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.
24-Apr-2014 - Donut manufacturer Krispy Kreme is the most popular food brand on social media for young people (aged 18-24), according to a new report.
24-Apr-2014 - Scotland’s largest independent brewery BrewDog has opened a new bottling shop and school in London that will help grow the next generation of brewers, according to the firm’s boss.
23-Apr-2014 - PG Tips has opened an official Instagram account spearheaded by Monkey in a bid to attract younger female fans to the brand.
17-Apr-2014 - Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink manufacturing.
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.
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 …”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19-Mar-2014 - Purity Soft Drinks has appointed David Bell as its new boss, as part of the expansion of its JuiceBurst brand.
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).
14-Mar-2014 - Cider producer Aspall has pumped £4.3M into a new warehouse and packaging building to help double its capacity.
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.
14-Mar-2014 - Microbreweries could be the saviours of the British ale industry, the boss of the multimillion pound brewery Adnams has suggested.
11-Mar-2014 - Adnams’s Dr Andy Wood is determined to see the brand reach new markets, reports Nicholas Robinson
11-Mar-2014 - Small can be beautiful in the food business, as Paul Barney tells Nicholas Robinson
10-Mar-2014 - Grocery think-tank IGD has appointed Mark Golder as its new industry development director, effective April 22 2014.
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.