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Coke Launches Slimline 105-Calorie Can in U.K.

The smaller can is designed to meet concerns about rising obesity levels and also target on-the-go shoppers looking for greater convenience. The new 250ml cans of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero will go on sale form mid July in convenience stores across the country. They will cost 49p (US$0.75). (The Telegraph)

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French Wine Co. Creates Cola-Flavored Red

A French drinks company is launching a red wine that will have the edge on its competitors - by adding a dash of cola. In a break with tradition Rouge Sucette, French for red lollipop, is made from 75 per cent grapes with water, sugar and cola flavouring making up the remainder. (Daily Mail)

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Pepsi to Reduce Supposed Carcinogen

A report released just before July 4th by an environmental group seems to have gotten lost in the holiday weekend haze, despite findings that link cola and cancer. Pepsi continues to sell sodas made with4-methylimidazole, or 4-MEI—ruled a carcinogen last year by the state of California—according to the Center For Environmental Health. In a response published in the Center for Environmental Health’s report, PepsiCo said its “coloring suppliers have been working on modifying the manufacturing process to reduce the amount of 4-MEI,” adding that drinks sold in the rest of the U.S. will have reduced levels of the chemical “by February 2014.” (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

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Carlsberg to Open Myanmar Facility in 2014

Denmark based Carlsberg and its partner Myanmar Golden Star (MGS) will begin operating their production facility by the end of 2014, according to MGS Company. Early this year, Carlsberg and MGS formed a joint venture–Myanmar Carlsberg Co., Ltd. and held a joint venture inauguration ceremony at Chatrium Hotel, Yangon on 1 February. They planned to brew beer with Myanmar name in addition to Carlsberg brand. The brand name of the beer has yet to be decided. The company is planning to export a million cans of beer (Myanmar beer) per month to Europe. (ScandAsia.com)

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Koa Organic Water Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Koa Organic Water, which sources its hydrating liquid completely from fruits and vegetables, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to expand its reach into new markets. This fundraising initiative is designed to help produce Koa locally in towns all across America using seasonal and sustainable vegetation.

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Hop Products Australia Unveils Flavor Guide

Hop Products Australia (HPA) has unveiled a flavor spectrum to guide brewers through the taste profiles of its hop varieties. The Hop Flavour Spectrum goes beyond the limitations of chemical analysis to provide an effective tool for comparing varieties and understanding how each hop may impact the flavor of beer.

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