In Brief…

UK food and beverage manufacturers have agreed a voluntary deadline of end of 2008 to remove blacklist of artificial colours from their products.
The American Beverage Association and the International Bottled Water Association announce plans to hold a joint 2008 trade fair in Las Vegas.

CCHBC joins partnership between coffee company illy and The Coca-Cola Company to launch new premium ready-to-drink coffee in Europe.
UK-based nutraceutical firm Provexis confirms rumoured 12-month deal with Coca-Cola to assess feasibility of using its tomato-based Fruitflow technology in beverages.
German drinks group Eckes-Granini introduces 20cl ambient juice line to UK convenience channel through distribution partner Dairy Farmers of Britain.
Nestlé opens its first R&D facility dedicated to the company’s out-of-home beverage business in Switzerland.
RJA Foods relaunches its Pomegreat heart health juice with ‘improved taste’ and larger packaging formats across UK supermarkets.
Coca-Cola Enterprises says innovation in flavoured carbonates and the sports and energy categories will continue to be its key growth drivers for Q1 2008.
Pepsi UK is reportedly to position its new cane sugar-based ‘natural cola’ Pepsi Raw as ‘premium’ rather than ‘healthy’.
150 major food and drinks firms including Nestlé, Unilever and Cadbury Schweppes call for world leaders to set up binding UN climate change agreement.
Coca-Cola Enterprises drives juice brand Minute Maid in the UK through £1.3m TV advertising campaign.
Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe announces plans to launch calorie-burning tea drink, Enviga in Europe.