Drinks

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.

Lynch: 'Unless we... start believing in 100% rPET, we won’t get the investment we need in improving the quality of waste recycling'

Belu makes the case for 100% rPET

By Paul Gander

Sustainability-conscious water brand Belu has justified moving its bottles from 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) to 100% rPET, while avoiding options such as aluminium.

Tariff increases on Scotch whisky threaten any future trade deals with the US

Whisky tariffs threaten future trade with US

By Gwen Ridler

Further tariffs on Scotch whisky by the US could threaten future trade negotiations with the superpower after the UK’s split with the EU, workers union GMB has warned.

The Oldham site is twice the size of LWC Drinks' current facility

Drinks facility to create up to 50 jobs

By Rod Addy

LWC Drinks has bought a new 46,134m2 warehouse and manufacturing facility and plans to move operations there in summer 2020, creating up to 50 jobs in the first year of its operation.

Coca-Cola said the adverts are designed to encourage shoppers to recycle

Coca-Cola hits back at ad complaint

By Rod Addy

Coca-Cola European Partners has rejected criticism of Christmas advertising promoting the green credentials of its packaging for not being 'single use'.

Britvic’s sustainable business agenda includes targeting zero waste to landfill and helping to develop a circular economy for packaging

Britvic claims pioneering climate change stance

By Rod Addy

Britvic has claimed a UK soft drinks industry first as it announced scientifically-approved climate change targets, designed to help prevent a global temperature rise of 1.5°C.

The ballot comes after the £4.6bn takeover of Greene King, which has 3,000 pubs, by CK Asset Holdings in August

Greene King to hold strike ballot in pay dispute

By Dan Colombini

Workers at pub giant Greene King are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over a ‘paltry’ pay offer, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 4 December).

Zak Bradford (left) and Andrew Brown (right) discuss the highlights of Vimto Out of Home's apprenticeship programme

Meet the apprentice: Vimto Out of Home

By Gwen Ridler

Vimto Out of Home’s Swindon Centre of Technical Excellence in Wiltshire trains its apprentices to ensure high-quality drinks dispense. Here, senior technical manager Andrew Brown and apprentice Zak Bradford explain the benefits of the scheme.

Crisp Maltings' new peat kiln has helped double production

Maltster invests £3.3m in new plant

By Gwen Ridler

Norfolk-based Crisp Maltings has invested £3.3m in a new plant at its site in Portgordon on the north coast of Scotland, in a bid to meet demand for premium speciality malt.

The report, entitled Branded Volume II: Identifying the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters, was carried out by the Break Free From Plastic movement in September

Food and drink firms among 2019 worst plastic polluters

By Dan Colombini

Nestlé and PepsiCo have responded to claims in a recent report that they were the biggest contributors to plastic environmental waste in 2019, with Unilever and Mondelēz International also making the top ten.

Jobs have been threatened by the tariffs imposed on Scotch whisky by the US

Whisky tariff threatens jobs

By Gwen Ridler

The 25% tariff on US imports of Scotch whisky will put jobs at risk and stunt investment and productivity in the sector, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Rebel Kitchen is to merge with Nurture Brands

Rebel Kitchen to merge with Nurture Brands

By Gwen Ridler

Alternative milk business Rebel Kitchen is to merge with Nurture Brands in a bid to create the UK’s top plant-based snacks and drinks producer.

Simpson-Daniel (l), Howard (r)

Clearly Drinks acquires Revolution Waves

By Rod Addy

Sunderland-based branded soft drinks manufacturer Clearly Drinks has invested in flavoured water brand Revolution Waves for an undisclosed sum.

Unions have hit out at the US president's plans to apply 25% tariffs to Scotch whisky

GMB slams Trump post-Brexit whisky tariffs

By Dan Colombini

Trade union GMB Scotland has hit out at US president Donald Trump’s intention to apply 25% tariffs on Scotch whisky as part of any future trade deals, with Brexit on the horizon.

PepsiCo has embraced the Apprenticeship Levy and has standardised training across all its sites

Apprenticeships plug skills gaps at PepsiCo

By Gwen Ridler

International snacks and drinks giant PepsiCo has utilised funds made available by the apprenticeship levy to plug skills gaps across its manufacturing base.

A new £5m distillery has been planned in Llandudno, north Wales

New £5m distillery to create jobs in Wales

By Gwen Ridler

The Welsh Whisky Company has announced plans to open a £5m distillery and create new jobs in Llandudno, north Wales with support from the Welsh government.

The change will remove 850t of plastic from a range of brands annually

Budweiser to pull plastic rings from UK beer

By Dan Colombini

Britain’s best-selling beer brands Budweiser and Stella Artois have announced a multi-million pound investment to eliminate plastic rings from can packaging across their entire UK-produced range by the end of 2020.

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