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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.

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.

Christmas dinner will double calories of wartime

Brits will consume twice as many calories as their wartime relatives did on Christmas day, according to research by food historian Dr Annie Gray and AB Sugar.

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Consumers are ready to rumble false food claims

Food and drink businesses that loosely use the term ‘natural’ on their products to make them appear healthy could soon be rumbled by untrusting consumers, experts have warned.

Sugary drinks tax slammed by nutritionist

Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions...

Food manufacturing should be on TV: DEFRA

TV programme makers should feature food and drink manufacturing – Britain’s largest manufacturing sector – in their broadcasts, according to a senior government minister.

Britvic to pump £25M into J2O plant, adding 40 jobs

Britvic aims to boost production and bottling for a range of brands, from Pepsi to Mountain Dew Energy, in a £25M investment at its factory near Pudsey, Leeds, in Yorkshire.

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Nestlé creates 150 jobs at coffee capsule plant

Nestlé has created 150 jobs at its Hatton coffee capsule factory in Derbyshire as part of ambitious expansion plans there.

Recycling of beverage cartons by local authorities hits 91%

A whopping 91% of UK local authorities now collect beverage cartons for recycling, the Alliance of Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has revealed.

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SWA appoints Pernod Ricard boss

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed Pernod Ricard boss Pierre Pringuet as its new chairman.

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One of the world’s rarest beers on sale in London

One of the world’s rarest and most luxurious beers has arrived in London and is on sale for a whopping £800 at St Pancras railway station.

Non-alcoholic beer not the drink of choice for Brits

Brits are least likely to consume non-alcoholic beer (NAB), say statistics from Mintel, which also suggest Europeans are loosing their love of a cold pint.

Food manufacturing Oscar winners in pictures

Irish meat firm Dawn Meats was the big winner at the 2014 Food manufacturing excellence awards, earlier this month, picking up the Environmental initiative of the year and the overall...

Wine fraud in the UK is ‘massive’, says expert

Fraud in the UK’s wine industry is rampant because the sector has failed to implement the controls necessary to stamp it out, a food safety expert has claimed.

Boost coconut water sales and save the rainforests, says Buko

Sales of coconut water are close to the £100M mark, but UK-based Buko Organic Coconut Water believes it will take something innovative to provide the category with a much bigger...

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

Morrisons wine offer scores own-goal

A Morrisons wine promotion provoked outrage from shoppers after it failed to meet the demand it had created, provoking a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

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Coca-Cola Enterprises wins manufacturing Oscar

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has won the coveted Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs), at the London Park Lane Hilton...

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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards in Tweets

Hundreds of top industry professionals thronged London’s Hilton hotel recently to celebrate the food manufacturing Oscars, many of them armed with smartphones to tweet the highlights of the event. Here...

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Olives ‘spiked’ with vodka and gin

The world’s first boozy olives for alcoholic drinks have been launched by Olives Et Al.

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Shipwrecked beer recreated by scientists

A 170-year old beer found in a shipwreck is to be recreated by the Finnish-based brewery Stallhagen and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

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