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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.

Scottish government launches £650k innovation fund

Scotland’s food and drink industry is to receive a £650,000 investment from the Scottish government to support innovation, thanks to new funding to support business growth.

Heineken Dash Button launched by Amazon

Alcoholic drinks giant Heineken is the latest company to sign up to Amazon’s Dash Button programme in the UK, allowing customers to instantly order its beer with a touch of...

Coca-Cola invests in £39M automated warehouse

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has invested £39M in an automated warehouse at is factory in Sidcup.

George Clooney’s tequila brand sold in £790M deal

George Clooney, the celebrity film star, is selling his US tequila brand Casamigos to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth £790M ($1bn).

Coffee gets an artichoke-flavoured twist

An artichoke-flavoured beverage was just one in a range of unusual coffees on display at last month’s Vitafoods Europe show in Geneva.

New £17M distillery to create 30 jobs

A new £17M Scottish distillery and visitor centre could create up to 30 jobs, following investment from the EU.

Brexit ‘divorce settlement’ needed, urges WSTA

A fully-negotiated “divorce settlement” with the EU is needed from the government’s Brexit talks, urged the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).

Canned water leads summer product launches

Drinks firms CanO Water and Orchard Twist hoped to quench consumers’ thirsts this summer with their new beverage product launches, featured in this photogallery.

Facebook vodka ad banned by ASA

An advert for Global Brands’s pre-mixed vodka drink VK that appeared on social media site Facebook has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for promoting excessive drinking.

Clipper sails forth with new teabag factory

Beverage maker Clipper Teas will be able to produce 5bn teabags a year – a near five-fold increase on its current output – when its new factory opens this autumn,...

Food and drink firms named in top exporters’ list

Food and drink manufacturers were recognised in a list of the top 200 UK businesses with the fastest growing international sales, featured in this photogallery.

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Clipper Teas boss on new factory plans

Ops director Mark Bagwell reveals the potential of Clipper Teas’s new factory.

Dairy alternatives worth £12.8bn by 2018

Global sales of dairy alternative drinks are forecast to reach £12.8bn ($16.3bn) by 2018, predicts market analyst Innova Market Insights.

Carlsberg to go carbon neutral by 2030

Beer giant Carlsberg has launched a new sustainability programme, with plans to eliminate carbon emissions and halve water usage by 2030.

Food packaging recycling plant creates 20 jobs

Up to 20 new jobs are to be created at a food packaging recycling plant in North Yorkshire, following a £7M investment from waste management firm Biffa.

Independent brewery falls into administration

An independent brewery has fallen into administration, after failing to pay back its creditors as part of a finance deal known as a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA).

Food and drink firms in top start-ups list

Food and drink manufacturers recognised in this year’s list of the best start-up businesses, Startups 100, are featured in this photogallery.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory cuts sugar to avoid tax charge

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has committed itself to reformulating all of its UK soft drink brands this year to ensure they will not be hit by the sugar tax that comes...

Coldpress Foods to boost exports after £2.3M investment

Soft drinks manufacturer Coldpress Foods will expand into new overseas markets after a £2.3M cash injection from investment firms Odexia and Marechale Capital.

‘Misleading’ Arla milk ad banned

An advert for Arla organic farm milk has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after it ruled the advert contained misleading environmental claims.

Ale and cheesecake recalled after labelling errors

Labelling errors have sparked a number of food and drink product recalls recently, including gluten-free ale, cheesecake and Quorn sausages.

Sugar tax needs to offer more incentive, claims IFS

The tax on soft drinks, which comes into force in April 2018, needs to be changed to give manufacturers more incentive to reduce the sugar in their products, the Institute...

Organic tea maker sets out 10-year vision

Organic tea maker Clipper will be able to meet predicted growth for the next 10 years when its new “best-in class” facility opens in the autumn, according to the man...

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Bottling lines adapted to meet needs

Carbonated soft drink (CSD) bottling line supplier Sidel has responded to changing market demand for smaller, on-the-go bottles. 

Iced beverages growth set to continue

Iced and blended beverage sales in coffee shops grew by almost a fifth in 2016, helped by consumer demand for healthy indulgence, a report has found.

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