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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.

Wealthiest people in food and drink manufacturing

17-Apr-2014 - Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink manufacturing.

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Football boss Ferguson to score £3M for wine collection

17-Apr-2014 - A collection of over 5,000 bottles of wine owned by former Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to fetch £3M when sold in Hong Kong, London and online by auction house Christie’s.

Morrisons criticised for YouTube alcohol advert

16-Apr-2014 - Morrisons has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after its video advertisement, broadcast during a series of children’s nursery rhymes on YouTube, featured images of spirit bottles with the voice-over “These litre bottles of spirits are £15 each …”

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Australian trade mark for Scotch whisky a ‘major breakthrough’

16-Apr-2014 - Scotch whisky has been registered as a certified trade mark in Australia, marking a major breakthrough in the industry’s battle against the production of counterfeit goods, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Soft drinks group draws up roadmap for sustainability

04-Apr-2014 - The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and Packaging Federation are leading a Sustainability Roadmap for the soft drinks industry following the example pursued by the dairy industry.

Cider restructure threatens jobs as Heineken invests £58M

04-Apr-2014 - Altogether 97 jobs could be affected at Heineken UK's Universal Beverages Ledbury (UBL) plant as it shifts cider production to Hereford and invests £58M there, the company has confirmed.

Young’s Seafood boss takes helm at Coca-Cola Enterprises GB

04-Apr-2014 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has appointed Leendert den Hollander as vice president and general manager of its Great Britain business unit, replacing Simon Baldry, who will take responsibility for digital initiatives.

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Health debates will help small drinks David win Goliath’s sales

03-Apr-2014 - Small drinks companies will use debates on health, such as that on added sugar, to challenge larger players like Coca-Cola, says the co-founder of a new soft drinks firm.

Soft drinks market holds extra £2.4bn potential – Britvic

28-Mar-2014 - Britvic believes £2.4bn could be added to the UK soft drinks market by 2020 through a new category vision, unveiled alongside record sales of £10.3bn for the market last year.

Foodex 2014

Big food businesses told to lead robotics future

28-Mar-2014 - Large food and drinks businesses must show “strong leadership” if the sector is to successfully adopt automation to become leaner and greener and ready itself for the future.

Call to shrink school juices causes headache

28-Mar-2014 - Proposals to downscale the size of pure juice products to 150ml in schools in England have sparked fears that the timescale for change is too tight.

People on the move in the food and drink sector – in pictures

24-Mar-2014 - Euan Sutherland’s decision to quit as boss of The Co-operative Group leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food and drink sector.

Budget 2014

Alcoholic drinks industry toasts chancellor’s budget

21-Mar-2014 - The alcoholic drinks industry is toasting the chancellor George Osborne after his Budget introduced key concessions, which will significant benefit the sector, it believes.

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Fresh boss for juice firm as part of brand expansion

19-Mar-2014 - Purity Soft Drinks has appointed David Bell as its new boss, as part of the expansion of its JuiceBurst brand.  

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Premier Foods supports industry’s recruitment drive

17-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods and Mondelēz were among six food and drink businesses to support the industry’s attempts to recruit the next generation of food engineers at the Big Bang Fair, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, last week (Friday March 14).

Aspall invests £4.3M and doubles capacity

14-Mar-2014 - Cider producer Aspall has pumped £4.3M into a new warehouse and packaging building to help double its capacity.

Nichols hails sugar reduction in soft drinks

14-Mar-2014 - Nichols highlighted sugar reduction measures for its soft drinks as it posted strong annual sales, driven by balmy summer weather, innovation in brands such as Levi Roots and overseas success.

Microbreweries could save British ale, says brewery boss

14-Mar-2014 - Microbreweries could be the saviours of the British ale industry, the boss of the multimillion pound brewery Adnams has suggested.


Brewer Adnams determined to reach new markets

11-Mar-2014 - Adnams’s Dr Andy Wood is determined to see the brand reach new markets, reports Nicholas Robinson


Frecco revamps from the ground up

11-Mar-2014 - Small can be beautiful in the food business, as Paul Barney tells Nicholas Robinson

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Grocery think-tank appoints new director from Pepsico

10-Mar-2014 - Grocery think-tank IGD has appointed Mark Golder as its new industry development director, effective April 22 2014.

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola Enterprises’ £227M boost

06-Mar-2014 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) will have invested £227M in its operations in Great Britain in the past four years, once it has injected a further £52M into the business this year.

Scotland’s food and drink export plan targets key markets

05-Mar-2014 - Scotland’s new food and drink export plan will target seven top priority markets, according to details of the new £4.5M initiative released today (March 4).

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Campden BRI appoints new head of brewing

03-Mar-2014 - Food and drink research firm Campden BRI has appointed Chris Smart to lead its Brewing Services department.

Carlsberg: probably the best sustainable supplier rethink

03-Mar-2014 - Denmark’s Carlsberg Group is creating a new model for supply chain co-operation on sustainability, with targets for achieving ‘cradle-to-cradle’ certified packaging in different materials every year for the next three years.

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