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.
10-Dec-2013 - Aspartame posed no threat to consumers at current recommended levels of consumption, the outcome of a recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) risk assessment concluded today (December 10).
09-Dec-2013 - The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has launched a new fund – planned to deliver £500,000 over five years – to combat alcohol-related harm, as the number of middle-aged heavy drinkers surge, according to a new report.
05-Dec-2013 - Controversial sweetener aspartame has sparked no health concerns in a study reviewed by the Food Standards Agency’s Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer products and the Environment (COT).
05-Dec-2013 - Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr’s third-quarter results have impressed City analysts N+1 Singer Equity Research and Investec.
02-Dec-2013 - Twinings’s Andover factory has 13 machines producing between 45M and 75M tea bags a week. The production process creates high levels of bloom dust, which used to be swept up at the end of each shift – until the firm invested in Dustcontrol UK’s dust extraction kit
02-Dec-2013 - Edrington Group’s £100M investment in a new distillery for its iconic brand The Macallan has been hailed as “phenomenal” by Richard Lochhead, the Scottish government’s rural affairs secretary.
28-Nov-2013 - Brewer and pub company Marston's has sold 202 pubs to NewRiver Retail Ltd in a £90M deal.
27-Nov-2013 - Britvic was hit by £9.6M in costs through its abortive merger with AG Barr, but has shrugged this off with strong annual results and is targeting greater efficiencies and cost savings.
27-Nov-2013 - Major soft drinks companies are gearing up to launching products with half the calories of current versions, thanks to proprietary technologies just hitting the market from ingredients developer Cargill.
25-Nov-2013 - Global drinks giant Diageo has confirmed it is considering selling most of the Whyte & Mackay (W&M) whisky distilleries it gained by taking over India’s United Spirits.
25-Nov-2013 - Food ingredients giant Cargill has launched a vegetable protein formulation enabling soft drinks manufacturers to make ‘source of protein’ claims and the company plans further work on proteins in the future.
19-Nov-2013 - Supermarkets should drop their “dodgy discounts and misleading multi-buys” and be more open with consumers who are increasingly worried about rising food prices, according to consumer watchdog Which?
19-Nov-2013 - The top shopping trend for food, drinks and other grocery items next year will be towards products with international links, predicts market research organisation Mintel.
18-Nov-2013 - Citrus product manufacturer MMG Citrus has appointed Antonio Avalos as its new general manager.
15-Nov-2013 - Drinks giant Diageo is using a “packaging line in a box”, which it can ship overseas to set up production runs swiftly.
04-Nov-2013 - Environmental secretary Owen Paterson has called on food and drink businesses to follow the lead of Shepherd Neame brewery, after it completed a £3M development to cut water waste at its Faversham site in Kent.
30-Oct-2013 - A government reshuffle, which saw food and farming minister David Heath and fisheries minister Richard Benyon both lose their jobs, leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry this month.
23-Oct-2013 - Deals with Tesco and Sainsbury have helped build Leeds Brewery's sales, co-founder Sam Moss claimed, as it announced planned expansion of production and pub operations after securing £395,000 from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
17-Oct-2013 - Fruit Shoot has finally regained the market share it had before the recall that dented brand owner Britvic, with one analyst claiming overall financial performance heralded ‘a new chapter’ .
17-Oct-2013 - Diageo’s first quarter (Q1) results were “a miss” for one analyst, while another claimed its performance was “muted” for the three months to September 30.
17-Oct-2013 - Nestlé’s growth has “regained momentum”, with Europe outperforming the market, according to ceo Paul Bulcke, commenting on nine month sales figures.
15-Oct-2013 - Warburtons and R&R Ice Cream are among 40 food and drink businesses on a league table of the UK’s 250 leading mid-market private companies.
15-Oct-2013 - Perthshire whisky distillery John Fergus & Co has teamed up with Indian alcoholic-beverages company Kyndal to invest £6.7M in a new Glenrothes distillery, which is expected to lead to exports worth £3.6M and to create 15 jobs.
14-Oct-2013 - Nestlé has emerged as the top food and drink manufacturer in a survey of 70,000 consumers’ opinions about the world’s most beloved brands, compiled by APCO Insight.
11-Oct-2013 - After a false start in the three years to 2010, it looks as if wine in pouches could be back for a second ‘bite of the grape’, with retailer Asda and brands Echo Falls and Arniston Bay championing the format.