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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.

Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Nestlé’s growth falls for fifth consecutive year

Nestlé has posted its fifth consecutive year of falling organic growth – after a “challenging year” in the UK – in its latest financial results for the 12 months to December 31.

Drinks giant Heineken posts £238M sales rise

Drinks giant Heineken saw a £238M boost to sales last year, revealed in its full-year results for 2016, despite weaker performance in Africa and the Middle East.

Manufacturers significantly reduced food waste

The UK food and drink industry made significant improvements on agreed environmental targets last year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The latest food and drink appointments – gallery

The food and drink industry has seen a number of people moving to new jobs over the past month, featured in this photogallery.

Potential £750M boost to Scottish food industry

Scotland’s food and drink industry could get a £750M boost, as the government plans to make public-sector catering contracts more accessible to Scottish businesses. 

Tate & Lyle reports third consecutive strong quarter

Food ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle expects to exceed its targets for the full financial year, according to its latest financial update for the three months to December 31.  

Nestlé supports 4,557 students in STEM subjects

Nestlé has helped more than 4,000 young people gain insight into food and drink manufacturing industry careers through science, technical, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to Nestlé UK &...

Focus on STEM subjects could solve gender pay-gap

The gender pay-gap in the manufacturing sector – including the food and drink industry – is due to a lack of young girls studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)...

Heineken pays £160k for river pollution

Drinks producer Heineken has been ordered to pay £160,000 for breaching environmental laws enforced by the Environment Agency (EA), after a pollution incident killed fish.

Clipper Tea factory expansion could double workforce in five years

Clipper Tea is to expand its Beaminster factory, with the potential to double its workforce in the next five years, after securing permission from West Dorset District Council.

Britvic in ‘strong start’ to 2017 while AG Barr on track

Britvic reported a “strong start to the year” as its sales increased 4.3%, while fellow drinks manufacturer AG Barr claimed it was on target to meet its profit expectations for its financial...

Overseas investment in UK hits three-year high

Overseas investment in UK food and drink companies has reached a three-year high, claimed financial services firm Grant Thornton UK.

Starbucks boss to hire 10,000 refugees

American coffee giant Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide, after US president Trump introduced tough new rules restricting migration from seven countries.

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New food export markets ‘could take 10 years to develop’

New food and drink exports could take 10 years to develop, says agri-food consultancy Promar International, ahead of a trade mission to the US this week by a team from...

More regulation may be needed after the sugar tax

More sugar regulation might be necessary after the introduction of the sugar levy in April 2018, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has claimed, after research showed...

Scottish drinks industry toasts Burns Night boom

Burns Night has delivered a multimillion-pound global boost for Scottish alcoholic beverages, revealed environment secretary Andrea Leadsom, as the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) revealed whisky adds £5bn a year to...

Questions over 450 whisky jobs, says union

Plans to shut down a whisky bottling facility in Scotland – involving the relocation of up to 450 jobs – have been slammed by Unite the union.

People on the move in food and drink – in pictures

Meat producer Moy Park’s appointment of a new commercial director leads this month’s photogallery of people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry.

Single-serve PET bottles are now 'small and affordable'

One reason why single-serve polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) have not tended to go below a certain size threshold is the ratio of volume to surface...

Drinks brands compete on sweetness

The looming sugar tax is accentuating differences among drinks manufacturers over how sweetness levels can be achieved and – in some cases – what those levels should be.

Morrisons’ food makers praised as festive sales rise

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts praised the retailer’s “food makers and shopkeepers”, after it reported its strongest sales performance for seven years in a Christmas trading update.

Vimto owner posts revenue growth

Vimto owner Nichols has reported its revenue was up by 7.3% in a trading update released on Tuesday (January 10), for the year ending December 31 2016.

News in brief

Coca-Cola plans launches in new soft drinks categories

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) plans to develop more soft drinks such – as its new Honest organic herbal tea brand recently launched in the UK – in categories outside those...

New food innovation centre opens in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland now has a new focus for food innovation, following the official opening in November by North West Regional College (NWRC) of the region’s first centre of excellence for...