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Beverages

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.

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Which sector saw highest costs since the Brexit vote?

The cost of manufacturing food and drink products has risen 4.3% over the past 12 months across all sectors, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

Obesity strategy is badly ‘flawed’ claim critics

The government’s much delayed childhood obesity strategy, published today (August 18) by the Department of Health, has received a mixed response from health lobby groups and the food industry alike,...

Coffee roaster Matthew Algie bought by Tchibo

Matthew Algie, the Glasgow-based independent coffee roaster, has been acquired by German coffee and foodservice business Tchibo for an undisclosed sum.

Coalition formed to block UK sugar tax

Business leaders in the food and drink industry have formed a coalition to oppose the UK soft drinks tax, following a report that claimed the tax would place 4,000 jobs...

Sweeteners ‘make people eat more’

Mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners can raise appetite levels, and lead to increased calorie intake, has been backed up by a major new study that claims to show for the...

Soft drinks sugar tax to cost 4,000 jobs

The soft drinks sugar tax would threaten 4,000 jobs and cost £132M according to an Oxford Economics report.

Product innovation photogallery for August

Sandwich-inspired crisps and water from maple trees lead this month’s photogallery of new food and drink releases.

FDF hits back at Olympics food criticism

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has hit back at claims it said non-western countries had welcomed less healthy food advertising at the Rio Olympics.

Sugar reformulation guide released by FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has released a free reformulation guide for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), designed to help them reduce the sugar content in their products.

600 jobs set for axe after brewer mega-merger

Fears are growing for the future of nearly 600 jobs at SABMiller after brewing giant AB InBev confirmed its takeover of the brewer would “significantly impact” its existing UK locations.

Sprite’s ‘brutally refreshing’ ad sparks sexism row

Sprite’s latest advertising campaign sparked claims of sexism on social media, after the brand used slogans including ‘She’s seen more ceilings than Michelangelo’, and ‘You’re not popular, you’re eas’”....

Brewing giants agree £79bn takeover date

The takeover of SABMiller by AB InBev is expected to be completed on October 10 after a new valuation of the business was agreed following the drop in the pound.

Pauls Malt fined £100k for ladder fall

Malting company Pauls Malt Ltd has been fined £100,000 for safety failings, after an agency worker plunged from a ladder.

Brewer chills out with high quality beers

Beavertown Brewery, a fast-growing London craft brewery, is making use of high-performance temperature control systems from ICS Cool Energy to meet its cooling requirements.

Radnor Hills raises its bottling line output

Drinks maker Radnor Hills has increased capacity from 175M to 300M bottles a year, thanks to the installation of a new bottling line that makes use of an energy efficient...

British beer sales kick-off with Euro 2016 football

An extra 31M pints of beer were sold between April and June, mainly thanks to the month-long televised feast of European Championship football – despite England’s failure at the second...

IP rights can become a ‘weapon’ in sugar war

Food manufacturers are increasingly likely to use intellectual property (IP) rights as both an asset and a weapon in the battle to meet reformulation demands over sugar, a lawyer has...

Food and drink innovations photogallery – July

Cordials, “beer-cheese” and iced tea lead the list of new food and drink products released in the past month.

Sugar tax unlikely after Brexit: pressure group

The UK sugar levy – due to be introduced in April 2018 – has little chance of implementation after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to an obesity pressure group.

Drinks firm fined for hand slice accident

A drinks manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 after an employee’s hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine.

The big interview

Brewing boss sees bright future for malt

Brewing supremo David Thompson, chief executive of Anglia Maltings Holdings, believes malt has a buoyant future.

Sugar tax should be scrapped: Coca-Cola UK boss

The UK sugar levy should be scrapped, so that more can be done to help businesses cope with the transition to life after Brexit, according to Coca-Cola UK’s boss.

Me and my factory

Coca-Cola site boss: ‘How I plan to lift efficiency’

Coca-Cola's Trevor Newman tells Noli Dinkovski he is intent on optimising efficiency at the huge Wakefield site.

Soft drinks should be ‘drunk in moderation’: Coca-Cola boss

Full-sugar soft drinks variants like Coca-Cola ‘red’ should be drunk in moderation and complemented with exercise, the man responsible for running Europe’s largest soft drinks site has admitted.