Drinks

The new canning line will open in 2021

Clearly Drinks to invest in new canning line

By Michelle Perrett

Clearly Drinks, the Sunderland based soft drinks company, is to invest in a new canning facility that will enable it to expand its brand portfolio.

Dark days for Scotch whisky as US tariff remains in place

Whisky, beer and gin industries, Walkers Shortbread and Government respond on US tariffs

US tariffs wipe £300m off Scotch whisky exports

By Rod Addy

US tariffs have wiped £300m off Scotch whisky sales, with losses set to grow as it emerged they would be kept in place for what is one of Scotland's staple exports.

AG Barr has been impacted by Coronavirus

Irn-Bru owner’s sales hit by coronavirus

By Michelle Perrett

A G Barr, the soft drinks company that produces Irn-Bru, Rubicon and Funkin, has reported “significant trading volatility” in its interim results following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tennent's: Two 25 tonne tanks were lifted 60 metres above Wellpark Brewery’s silos

Tennent’s Brewery invests £2.6M in carbon capture

By Michelle Perrett

Tennent’s, the Scottish brewer owned by C&C Group, has invested £2.6m to install a carbon capture facility at Glasgow’s Wellpark Brewery, allowing it to capture more than 4,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Ugly Drinks is one of the food brands that has capitalised on the e-commerce boom

Food manufacturers see e-commerce opportunity

By Gwen Ridler

Online sales in the UK are set to surge by £5.3bn, thanks to the lockdown instigated in the wake of the coronavirus, with food manufacturers already capitalising on the opportunity presented by e-commerce.

Holmes: 'These folks have all got a bright future'

Food Man Talks

Diageo quality head on Ecotrophelia innovation competition

By Rod Addy and James Ridler

Tim Holmes, head of quality at international distiller and brewer Diageo, speaks about his role as chairman of judges at this year’s Ecotrophelia UK and why the competition is so important.

Sales of Robinsons have helped bolster Britivc's fortunes during the COVID crisis

Britvic bolstered by at-home beverages during COVID crisis

By Gwen Ridler

Beverages manufacturer Britvic has balanced the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the almost complete shutdown of the hospitality and foodservice sectors with strong at-home sales, according to its latest financial results.

Food and drink exports benefited from a decline in international tensions and an easing of trade tariffs

Coronavirus fails to dent food and drink exports

By Rod Addy

Food and drink exports bucked the wider downturn in UK international manufacturing sales caused by coronavirus' impact, softening an overall decline from January to March 2020, Lloyds Bank International Trade Index claims.

Titanic Brewery can continue production, thanks to a £1m loan

Titanic Brewery secures £1m coronavirus loan

By Gwen Ridler

Titanic Brewery has secured £1m in funding through the Government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), securing the jobs of its 200 workers in the process.

A G Barr has seen an impact of the 'lock down'

Irn-Bru owner sees ‘significant’ impact of coronavirus

By Michelle Perrett

Soft drinks supplier A G Barr, which has brands including Irn-Bru and Rubicon, has revealed it has seen a “significant impact” in out-of-home consumption following the Government ‘lockdown’ on 23 March.

Four of the world's biggest food manufacturers have been accused of excessive plastic pollution

Top brands named worst offenders for plastic pollution

By Gwen Ridler

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution burnt or dumped in just six developing countries, according to a report from non-governmental organisation Tearfund.

The drinks industry has been directed impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 situation

Drinks industry reacts to coronavirus impact

By Gwen Ridler

Cut earnings, threats to supplies and helplines for manufacturers’ customers are just some of the latest developments in the drinks industry as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The new warehouse will free up space to help boost production

Jobs created at new food warehouse

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 20 jobs are to be created at world foods manufacturer Regal Foods, as part of an expansion of its warehousing capacity at its Bradford headquarters.

Deforestation ban is being urged

WWF calls for ban on ‘deforestation’ foods

By Michelle Perrett

WWF, the conservation organisation, is calling for imported food products that destroy natural habitats to be made illegal as part of its campaign called ‘Let’s get deforestation #OffOurPlates’.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory opened its new £13m line in Coleford last week

New £13m line opens at Coleford Lucozade factory

By Gwen Ridler

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has opened a new £13m energy and water-efficient line at its Coleford, Gloucestershire factory in a bid to meet demand and cut down on its impact on the environment.

(left to right) Heineken CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer will hand over to Dolf van den Brink

Heineken CEO to step down

By Michelle Perrett

Dolf van den Brink is set to take over as CEO at Heineken from the beginning of June.

Rooster's £850k brewing will double the brewer's output

Craft brewer invests £850k in new site

By Gwen Ridler

Harrogate-based Rooster’s Brewing Company has invested £850,000 in a new brewery and taproom in a bid to meet demand for its range of craft beers.

Unite is seeking assurances for workers after Typhoo announces redundancies

Union seeks assurances over Typhoo Tea jobs

By Gwen Ridler

Workers union Unite has pledged to seek assurances for staff members at Typhoo Tea’s Moreton factory, after the manufacturer announced plans to axe 76 roles at the site.

Unilever reviews tea business

Unilever reviews tea business

By Michelle Perrett

Unilever has launched a strategic review of its tea business after admitting “subdued consumer demand” for black tea.

Suntory takes 10% stake in Macallan owner

Suntory takes 10% stake in Edrington

By Michelle Perrett

Suntory Holdings, the Japanese drinks group, has purchased 10% of Scottish-based spirits company Edrington for an undisclosed sum.

C&C Group lists cider brands Magners and Bulmers among its portfolio

Magners maker in hunt for new boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Magners and Tennent’s maker C&C Group is on the lookout for a new chief executive after Stephen Glancey announced his intention to retire.