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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.

British beer sales kick-off with Euro 2016 football

An extra 31M pints of beer were sold between April and June, mainly thanks to the month-long televised feast of European Championship football – despite England’s failure at the second...

IP rights can become a ‘weapon’ in sugar war

Food manufacturers are increasingly likely to use intellectual property (IP) rights as both an asset and a weapon in the battle to meet reformulation demands over sugar, a lawyer has...

Food and drink innovations photogallery – July

Cordials, “beer-cheese” and iced tea lead the list of new food and drink products released in the past month.

Sugar tax unlikely after Brexit: pressure group

The UK sugar levy – due to be introduced in April 2018 – has little chance of implementation after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to an obesity pressure group.

Drinks firm fined for hand slice accident

A drinks manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 after an employee’s hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine.

The big interview

Brewing boss sees bright future for malt

Brewing supremo David Thompson, chief executive of Anglia Maltings Holdings, believes malt has a buoyant future.

Sugar tax should be scrapped: Coca-Cola UK boss

The UK sugar levy should be scrapped, so that more can be done to help businesses cope with the transition to life after Brexit, according to Coca-Cola UK’s boss.

Me and my factory

Coca-Cola site boss: ‘How I plan to lift efficiency’

Coca-Cola's Trevor Newman tells Noli Dinkovski he is intent on optimising efficiency at the huge Wakefield site.

Soft drinks should be ‘drunk in moderation’: Coca-Cola boss

Full-sugar soft drinks variants like Coca-Cola ‘red’ should be drunk in moderation and complemented with exercise, the man responsible for running Europe’s largest soft drinks site has admitted.

New whisky distillery to create 20 jobs

A total of 20 new jobs will be created at a new £10M whisky distillery being built in Scotland, following approval from the Scottish Borders Council.

Craft distillery using locally-sourced grains to open

A new craft distillery is set to open this August in Kent, creating at least 10 jobs.

me and my factory

Boosting productivity at Coca-Cola’s Wakefield factory

Boosting productivity by improving employee engagement is a four-step process at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield factory.

Fears for 1,000 Carlsberg distribution jobs: union

Carlsberg’s plans to outsource 1,000 distribution jobs to DHL Tradeteam have been met with “disappointment and dismay” by Unite the union.

Sensors on Glenfiddich stills prevent frothy spills

William Grant & Sons Distillers, producer of the Glenfiddich single malt brand, has installed the latest instrumentation from Siemens at its Dufftown Distillery in the Highlands of Scotland.

Brexit impact

Brexit risks euro backlash against British goods

The Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) has warned of a possible “consumer backlash” against British products in Europe, after Britons’ shock vote to quit the EU.

Brexit impact

Greene King warns of fall in consumer confidence over Brexit

Greene King, the brewer and pub operator, has warned that consumer confidence will be hit by Brexit.

Latest food and drink innovations – in pictures

Beverages – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ­– lead this month’s selection of new product developments.

Canned drinks: product differentiation more affordable

Various options for making a beverage can distinctive in terms of graphics, structure and additional features are becoming more affordable and will change the way brands differentiate themselves over the...

Rise in multi-sensory packaging in the food and drink sector

Apart from the visual, the role of the senses tends to be underplayed and underexploited in food and drink packaging, as Paul Gander sniffs out.

The big interview

Sugar tax is 'not logical’ says soft drinks boss

British Soft Drinks Association boss Gavin Partington cannot find any logic in the soft drinks tax, reports Noli Dinkovski.

brexit debate

PM visits Greene King brewery to boost remain vote

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Greene King’s brewery in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk yesterday (June 14), in a bid to persuade staff to vote in favour of EU membership in...

Ecotrophelia award winners and finalists photogallery

The finalists of the UK leg of Ecotrophelia 2016 – the pan-European competition for ecologically-inspired innovative new product development by young students ­– have all been gathered together in this...

Diageo and BFFF make key appointments

Diageo and the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) have both announced key appointments this week.

Coca-Cola could face £226M sugar tax

The Coca-Cola Company could face a bill as high as £226M a year under the sugar tax, if it doesn’t pass on the increased charge for its sugary drinks to...

Sugar tax is destined to fail, claims legal expert

The proposed sugar tax on soft drinks is likely to fail in its intended aim of reducing calorie intake as consumers will simply trade down to cheaper, own-label variants, a...