Drinks

Soaring cider sales are thanks to product innovation, said Mintel

Cider's popularity matches lager for first time

By Mike Stones

Soaring cider sales, thanks to innovative product design, meant the beverage now rivals the popularity of lager, according to a new report from market research group Mintel.

Rebranding brings cheer to beer

Rebranding brings cheer to beer

Oxfordshire-based brewery Loddon has undergone a complete rebranding exercise with the assistance of brand and packaging design consultancy We Are Pure.

Raise your glass to flower power

Raise your glass to flower power

Innova Market Insights has reported an increased number of global food and drink launches that feature floral ingredients. In the first 10 months of 2011, such launches rose by 7% – compared with the same period in 2010 – to a number that is now over...

Cornish stinger producer Miles Lavers is battling tax inspectors in a David and Goliath struggle

Nettle beer brewer stung in tax battle

By Rod Addy

A Cornish microbrewery is battling tax inspectors for survival as they try to recoup £10,000 of backdated revenue from it for allegedly wrongly selling one of its creations as a beer.

Avantium hopes other firms will partner its developments

New partners in bio-based bottles

By Paul Gander

Coca-Cola is partnering Dutch-based technology firm Avantium in the production of bottles made from an, as yet, uncommercialised bio-based polyester.

UK food and drink firms may struggle to achieve similar emerging export success compared with Diageo

Diageo export success tough to follow for UK firms

By Dan Colombini

Smirnoff manufacturer Diageo’s recent export success will be a tough act to follow for UK firms, according to city analysts, after the drinks giant revealed that 40% of its sales now come from emerging markets.

Canned cola, chocolates and ready meals proved key must-buys last year

Fizzy drinks and chocolate: a £196M hit with consumers

By Mike Stones

Canned cola, canned sports drinks and chocolate confectionery are the fastest growing grocery categories, worth an addition £196M in sales last year compared with 2010, said market research firm SymphonyIRI Group.

Britvic makes and distribues the Pepsi brand under licence in the UK

Pepsi’s fizzy growth boosts Britvic results

By Dan Colombini

A strong performance from its UK carbonates division, lead by “substantial” Pepsi share gain, has boosted revenues at soft drinks manufacturer Britvic for the all-important Christmas period, according to city analysts.

Nichols' Vimto and other soft drink brands have outperfomed the market

Nichols brands outperform soft drinks market

By Rod Addy

Soft drinks supplier Nichols reported sales up 18% in 2011 compared with 2010, adding that its brands, which include Vimto, had outperformed UK soft drinks as a whole.

The BSDA denied making 'dodgy' marketing claims

Soft drink firms deny ‘dodgy’ marketing claims

By Dan Colombini

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected the Children’s Food Campaign’s (CFC) decision to include it in a report of firms that allegedly made the “dodgiest” junk food claims of 2011.

Beer drinkers are increasingly deserting the bar for the lounge - at home.

Tesco’s Christmas surge defies flat beer sales

By Mike Stones and Freddie Dawson

The UK’s biggest off licence, Tesco, has sold a record 500,000 bottles of ale in the past two days, the largest amount it has ever sold just before Christmas, despite a recent Mintel report revealing a sharp decline in beer sales over the past five years.

High Pressure Processing is becoming more popular with manufacturers and industry

Cold pasteurisation gains in popularity

By Mike Stones

High Pressure Processing (HPP), the technique for cold pasteurisation using pressure to sterilise, is becoming more popular with both food and drink manufacturers and consumers, according to industry experts.

Vitamin cocktail joins war on bugs

Vitamin cocktail joins war on bugs

By Rod Addy

Growing interest in vitamin fortified, immune-boosting products have led to the creation of a new water crammed with healthy ingredients to safeguard consumers in the war against bugs.

Can do man

Can do man

By Rod Addy

We serve the whole of Great Britain from here and will be looking at a significant uplift in our volume more than 20% to 51M cases next year. It will be the first time our output will have been above 50M cases. The plant will have the capability to produce...

Popular in the United States, sensory claims, made for products such as Coors Light, are beginning to appear in the UK

Food firms look to sensory claims

By Freddie Dawson and Mike Stones

Frustrated food and drink manufacturers are considering sensory claims in preference to health claims; few of which have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Watery argument: Highland is determined to challenge EFSA's ruling

Highland Spring challenges EFSA water ruling

By Freddie Dawson

Water supplier Highland Spring Group is determined to challenge the EU’s recent ruling on health claims for water, despite further clarification from Brussels.

Winning smiles: Pupils from Huntington School, York truimphed in the Yorkshire regional competiton

Coca-Cola challenge regional winners announced

By Freddie Dawson

Most regional winners of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Real Business Challenge, designed to encourage the next generation of UK food and drink manufacturing staff, have been revealed.

The new factory in Buxton will improve Nestlé's environmental credentials

Nestlé invests £35M in green factory

By Dan Colombini

Nestlé Waters has moved to improve its environmental credentials after investing more than £35M in a new factory in Derbyshire.

Peltz' withdrawal from the firm means speculation is likely to continue

Pepsi future still unclear say analysts

By Dan Colombini

A key shareholder’s withdrawal from PepsiCo is continuing to fuel speculation surrounding the future of the snacks and soft drinks giant, according to city analysts.

Carton gives pouring an edge

Carton gives pouring an edge

Tetra Pak has reinvented the world's most popular carton design with the launch of its Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge.

TV presenter and farmer Jimmy Doherty won the coveted Food Personality of the Year award last year

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

By Mike Stones

There is just one week to go before the stellar evening when food and drink manufacturers celebrate the best of the best at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.