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Sugar tax

Most consumers say ‘No thanks’ to drinks sugar tax

More than two-thirds of British adults believe a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks would: penalise most people who consume soft drinks responsibly, rise each year and lead to taxes on...

AB InBev to offload Peroni and Grosch to please regulators

Brewing giant AB InBev will look to offload its newly-acquired Peroni and Grolsch brands in a bid to appease EU competition regulators following its takeover of rival SAB Miller, with...

Good Week, Bad Week

Tesco, Hovis and financial result lead week’s news

Criticism hurled at Tesco, jobs under threat at Hovis a number of food and drink manufacturers posting positive financial results lead this week’s top headlines.

Financial results: Finsbury, Britvic and First Milk

Three food and drink manufacturers have posted positive financial results, with Finsbury Food Group seeing a jump in revenue and Britvic and First Milk reporting profit rises. 

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Coca-Cola Enterprises unscrews drinks Oscar

Beverage giant Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has won the Beverage manufacturing company of the year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

CCE opens factory to inspire young people into industry

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has thrown open the doors of its Morpeth site in Northumberland to students in a bid to show them the many job opportunities in the food and...

IGD targets consumer understanding of nutritional labelling

Grocery think tank IGD is planning a range of new activities designed to help consumers improve their understanding of a nutritionally balanced diet and encourage healthier eating as it takes...

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars – in pictures

Moy Park, Premier Foods and 2 Sisters Food Group were among the 11 businesses that graced the stage at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month to collect...

Carlsberg to axe 2,000 jobs and cut UK production

Carlsberg plans to cut about 2,000 white-collar jobs worldwide and scale back on beer production at its brewery in Northampton.

Britain’s beer smuggling hub is Port of Dover

The main source of alcohol duty tax losses to the UK treasury – estimated at £500M to £700M annually – is from “diversion smuggled” beer channelled through the Port of...

Food and drink industry: there's an app for that

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from a number of new apps that help promote beer and food pairings, manage food safety and reduce food waste.

New association promotes benefits of probiotics in EU

Advocates for probiotics believe they are making progress in their campaign for European regulators to approve health claims for their products.

Profits fall 9.5% at Magners cider maker C&C

Magners producer C&C has reported “difficult trading conditions” in its core markets as operating profit fell 9.5% to 62.2M in the six months to August 31 2015.

Heart failure link slammed by soft drinks boss

The soft drinks sector has hit out at national media claims that a new study proves a clear link between sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in...

AB InBev results show ‘need for SABMiller deal’

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev’s declining volume sales prove how much it needs its planned merger with SABMiller to achieve growth, according a leading business professor.

Tea and coffee firm invests in plant

Drury Tea and Coffee in London’s Woolwich has increased its capacity three-fold after a £50,000 investment from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. 

Soft drinks boss hits back in sugar tax debate

The soft drinks sector has defended itself against attacks from health campaigners as the sugar tax debate intensifies.

Map reveals soft drink jobs across UK

The soft drinks sector adds £11bn to the UK economy and supports more than 340,000 jobs nationwide, according to figures released this week.

Soft drinks firms claim sugar tax won’t work

The country’s largest soft drinks companies have dismissed the idea of a sugar tax and pointed to strides made by the sector in calorie reduction.

Brewery boss backs EU membership campaign

The boss of Adnams brewery has joined food industry executives and other business leaders in backing the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI’s) campaign in support of Britain’s EU membership....

Supermarket pricing probe welcomed by Which?

A government probe into supermarket price comparisons has been welcomed by consumer pressure group Which?

SABMiller and AB InBev agree takeover plan

The birth of a new global mega brewer moved a step closer today, as SABMiller revealed it had  accepted “in principle” a higher takeover bid from rival Anheuser-Busch InBev, which valued the...

Food and drink innovations – in pictures

Meatless meat products, 3D printed gummy sweets and milk chocolate reindeer droppings were just some of the innovations launched by food and drink manufacturers recently.

AB InBev makes higher bid for rival SABMiller

The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev has made a higher bid for rival SABMiller in an attempt to create a mega-brewing giant.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards: it's been a vintage year

It has proved a vintage year for entries in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs), says the chairman of the independent judging panel Paul Wilkinson.