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From consolidation of businesses to health pressures, the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks sector - both hot and cold - is under pressure to reform. Whether you’re a brand owner or contract packer you need to uncork the bottle of market intelligence.

Soft drinks firms respond to tooth decay criticism

Soft drinks manufacturers have responded to demands from Public Health England (PHE) to strip sugar out of their products, in a bid to battle childhood tooth decay.

PepsiCo praises Sheffield food engineering degree

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has joined other leading food and drink firms in praising the UK’s first food engineering degree, which begins today (September 29) at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Ryder Cup tees up showcase of Scottish food

The Ryder Cup provided a “perfect platform” to showcase Scotland’s food and drink to more than 45,000 visitors from 75 countries on each day of the three-day golf tournament between...

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CAMRA appoints Tim Page as new ceo

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has appointed Tim Page as its new ceo, effective November 1 2014.

Falling bourbon barrel sparks fractured skull trauma

A Scottish haulage firm has been fined £8,000, after a falling bourbon barrel fractured the skull of one its staff, in what a neurologist warned could easily have proved a fatal accident....

Most powerful women in food and drink

The food and drink industry has seven representatives on Fortune’s list of the 50 most powerful women in business 2014.

Brewmeister’s Snake Venom beer marketing blasted

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an online beer advert for misleading consumers over its alcohol content and placing “undue emphasis on the alcoholic strength” of the product.

AG Barr builds on growth with Snapple deal

AG Barr’s Strathmore Water brand proved a powerhouse of growth for the maker of soft drinks brands including Irn-Bru, Rockstar and Rubicon in the first half of its financial year....

Food exports rise in first half but Scotch whisky falls

Food and non-alcoholic drink exports climbed by 4.8% to reach £6.5bn in the first half of this year but Scotch exports sank by 11% to £1.77bn over the same period.

Whisky body welcomes stability of Scottish referendum result

The Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has welcomed the “stability” brought by the vote for Scotland to stay in the UK.

ASA bars smoothie web claim

An internet smoothie ad has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleadingly exaggerating the amount of fruit portions it contained.

Elderly binge drinking is a growing area of concern

Excessive drinking among Britain’s over 65 year-olds is growing and becoming an area of increasing concern, new statistics from Mintel have indicated.

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Tired consumers boost sports and energy drinks market

The sports and energy drink market has grown from £1bn in 2009 to £1.5bn in 2014 as tired consumers look to these products to beat fatigue, according to a report by Mintel.

Diageo backs £10M fund for distillers

New and growing distillers could draw on a £10M fund to help their businesses grow, thanks to an initiative backed by spirits giant Diageo.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Food and drink in an independent Scotland – in pictures

Thousands of Scots will vote for or against Scottish independence this Thursday (September 18), but how do some of the UK’s biggest food and drink firms think independence will affect...

UK brewers drink to bumper year

The UK saw 170 breweries spring up in the past 12 months, a figure driven by small independent brewers, according to the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA’s) Good Beer Guide 2015.

Rock Rose gin from Britain’s most northern distillery

What is being claimed as the most northerly gin distillery on mainland Britain was commissioned last month, following the installation of a new still - christened ‘Elizabeth’ - in the...

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William Grant & Sons snaps up Drambuie

Premium spirits business and independent Scottish family distiller William Grant & Sons has acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Company, which owns the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand. 

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Jennifer Aniston fronts UK bottled water campaign

‘Friends’ actress Jennifer Aniston will lead Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) UK launch campaign for its premium bottled water Glacéau Smartwater.

Health claims law trips up tea firm

A company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Back to school juices

Juiceburst has launched a new range of School Food Standards- compliant juice drinks for children.

The latest product recalls – in pictures

Concerns over food safety have forced 10 food and drink businesses to recall batches of their products to prevent harm to their customers, since May 2014.

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Scottish space whisky set to land on earth

Scottish whisky sent into space three years ago to discover how gravity affects the maturing process will return to earth in 11 days, on September 12, according to its distiller.

Wells & Youngs escapes ban over Estrella ad

An Estrella beer advert was slammed by the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC) for encouraging irresponsible drinking among young people and linking alcohol to sex.