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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.

Drinks brands compete on sweetness

The looming sugar tax is accentuating differences among drinks manufacturers over how sweetness levels can be achieved and – in some cases – what those levels should be.

Morrisons’ food makers praised as festive sales rise

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts praised the retailer’s “food makers and shopkeepers”, after it reported its strongest sales performance for seven years in a Christmas trading update.

Vimto owner posts revenue growth

Vimto owner Nichols has reported its revenue was up by 7.3% in a trading update released on Tuesday (January 10), for the year ending December 31 2016.

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Coca-Cola plans launches in new soft drinks categories

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to develop more soft drinks such – as its new Honest organic herbal tea brand recently launched in the UK – in categories outside those...

British sparkling wine: New Year’s Eve export success

British sparkling wine was exported to a record number of countries ahead of New Year’s Eve, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has revealed.

Manufacturers target ‘sophisticated’ adult soft drinks market

As young adults in particular drink significantly less alcohol, the creation of soft drinks for this audience represents a major opportunity, according to Britvic.

Sugar-free drink study slammed by scientists

A study that suggests sugar-free and diet drinks play no role in helping people lose weight is unhelpful and ignores the evidence base, scientists and industry lobby groups claim.

Britvic agrees £55M deal for Brazilian drinks firm

Drinks maker Britvic plans to complete a £55M takeover of Brazilian concentrates and juices firm Bela Ischia – the second Brazilian acquisition in 18 months.

Sugar tax

The sugar tax: what do millennials really think?

What do youngsters really think about the impact of the soft drinks levy, due to be introduced in 2018? After research published in The Lancet last week backed claims that...

Food and drink appointments – photogallery

December has been a busy month for people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry, with Coca-Cola, Tate & Lyle and Bakkavor making changes to their senior...

Food manufacturing jobs competition to rise next year

Competition to fill food and drink manufacturing vacancies is set to rise next year, after a report revealed a strong UK labour market will see continuing jobs growth increase.

Glass effects support craft alcohol growth

The latest bottles to join the busy beer category, in particular, demonstrate how special effects and new options with glass are allowing brand-owners in the growing craft alcohol segment to...

Tax relief is available to aid research into sugar reduction

Companies that plan to reformulate their products in the run up to the sugar tax and voluntary reduction targets are likely to be eligible for tax relief on research and...

Sugar tax ‘not enough’ to solve obesity crisis

The UK soft drinks levy could prevent thousands of people becoming overweight, but it alone is not enough to solve Britain’s obesity crisis, a study by health journal The Lancet...

Pay fears for drinks factory staff

Pay restructuring at Cott Beverages’ West Yorkshire drinks factory could cut skilled workers’ wages, according to employees at the site.

Scotch whisky in Brazilian spirit promotion deal

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has signed a deal with a Brazilian spirit maker to promote responsible alcoholic drinking, the trade body has revealed.

Coca-Cola Company appoints James Quincey as ceo

Coca-Cola Company has appointed president and chief operating officer James Quincey as its next ceo, effective from May 1 2017.

FDF president elect Gavin Darby sets out priorities

The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) new president elect, Premier Foods’s ceo Gavin Darby, has named his top twin priorities as helping to remedy the nation’s obesity epidemic and ensuring...

Sausage manufacturer is fastest-growing food firm

Sausage manufacturer Heck! Food is the fourth fastest-growing company in the UK, revealed in The Sunday Times’s Fast Track 100 list.

‘Complex’ sugar tax draft slammed

Draft legislation for the Soft Drink Industry Levy has been described as “complex” and raises “serious questions” if a sugar tax would work, said law firm DWF.

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Maltster Muntons takes on new farm co-operative

A farmer-owned grain co-operative has won a contract to become one of only two ‘strategic suppliers’ of malting barley to Muntons.

Food industry ‘big data’ should be mined better

Food and drink manufacturers should be making more of ‘big data’ if they want to better understand the sales impact of their products, a business analytics software provider has claimed.

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Scotch whisky to appeal on alcohol pricing

The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) decision to appeal to the UK Supreme Court, following the ruling from the Court of Session on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland, has been met...

Sweet results for Britvic focusing on low sugar drinks

Soft drinks firm Britvic reported a 10.1% rise in annual sales revenue to £1.43bn, boosted by growth in its no and low sugar drinks, as the manufacturer strived to reduce...

Food manufacturers face ‘four key challenges’

Food manufacturers face four key challenges – with the need to boost productivity topping the list – according to Tim Render, director of food and farming, at the Department for...