All articles by James Beeson

James has been Just Drinks' deputy editor since February 2022. Previously he worked at The Morning Advertiser and as a freelance journalist and photographer. His favourite drink is a pint of best bitter, poured through a sparkler.

James Beeson


Sweeteners do not help weight loss, WHO says

The use of non-sugar sweeteners including aspartame, stevia and saccharin are widespread across food and beverages.

Israel’s Strauss signals intent to increase prices again

The rise does not affect domestic products that already went up in price last year.

Canada plans curbs on ‘unhealthy’ food and drink ads

Health Canada said most children were exposed to ads for fast food, snacks, sugary drinks, desserts, and sugary cereals at least once a week.

Private-equity firm Epiris ‘joins race for UK food-and-drinks group Princes’

The Cafe Rouge owner is said to be keen on a move for the Mitsubishi-owned Princes.

Kraft Heinz teams up with Pernod Ricard with vodka pasta sauce

The sauce will hit UK shelves from next month.

PepsiCo sustainability accelerator expands to APAC

To apply, eligible start-ups must have pre-revenue to $2m in sales in the last financial year.

PepsiCo pledges US$3.3m for water-replenishment initiatives

The food and beverage manufacturer said the projects would aid its ambition of becoming “net water positive” by 2030.

Hong Kong set for CBD ban

The ban will take effect on 1 February.

PepsiCo CEO opts for optimism despite “difficult” 2023 ahead

“I’m seeing optimism in a lot of the people I’m talking to” – Ramon Laguarta.

Irn Bru maker A.G. Barr buys rest of UK porridge firm Moma Foods

A.G. Barr first invested in Moma Foods in December 2021.