Ardea Beverage Co., maker of Nutrisoda carbonated beverages, has hired former PepsiAmericas executive Richard Wilson as president and general manager.
Cott Corp. , the world’s largest
bottler of private-label soft drinks, has removed CEO Brent Willis and
president Rick Dobry. To improve profitability, the company plans to cut costs
and remove branded beverages from its product portfolio. Interim CEO David
Gibbons says, “We will continue to reposition Cott to play a greater role as a
champion of private label.”
Noble Juicehas made the nationwide
switch to bottles made from 100% polylactic acid (PLA), a polymer made from
The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that brown
rice packaging may use label language designating it as a whole-grain food that
can help consumers avoid cancer and heart attacks. The ruling came at the
request of petitioners that includedMars
Inc., packager of Uncle Ben’s rice.
maker of Breyer’s and Ben & Jerry’s, has opened two new Centres of
Excellence for ice cream research and development. Located in Colworth, UK, and
Caivano, Italy, they will employ 130 staffers between them.
H.J. Heinz Co. has announced plans to build a 225,000-square-foot plant in Florence, S.C., to
produce Weight Watchers, Smart Ones and Boston Market frozen foods.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2009.
Coca-Colahas won the Grand Prix for design at the Annual Cannes Lions International
Advertising Festival. The prize, the first one awarded for design by the Cannes
festival, was for the brand’s “refreshed visual identity and packaging.”
standardized sustainability label symbol for beverages in the UK has been
established by consulting firmZenith
Internationaland safety standards organizationNSF Int’l.
The symbol includes a table that quantifies recycled material, carbon offset
and other factors.
French food retailerCasinois using color-coded label
symbols to signal the carbon footprint of some of its store-brand products. The
color scheme tells the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in both the
manufacturing of a product’s packaging and its transportation, along with the
proportion of packaging that can be recycled.
exempted bio-derived beverage bottles from its strict recycling laws. The
regulation, which affects bottles made from at least 75% renewable resources,
takes effect next Jan. 1.
Packager News Briefs
August 1, 2008