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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.

Perfect storm thwarting small food and drink firms

There is a perfect storm holding back fast-growing small food and drink firms, according to entrepreneurs celebrated by the government.

Fruitapeel Juice installs new high pressure processing plant

New high pressure processing (HPP) facilities are part of a £2.3M investment that Fruitapeel Juice has made in its South Wales facility.

Diageo clinches Tequila Don Julio acquisition

Diageo has completed the acquisition of Tequila Don Julio following full regulatory approval for the deal.

Trade body shuns attack on energy drinks

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.

500 brewery jobs follow beer duty cuts

Nearly 500 jobs have been created by the chancellor’s decision to cut beer duty in 2013 and 2014, along with thousands of other roles.

People on the move in the food industry

Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-operative Group and northern retailer Booths all appointed new bosses this month as they look to protect themselves against the challenges of the changing retail market.

Coffee, pizza and noodles fuel Nestlé’s European sales

Nestlé struggled in Great Britain (GB) over the past year, although water brands were top performers and coffee, pizza and noodles boosted overall European sales, the global groceries giant claimed.

News in brief

Free beer for bearded blokes

Bearded men will be given free beer at Sourced Market’s Old Street pop-up as part of its celebrations for London Beer Week.

Hundreds of bottles of fake Glen’s Vodka seized

Hundreds of fake bottles of Glen’s Vodka on sale in England and Scotland have been seized by enforcement officers.

Brewery’s £250k bottling plant boosts production

Yorkshire beer firm Little Valley Brewery has boosted its production five-fold with a £250,000 investment in a new bottling line.

Most loved food and drink brands

Three food brands make up the top five most loved brands by British consumers, according to a poll by advertising agency Isobel.

Almost 2,500l of fake booze seized

Almost 2,500l of fake wine and spirits were seized by Interpol and Europol as part of a pre-Christmas enforcement campaign involving more than 50 countries.

Inside AG Barr Milton Keynes

AG Barr’s £41M high-tech Milton Keynes canning facility has been at the centre of an £8.3M investment plan, according to factory manager Tim Stacey.

Camden Town Brewery targets more than 100 new jobs

Camden Town Brewery is pitching for £1.4M worth of funding to help build a larger brewery to boost production of its Camden lagers and it expects to create more than...

ISBA refutes claims kids are more familiar with beer than sweets

Claims that primary school children are more familiar with beer brands than leading biscuit, crisp and ice cream products have been refuted by advertising trade body ISBA.

Fake booze needs action from Food Crime Unit

Alcohol fraud has to be given more attention and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) must take action to tackle the crime with its new £2M Food Crime Unit (FCU) soon,...

Vimto puts a great sparkle into Nichols' trading results

Vimto soft drinks maker Nichols has reported positive trading results for the second half of 2014, in a statement released last month.

UK beer sales grow for first time in a decade

UK beer sales rose by 1.3% in 2014 ending a decade-long decline for the drink, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Shepherd Neame brewery fined for severed finger

Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewery business, has been ordered to pay more than £11,000 for safety failings, after a young worker suffered a severed finger in an unguarded machine.

Safety failings cost brewery £29k

Safety failings that led a worker to trap his foot in a rotating stirrer have resulted in a £29,000 bill for a Herefordshire brewery, after a successful prosecution by the Health...

Refresco Gerber faces strikes by ‘betrayed’ staff

Refresco Gerber faces strike action at its manufacturing base in Bridgewater, Somerset, over changes to pay, terms and conditions.

Coke to increase low- and no-calorie options

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) plans to drive up the proportion of low- or no calorie soft drinks its sells in the UK to well above 50% over the next few years.

New stevia product launch aimed at dairy beverages

Pure Circle has launched a new stevia product aimed at reducing the sugar content of dairy products.

Diluted growth prospects for Britvic

Fruit Shoot manufacturer Britvic faces a tough challenge to boost profits this year in a soft drinks market experiencing diluted growth prospects - despite the firm’s US expansion plans -...

Beer bounces back this year: Mintel

More British drinkers said cheers to beer this year, as sales bounced back from recession, according to market research organisation Mintel.