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton in a glittering award ceremony last week (November 20).

Princes started work at its Bradford site in 2012

Princes completes £40M Bradford redevelopment

By Nicholas Robinson

Princes food and drink group has completed a £40M redevelopment project at its Bradford-based soft drinks factory to increase capacity and improve its production capabilities, after work began in Autumn 2012.

The investment will the increase the bottle capacity of products, such as Coca-Cola Life, at the East Kilbride site

CCE invests £2.2M in East Kilbride site

By Laurence Gibbons

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has invested £2.2M in its production facility in East Kilbride, Scotland in new manufacturing technology to increase its bottling capacity and efficiency.

Coca-Cola life contains just 89 Kcal

CCE to boost sparkling soft drinks category

By Nicholas Robinson

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will launch its first Stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola drink in a bid to grow the sparkling soft drinks market, attract new customers and tackle obesity, the company has revealed.  

Women are more likely to buy food targeted at their gender than men

Women drawn to personalised food products

By Laurence Gibbons

Women are more than four times as likely to purchase food and drink products with personalised or gender-specific packaging as men, according to a study of over 500 marketing and packaging professionals.

Britvic's Fruit Shoot brand has recovered its market share

Robinsons, J2O dampen Britvic stills performance

By Rod Addy

The weaker performance of Robinsons and J2O hit Britvic’s still drinks volume sales in its first financial quarter (Q1), struggling against rivals’ promotions, despite Fruit Shoot’s recovery.

Super soup brand: Nestlé's Maggi brand of instant soups, stocks, sauces, taste enhancers and noodles was selected by Kantar Worldpanel as the top food brand

Maggi is the world’s top food brand: Kantar

By Lorraine Mullaney

The number one global food brand is Nestlé’s Maggi range of instant soups, stocks, sauces, taste enhancers and noodles, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Unilever’s Knorr brand came second while PepsiCo’s Lay’s brand was third.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted candidates

Food and drink industry Oscars: three days to go

By Mike Stones

Good luck to all the companies competing for a Food Manufacturing Excellence Award on Monday November 5. Premier Foods, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Iglo Food Group are just three of the firms battling for the top honours.

Poor weather and the £25M recall have dampened Britivic’s results

Britvic shares rise after recall storm subsides

By Anne Bruce

Shares in troubled drinks firm Britvic rose slightly today (July 19), as it posted results for the period that saw the multi-million pound recall of its Fruit Shoot drinks.

Britvic's Fruit Shoot recall could cost up to £5M

Britvic’s Fruit Shoot recall could cost £5M

By Mike Stones

The recall of Britvic’s children's drinks Robinsons Fruit Shoot and Fruit Shoot Hydro could cost up to £5M, according to a statement from the soft drinks giant.

Britvic makes and distribues the Pepsi brand under licence in the UK

Pepsi’s fizzy growth boosts Britvic results

By Dan Colombini

A strong performance from its UK carbonates division, lead by “substantial” Pepsi share gain, has boosted revenues at soft drinks manufacturer Britvic for the all-important Christmas period, according to city analysts.

Vimto brand worth £54m in UK – and still growing fast

Vimto brand worth £54m in UK – and still growing fast

By Elaine Watson

The Vimto brand is now worth £54m at retail value in the UK soft drinks arena alone, while sales of Vimto-branded lollies, sweets and other products helped drive an additional £14.4m in sales in 2010.

Yes we can

Yes we can

As a UK arm of the top-selling soft drinks maker globally, Coca-Cola Enterprises is fully aware of its environmental impact and responsibilities

We'll strike again unless Coke ups pay, warns Unite

We'll strike again unless Coke ups pay, warns Unite

By Elaine Watson

Unite members at Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Edmonton (CCE’s) factory have downed tools again yesterday in the latest in a series of strikes and warned of further stoppages unless the soft drinks firm raises its 2% pay offer.


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