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.
04-Mar-2013 - Modern kit will brew more success, Oliver Robinson tells Gary Scattergood
04-Mar-2013 - More companies – food manufacturers and foodservice outlets – need to sign up to the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) Food Network (FN), if the initiative is to make a real difference in helping to stem the rising tide of obesity in the UK, its chair has warned.
28-Feb-2013 - The Edrington Group – the maker of Famous Grouse whisky – has been ordered to pay a £40,000 fine, after safety breaches forced two workers to flee a warehouse fire.
28-Feb-2013 - The government should cap VAT for beers sales in licensed premises at 5% in order to boost trade and “create thousands of jobs”.
20-Feb-2013 - Nestlé has started recruiting for the 400 jobs created by the £110M expansion of its coffee manufacturing facility in Tutbury, Derbyshire.
18-Feb-2013 - Calls for a tax on fizzy drinks and a TV watershed for advertising high fat foods from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) have been slammed by the soft drinks industry and advertising representatives.
11-Feb-2013 - New research suggests that, although glass packaging will face fierce competition from other materials over the next decade, it is already retaking ground lost in some categories and showing stubborn resistance in others.
07-Feb-2013 - A 'next generation' plastic milk bottle called Infini has won international accolade for Milton Keynes-based Nampak Plastics.
07-Feb-2013 - An alliance between Chr Hansen and Fresh Beverages International will enable manufacturers of non-refrigerated beverages to add probiotics to their drinks.
07-Feb-2013 - Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has given its Glacéau Vitaminwater brand a stevia-based makeover
29-Jan-2013 - Food and drink manufacturers have rejected calls from the campaign group Sustain for the chancellor to introduce a duty on sugary drinks at the next Budget.
28-Jan-2013 - Three men have been jailed for manufacturing illegal and potentially fatal vodka using industrial alcohol that is normally used in antifreeze and cleaning fluids.
14-Jan-2013 - Britvic’s merger with AG Barr has been delayed by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which extended its timetable for a decision today (January 14).
07-Jan-2013 - Liquid food and drink processor and packager Framptons is to create at least 30 jobs at its site in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
07-Jan-2013 - Soft drinks firm Nichols has outperformed the market with total sales up by 9% to £108M for the year ended 31 December 2012, according to its pre-close trading statement.
02-Jan-2013 - Global ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle claims to have formulated a fizzy cola drink that delivers a 50% calorie reduction using a natural origin sweetener. The key ingredient used was Tasteva, a stevia-based sweetener developed by Tate & Lyle.
17-Dec-2012 - There were 393 product recalls last year, 82 (20%) of which were food and drug related, according to the website www.recalluk.com . But this figure is not a true representation as a large proportion of recalls occur before product distribution.
17-Dec-2012 - The acquisition of Premier Foods’ East Anglian canning business has helped to boost the sales figures growth of food and drink manufacturer Princes by 28%, according to figures filed at Companies House last week (December 12).
12-Dec-2012 - Sweet wines, high-class beers and ‘next level’ ciders are the top three adult drink trends predicted by US food and drink consultancy Technomic.
10-Dec-2012 - Irn-Bru maker AG Barr has announced revenue up by 9% for the 18 weeks to December 1, as the firm prepares for a “highly competitive” Christmas market.
04-Dec-2012 - Winner: Britvic Soft Drinks
04-Dec-2012 - Modern technologycould provide cheaper ways to brew beer, reports Laurence Gibbons
04-Dec-2012 - Work is now well underway on soft drinks manufacturer AG Barr's new £41M manufacturing and logistics facility being built by Gazeley at its Magna Park site in Milton Keynes.
28-Nov-2012 - Government plans to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol in England and Wales could be illegal under EU law, according to the trade group, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
28-Nov-2012 - Soft drinks firm Britvic has reported a near 20% fall in profits, after an Essex boy choked on a newly designed lid of a Fruit Shoot bottle, forcing a £17M product recall.
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