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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.

Whisky workers seek Brexit job reassurance

Whisky workers are seeking “honest answers” from EU officials in Brussels today (March 22) over the security of their jobs once the UK quits the EU.

Food and Farming Awards’ top seven trends

The BBC Food and Farming Awards identified seven top trends – including a focus on alcoholic drinks and ethnic flavours – based on the hundreds of entries in this year’s awards.

Fresh food drives £3.7bn growth in groceries

Fresh food saw the largest category growth in the grocery market last year, as consumers spent an extra £3.7bn on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), according to new research by Nielsen.

Fentimans to set up EU factory if UK trade deal fails

Soft drinks maker Fentimans will set up a European manufacturing plant if the UK failed to negotiate a tariff-free trade deal with the EU, after Brexit.

Almond milk and avocados top fastest-growing food

Almond milk, avocados and new flavours of water were the three fastest-growing food product categories in 2016, as consumers began to embrace the ‘clean-eating’ trend.

Costa opens £38M roastery to quadruple production

Coffee maker Costa has opened a new £38M roaster in Basildon, Essex, to quadruple its capacity.

Local authentic British food gets a boost

Local British food and drink has seen a boost in the past year, according to supply chain standards organisation GS1.

Easter product launches by food and drink firms

The run up to Easter this year saw chocolate treats and British sweets lead this month’s photogallery of new product development (NPD) from food and drink manufacturers.

Budget 2017

Drinks industry slams Spring Budget

The 2017 Spring Budget is as a “major blow” to the UK drinks industry, as tax on alcoholic beverages is to increase to the highest levels in Europe, warn industry representatives.

Budget 2017

Spring Budget to boost manufacturers’ productivity

Food and drink manufacturers will welcome plans set out in the Spring Budget to boost productivity, research and development and close the skills gap, according to the Food and Drink...

Advertising watchdog bans vodka adverts

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned three advertisements from vodka producer Pure Milk Vodka, for promoting excessive drinking and linking alcohol to sex.

Sugar content of Irn-Bru slashed by 50%

Sugar in the soft drink Irn-Bru is to be cut by more than 50% before the end of the year, its Scottish producer has announced.

Food and drink firms make top 100 exporters list

The food and drink export success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was recognised in The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 report, featured in this photogallery.

Whisky bottling plant accident probed by police

An accident at a whisky bottling plant in Scotland is being probed by police, after a worker was trapped under machinery at the Chivas Brothers Site in Dumbarton last week...

New PET bottle bases launched for 'extreme' production environments

A new range of bottle bases is claimed to ensure better performance of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) produced and distributed in extreme environmental conditions.

Unilever review likely to lead to food disposals

Unilever’s top-to-bottom review of its business following the rejection of the £115bn bid from US Kraft Heinz earlier this week is likely to lead to the Anglo-Dutch company disposing of...

Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Nestlé’s growth falls for fifth consecutive year

Nestlé has posted its fifth consecutive year of falling organic growth – after a “challenging year” in the UK – in its latest financial results for the 12 months to December 31.

Drinks giant Heineken posts £238M sales rise

Drinks giant Heineken saw a £238M boost to sales last year, revealed in its full-year results for 2016, despite weaker performance in Africa and the Middle East.

Manufacturers significantly reduced food waste

The UK food and drink industry made significant improvements on agreed environmental targets last year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The latest food and drink appointments – gallery

The food and drink industry has seen a number of people moving to new jobs over the past month, featured in this photogallery.

Potential £750M boost to Scottish food industry

Scotland’s food and drink industry could get a £750M boost, as the government plans to make public-sector catering contracts more accessible to Scottish businesses. 

Tate & Lyle reports third consecutive strong quarter

Food ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle expects to exceed its targets for the full financial year, according to its latest financial update for the three months to December 31.  

Nestlé supports 4,557 students in STEM subjects

Nestlé has helped more than 4,000 young people gain insight into food and drink manufacturing industry careers through science, technical, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to Nestlé UK &...

Focus on STEM subjects could solve gender pay-gap

The gender pay-gap in the manufacturing sector – including the food and drink industry – is due to a lack of young girls studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)...