Soft drinks have always been a consumer favourite, but they need to adapt to changing consumer demands, and manufacturers would do well to innovate this category with healthy options. By Melanie Felgate, Senior Consumer Insight Analyst, GlobalData

A first in 10 years, the new concentrate plant will increase efficiency and support performance with purpose goals of the company.

From A for Aquavit to Z for Zinfandel wine—whenever something is bottled in the beverage industry, it needs to be labelled as well. Krones AG looked to Igus GMBH for a lubrication solution for its labelling machines. By Lars Braun, industry manager, packaging industry, Igus Germany

The East is still tracing behind the West in terms of many industries, including that of beverage, but change is coming, says Eric Shaffner, Sales Vice President for Asia, Middle East and Africa, Sidel.

Growing at an annual rate of almost 24 percent since 2011, the functional drinks market in China was worth over US$9.1 billion in 2015 when compared to US$3.9 billion in 2011, according to a report by Research & Markets.

Recycling polyethylene terephthalate pet plastics is not new, and most end up as non-food grade pet, such as in china where they are processed into textile fibres or other utility items. However, there is an increasing opportunity for the food and beverage industry to benefit from this too as food grade packaging materials can be made from recycled pet. One such method for this is through a bottle to bottle recycling process. By Dr Thomas Friedlaender, Krones AG

The fruition of the partnership that began in 2012, the facility that will open in 2016 will develop and commercialise 100 percent bio-based plastics for sustainable beverages.

Liquid tea grew 17.3 percent and liquid coffee 16.6 percent in US grocery stores in 2015, according to market researcher Nielsen.

Natural flavours from fruit, herbs, and trees such as lychee, lemongrass, birch, or even cactus are gaining popularity among consumers, according to the market researcher.

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