Beverage

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Matcha magic? Buddha Teas to expand into Mexico

By Kacey Culliney

California-based Buddha Teas is venturing into Latin America for the first time, expanding into Mexico with single-herb teas, cannabidiol blends and its ready-to-drink (RTD) matcha beverage.

Ninho UHT milks have been packaged in combiblocMidi 1000ml and Molico milks in both 1000ml and 500ml convenience carton formats, at the plant in Nestlé Sul, Brazil, since March.

SIG expands global Nestlé partnership to Brazil

By Stephen Daniells

With Brazilian consumers looking for packaging formats and volumes to help avoid food waste, SIG has expanded its partnership with Nestlé to roll out new flexible filling lines in the Latin American country.

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News in brief

Colombia approves non-GMO Reb D stevia from Sweegen-Ingredion

By Stephen Daniells

The Colombian Secretary of State for Agriculture and Procurement (SEAB) has approved non-GMO Reb D sweetener derived from the stevia leaf for use as a tabletop sweetener and added to food and beverages.

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Brazil ranked number 2 most innovative craft beer market: Mintel

By Stephen Daniells

The domination of Brazil’s beer market by big brewers has essentially created a market with ‘bored’ consumers thirsty for innovation, and that’s why its craft beer market is starting to take off, says a Mintel analyst.

Coca-Cola seeks global patent on AI mobile app

Coca-Cola seeks global patent on AI mobile app

By Kacey Culliney

The Coca-Cola Company wants to patent its character recognition app that uses artificial intelligence and relies on consumer input to scan reward codes as part of its product loyalty program.

Layn's Monk Fruit portfolio includes extracts, juice concentrates, and juice powders. Image  © Getty Images / chengyuzheng

Layn has high hopes for monk fruit for sugar reduction across LATAM

By Stephen Daniells

As consumers across LATAM increasingly seek out low- or no-sugar alternatives to their favorite food and beverages, Layn is excited by the potential of the region and expects to introduce new sweeteners as and when regulatory approval is attained.

Costa Rica regenerative farm project paves the way for better crops

Regenerative Agriculture Part I

Costa Rica regenerative farm paves the way for better crops

By Simon Pitman

The rise and rise of the organic and naturals trend in the food and health and wellness industry is putting increasing pressure on farmers to produce pesticide-free, sustainable and efficient crops for raw materials.

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Dispatches from Fi South America

The top 5 trends from Fi South America 2018

By Stephen Daniells

From clean label to sugar and sodium reduction, a few trends resonated throughout the 2018 Fi South America expo in Sao Paulo. Here’s our take on what’s hot…