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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.

Innocent Drinks in recycling innovation

A waste management finance scheme based on Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs), which links a producer’s obligated payments with specific recycling investments, is set to support Innocent Drinks in a move...

AG Barr announces 90 job losses

Soft drinks company AG Barr plans to cut 10% of its workforce as part of its restructuring strategy.

World’s first canned real ale, cheered by CAMRA

Moor Beer’s canned beer is the first in the world to be granted accreditation from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Traditional pubs on decline as supermarket alcohol sales rise

The traditional British pub as we know it is on the decline and is now being superseded by new types of venues in unconventional spaces, according to findings from a...

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Diageo reports strong start for the year

A strong start for the year at alcoholic drinks giant Diageo was fuelled by improved marketing, innovation and commercial execution, claimed ceo Ivan Menezes.

Whisky worth £14k stolen from distillery

Thieves made off with a bottle of whisky worth about £12,000 after raiding the Tullibardine distillery in Aucterarder, Scotland.

People moving to new food and drink jobs – in pictures

The food and drink sector has seen a large number of appointments and resignations over the past month, with Morrisons, Tulip and Unilever all announcing changes in senior management.

Carlsberg lorry crash prompts police warning video

A hard-hitting police video and accident photograph – warning against the dangers of using a handheld phone while driving – have been released after a fatal crash involving a car...

Jobs created through £881k whisky investment

Up to 20 jobs are to be created at two new distilleries in Scotland, thanks to investment of £881,000 from development agency Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE).

Maltster’s plant harbours antibiotics potential

A Suffolk maltster is investigating the potential that its anaerobic digestion (AD) plant is producing antibiotics that could potentially be developed as a medicine to combat Micrococcus and drug resistant...

Scotch whisky exports growth is first for three years

Scotch whisky exports grew in the first half of 2016, despite worries about the UK’s future trade relationships with the EU and other countries.

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Fire battled at tea processing plant

A blaze a Lincolnshire tea processing plant is the latest in a string conflagrations to have plagued food and drink manufacturers this summer.

Obesity reduction will be challenging, scientists warn

Food experts and lobby groups have criticised the government’s long-awaited childhood obesity strategy for focusing too heavily on sugar at the detriment of overall calorie intake.

Price hikes on energy drinks to cut consumption

Consumers would drink fewer sports and energy drinks if their prices rose, according to a report by market research company Mintel.

Carbonated drinks get filling flexibility

Bottle filling accuracy, along with production flexibility and sustainability are crucial for the packaging of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) in polyethylene terephthalate (PET), claims equipment supplier Sidel.

€50M of cocaine found at Coca-Cola plant

Almost 400kg of cocaine – with a reported street value of about €50M (£42M) – was found at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France on Friday (August 26).

Seven fire crews tackle coffee factory blaze

Seven fire crews battled a blaze at a former Mondelēz factory last week (August 26) in Banbury.

‘Irresponsible’ Diageo ad banned by ASA

A TV commercial for Diageo’s rum brand Captain Morgan has been banned after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled it implied drinking alcohol could boost popularity and confidence.

Arla taps into on-the-go drinks market

Milk processor Arla has launched a number of milk-based drinks in a bid to tap into the on-the-go market and triple its global beverage sales to £585M.

Whisky exports need to be secured post Brexit: SWA

Free trade deals will be needed to secure exports of Scotch Whisky after the UK leaves the EU, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

High Court backs vote on AB InBev takeover

The UK High Court has given the green light to SABMiller’s plan to split the shareholders vote, which would allow a takeover by AB InBev.

Carlsberg loses market share in the UK

Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, has reported that UK sales for the six months to June 30 remained flat. Its UK volumes declined and the company lost market share as it...

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Which sector saw highest costs since the Brexit vote?

The cost of manufacturing food and drink products has risen 4.3% over the past 12 months across all sectors, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

Obesity strategy is badly ‘flawed’ claim critics

The government’s much delayed childhood obesity strategy, published today (August 18) by the Department of Health, has received a mixed response from health lobby groups and the food industry alike,...