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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.

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...

Multimillion pound malt factory to create jobs

A malt processor which supplies the whisky industry could create new jobs, following the submission of plans for a new factory in Yorkshire.

Coca-Cola Scottish factory gets £2.3M investment

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has invested £2.3M in its Scottish operations this year, funding the development of a new water treatment plant at its East Kilbride site.

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed reception from food and logistics sectors

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement drew a mixed reception from the food and drink manufacturing and logistics sectors, with praise for the doubling of export finance capacity to support...

Fibre bottle barrier poses questions

Carlsberg’s September unveiling of its latest Green Fibre Bottle design made much of its potential contribution towards sustainability, but little emerged about the technical challenges involved in engineering adequate levels...

Diageo workers to strike over pension row

Diageo workers have voted in favour of industrial action in a row over pension changes.


Clipper Tea races home to win top beverage award

Clipper Tea has won the coveted Beverage manufacturing company of the year title in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Autumn statement

Food sector may get £7bn boost from VAT cut

The food and drink sector could be £7bn better off, if the chancellor cuts VAT in this week’s Autumn Statement, claims NFU Mutual, as Prime Minister Theresa May revealed today...

Coca-Cola opts for vendor-managed spares inventory

Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP’s) Wakefield factory, which is said to be the largest soft drinks plant by volume in Europe, is ensuring it has the highest levels of productivity through...

Nestlé pledges 3,000 job opportunities for youngsters

Nestlé has pledged to offer at least 3,000 new employment opportunities for young people in the UK and Ireland by 2020.

Cargill invests £30.1M to boost sweeteners capacity

Cargill plans to invest £30.1M (€35M) to boost sweeteners capacity across its European operations.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Coca-Cola boss wins management Oscar

The Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) operations director of Europe’s largest soft drinks plant has won the inaugural Me & my factory – editor’s choice award in the food and drink...

Carlsberg brewery gas leak leaves one dead

One person has died and another is in a serious but stable condition following an ammonia leak at Carlsberg’s Northampton brewery.

Food and drink new product developments – photogallery

Festive flavoured crisps and chocolate pizza lead this selection of new products from food and drink manufacturers in this photogallery.

2017 trend predictions

Top seven Euro trends for 2017 includes sugar tax

The impact of sugar taxes leads Mintel’s list of top seven trends likely to shape European consumers spending in 2017, predicts the market reserach firm.

Tesco reduces sugar in own-label drinks

Tesco is to reduce the sugar content in all of its own-label soft drinks in a bid to offer healthier choices to its customers, it claimed.

European food firms hail EU-Canada trade deal

European food and drink manufacturers’ organisation FoodDrinkEurope has welcomed the signing of an EU trade deal with Canada, viewed by some as a model for the UK’s trade arrangements with...

ASA bans Hooch advert for appealing to under-18s

A Hooch advert featuring social media star Joe Charman has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after it ruled the juvenile behaviour depicted in the ad would appeal...

Action on Sugar highlights ‘huge’ sugar differences between products

Action on Sugar has urged food manufacturers to get behind Public Health England’s voluntary reformulation programme to tackle obesity and save the NHS from bankruptcy.

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