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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.

Four Dragons’ Den offers refused by drink founder

British Cassis founder and Cargill supplier Jo Hilditch refused four offers of investment from the BBC’s Dragons’ Den stars for a stake in her business.

Jamie Oliver’s tax on soft drinks ‘useless’

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s call to put sugary soft drinks “on the naughty step” with a 20% tax has been slammed by industry as ’pointless’.

Acorn Brewery pumps £60,000 into new facilities

The Acorn Brewery will pump £60,000 into new equipment this year to boost output by 15,000l and increase trade by 20%.

Give us clearer alcohol labels: drinkers

Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research....

Diageo fails to reach its own pollution targets

Diageo has significantly missed seven of its 10 pollution reduction targets, the £11bn drinks giant has admitted in its annual report.

Britons to drink less alcohol, as health warnings rise

More Britons are cutting back on booze, reveals new research from Mintel, as warnings about the dangers of even moderate alcohol consumption rise.

Taylors of Harrogate reduces maintenance downtime

Taylors of Harrogate has significantly reduced the maintenance downtown on its packaging lines after making minor adjustments to operations at its Harrogate manufacturing facility, the company’s shift manager John Hennighan...

Government challenges gin trade to match whisky exports

A government minister has challenged the UK gin industry to match Scotch whisky in terms of its exports.

Jobs threat after Coca-Cola bottlers merger: analyst

The merger of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) with two other European bottlers could result in job losses and plant closures, according to a leading analyst.

Tea sales fall as Brits lose taste for cuppa

Britons’ love affair with drinking tea could be a thing of the past as a new study finds that tea sales have fallen by 6% since 2010.

Tourists will ‘flock to Scotland for food’

Scottish food and drink will be centre stage of a new international campaign to attract more tourists to the country.

Wine firm invests £100k in new site

Yorkshire wine firm Bon Coeur Fine Wines has invested £100,000 in a 32,000m2 site at Melsonby.

CCE ‘in multi-billion pound merger talks’

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has refused to confirm or deny whether it is in a three-way multi-billion pound discussion to combine its operations with two other European Coca-Cola bottling firms.

Food industry people on the move – update

Top appointments at Seabrook Crisps, 2 Sisters Food Group and the Chilled Food Association lead our updated collection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry.

Consumers’ Twitter protest after Tesco ‘bans’ Ribena

Consumers have launched a storm of protest on Twitter after Tesco appeared to ban Ribena and Capri-Sun soft drinks from its shelves.

Coconut meat, Star Wars cookies and ‘natural’ among latest food innovations

Virgin coconut meat, a Star Wars-inspired cookie kit and a range of ‘natural’ products all feature in our collection of the latest food and drink innovations.

Britvic’s £114M Brazilian buyout to double earnings

Britvic’s £114M buyout of the Brazilian soft drinks firm Ebba will provide a significant boost to turnover, the manufacturer announced after revealing third quarter (Q3) revenues up by just 1%...

Nichols acquires Feel Good Drinks

Vimto brand owner Nichols Plc has acquired Feel Good Drinks from German drinks supplier MBG International Premium Brands for an undisclosed amount.

Food manufacturing Oscar entries close on Friday

There are just three days to go to submit your free entry in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

SACN report

Industry: SACN report says ‘nothing new’

There’s “nothing new about sugar” in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN’s) report on carbohydrates, but more needs to be done to increase fibre intake, food and drink manufacturing...

Brain health drinks could be as big as energy drinks

Demand for psychoactive drinks for adults is exploding, following new research showing the cognitive health benefits of various natural products, a leading analyst has claimed.

20% sugary drinks tax ‘ineffective’, says industry

The food and drink industry has slammed the British Medical Association’s (BMA’s) calls for a tax on sugary drinks to fight the UK’s growing obesity crisis, claiming it would be...

Calorie labelling of booze needed to cut obesity

Calorie labelling on alcohol should be introduced urgently to help stem the soaring rise in levels of obesity, according to the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health...

Food manufacture excellence awards

Manufacturing Oscars: previous top winners

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards has crowned a Company of the Year for the past 15th years to recognise the best of the best in British food manufacturing.

CCE invests £6M and signs Scottish business pledge

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has invested £6M in its Scottish operations and signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge, in a bid to boost productivity, competitiveness and fair work.