Creating soft drinks specially tailored to the tastes of children is one of the five trends proposed in the report

Britvic report pinpoints five soft drinks trends

By James Ridler

Five soft drinks trends, which could drive up to £2.6bn in total category sales this year, have been identified by the 2018 Britvic Soft Drinks Review, as part of the manufacturer’s ‘Drink Differently’ strategy.

Nestlé’s lines are available through a broader range of retail as well as foodservice channels across the UK

Nestlé surfs nitrogen-infused coffee wave

By James Ridler and Rod Addy

Nestlé has launched nitrogen-infused coffee products in the UK and Ireland, following Starbucks’ launch of its nitrogen-infused Nitro Cold Brew Coffee just over a year ago.

Nestlé claimed to cut 6.2bn teasponns of sugar from its products

Nestlé cuts 2.6bn teaspoons of sugar from products

By James Ridler

Nestlé claimed it has cut 2.6 billion (bn) teaspoons of sugar and more than 60bn calories from its products since 2015, as it takes steps to meet its pledge to cut sugar across its confectionery portfolio by 10%.

Young's Seafood and Diageo launched new products in the past week

Young’s Seafood and Diageo launch new products

By James Ridler

Premium breaded fish products from Young’s Seafood and a vegan variant of Diageo’s Baileys Irish Cream are two of the latest product launches by food and drink manufacturers in the past week.

Unilever plans to remove all plastic from its PG Tips tea bags

PG Tips’ first 100% biodegradable tea bag

By James Ridler

Unilever is to remove all traces of plastic from its PG Tips tea bags, as its moves to make all of its tea bags fully biodegradable by the end of this year.

Light colas are valued by Nielsen MAT at more than £900m annually

Coca-Cola launches low-sugar push

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is stepping up its innovation through four key brands, with the promise of more to come later in the year as it aims to demonstrate its healthy credentials.

Nestlé said its sales growth was below its expectations

Nestlé reveals sales growth below expectations

By James Ridler

Nestlé’s weak sales at the end of the year meant growth was below expectations for the company in its full-year results for 2017, according to ceo Mark Schneider.

Cott has launched zero sugar cola in Spar stores nationwide

Cott’s sugar-free cola hits Spar stores

By James Ridler

Drinks maker Cott has secured listings for its zero-sugar cola at Spar, making it the first symbol group to launch an own-label sugar-free cola, it has claimed.

MPs have called for the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to be extended

Government defends plans to tackle obesity

By Noli Dinkovski

The government has defended its plans to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis after it came under fire from a Commons Health Select Committee for removing “several key areas” that could have made its childhood obesity plan more effective.

Total food and drink exports hit £22bn in 2017

Dairy, salmon, whisky and pork export wins in 2017

By James Ridler & Rod Addy

Dairy, salmon and pork exports soared in 2017 following the Brexit vote, helping to add £2bn to overseas food and drink sales compared with 2016, according to figures released by the government.

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