soft drinks

19 Nov 2018 --- Nestlé Waters North America has signed an agreement with rPET supplier CarbonLITE with the latter due to expand its US production by building a third recycling facility in Nestlé Waters’ local bottling region (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania). The new contract builds upon Nestlé Waters’ existing relationship with CarbonLITE, one of the largest producers of food-grade, post-consumer rPET, and allow the beverage company to further expand use of recycled materials in its packaging. The company currently purchases rPET from CarbonLITE’s existing facilities in California and Texas.
16 Nov 2018 --- Shelf-appeal and consumer engagement are increasingly significant drivers in metal can design. Although consumers are drinking less soda, other can markets are emerging and expanding, notably craft beer and canned water, with producers demanding the differentiation needed to be competitive on a busy shelf. Two leading metal can suppliers, Crown and Ball, showcased the latest in their decorative techniques and connective technologies during BrauBevaile 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, this week.
12 Nov 2018 --- Creators of the Karma Push Cap Technology, Karma, have formed a collaboration with Aptar Food + Beverage, a global specialist in dispensing, sealing and active packaging solutions, to deliver instant-mix technology to a range of market segments focused on the rising trend of personalized, fortified nutrition. The collaboration believes that the cap has the potential to extend beyond beverage into other industries, including medical and pharmaceutical.
31 Oct 2018 --- Berlin start-up, share, has become the first beverage producer in Germany to sell its water in PET bottles made of 100 percent recyclate. The company has said that in 2019 it wants to fill water into approximately a million bottles a month made entirely from recycled PET, with estimated savings of over 200 metric tons of plastic waste annually. The bottle design was developed in collaboration with KHS’ Bottles & Shapes consultancy program.
29 Oct 2018 --- In a further plastic packaging pledge, PepsiCo will aim to have its packaging consist of 25 percent recycled plastic content by 2025 as part of its sustainable plastics vision. The goal includes an aim specific to PET beverage bottles – 33 percent recycled PET content by 2025. PepsiCo is also a signature of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, announced today, to eradicate plastic waste at source and establish a circular economy for the material, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The company also forged a partnership with Loop Industries, in a move that will boost its access to good quality, recycled PET.
18 Oct 2018 --- Population growth, enhanced connectivity and demand for sustainability are all key market dynamics motivating Tetra Pak’s trend predictions. At the company’s recent event, Inside Tetra Pak, held in Lund, Sweden, the company offered insights into how such dynamics are shaping interest in plant-based beverages, water, cheese and food supplement nutrition. These trends will continue to grow, the company noted, and Tetra Pak can offer ideal packaging and processing solutions to support NPD.
03 Oct 2018 --- The Coca-Cola Company has launched a new vending machine concept in China where consumers can purchase beverages, as well as return and recycle used bottles and cans, marking the first concept equipment to combine beverage sales and packaging recycling by Coca-Cola China. The vending machine also uses AI technology such as facial recognition and sound interaction to provide an interactive experience to the consumers.
02 Oct 2018 --- Australian beverages manufacturer Coca-Cola Amatil has committed to making 100 percent of its Australian packaging recyclable by 2025, including all bottles, cans, plastic wrap, glass and cardboard. The company will also work towards phasing out unnecessary single-use packaging through improved design, innovation or the use of recycled alternatives.
05 Sep 2018 --- PepsiCo has announced ambitions to achieve 50 percent recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union (EU), with an interim target of 45 percent by 2025. The move will see the multinational food, snack and beverage giant more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating to over 50,000 tons of rPET.
28 Aug 2018 --- DS Smith’s plastics division, Rapak, has created a new Bag-In-Box solution with an easy-to-use tap system, longer shelf-life and stockability credentials. The new packaging is the result of a collaboration between UK supplier of frozen drinks Polar Krush and Rapak with the aim of transitioning its packaging of frozen drink concentrates from single-use plastic bottles to a more sustainable alternative. The collaboration believes that the new Bag-In-Box solution will reduce the amount of plastic waste going into landfills five times over.
27 Aug 2018 --- The Sidel StarLite family of bottle base solutions is expanding with the StarLite UltraLight for Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSD) which offers an even lighter bottle than existing options on the market. The new UltraLight CSD base design significantly decreases the amount of raw material needed to produce PET bottles. Thereby, the bottle offers hard discount chains the opportunity to release more affordable carbonated beverages in PET bottles, while strengthening their competitiveness and productivity without hampering the product quality consumers have become to expect, Sidel explains.
22 Aug 2018 --- Eco-friendly bottled water brand JUST has launched in the UK across 800 Boots stores and all Whole Foods Market locations as the first step in a major global expansion. The move comes in response to growing consumer demand for sustainable packaged products to minimize plastic pollution, JUST water states. The bottle is recyclable and consists of 54 percent paper, 28 percent plant-based plastic, 3 percent aluminum and 15 percent protective plastic film. The cap is made from sugarcane.
22 Aug 2018 --- Coca-Cola Britain has revealed revamped packaging for its Coca-Cola original taste and Coca-Cola zero sugar. Both the original and sugar-free drinks will feature the iconic Coca-Cola color – red – in a bid to unify both of the variants and encourage more people to try Coca-Cola zero sugar. The move is supported by a US$6.4 million marketing campaign that the company hopes will raise awareness of choice within the Coca-Cola range and drive no-sugar sales.
09 Aug 2018 --- Britvic – the UK’s largest supplier of soft drinks – has announced investments of £850,000 (US$1,090,000) a year in UK recycling infrastructure through its commitment to only purchase domestic Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) from UK recyclers. Britvic signed up to a new partnership with environmental compliance experts Comply Direct in January 2018. Since then, Britvic has not purchased any export recovery notes (known as PERNs), which are generated by UK exporters and therefore encourage the export of waste abroad. Instead, Britvic has chosen to only buy PRNs from UK recyclers meaning Britvic’s £850,000 (US$1,090,000) payment obligation is now being invested solely in the UK’s recycling industry.
30 Jul 2018 --- Ball has collaborated with Attila Hildmann Empire GmbH to produce complexly designed cans for its organic drink, Daisho. The central design element of the 25-centiliter Slim cans depicts a Samurai warrior with a pair of traditional swords called Daisho. To highlight the sophisticated design in the best possible way, the cans feature Ball’s popular HD printing technique. Produced at the Gelsenkirchen, Germany plant, the cans will be available at retail stores in Germany from July in three flavors: Litchi-Lime, Berry-Vanilla and Mango-Pineapple-Coconut.
26 Jul 2018 --- Consumers will be getting an extra rush on their next theme park trip – provided they bring along a used plastic bottle. Coca-Cola GB and Merlin, the UK’s largest visitor attraction operator, have partnered to roll out “reverse vending” machines at selected sites which will offer 50 percent off admission with the donation of one plastic bottle.
24 Jul 2018 --- Self-heating beverage technology company HeatGenie has closed US$6 million in funding to facilitate launches in the ready-to-drink (RTD) marketplace. The funding is led by ARTIS Labs with additional financing from Almanac Investments and private investors. With this round of funding, HeatGenie will complete product development and move into commercialization, working together with ready-to-drink beverage brands to launch in the marketplace.
23 Jul 2018 --- Kolibri Drinks has collaborated with glass packaging specialists Beatson Clark to design and launch a customizable bottle which enables consumers to control the amount of sugar in their drink. Consumers squeeze in as much or as little of the nectar as they desire from the bottle cap, while the viscosity of the nectar has been designed to blend easily with the drink without any shaking. Kolibri has cited public awareness around sugar intake and consumer demand – particularly among millennials – for personalized products which are adaptable to individual lifestyle choices.
19 Jul 2018 --- SIG has developed a new microwaveable aseptic carton designed specifically for on-the-go consumption of liquid dairy, non-carbonated soft drinks and broth with low viscosity products. The new “Heat&Go” pack is aluminum free and can be heated in a microwave, either in a vending machine, store, café, home or office. SIG cite the rising consumer trend for hot drinks that can be consumed on-the-go – particularly in Asia – as the inspiration behind the design.
16 Jul 2018 --- Ball has teamed with Ovayaco, a company that produces and supplies beverages to Moscow-based restaurant chain BlackStarBurger, to design a new stand-out can using the innovative Strawster technology. Strawster is a modern gadget available exclusively in Ball’s 25cl slim can which features a self-activated straw that “magically” appears once the tab of the can is engaged. The partnership cites the increasing demand for ready-to-drink beverages and energy drinks in Russia as the drive behind the collaboration.