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.
06-Mar-2014 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will have invested £227M in its operations in Great Britain in the past four years, once it has injected a further £52M into the business this year.
05-Mar-2014 - Scotland’s new food and drink export plan will target seven top priority markets, according to details of the new £4.5M initiative released today (March 4).
03-Mar-2014 - Sensient Flavors has analysed the sensory attributes of three varieties of Indian mango – alphonso, kesar and badami – to produce a range of natural mango flavourings for drinks. The base for these flavours is Sensient’s natural extracts, which are derived using proprietary technology.
03-Mar-2014 - Exponent Private Equity has bought The Loch Lomond Distillery Company for an undisclosed sum and former Diageo chief finance officer Nick Rose is to chair the new business.
03-Mar-2014 - Captain Morgan became the second alcohol firm to have an advert banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this year, after Heineken also had an ad banned last month.
26-Feb-2014 - Copycat manufacturers producing fraudulent UK beers are a big barrier to small brewers exporting their products to China, according to the boss of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
26-Feb-2014 - A TV advert for drinks giant Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after complaints that it linked alcohol consumption with adventure.
26-Feb-2014 - Scottish drinks business Speyburn Distillery aims to double whisky production in a £4M expansion programme that will also slash its energy use.
19-Feb-2014 - Drinks business Drink Me unveiled a dress made entirely of tea packaging at London Fashion Week, earlier this week.
18-Feb-2014 - Diageo has launched a £5M youth training and employment programme for Scotland designed to equip young people for jobs in a range of sectors, starting with bartending and hospitality.
13-Feb-2014 - Steve Adams is a sensation at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). A former electrical apprentice, he rose to become CCE group director of supply chain operations for Great Britain in April last year, following a four-year stint as operations director at the Sidcup site.
13-Feb-2014 - Few can have failed to notice last summer’s Share a Coke campaign, with its apparently endless roster of first names staring out hopefully from chiller cabinets. And if it caught the consumer’s eye, it had a more profound impact on supply chain perceptions of digital print.
12-Feb-2014 - Heineken UK must scrap an advert for misleadingly giving the impression its Kronenbourg 1664 lager is brewed in France, rather than the UK.
10-Feb-2014 - Millionaires on the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den invested £150,000 in UK food and drink manufacturing last night (Sunday February 11).
04-Feb-2014 - Irn-Bru beverage manufacturer AG Barr is looking to this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to provide a boost to its image and sales, on a par with that achieved by Coca-Cola at the 2012 UK Olympics in London.
04-Feb-2014 - Small food and drink businesses should take leaps of faith, such as appearing on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den television programme, to promote their businesses and make valuable industry connections.
03-Feb-2014 - The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has rejected claims in the Daily Mail that “the food industry lobby has been given unprecedented access to the heart of government”.
31-Jan-2014 - The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.
30-Jan-2014 - Diageo faces restructuring costs of up to £250M in order to deliver annual savings of £200M by mid-2017, as it struggles with emerging market challenges and falling beer sales.
29-Jan-2014 - The weaker performance of Robinsons and J2O hit Britvic’s still drinks volume sales in its first financial quarter (Q1), struggling against rivals’ promotions, despite Fruit Shoot’s recovery.
29-Jan-2014 - A flurry of UK food industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) could take place in 2014 as sales already underway conclude and large firms seek to boost their equity.
24-Jan-2014 - Workers at the Gaymer Cider Company in Shepton Mallett, Somerset have claimed “victory” in their pay dispute with owner C&C Group, after being offered an unconditional 3% pay increase.
24-Jan-2014 - The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to extend Tim Bennett’s role as chair until December 2014 leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry in January.
24-Jan-2014 - Aerosol ham, self-cooking meals and non-melting ice cream are among the innovations consumers would like to see from food manufacturers, according to an independent survey by market analyst TNS.
23-Jan-2014 - Soft drinks maker AG Barr's strong sales and successful debt reduction put it on track to meet its aim to double its size in the coming year, according to analysts.