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Molson Coors sues SAB Miller for move to kill Canada licensing deal

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Molson Coors has launched legal action against SAB Miller in response to the UK company's move to terminate a licensing agreement granting the US-Canada brewer rights to license SAB products in the country, with the latter blaming low volume sales.

Nestlé buys Louisiana depression food firm

Nestlé buys Louisiana depression food firm

By Shane STARLING

Nestlé has bought its second brain health-focused medical foods start-up in eight months after snaffling Red River Pharma-owned Pamlab which makes high-dose vitamin supplements targeting depression, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Sweet PepsiCo impasse delays beverage review until 2014

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Sweet PepsiCo impasse delays beverage review until 2014

By Ben BOUCKLEY

PepsiCo CFO Hugh Johnston tells analysts the firm believes its new sweetener innovations will be 'more evolutionary than revolutionary' and that work in this direction has delayed a beverage business review until 2014.

Grupo Bimbo posts another net profit slump for Q4

Grupo Bimbo Q4 net profit plunges 81%

By Kacey Culliney

Increased financing costs and higher tax rates caused a plunge in net profit for Mexican bread titan Grupo Bimbo in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2012.

ConAgra: Private brands are ‘not cheap generics’ anymore

ConAgra CEO: Private brands are ‘not cheap generics’ anymore

By Elaine WATSON

Growth in the US private label market will continue to outpace growth in branded products as retailers recognize that unique, premium and innovative store brands can help them boost profitability, differentiate themselves and increase consumer loyalty,...

Campari buys back Appleton Rum US distributon rights for $20m

Campari buys back Appleton Rum US distributon rights for $20m

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Campari America has agreed to pay $20m to Kobrand Corporation to secure the distribution rights to its recently acquired Appleton Rum brand portfolio in the US, and 'exploit the brand's potential in the key US market'.

Molson Coors brand Molson Canadian has been hit by the NHL lockout in the country (Picture Copyright: Molson Coors)

Molson Coors shies away from major M&A in short term

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Molson Coors does not contemplate making any major acquisitions in the short term but says it may examine small portfolio ‘in fills’ if the right transactions present themselves.

Dr Pepper Snapple is pinning its hopes on a CSD revival via its low-calorie TEN platform

CEO LARRY YOUNG WARNS ATTACKS ON CARBONATES WILL CONTINUE

Dr Pepper Snapple risks ‘big swing’ on critical TEN calorie platform

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Dr Pepper Snapple CEO Larry Young warns that US health lobby attacks on carbonates will persist, as his firm gears up to spend millions marketing new 2013 launches on its ‘critical’ low-calorie TEN platform.

Dean Foods commends Fresh Dairy Direct Q4 performance

Dean Foods commends Fresh Dairy Direct Q4 performance

By Mark Astley

US dairy giant Dean Foods has reported better-than-expected profit for the last three months of 2012 – a result it has attributed to better “cost control and effective pricing” from its Fresh Dairy Direct business.

Kent: 'Personally committed' to leveraging Coke's resources to tackle obesity

Coke boss ‘personally committed’ to tackling obesity

By Elaine WATSON

Coca-Cola chief executive Muhtar Kent says he has resolved to find “meaningful solutions to the complex issue of obesity” and is “personally committed” to leveraging the company’s resources to tackle the problem.

The 17 oz FitPro Plus with 40g protein targets hardcore users, while the 11oz Daily variant with 26g protein targets regular gym goers or anyone looking for more protein. Because it is packaged in an aseptic environment, FitPro is shelf-stable for 16 months.

Big Interview: Brad Kloss, founder and CEO, FitPro

FitPro: Is there room for a new player in the RTD protein shake market?

By Elaine WATSON

Launching a new product into the ultra-competitive ready-to-drink (RTD) protein shake market is not for the faint-hearted. But being a minnow in a pool of sharks doesn’t faze the founder of FitPro, who reckons he can give Muscle Milk a run for its money.

Non-GMO key part of message for papaya products company

Non-GMO key part of message for papaya products company

By Hank Schultz

Herbal Papaya, a company founded on the health benefits of the fruit, will launch a complete line of food, beverage and supplement products at the Expo West trade show in March.  A key part of the company’s message is that all of its products are non...

Research results pointed Ben & Jerry's down non-GMO path

Research results pointed Ben & Jerry's down non-GMO path

By Hank Schultz

For Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice cream company, taking the step to remove GMO ingredients from its supply chain was simply a matter of paying attention.  Not necessarily to the news, to political pressure, or even to consumer attitudes. It...

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