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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.

‘Don’t take our sugar away,’ manufacturers urged

Food manufacturers should not reformulate sugary food and drinks to make them healthier, but consumers should instead be more accountable for what they eat.  

Tesco’s sugar slash provokes retailer pressure

Anti-sugar campaigners have called on the UK’s biggest retailers to follow Tesco’s lead and slash sugar across their own-label soft drinks ranges.

Retailers reject more dodgy deals claims by Which?

Retailers have rejected further claims by consumer pressure group Which? that they mislead shoppers with dodgy deals and confusing pricing.

Home-grown brands popular among Brits

Six of the 10 most popular food and drink products in the UK are based there, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Good Week, Bad Week

Profits, investment and acquisitions lead week’s top news

A boost in profits for Bakkavor, a multi-million pound investment in manufacturing by United Biscuits and two acquisitions lead this week’s Good Week/ Bad Week.

SABMiller buys London craft brewer Meantime

Drinks multinational SABMiller has acquired London craft brewery Meantime Brewing Company, continuing the recent trend of beverage giants investing in craft brewers.

Free-from dominates latest food innovations

Free-from products dominated food innovations launched in the past four weeks.

News in brief

New heights for bottled water sales

Packaged water consumption levels are set to soar above carbonated soft drinks for the first time this year, according to figures from Canadean’s global beverage forecast data.

Treatt raises flavours game

lavour specialist Treatt has launched a new beverage applications centre at its Bury St Edmunds headquarters, following increased demand from drinks firms for new flavour combinations.

News in brief

Coca-Cola Enterprises opens ops site after refurb

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has opened a £5M refurbished operations centre in Milton Keynes.

Election 2015

Politicians ‘pull the other one’ – down the pub

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) received a big political boost today (May 1), as the top contenders for Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband both joined 1,000 other...

Kerry Foods reports ingredients deals

Two Kerry Foods ingredients deals were clinched in the past month, the company reported in an interim statement.


CCE’s Milton Keynes site boss’s efficiency aim

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Nicholas Nixon won’t let the age of his site stop him from boosting its efficiency, he tells Nicholas Robinson

Kids' cognitive health drives new fruit drink

General health and cognitive development in youngsters will be targeted by Glanbia Nutritionals’ Dragon Kids prototype vitamin water premix.

Carlsberg upgrades its brewery steeping section

Carlsberg UK has upgraded an in-process weigher used for precision batches of barley in the steeping section, part of the malting process, at its Northampton Brewery.

Nichols’ drinks deal offers strategic benefits

Nichols’ acquisition of a minority stake in slush and milk drinks distributor Noisy Drinks Co offers both firms considerable benefits, according to one leading analyst.

Food industry people on the move – in pictures

Morrisons, Iglo Group, Leatherhead Food Research and Assured Food Standards were all left searching for new bosses this month as the current incumbents announced their decisions to step away from...

Barrier properties for bottle use

Evidence from testing activity suggests that coating specialists are developing barriers with selective gas permeability in order to tailor in-bottle atmospheres to suit different beverages, rather as product-specific modified atmosphere...

Top three barriers to women in manufacturing

A lack of knowledge about food industry careers, misconceptions about manufacturing and a dip in apprenticeships are the three barriers blocking women from starting careers in the food and drink...

Fat-burning pizza to sexy lollies: latest innovations

A fat-burning pizza, sexy lollipops, lemon cupcake popcorn and chorizo and pumpkin ravioli all feature in our list of the latest food and drink innovations.

Inside CCE Milton Keynes

Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) 40 year-old Milton Keynes site has had more than £6M invested into it in the past three years, but plant director Nicholas Nixon wants more.

Coffee roasting firm invests £2.5M to grow capacity

A coffee roaster has invested £2.5M to boost capacity at its Dartford facility in Kent.

Mars Drinks strikes deal with Taylors of Harrogate

Mars Drinks has sealed an agreement with Taylors of Harrogate to include its premium coffee and tea in Mars Drinks’s UK-wide portfolio of workplace products.

Anti-sugar campaign hits sports drinks and juices

Sales of sports drinks and fruit juices continue to plunge in what looks like a consumer reaction to concerns raised by anti-sugar campaigners.

New yeasts could boost lager brewing

Scientists behind the recreation of a 170-year-old shipwrecked beer in 2014 have developed hybrid lager yeasts in a bid to bring new flavours and quicker production techniques to the brewing industry.