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.
23-May-2013 - Soft drinks firm Britvic’s plan to cut hundreds of with jobs – with the closure of two factories and a warehouse – has been slammed by Unite the union as “a bitter blow” to the workforce and the local economy.
22-May-2013 - Soft drinks firm Britvic is to close two factories and a warehouse, placing up to 400 jobs in jeopardy, in a bid to slash costs by £30M by 2016.
16-May-2013 - Do you remember when sales of Perrier Water were hit in 1990 by traces of carcinogenic benzene found in the bottles? The company had to withdraw 160M bottles worldwide at a cost of £150M and saw sales tumble for four years. Or when Heinz had to withdraw baby food worth an estimated £30M? Plus we can only speculate what the full financial impact of the horsemeat crisis will be. So how can you protect your food and drink business?
13-May-2013 - Half of UK local authorities now offer kerbside recycling of beverage cartons – a 12-fold increase from 2006, new figures reveal.
10-May-2013 - The fine wine market will grow 22% by Christmas 2014, according to Premier Cru Fine Wine Investments.
08-May-2013 - The value of the soft drinks industry rose by 3.3% to nearly £15bn last year, according to a new report published by the British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) today (May 8).
07-May-2013 - The boss of Guinness and Johnnie Walker whisky maker Diageo is to step down after 13 years at the helm, in what City analyst Investec described as “a well-flagged transition”.
07-May-2013 - The food and beverage manufacturing sector will continue to be a core focus for German engineering giant Siemens, as news emerged that it planned to exit its water treatment solutions business.
07-May-2013 - The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) legal challenge to Scottish government plans to set a minimum price for alcoholic drink has failed and the “disappointed” organisation will appeal against the judge’s decision.
01-May-2013 - Drinks manufacturer Diageo has ploughed £65M into a bio-energy plant at its Cameronbridge distillery – the largest grain distillery in Scotland.
30-Apr-2013 - UK coffee sales have proved one of the few highlights for food giant Nestlé in its first quarter (Q1) results for 2013, which failed to meet analysts' expectations.
30-Apr-2013 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published results into consumption of energy drinks ̶ the findings of which will be a key component of the organisation's forthcoming ruling on the health risks associated with caffeine.
26-Apr-2013 - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced it is to sell its soft drink brands Lucozade and Ribena, in a bid to improve its strategic focus and enhance its growth profile.
24-Apr-2013 - Unite the union has slammed Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) plan to cut nearly 300 jobs as “a devastating blow”.
15-Apr-2013 - A representative of the union Unite has warned that Carling management faces an impending “high-speed collision” with brewery workers over the “very severe pay cuts” and “radical changes to shift patterns” it has proposed at its site in Burton-on-Trent.
08-Apr-2013 - Taxes should be levied on “unsustainable foods” as well as those that are deemed to be unhealthy, claims the new executive director of the Food Ethics Council.
02-Apr-2013 - New research shows that consuming isotonic drinks during exercise does not significantly influence heart rate variability (HRV) during exercise - but it does promote faster recovery afterwards.
02-Apr-2013 - Rexam Beverage Can will produce cans for Finland's original energy drink brand Battery at its new plant at Mäntsälä in Finland.
02-Apr-2013 - The brewer of the Bombardier, McEwan's, Estrella Damm and Kirin Ichiban brands says the installation of five new Domino A-series A420i and two new A300+ Opaque continuous ink jet printers has almost paid for itself after a year.
02-Apr-2013 - The distinct heritage feel to Edwin Holden's Bottling Company is deceptive as it recently invested in a Kawasaki Robotics palletising robot for its processing line.
02-Apr-2013 - German machinery manufacturer Krones has reported winning sales of its technology for handling mineral water, soft drinks, milk, beer and edible oil. It sold more than 500 systems featuring a Contiform Bloc and an ErgoBloc L to the beverage industry by the end of 2012. Most of the Contiform monoblocs delivered so far are currently operating in China.
22-Mar-2013 - The packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has been ordered to pay £219,000, after a worker lost four fingers and severed parts of two others in an accident with a whisky packaging machine at its Whitehaven factory, Cumbria on September 14 2010.
22-Mar-2013 - Diageo is planning to “take 80 roles out of the business” as it restructures its management operations in in Scotland.
22-Mar-2013 - Leading City analyst Panmure Gordon has reduced its profit growth forecast for AG Barr, after the Irn Bru manufacturer posted results for the year ended January 26.
21-Mar-2013 - The top three trends food manufacturers need to consider when devising functional products are ‘naturalness’, demand for energy products and the popularity of fruit – not least because the health properties are either already understood by consumers or have European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approved health claims in place.