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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.

ASA bans Hooch advert for appealing to under-18s

A Hooch advert featuring social media star Joe Charman has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after it ruled the juvenile behaviour depicted in the ad would appeal...

Action on Sugar highlights ‘huge’ sugar differences between products

Action on Sugar has urged food manufacturers to get behind Public Health England’s voluntary reformulation programme to tackle obesity and save the NHS from bankruptcy.

Metal wire forces food recall – photogallery

Metal wire in breakfast cereal and chemical contamination of dried fish lead this photogallery of recent food and drink recalls.

First Milk sells sports nutrition company

Sports nutrition producer CNP Professional has been sold to The Protein Partners following a strategic review of the company.

Artisan food boom grows SMEs profits

An artisan food “boom” has helped grow profit margins of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to 6.8% of turnover over the past year, according to research by law firm EMW.

Nestlé may raise prices after growth forecast cut

Nestlé may raise its product prices after cutting its annual growth forecast from 4.3% to 3.5%, due to deflation and a “softer” market.

Jobs saved at Somerset cider mill after takeover

Up to 24 jobs have been saved at a cider mill in Somerset, after beverage firm Brothers Drinks stepped in to take over manufacturing and production of the plant to...

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Smart tech key to boosting sales: Diageo boss

Smart technology – including temperature-sensitive billboards – and inspired Twitter marketing have “significantly” boosted sales, claims drinks giant Diageo.

Food export plan to boost economy by £2.9bn

New government plans to boost food and drink exports could contribute £2.9bn to the UK economy, claimed environment secretary Andrea Leadsom.

New product developments in the food and drink industry – in pictures

A range of gluten-free cake mixes and the launch of Tyrrells’ festive varieties of its crisps lead this month’s photogallery of new product developments.

‘Smart’ technology leads war against drinks fraud

Drinks’ producers are making considerable advances in the war against counterfeiting and the protection of their intellectual property (IP) rights, a leading lawyer in the field has claimed.

Meat and wine to become more expensive after Brexit: BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned that a hard Brexit – involving quitting the Single Market of 500M customers – would push the price of meat and wine up for consumers.

The top 10 brands in the food and drink industry

Coca-Cola is the number one food and drink brand, followed by rival Pepsi in a new report released by Interbrand last week. 

Over 100 firefighters battle glass factory blaze

More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze at a glass factory in Leeds, which manufactures bottles for drinks.

Surrey brewery begins £400k expansion

The Hogs Back Brewery has launched a £400,000 investment plan to boost production by 30%.

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Customised fruit and veg juices unveiled

A range of juice contents and blends of fruits and vegetables, customised to specific target groups and consumption situations, has been unveiled by Wild Flavors & Specialty Ingredients (WFSI).

Innocent Drinks in recycling innovation

A waste management finance scheme based on Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs), which links a producer’s obligated payments with specific recycling investments, is set to support Innocent Drinks in a move...

AG Barr announces 90 job losses

Soft drinks company AG Barr plans to cut 10% of its workforce as part of its restructuring strategy.

World’s first canned real ale, cheered by CAMRA

Moor Beer’s canned beer is the first in the world to be granted accreditation from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Traditional pubs on decline as supermarket alcohol sales rise

The traditional British pub as we know it is on the decline and is now being superseded by new types of venues in unconventional spaces, according to findings from a...

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Diageo reports strong start for the year

A strong start for the year at alcoholic drinks giant Diageo was fuelled by improved marketing, innovation and commercial execution, claimed ceo Ivan Menezes.

Whisky worth £14k stolen from distillery

Thieves made off with a bottle of whisky worth about £12,000 after raiding the Tullibardine distillery in Aucterarder, Scotland.

People moving to new food and drink jobs – in pictures

The food and drink sector has seen a large number of appointments and resignations over the past month, with Morrisons, Tulip and Unilever all announcing changes in senior management.

Carlsberg lorry crash prompts police warning video

A hard-hitting police video and accident photograph – warning against the dangers of using a handheld phone while driving – have been released after a fatal crash involving a car...

Jobs created through £881k whisky investment

Up to 20 jobs are to be created at two new distilleries in Scotland, thanks to investment of £881,000 from development agency Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE).


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