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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.

Food safety product recalls focus industry attention

A product recall of rum and chicken and sweetcorn salad from Asda was announced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) over the past month.

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Manufacturing spending ‘hit by EU referendum uncertainty’

Many manufacturing business leaders are delaying investment until after the EU referendum on June 23, according to TV business broadcaster Steph McGovern.

Nichols plans relaunch of sugar-free drinks range

Nichols announced a relaunch of its sugar-free brands this summer, following the news of the tax on sugary drinks, and predicted earnings would be in line with expectations.

Brewdog raises £19M but misses £25M target

Brewdog has raised £19M from its latest crowdfunding campaign but fell short of its planned £25M.

Coke Zero relaunches to ‘end sugar-free confusion’

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB)is to improve and rebrand Coke Zero as Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, in an attempt to change the mix of its portfolio.

Food firms slam ‘sneaky’ shrinking products claim

Food and drink manufacturers have denied claims made by consumer pressure group Which? that shrinking the pack size of products was a “sneaky way of increasing prices”.

Pouches are set to grow in non-retort packing applications

The latest report on high-barrier pouches from Smithers Pira predicts that global demand will continue to increase at rates above 6% a year to 2020, but with retort pouches despite...

Sugar tax may be ‘followed by further food taxes’

The government’s sugar tax on soft drinks could open the floodgates for further food taxes, warns accountants Old Mill.

Obesity crisis: legislation said to be ‘the only answer’

A leading healthy food campaigner has claimed to be “sympathetic” towards manufacturers of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar, as they are not operating on a level...

Online ads to kids set to fall under TV rules

The advertising of foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) to children online has moved a step nearer to falling under the same restrictions as TV advertising after it...


Sugar soft drinks tax: a ‘dead cat’ distraction

George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax on soft drinks in last month's budget took everyone by complete surprise. Cynics were quick to accuse him of blatantly trying to deflect...

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Natural milkshakes in Tetra Pak Prisma cartons

Newcastle drinks brand Canny is planning to revive the flavoured milk category with the launch of what it claims is the UK’s first 100% naturally-flavoured milkshake.

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Textured labels produced digitally

A novel inkjet approach, which allows label printers to print a wide variety of digitally textured labels just by using high opacity white ink on its N610i digital colour label...

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Microbrewery checks cleanliness

Langham Brewery, a microbrewery situated between Midhurst and Petworth in West Sussex, is using products from Hygiena International to test the effectiveness of its cleaning procedures.

Real ale group CAMRA could call time – on itself

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is considering calling time on itself, after 45 years as one of the globe’s largest single-issue consumer groups.

AG Barr focuses on lower sugar drinks after tax plan

Scottish soft drinks company AG Barr says it will focus on lower sugar products to adapt to changing consumer tastes and the chancellor’s proposed sugar tax.

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Innovation conference highlights potential on offer

New product development will become even more important for food and drink manufacturers, after the Chancellor’s sugar tax budget bombshell, according director of the Aurora Ceres Partnership Steve Osborn, who chaired Food Manufacture's...

Coca-Cola Enterprises in five-step sustainability plan

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has unveiled a five-step plan for the future of sustainable manufacturing, which includes ‘smart’ ingredients with the potential to replace sugar, fat and salt.

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Sugar tax could spark industry legal action

Soft drinks companies are looking into options, including legal action, in the wake of the government plans to introduce a soft drinks tax.

Soft drinks tax: the three unanswered questions

Key questions are emerging about the effectiveness of the proposed soft drinks tax, following the statement by George Osborne in the budget last week.

Shepton Mallet Cider job row hots up after results

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill owner C&C Group has been branded “the unacceptable face of capitalism” by Unite the union, after the manufacturer forecast profits of £80.35M (€103M), shortly after news about redundancies...

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Budget shock: sugar tax on soft drinks

A surprise tax on sugary soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, has dismayed manufacturers but delighted campaigners, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

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Food and drink industry urges budget action to safeguard jobs

The food and drink industry is calling for Chancellor George Osborne to take action on duty, help small businesses and support green energy in the budget today (Wednesday March 16). 

Nestlé’s coffee plant opened by business secretary

Nestlé UK’s upgraded coffee factory at Tutbury in Staffordshire has been officially opened by business secretary Sajid Javid, who praised the £325M investment and additional 425 jobs created.

Vodka maker Chase Distillery wins China deal

A Midlands distillery has secured a lucrative deal to export its products to China.

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