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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.

Scottish whisky seeks world heritage status similar to champagne

Scotch whisky producers are hoping to follow French champagne makers and win United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage status for their products.

Symrise snaps up US’s Flavor Infusion

The €1.5bn turnover European-based flavour and fragrance firm Symrise has acquired the US natural beverage ingredients firm Flavor Infusion in a multi-million euro deal, it has revealed.

Britvic’s £7M investment creates 40 jobs

Soft drink manufacturer Britvic has invested £7M in its Bramley factory and warehouse, near Leeds, creating 40 new jobs.

Food firms ‘to face higher costs after EU exit’

Food and drink manufacturers would face higher long-term costs if Britain quits the EU, but the move would have less impact on business than some “scare-mongering” reports suggest.

Whisky exports would be damaged by ‘Brexit’

Scotland’s whisky exports would be badly hit should the UK vote for an exit in the government’s referendum on EU membership.

Britvic reports solid interims and predicts on target full-year

City analysts have praised soft drinks company Britvic for its 7% growth in earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) to £65M despite the tough market conditions and technical problems...

News in brief

Suntory upgrades Coleford Lucozade plant

A multi-million pound contract to undertake infrastructure and good manufacturing practice improvements at the Lucozade, Ribena and Suntory factory at Coleford in Gloucestershire has been won by design, engineering, construction...

Food manufacturing boss slams NHS sugar criticism

A leading food and drink industry boss has slammed criticism of the sector’s record on curbing sugar levels voiced by the chief executive of the National Health Service England (NHS)....

Fast and gentle packaging of biscuits

One of the Balkans’ largest confectionery companies, Evropa based in Macedonia, has purchased a ‘Gentle Slope’ CCW multi-head weigher from Ishida Europe to handle the fragile biscuit products the firm...

Soft drinks do best in calorie race

Calories and sugars in soft drinks are falling faster than in any other food and have shrunk by more than 7% in the past three years, data from Kantar Worldpanel...

Aspall’s five-star battle against falling cider market

Aspall aims to battle against the declining cider category and become stocked in every five-star hotel on the planet, the firm’s boss told this site.

Investment brings more control for Aspall

Cider manufacturer Aspall’s widespread investment programme has helped it gain more control over its business, according to its boss.

Food and drink M&A more subdued in 2015

UK food and drink mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lost their fizz in the first four months of 2015, discounting major one-off transactions, according to financial advisory firm Oghma Partners’ latest...

People on the move in the food industry

Former Dairy Crest md Martyn Wilks’s appointment at Hovis leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Soft drinks’ brand values up, despite health concerns

Soft drinks firms have increased the value of their brands globally over the past year, despite consumer health concerns about sugar and artificial sweeteners, new figures suggest.

Tesco loses to Aldi in global brand rankings

Tesco has been overtaken by Aldi in the top 20 most valuable global retail brands list, while Lidl made it onto the list for the first time.

AG Barr invests £11M at Milton Keynes

AG Barr has confirmed a further £11M investment at its new £41M Milton Keynes manufacturing facility in its interim results today.

China and seafood top drivers for Scottish food exports

Fish, seafood and China drove Scottish food export growth over the past year, according to figures just released by the Scottish government.

Women put off fishing and brewing by safety and macho behaviour

Macho behaviour and safety fears are putting women off working in the brewing and fisheries industries, according to research.

‘Don’t take our sugar away,’ manufacturers urged

Food manufacturers should not reformulate sugary food and drinks to make them healthier, but consumers should instead be more accountable for what they eat.  

Tesco’s sugar slash provokes retailer pressure

Anti-sugar campaigners have called on the UK’s biggest retailers to follow Tesco’s lead and slash sugar across their own-label soft drinks ranges.

Retailers reject more dodgy deals claims by Which?

Retailers have rejected further claims by consumer pressure group Which? that they mislead shoppers with dodgy deals and confusing pricing.

Home-grown brands popular among Brits

Six of the 10 most popular food and drink products in the UK are based there, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Good Week, Bad Week

Profits, investment and acquisitions lead week’s top news

A boost in profits for Bakkavor, a multi-million pound investment in manufacturing by United Biscuits and two acquisitions lead this week’s Good Week/ Bad Week.

SABMiller buys London craft brewer Meantime

Drinks multinational SABMiller has acquired London craft brewery Meantime Brewing Company, continuing the recent trend of beverage giants investing in craft brewers.