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Rebel Kitchen acquires Unoco to continue growth

Free-from coconut milk manufacturer Rebel Kitchen has acquired raw coconut water brand Unoco for an undisclosed amount, boosting its growth.

Beer sector urges chancellor to cut duty in Budget

Drinks industry trade bodies have called on chancellor George Osborne to cut beer duty for a fourth consecutive year in next month’s Budget.

Sensient adds 'mocktails' flavours range

A range of flavours for cocktail-inspired soft drinks has been unveiled by Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe.

Salmonella and allergy fears force product recalls

Salmonella fears, breaking beer bottles and allergen worries were some of the reasons food and drink manufacturers were forced to recall products last week, according to the Food Standards Agency...

Brewing giant AB InBev to add calorie labels to its beers

AB InBev UK has responded to the call for calorie labelling on alcohol by pledging to provide full ingredient and nutritional information on all of its beers.

Britvic and AG Barr both score growth

Beverage manufacturers Britvic and AG Barr have both reported revenue growth over the “competitive” festive period.

Diageo boosts growth and sales

Drinks giant Diageo has boosted sales, excluding acquisitions, by 1.8% and volume growth by 1% during a “challenging year for trading” during the six months to December 31 2015.

Sugar ‘obsession’ could skew obesity strategy

Britain’s “complete obsession” with sugar could skew the government’s childhood obesity strategy due next month, warns a leading obesity expert, who was dismissive of a sugar tax....

People on the move in food and drink

Tesco, First Milk and the National Farmers Union (NFU) lead our selection of the most recent appointments in the UK food and drink industry.

Asda and Scotland Food & Drink launch suppliers’ academy

Asda and Scotland Food & Drink have launched a partnership to boost Scottish food and drink supplers.

‘Obesity time bomb’: FSS proposes sugar tax

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has proposed a sugar tax, tougher reformulation targets and regulation of promotions in order to defuse an obesity “time bomb”.

Enzymotec unveils phosphatidylserine-based sports enhancer

A phosphatidylserine (PS) based sports-drink ingredient shown to increase stamina during exercise and accelerate recovery afterwards has been made available from Enzymotec.

Health takes over New Year food and drink innovations

Health and wellness has dominated the latest food and drink innovations, as businesses attempt to tap into consumers looking to start the year with a healthier diet.

Good Week, Bad Week

Financial results, jobs and dairy lead headlines

Food and drink financial results, criticism of beverage manufacturers and jobs lead the week’s top food and drink manufacturing headlines.

Motörhead fans petition to rechristen Jack Daniels and Coke ‘Lemmy’

A petition has been launched to rename the popular drink Jack Daniels and Coke as a Lemmy in honour of the founder of metal band Motörhead, who recently died.

Greggs ends ‘excellent year’ on a high

High street baker Greggs ended its “excellent year” on a high note, after strong sales growth in sandwiches and drinks including healthy options, claims the firm. 

Good Week, Bad Week

Buyouts, booze and jobs lead week’s news

Buyouts, alcohol and jobs lead this week’s selection of the top headlines from the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

Tough new alcohol guidelines get mixed response

New guidelines on the amount of alcohol people should drink in a week have received a lukewarm reaction from scientists and lobby groups.

Nichols UK sales slide in ‘challenging’ market

Vimto maker Nichols has posted a fall in UK sales of 0.3% to £84.9M, in a declining market of 0.7% in a pre-close statement for the year ending December 31 2015.

Sugary drinks study slammed by food industry

A new study that claims reducing the sugar content of sugar-sweetened drinks could prevent 1.5M cases of obesity and overweightness has been dismissed  as “fanciful” and “contrary to the evidence”...

Soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr restores its sales growth

Soft drinks maker AG Barr, which manufactures the iconic Irn Bru brand, has restored its sales, which were up 3.9% in its third quarter trading results to November 28 compared...

Diageo exits poor payment ‘hall of shame’

Diageo has been removed from a slow payment ‘hall of shame’ after improving its payment terms but Premier Foods remains on the Forum of Private Business (FPB) blacklist. ...

BrewDog backlash over Camden Town Brewery’s AB InBev deal

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has pulled Camden Town Brewery’s beers from its bars, after the north London craft brewer was acquired by global beer giant AB InBev.

Six top trends to drive food and drink packaging

The inexorable rise of digital printing is the first of six key trends set to influence the global food and drink packaging industry next year, according to a new report...

People on the move in food and drink

Young’s Seafood, Müller Wiseman Dairies and Wyke Farms all feature in our latest roundup of people on the move in the food and drink industry.