New Soda with No Sugar and No Sweetener

Ugly Drinks – the UK’s first range of unsweetened, fruit-flavoured, 100% natural sparkling water.

Since launching in 2016, Ugly Drinks have undergone a rebrand to echo the pain points of their target market; an emerging generation of health-conscious consumers that are actively seeking healthier alternatives in their diet.

Ugly’s raw and uncut messaging coupled with their bright and bold personality give them a distinct personality, whilst their core ethos makes for a guilt-free alternative to the same old names in the drinks aisle.

Ugly Drinks are available in UK supermarkets including Tesco, Whole Foods and WHSmith.

After a lauch in May, Ugly Drinks are now sold in shops across New York.

According to the Ugly Drink’s website, the UK products are manufactured in U.K. and packaged in recycled and recyclable cans while the products sold in the US are manufactured in Canada. They are packed in BPA lined cans that he company is looking to replace.

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New Packaging from Carlsberg Uses Glue to Cut Plastic Waste

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Beer loving environmentalists will be raising a pint to Carlsberg after the brewer revealed plans to replace traditional can holders with a new technology that cuts plastic use.

In what Carlsberg describes as a world first, the Danish company will introduce a new “Snap Pack” where cans are bonded together with glue. It claims the new packaging will reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1,200 tonnes a year — the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags.

Plastic rings, which have been used on multipacks of canned drinks for decades, pose a risk to wildlife and have been heavily linked to increased ocean pollution.

“We are working hard to deliver on our ambitious sustainability agenda and to help tackle climate change,” Cees’t Hart, CEO of Carlsberg Group, said in a statement. “We look forward to giving our consumers better beer experiences with less environmental impact.”

The “Snap Pack” will first be introduced to the United Kingdom on September 10 in a number of Tesco supermarkets, and will debut in some other European markets from late September. It is expected to be made available in Carlsberg’s home market from early 2019.

There have been growing calls to eliminate single-use plastics across the business world, with ocean plastic waste predicted to triple by 2050.

Companies such as Starbucks, Disney and McDonald’s have pledged to limit or ditch plastic straws, while US cities like Seattle have banned them completely.

Sportswear firm Adidas said last month that it was committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024 while IKEA has also promised to phase out all single-use plastic products from its shops and restaurants by 2020.

The subject is also being heavily discussed by the European Union, which is pushing for many single-use plastic products to be barred by 2030.

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In Pictures: Inside the First Starbucks Store in Italy

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Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is Now Available in Japan Nationwide

The drink has more caffeine and fewer calories than the classic soda’s ordinary version.

Coca-cola introduced the canned and bottled product in Australia last year, and has since rolled it out to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

The drink is available in convenience stores for 128 yen (US$1.15), as well as in vending machines, all across Japan.

U.S. FDA Warns of Dangers of Liquid Nitrogen in Food, Drinks

You risk serious injury if you consume or handle food and drink products where liquid nitrogen is added just before consumption, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.

These products — which have names such as “Dragon’s Breath,” “Heaven’s Breath” and “nitro puff” — are available in food courts, kiosks, state or local fairs, and other places where food and drinks are sold.

Examples of such products include liquid nitrogen-infused colorful cereal or cheese puffs that emit a misty or smoke-like vapor, and alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks prepared with liquid nitrogen that emit a fog.

Liquid nitrogen isn’t toxic, but its extremely low temperature can cause severe damage to skin and internal organs if mishandled or consumed, the FDA said in a news release. Inhaling the vapor released by liquid nitrogen in food or drinks can also cause breathing problems, especially among people with asthma, according to the agency.

“The main issue is that liquid nitrogen must be fully evaporated from food or beverage before it is served,” explained Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

“In liquid form, it can cause burns to the mouth, esophagus and upper airway, leading to perforation or rupture of the organs — which could be deadly,” Glatter said. “It may also cause burns of the fingers or hands when it is handled in the liquid state.”

And people with asthma or lung disease who inhale the vapors might experience constriction of their airways, triggering an asthma attack or worsening of their lung disease, he added.

“Beyond this, it may also lead to inflammation in the lungs and aspiration, which can reduce the ability to breathe, as well as trigger infections such as pneumonia,” Glatter said.

In fact, the FDA said it has received reports of severe and life-threatening injuries caused by liquid nitrogen in food and drinks, and also reports of breathing problems.

“With state fairs upon us, parents and teens need to understand the potential risks of foods such as nitro popcorn and nitrogen-infused cereals, which promise excitement and thrill but may end with a trip to the emergency department,” Glatter noted.

People who’ve suffered an injury after handling or consuming food or drinks prepared with liquid nitrogen should consult a health care provider, and also consider reporting their injury to MedWatch, the FDA’s safety reporting program, the agency said.

Source: HealthDay