In Brief…

Dairy UK calls for stricter legislation on cheese origin labelling, claiming that at present customers can be mislead about the place of manufacture.

In the UK, US grape juice manufacturer Welch’s adds a new variant, 100% Purple Grape and Raspberry, to its range of chilled juices.

Tate & Lyle posts a 3.9% rise in sales for the six months ended 30 September to £1.35bn, with profit climbing 58.7% to £73m.

British dairy cooperative Milk Link sees H1 2010 profit before tax leap 238.9% to £12.2m, boosted by a 9.3% increase in group turnover to £283m.

UK dairy cooperative First Milk records a 9.4% increase in turnover for the six months ended 30 September.

Irish food and ingredients firm Kerry Group records an 8.7% rise in sales revenue for the first nine months of 2010, with continuing business volumes growing 5.3%.

PepsiCo launches a new Facebook application called Bottle Promise which aims to encourage Pespsi consumers to recycle their used bottles and cans.

In the US, PepsiCo partners with nutritional retailer GNC to develop Phenom, a new coconut water brand fortified with vitamins and minerals, available in GNC stores from Q2 2011.

Dairy Crest records a 5% increase in H1 2010 pretax profit to £40.1m, with sales of its five key brands also growing by 5%.

Swiss dairy company Emmi is to acquire the global brand rights for the Onken yogurt brand from German food group Dr. Oetker.

Robert Wiseman Dairies reports an 8% increase in sales volumes for the six months ended 2 October 2010, driving turnover up 6.8% to £452.8m.

Israeli flavour house Frutarom reports a 4.8% increase in Q3 2010 revenues to US$111.0m, with operating profit up 12.2% to US$15.0m.

US probiotic and functional food manufacturer Lifeway Foods sees Q3 2010 net income fall 34% to US$0.9m despite a 3.1% sales increase, due to higher raw material, advertising and selling costs.

Coca-Cola India receives clearance from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to allow the use of stevia in its products in the country.

SABMiller posts a 7% increase in H1 2011 revenue to US$14.2bn, with soft drink sales volumes growing by 5% and lager volumes up 2%.

Cadbury India announces it is to start domestic production of parent Kraft Foods’ powdered soft drink brand Tang, having previously been imported from Thailand.

Japan’s Suntory is to integrate its global beverage units, including Orangina Schweppes and Frucor, under the umbrella of Suntory Beverage & Food from 1 January 2011.

Indian conglomerate RJ Corp, PepsiCo India’s largest bottler, announces plans to acquire PepsiCo’s bottling operations in Bhutan.

US Department of Commerce lifts its 10-year anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese apple juice concentrate.

Crane Co. reported 17% increased earnings in third quarter 2010 over same period 2009; vending sales posted a 2% gain.

Nestlé announces it is to change its sales reporting policy to reflect International Financial Reporting Standards, which will lead to a reduction in reported sales but an increase in profit margins.

In the US, Coca-Cola Recycling trials an aluminium can and PET bottle recycling unit called Reimagine which automatically sorts the containers.

In the UK, Innocent Drinks loses its legal battle to make fruit smoothies exempt from VAT.

PepsiCo is to extend the Gatorade G Series line with a lower calorie version called G Series Fit, to be launched April 2011.

Nestlé appoints Patrice Bula to succeed Petraea Heynike as Executive Vice President responsible for the Strategic Business Units, Marketing, Sales and Nespresso, effective 1 May 2011.

In Belgium and Luxembourg, Coca-Cola Company partners with PingPing, Belgacom`s mobile payment venture, to equip 5,000 beverage vending machines with contactless payment technology.

The European Commission bans the manufacture, import and sale of baby bottles containing Bisphenol A (BPA) in the EU from mid-2011.

In Japan cheese-flavoured Kit Kat, 10 individually wrapped chocolate/wafer pieces, is available for ¥200.

William Chase, the entrepreneur behind Tyrrells Crisps and Chase potato vodka, is to put together a bid to restart production of the Queen’s favourite mineral water (Malvern Water).

Highland Spring has created new festive packaging to help the product stand out during the crucial upcoming trading period.