In Brief…

People with high blood pressure or heart disease should avoid consuming energy drinks, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study

Highland Spring acquires Scottish bottled water firm Speyside Glenlivet Water with immediate effect, buying it out of administration.

A recent survey by Mintel International found that kids and teens are receptive to healthy eating messages and are choosing foods with healthy ingredients.

NAMA’s highly successful Supervisor Development Program is now available to non-members at the NAMA-member rates. This special, one-time-only opportunity is authorized for the educational program offered in conjunction with the NAMA Spring Expo in Las Vegas. Sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice, the 3-day program will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort, Wednesday, April 15 through noon Friday, April 17, which means attendees will have plenty of time to visit the trade show floor as well. Visit for more information.

UK drinks firm Nichols announces a 1.6% rise in FY2008 revenue to £56.2m with UK sales of core brand Vimto up 16.1%.

In the US, PepsiCo reduces weight of its 50cl PET bottle of its Aquafina brand by 20% to make the packaging more environmentally friendly.

Following the ‘Save Tango’ campaign in the UK, Britvic reports an 8% rise in impulse sales of Tango and introduces limited edition can replacing the brand name with ‘Thanks’.

Irish food and ingredients firm Kerry Group receives the go ahead from the Competition Authority to acquire Ireland-based food company Breeo Foods.

Coca-Cola Company’s Dasani brand becomes the official sponsor of Expedition: Blue Planet, an around-the-world journey to raise awareness about critical water issues.

Innocent Drinks’ This Water brand launches new natural antioxidants variant, made with passion fruit, peaches, green tea and spring water, available from April 2009.

AG Barr Chairman Robin Barr to step down from his role to be replaced by Ronnie Hanna who will become non-executive Chairman, effective May 2009.

Heineken secures the right to become the worldwide partner and exclusive beer of the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand.

Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) launches a universal recycling label initiative for consumer goods, with manufacturers such as Britvic already signed up.

Nestlé relaunches its Creating Shared Value website, focusing on the company’s initiatives in nutrition, water and rural development.

Coca-Cola Company and Atlantic Records release a music track featuring top US singers to accompany its latest Happiness Factory TV advert.

Dairy Crest sells its 49% stake in its joint venture with Yoplait to focus on core brands but will continue to distribute Yoplait products in Great Britain until March 2010.