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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.

Consumers’ Twitter protest after Tesco bans Ribena

Consumers have launched a storm of protest on Twitter after Tesco appeared to ban Ribena and Capri-Sun soft drinks from its shelves.

Coconut meat, Star Wars cookies and ‘natural’ among latest food innovations

Virgin coconut meat, a Star Wars-inspired cookie kit and a range of ‘natural’ products all feature in our collection of the latest food and drink innovations.

Britvic’s £114M Brazilian buyout to double earnings

Britvic’s £114M buyout of the Brazilian soft drinks firm Ebba will provide a significant boost to turnover, the manufacturer announced after revealing third quarter (Q3) revenues up by just 1%...

Nichols acquires Feel Good Drinks

Vimto brand owner Nichols Plc has acquired Feel Good Drinks from German drinks supplier MBG International Premium Brands for an undisclosed amount.

Food manufacturing Oscar entries close on Friday

There are just three days to go to submit your free entry in the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

SACN report

Industry: SACN report says ‘nothing new’

There’s “nothing new about sugar” in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN’s) report on carbohydrates, but more needs to be done to increase fibre intake, food and drink manufacturing...

Brain health drinks could be as big as energy drinks

Demand for psychoactive drinks for adults is exploding, following new research showing the cognitive health benefits of various natural products, a leading analyst has claimed.

20% sugary drinks tax ‘ineffective’, says industry

The food and drink industry has slammed the British Medical Association’s (BMA’s) calls for a tax on sugary drinks to fight the UK’s growing obesity crisis, claiming it would be...

Food industry people on the move – update

Top appointments at Seabrook Crisps, 2 Sisters Food Group and the Chilled Food Association lead our updated collection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry.

Calorie labelling of booze needed to cut obesity

Calorie labelling on alcohol should be introduced urgently to help stem the soaring rise in levels of obesity, according to the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health...

Food manufacture excellence awards

Manufacturing Oscars: previous top winners

The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards has crowned a Company of the Year for the past 15th years to recognise the best of the best in British food manufacturing.

CCE invests £6M and signs Scottish business pledge

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has invested £6M in its Scottish operations and signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge, in a bid to boost productivity, competitiveness and fair work.

Nestlé questions its shelf-life needs

Nestlé has suggested that its packaging for shelf-stable products may in many cases be overspecified, and that a more sustainable use of materials could go hand-in-hand with reduced shelf-life.

Scottish whisky seeks world heritage status similar to champagne

Scotch whisky producers are hoping to follow French champagne makers and win United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage status for their products.

Symrise snaps up US’s Flavor Infusion

The €1.5bn turnover European-based flavour and fragrance firm Symrise has acquired the US natural beverage ingredients firm Flavor Infusion in a multi-million euro deal, it has revealed.

Britvic’s £7M investment creates 40 jobs

Soft drink manufacturer Britvic has invested £7M in its Bramley factory and warehouse, near Leeds, creating 40 new jobs.

Food firms ‘to face higher costs after EU exit’

Food and drink manufacturers would face higher long-term costs if Britain quits the EU, but the move would have less impact on business than some “scare-mongering” reports suggest.

Whisky exports would be damaged by ‘Brexit’

Scotland’s whisky exports would be badly hit should the UK vote for an exit in the government’s referendum on EU membership.

Britvic reports solid interims and predicts on target full-year

City analysts have praised soft drinks company Britvic for its 7% growth in earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) to £65M despite the tough market conditions and technical problems...

News in brief

Suntory upgrades Coleford Lucozade plant

A multi-million pound contract to undertake infrastructure and good manufacturing practice improvements at the Lucozade, Ribena and Suntory factory at Coleford in Gloucestershire has been won by design, engineering, construction...

Food manufacturing boss slams NHS sugar criticism

A leading food and drink industry boss has slammed criticism of the sector’s record on curbing sugar levels voiced by the chief executive of the National Health Service England (NHS)....

Fast and gentle packaging of biscuits

One of the Balkans’ largest confectionery companies, Evropa based in Macedonia, has purchased a ‘Gentle Slope’ CCW multi-head weigher from Ishida Europe to handle the fragile biscuit products the firm...

Soft drinks do best in calorie race

Calories and sugars in soft drinks are falling faster than in any other food and have shrunk by more than 7% in the past three years, data from Kantar Worldpanel...

Aspall’s five-star battle against falling cider market

Aspall aims to battle against the declining cider category and become stocked in every five-star hotel on the planet, the firm’s boss told this site.

Investment brings more control for Aspall

Cider manufacturer Aspall’s widespread investment programme has helped it gain more control over its business, according to its boss.